St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 571 - December 14 / December 27, 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
December 14 / December 27, 2009
Twenty-Ninth Sunday after Pentecost
No. 571

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

Romans 11:19-21

You will say then, "Branches were broken off that I might be grafted in." Well said. Because of unbelief they were broken off, and you stand by faith. Do not be haughty, but fear. For if God did not spare the natural branches, He may not spare you either.

Services Recently
December 18
One person came for Ninth Hour and Great Vespers with Litya.
December 19
Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour were read.
Nine people came for Divine Liturgy. Three communicants. Two Kolachs.
December 20
Matins and First Hour read.
Third and Sixth Hour read prior to Divine Liturgy.
Nineteen people attended. Seven communicants.
December 21
Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour read at St. George Church.
Eight people came to Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Church in Fairmont, West Virginia for Ninth Hour and Great Vespers with Litya.
December 22
Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour read.
Ninth Hour and Vespers read.
December 23
Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour read.
Father Dimitre Dimitrov came to concelebrate the Akathist to Jesus Christ.
December 24
Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour read.

Services This Coming Week - Always Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule

Divine Liturgy with Very Rev. Lt. Col. Adam Yonitch serving.

Saturday at 4:00 PM (Call to confirm the time if you plan to attend).

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

December 27-30 - Youth Retreat at Shadeland
December 30 - Deacon Avakum and Abbot Paisius
December 31 - St. Sebastian
January 3 - Father's Day
January 6 - Christmas Eve
January 7 - Feast of the Nativity of the Lord Jesus Christ
January 8 - Synaxis of the Most Holy Theotokos
January 9 - Third Day of Christmas, St. Stephen the Protomartyr and Archdeacon.
January 13 - Leave-taking of Nativity.
January 18 - Eve of Theophany
January 19 - Theophany

If you are too busy to are too busy!

Remember the Serbian People in Kosovo and All Suffering People.

Parish Life

Congratulations to Paulette Radock for her professional nursing career in intensive care at UPMC-Presby. Paulette has made a difference in the lives of patients and has been a willing helper when parishioners were hospitalized.

Sympathy extended to the family of +John "Crink" Crnkovich of Aliquippa, recently departed this life.

Congratulations to Christina Sivak for completing the semester at the University of Pittsburgh in her studies to a Nurse Anesthetist.

Sympathy extended to the Hunchuck Family, +Joe Hunchuck's sister departed this life this past week.

It is good to see Mitzie Hunchuck holding classes with the young children following the Divine Liturgy. Thank you to parents bringing your children.

Two people came for Adult Class this past week. Study of the Divine Liturgy continues. No classes for the next two weeks.

If you are not a Kolo member, please join. New members are needed.

Invite a friend or relative to come to church.

Tell your friends and relatives about the parish radio program..

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.

Prepare for Holy Confession and Communion during the Nativity Fast.

An Executive Board meeting was held on December 13, 2009.

It was good to see Luaan Yancich Ljubic of Texas visiting the parish recently.

A Thought from His Grace Bishop Dr. MITROPHAN

But when working on his salvation, a Christian should have before himself holy examples: apostles, martyrs, ascetics and all the saints and he should be careful how he builds his spiritual building(I Cor.3:10-11; cf. Mt.7:24-27). If he builds on a secure rock he will never be in fear that that house will fall. Having in himself the pledge of the Holy Spirit (Eph. 1:13-14), the Christian experiences indescribable joy for he is one with Christ. Such a man relates with the angels, with all of God's creation: with the birds, and with the plants, and with all things in general

(The Teachings of Saint Apostle Paul on the Church Translation Protopresbyter Stefan Zaremba. 2001, p. 59. )

To Consider

The Nativity Fast
The forthcoming Feast of the Nativity
The seriousness of preparing for the Feast

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

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

December 21 - Served at Holy Trinity Church, Fairmont, W.Va.
December 23 - Took friends of parish to Allison Park, Pa.

Psalm 39:4

Lord, make me to know my end, and what is the measure of my days, that I may know how frail I am.

Twenty-Ninth Sunday after Pentecost

Luke 14:16-24

Then He said to him, "A certain man gave a great supper and invited many, and sent his servant at supper time to say to those who were invited, 'Come, for all things are now ready.' But they all with one accord began to make excuses. The first said to him, 'I have bought a piece of ground, and I must go to see it. I ask you to have me excused.' And another said, 'I have bought five yoke of oxen, and I am going to test them. I ask you to have me excused.' Still another said, 'I have married a wife, and therefore cannot come.' So the servant came and reported these things to his master. Then the master of the house, being angry, said to his servant, 'Go out quickly into the streets and lanes of the city, and bring in here the poor and the maimed and the lame and the blind.' And the servant said, 'Master, it is done as you commanded, and still there is room.' Then the master said to the servant, 'Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come, that my house may be filled. For I say unto you that none of those men who were invited shall taste of my supper."

Many people are born into the Holy Orthodox Church. They are baptized as infants. Some are baptized later in life and come from Orthodox families. Still others come from other backgrounds into the Holy Orthodox Church.

Not everyone entering God's Church remains as a faithful believer after baptism or conversion. A comprehensive study of the faithfulness of individuals from baptism or conversion until departure from this life would be beneficial.

Greater scientific attention to why individuals remain faithful to Christ would be helpful. Knowing more precisely why individuals depart from Christ would benefit parish efforts.

The present Gospel speaks about the invitation to the great supper. Individuals invited declined to attend for various reasons. Every Divine Liturgy is a great supper. Every Divine Liturgy, believers are invited to attend.

Every Divine Liturgy believers are invited to partake of Christ's Precious Body and Blood. Only a small percent of believers actually attend the Divine Liturgy regularly throughout the year.

Only a small percent of believers partake of Christ's Precious Body and Blood with great frequency. Many believers decline to attend the Divine Liturgy every Sunday and on major feast days.

Many, many believers do not partake of Christ's Precious Body and Blood frequently throughout the year. By not partaking of the Precious Body and Blood, believers are declining the invitation to be fully and consistently united with Christ.

God extends invitations to believers at every moment of time. At every moment of time, believers accept or reject the invitation. At every moment of time believers choose to draw closer to God or to withdraw from God's ways.

Conscious thought is not always given to God throughout the day. Conscious thought is not always given to whether each decision is pleasing to God. Careful attention is needed for all decision-making and for all use of time.

God's invitations are to be taken seriously. God's invitations are to be carefully considered. When God's invitations are accepted, the believer is strengthened by God. The believer is enriched by God.

Joy results when God's invitations are accepted. Joy permeates the heart, mind and soul. God's joy cannot be stifled. God's joy rises to the fore. God's joy changes a believer's appearance and countenance.

Christians are expected to honor marital responsibilities. Christians are expected to care for their homes and possessions. Christians are expected to work at their jobs in a responsible way.

Christ is to be honored in the home and in the workplace. Invitations to follow Christ can be accepted without abdicating family or employment responsibilities.

Saying "yes" to God's invitations will reveal to believers God pleasing ways to meet family and employment responsibilities. Saying "yes" to God will not cause a believer to abandon his or her family or employment responsibilities.

Abraham knew the importance of saying "yes" to God. Abraham took his responsibilities to God seriously. He was prepared to sacrifice his only son Isaac in obedience to God.

God spared Isaac and provided an alternative sacrifice. (Gen. 22:1-13) The more believers say "yes" to God, the more believers will perceive God at work in their personal lives.

Saying "yes" to God brings with it the responsibility of facing daily hardships and temptations at work in the world to derail believers from the path of Christ.

The path of Christ is fraught with temptations and hardships. From baptism to departure from this life, believers are repeatedly required to say "no" to sin and "yes" to God.

Saying "no" to God and "yes" to sin can be devastating to the soul. Not everyone cares for the soul on a daily basis. Failure to care for the soul each day leads to laxity and a downward spiral in the Christian life.

The Holy Scriptures provide daily strength for individuals taking time to nourish the soul daily. The lives of the saints provide examples for believers taking time to learn from these examples each day.

There are no shortcuts in living the Christian life. Repentance is necessary. Daily faith in God is necessary. Saying "yes" to God is always necessary. The Christian life is not to be oversimplified.

The Christian life is not to be diluted by the ways of the world.
St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
December 14 / December 27, 2009
Twenty-Ninth Sunday after Pentecost

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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