St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 608 - August 30 / September 12, 2010

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
August 30 / September 12, 2010
Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost
No. 608

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

I Timothy 2:15

Notwithstanding she shall be saved in childbearing, if they continue in faith and charity and holiness with sobriety.

Recent Services
September 4
Vespers was read.
September 5
Matins and First Hour were read.
Third and Sixth Hours were read followed by the Divine Liturgy. Twenty-eight people came. One communicant.
September 6
Matins and First Hour were read.
Ninth Hour and Vespers were read.
September 7
One person came for Matins and First Hour.
One person came for the Akathist to the Cross, the Akathist to the Icon of the Mother of God, She Who Healeth, and the Akathist to St. Nicholas.
Three people came for the Akathist to the Icon of the Mother of God of Three Hands.
September 8
Matins and First Hour were read.
The funeral service was held for +Mary Khartley with burial in St. George Cemetery
September 9
Matins and First Hour were read at St. George Church.
Thirteen people came to Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Church in Fairmont, West Virginia for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
September 10
Matins and First Hour were read.
Ninth Hour and Vespers were read.

Services This Coming Week - Always Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule

Matins and First Hour. Third and Sixth Hour followed by Divine Liturgy.

5:30 AM Matins and First Hour on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday.

4:00 PM Vespers on Monday, Thursday, Friday.

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

Akathists and Prayers for Special Needs will be scheduled during the week on request.

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

September 14 - Ecclesiastical New Year
September 19 - Miracle of Archangel Michael, Parish Executive Board Meeting
September 21 - Feast of the Nativity of the Theotokos
September 25 - Leavetaking of the Nativity of the Theotokos
September 27 - Feast of the Elevation of the Precious and Life-Giving Cross
September 30 - Holy Martyrs Faith, Hope and Love with their mother Sophia.
October 4 - Leavetaking of the Elevation of the Cross
October 14 - Protection of the Mother of God

If you are too busy to are too busy!

Remember the Suffering Serbian People in Kosovo and Metohijia and All Suffering People Everywhere

Parish Life

Sympathy extended to the family of +Mary Khartley, departed this life this past week.

Our parishioners are invited to the Holy Trinity Cathedral Serbian Food Festival on Saturday, September 18 at Holy Trinity Picnic Grounds, Castle Shannon.

Four people came to Adult Class last Tuesday. Class again this Tuesday at 7:00 PM.

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 practices of the Church and want to learn more, ask the priest and come to Adult Class. Come and learn about the Holy Gospel.

If your home has not been blessed and you want it blessed, contact the priest.

Bring a friend to church. Come to church during the week as often as possible.

The parish radio broadcast will be after 6:00 PM when the Steelers play on Sunday afternoon. Invite your friends and relatives to listen with you.

Honor your Slava every year.

Pray and read your Bible everyday.

A Thought from Reverend Father Aleksa Micich

The Bogomoljacki Pokret, or Movement of those who pray, was a spontaneous movement, which had its origins before the bishop's birth. However, Bishop Nikolai was the driving force that gave it legitimacy during a period in which the Orthodox faith was threatened by the spread of many sectarian groups in Eastern Europe. This movement at first was looked upon by many of the Orthodox clergy as sectarian in nature, and in some ways it was. However, Bishop Nikolai was not willing to abandon the virtues of the group at a time when the Serbian nation needed an influx of this type of spirituality. Bishop Nikolai was able to discipline the group and convince many of the clergy to accept them

( Bishop Nikolai Velimirovic and The Bogomoljack Pokret M. Div. Thesis. St. Vladimir's Orthodox Theological Seminary, Crestwood, New York, 2000, p. 1. )

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

To Consider

The Ecclesiastical New Year
A commitment to follow the calendar of the Church.
A commitment to honor the feasts and fasts.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

September 3 - Went to Morgantown for printing purposes.
September 3 - Went to Diocesan Center for Slava Vigil.
September 4 - Went to Diocesan Center for Slava Divine Liturgy.
September 9 - Blessed one house in Belle Vernon.
September 9 - Went to Fairmont, W.Va. for Ninth Hour and Vespers.

Psalm 77/78:7

That they might set their hope in God, and not forget the works of God, but keep His commandments.

Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost

Matthew 25:14-30

For the kingdom of heaven is like a man traveling to a far country, who called his own servants and delivered his goods to them. And to one he gave five talents to another two, and to another one, to each according to his own ability; and immediately he went on a journey. Then he who had received the five talents went and traded with them, and made another five talents. And likewise he who had received two gained two more also. But he who received one went and dug in the ground, and hid his lord's money. After a long time the lord of those servants came and settled accounts with them. So he who had received five talents came and brought five other talents, saying, 'Lord, you delivered to me five talents; look, I have gained five more talents besides them.' His lord said to him, 'Well done, good and faithful servant; you were faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.' He also who had received two talents came and said, 'Lord you delivered to me two talents; look, I have gained two more talents besides them.' His Lord said to him, 'Well done, good and faithful servant; You have been faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.' Then he who had received the one talent came and said, 'Lord, I knew you had to be a hard man, reaping where you have not sown, and gathering where you have not scatted seed. And I was afraid, and went and hid your talent in the ground. Look, t here you have what is yours.' But his lord answered and said to him, 'You wicked and lazy servant, you knew that I reap where I have not sown, and gather where I have not scattered seed. So you ought to have deposited my money with the bankers, and at my coming I would have received back my own with interest. Therefore take the talent from him, and give it to him who has ten talents. For to everyone who has, more will be given, and he will have abundance; but from him who does not have, even what he has will be taken away. And cast the unprofitable servant into the outer darkness. There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

Matthew 5:14-19, 30

You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven. Do not think that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I have not come to destroy but to fulfill. For assuredly I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, one jot or one tittle will by no means pass from the law till all is fulfilled. Whoever therefore breaks one of the least of these commandments and teaches men so, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever does and teaches them, he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven. And if your right hand causes you to sin, pluck it out and cast if from you; for it is more profitable for you that one of your members perish, than for you whole body to be cast into hell.

Believers determine the use of the talents received from God. Conscientious believers acknowledge the goodness, kindness and mercy of God in the bestowing of gifts and talents. Conscientious believers demonstrate appreciation to God for talents and gifts received. Talents and gifts from God are to be used in ways pleasing to God and ultimately for the glory of God. Selfish, small-minded and short-sighted individuals credit themselves for any personal accomplishments and fail to give appropriate credit and glory to God. Certainly every believer is aware of the final judgment that is to occur. Each person will be subject to the intense scrutiny by the returning Lord.

The time between now and departure from this life is a blessing from God and an opportunity to be reconciled with God. The time between now and departure from this life is a period for repentance and living in ways pleasing to God. No person can be certain of the time remaining in his or her life. No person can be certain as to when Christ will return in His Glorious Second Coming. Being prepared is the wisest course of action. Today's Gospel lesson and all Gospel lessons addressing the Second Coming of Christ emphasize the importance of preparation for final judgment.

Standing before an earthly judge is intimidating. Standing before Christ when eternal life or everlasting punishment is at stake simply increases the importance and intensity. Christian life is fulfilling each day for believers living in Christ each day. Repentance and living in ways pleasing to God reduce the need for fear at the final judgment. Holy Confession and Holy Communion reconcile a believer with God. The love of God is experienced in Holy Confession and Communion. The love of God will be experienced in the final judgment by those living in God-pleasing ways.

The saints of God's Holy Church constantly demonstrate that living fully as Christians is possible and beneficial. A careful reading of the lives of the saints will prove that even individuals who have committed criminal acts can conclude their lives as saints if they repent and reform. Today according to the liturgical calendar we celebrate the Synaxis of Serbian Saints. Often times in the media the Serbs have been demonized. Too little attention in the media has been given to the Serbian saints. Too little attention has been given in the media to the historical efforts and contributions of the Serbian Orthodox Church. Too little attention has been given to the day to day contributions of Serbian Orthodox Christians in the building up of the communities and societies in which they live.

In the last century and in the present century, ordinary Serbian Orthodox Christians have made daily heroic contributions to the building up of this country as they served in the armed forces, the federal, state and local governments, in industry, healthcare, education and other walks of constructive daily life. Serbian Orthodox mothers and fathers have sacrificed to educate their children and have worked hard in their workplaces to be contributing citizens while all the while supporting their parish churches across this continent.

This country and the communities in which Serbian Orthodox churches are located are better because of the citizenship practices and contributions of Serbian Orthodox Christians. Repentance and reform always have their place. Preparation for the Second Coming Christ is a daily expectation. Loving God and constantly giving thanks to God has a place in the life of every believer.

St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
August 30 / September 12, 2010
Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost
Synaxis of Serbian Saints.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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