St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 568 - November 23 / December 6, 2009


The Orthodox Faith


Chronicle of St. George Serbian Orthodox Church
Diocesan Bishop - His Grace Bishop Dr. MITROPHAN
Parish Priest - Fr. Rodney Torbic
296 Old Route 21
Carmichaels, Pennsylvania 15320
November 23 / December 6, 2009
Twenty-Sixth Sunday after Pentecost
No. 568

Remember to listen to the parish radio broadcast each Sunday afternoon at 12:15 on WMBS, 590 AM, Uniontown.

Ephesians 4:4-6

There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call, one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of us all, who is above all and through all and in all.

Services Recently
November 24
Pomen was held in funeral home for Mildred Jones.
The Ninth Hour and the Akathist of Thanksgiving were served at Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Church in Fairmont, W.Va. Five people came.
November 25
Midnight Office was read.
The funeral service with burial in the St. George Cemetery was held for +Mildred Jones.
Two people were in attendance for the reading of Vespers.
November 26
Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour were read.
Eleven people came for the Divine Liturgy. Seven communicants.
November 30
Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour were read.
Ninth Hour and Vespers were read.
December 1
Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour were read.
Ninth Hour and Vespers were read.
December 2
Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour were read.
Father Dimitre Dimitrov came to concelebrate The Akathist to the Mother of God. Choir Director Sonia Janson did the responses.
December 3
Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour were read. Ninth Hour and Vespers were read.
December 4
Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour were read.
Seven people came for Divine Liturgy. One communicant.
Vespers was read.

Services This Coming Week - Always Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule

Today
Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour. Third and Sixth Hour followed by Divine Liturgy and Parastos.

Mornings
5:30 AM on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday.

Afternoons
4:00 PM on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday.

Wednesday
6:30 PM followed by Adult Class at 7:00 PM.

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

December 6 - Robena Mine Memorial at 1:00 PM.
December 8 - Leavetaking of the Entry of the Mother of God into the Temple.
December 13 - St. Andrew the First Called Apostle, Parish Annual Assembly
December 18 - St. Sabbas the Sanctified
December 19 - St. Nicholas
December 20 - Childrens Day (Detinjci)
December 27 - Mothers Day
December 27-30 - Youth Retreat at Shadeland

If you are too busy to pray...you are too busy!

Remember the Serbian People in Kosovo and All Suffering People.

Parish Life

Congratulations to Melissa Miciotto received into the Holy Orthodox Church on the Feast of Entry of the Mother of God in the Temple.

Four people were in attendance at the Adult Class this past Wednesday. Class again this Wednesday. Discussion of the Divine Liturgy continues.

Remember the miners who died in the Naomi (12/1/1907) Monongah (12/6/1907) and Robena Mines (12/6/1962)

Remember the men and women serving in the military in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Help the Kolo to bake. Join the Kolo if you are not a member.

Remember the sick, the suffering, the imprisoned, those in rehab centers, the homebound, the mentally ill, their caretakers and the institution staffs.

Remember the men and women serving in the military and their families.

Remember the workers in mines, law-enforcement, corrections, probation and parole and firefighters, all working in dangerous occupations.

If you have a question about the services or the Church, ask Father Rodney.

Each parishioner should take time to observe his or her Slava.

If you have not been to Holy Confession and Communion recently, it is time to prepare..

Listen to the parish radio program each week.

Invite a relative, friend or neighbor to come to the St. George Church.

Come to Adult Class this week and learn more about the Divine Liturgy.

Honor the Nativity Fast until the Feast of the Nativity on January 7.

A Thought from His Grace Bishop Dr. MITROPHAN

Through the Holy Apostles we have learned what the Lord Jesus Christ taught and how the Church taught from the earliest times. This is recorded in the Holy Gospel and Epistles. They understood His teaching only after His resurrection, when their minds were opened to understand Scripture (Lk. 24:44-46).

(The Teachings of Saint Apostle Paul on the Church Translation Protopresbyter Stefan Zaremba. 2001, p. 57. )

To Consider

Attention given to the soul.
The amount of time given to prayer each day.
The amount of time given to God each day.

Remember the Students at St. Sava School of Theology, Libertyville, Illinois

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

November 27-29 - Travelled to St. Nicholas Serbian Orthodox Church, Hamilton, Ontario to participate in retreat.
December 4 - Attended class in Non-Profit Management Continuing Education Certificate Program, Division of Social Work, West Virginia University, held in Clarksburg, W.Va.

Psalm 36:7

How precious is Thy steadfast love, O God! The children of men take refuge in the shadow of Thy wings.


Twenty-Sixth Sunday after Pentecost - 2009

Luke 12:16-21

Then He spoke a parable to them saying, "The ground of a certain rich man yielded plentifully. And he thought within himself, saying, 'What shall I do, since I have no room to store my crops?' So he said, 'I will do this: I will pull down my barns and build greater, and there I will store all my crops and my goods. And I will say to my soul, "Soul, You have many goods laid up for many years; take your ease; eat, drink, and be merry"' But God said to him, "Fool! This night your soul will be required of you; then whose will those things be which you have provided?" So is he who lays up treasures for himself, and is not rich towards God."

God blesses us continuously. In our limited view, we will never fully comprehend the extent of God's blessings. Material goods and talents we receive should be used in God-pleasing ways.

We never know the moment our lives will end. We must live each moment with the fullness of love for God and for neighbor. We must live each moment as if it were our last moment.

We must be prepared not only for the ending of our lives but for the return of the Lord Jesus Christ. Everyday is a day to live for the glory of God and in thanksgiving to God.

Material goods have a limited value and that value only has merit in this life. When we depart from this life, the material goods we have accumulated, if any, will not go forward with us.

Our souls are of primary value. Our relationship with God, with our families, with our friends, with the people we meet in this life, these are of primary importance.

We will be judged based upon our relationships with the people we meet in this life. We will be judged according to the standards set by the Lord Jesus Christ.

We need to fear judgment to the extent we have failed to honor and meet the standards set by Christ. We need to fear judgment if we have sins for which we have not repented.

The present Gospel emphasizes the importance of being rich toward God. We are rich toward God when we use the time of life in God-pleasing ways. We are rich toward God when we use our material goods for the glory of God.

We are rich toward God when we use our personal talents in God-pleasing ways. We are rich toward God when we realize everything good we have comes from God and we continue to thank God.

God is the certainty in this world of uncertainty. God's ways are lasting and definitive. God's ways withstand criticism and the passing of time. God's ways are not embraced by many but are fulfilling to those who do embrace them.

God's ways require repentance and sacrifice. God's ways require adherence to the narrow path. (Mt. 7:13-14) The Lord Jesus Christ said: "If any man would come after Me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow Me." (Lk. 9:23)

Following Christ is the path of great joy. Any hardship endured is minimized and put into perspective by the love of Christ. What can compare with the love of Christ demonstrated by the Crucifixion and Resurrection?

What can compare with the teachings of Christ? What can compare with the humility of Christ? What can compare with the life of Christ? What can compare with the ever-readiness of Christ to listen to prayers and pleas?

Everyday believers need to keep the focus on the soul. Everyday believers need to keep the focus on pleasing God. Everyday believers need to assess their world view and measure it according to the ways of God.

Everyday believers need to adjust their thinking and make the effort to bring their thinking into conformity with the ways of God. Repentance is not easy. Being willing to admit personal sin and confess it is not easy.

The time of the Nativity Fast affords believers the opportunity to prepare for the Feast of the Nativity and the importance of preparing. Fasting and preparing for Holy Confession and Communion are of utmost importance.

The Feast of the Nativity of Christ always draws the attention of believers. Wise believers use the Nativity Fast to focus on the soul and prepare for the Feast of the Nativity of Christ in ways expected by the Church.

The accumulation of material goods in this world has reached excesses beyond human comprehension. Greed seems to reach a new level with each daily news broadcast.

Poverty continues. Excess wealth and material goods in the hands of a few continues. Wise individuals will care for the soul each day and concentrate on the ways of God.

The Gospel lesson for today and the Gospel message of each day put life in perspective in ways that give proper value to material goods and to the soul. The Lord Jesus Christ said: "For what shall it profit a man, if he gain the whole world and lose his own soul?" (Mk. 8:36)

The present Gospel reminds believers that each day can be the last day of their lives. Focusing on the accumulation of material wealth has limited benefit. Care of the soul has lasting benefit.

Jesus said: "Where your treasure is, there will your heart be also." (Mt. 6:21) If we care for our souls, we will make time to pray regularly. If we care for ours souls, we will confess and cry over our sins and seek God's forgiveness.

If we care for our souls, we will seek to nourish our souls by being in God's Holy Church. We will prepare for Holy Confession and Holy Communion with great seriousness of purpose. We will contemplate the goodness of God and continuously give thanks.
St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
November 23 / December 6, 2009
Twenty-Sixth Sunday after Pentecost.
St. Metrophanes, Bishop of Voronezh

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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