St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 610 - September 13 / September 26, 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
September 13 / September 26, 2010
Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost
No. 610

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

Galatians 3:26

For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus.

Recent Services
September 17
Ninth Hour and Vespers were read.
September 18
Matins and First Hour were read.
Vespers was read.
September 19
Matins and First Hour were read.
Third and Sixth Hour were read followed by the Divine Liturgy. Thirty-people came. Two communicants.
September 20
Matins and First Hour were read. Ninth Hour and Vespers were read.
September 21
One person came for the Akathist to the Mother of God.
September 25
Matins and First Hour were read at St. George Church.
Six people came for Divine Liturgy at Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Church in Fairmont, W.Va.
Two people came to St. George Church for Ninth Hour and Vespers.

Services This Coming Week - Always Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule

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

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

4:00 PM on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday. Ninth Hour and Vespers.

8:00 AM Divine Liturgy - Feast of Elevation of the Holy Cross.

6:30 PM Akathist followed by Adult Class

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

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

Today - Parish Executive Board Meeting
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 9 - Repose of Apostle and Evangelist John the Theologian, Memorial Saturday
October 14 - Protection of the Mother of God
October 19 - Holy Apostle Thomas
October 27 - Venerable Mother Parasceva, St.Petka
October 31 - St. Luke
November 6 - Memorial Saturday
November 8 - St. Demetrius the Great Martyr
November 10 - St. Arsenius

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

Increase your commitment to the parish church each week.

Three people came to Adult Class last week. Join the class and bring a friend to study the Gospel for the week.

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.

A Thought from His Grace Bishop Dr. MITROPHAN

Since Christ is the Head of that community, spiritually united by faith in Him, from Him, as the holy Head, holiness comes in that spiritual community-the Church. Holiness flows through the entire body of the Church, just as blood flows through our body. The Lord Jesus Christ has sanctified the Church by His Blood, and the Holy Spirit has fulfilled it by His descent, and so 'the entire building grows" (Eph. 2:21-22)

( The Teaching of Saint Apostle Paul on the Church. Translated by Protopresbyter Stefan Zaremba. Sremski Karlovac 2001, p. 48. )

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

To Consider

The Precious and Life-giving Cross.
The Cross and the Resurrection
The Meaning of the Cross and Resurrection for Our Lives

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

September 21 - Went to Diocesan Center and then to Old Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Church in Youngstown, Ohio.
September 22-24 - Went to Phoenix and Safford, Arizona for Farah Grant presentation and Clergy Brotherhood Meeting. Visited St. Sava Church in Phoenix, St. Anthony Greek Orthodox Monastery and St. Paisius Serbian Orthodox Monastery.
September 25 - Went to Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Church in Fairmont, W.Va. for Divine Liturgy.

Psalm 79/80:3

Restore us, O God; Cause Your face to shine, and we shall be saved.

The Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost

Luke 5:1-11

So it was, as the multitude pressed about Him to hear the word of God, that He stood by the Lake of Gennesaret, and saw two boats standing by the lake; but the fishermen had gone from them and were washing their nets. Then He got into one of the boats, which was Simon's, and asked him to put out a little from the land. And He sat down and taught the multitudes from the boat. When He had stopped speaking, He said to Simon, "Launch out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch. But Simon answered and said to Him, "Master, we have toiled all night and caught nothing; nevertheless, at Your word I will let down the net. And when they had done this, they caught a great number of fish, and their net was breaking. So they signaled to their partners in the other boat to come and help them. And they came and filled both the boats, so that they began to sink. When Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus' knees, saying, "Depart from me, for I am a sinful man, O Lord." For he all and who were with him were astonished at the catch of fish which they had taken; and so also were James and John, the sons of Zebedee, who were partners with Simon. And Jesus said to Simon, "Do not be afraid. From now on you will catch men." So when they had brought their boats to land, they forsook all and followed Him.

The Sunday before the Elevation of the Precious Cross

John 3:13-17

No one has ascended to heaven but He who came down from heaven, that is, the Son of Man who is in heaven. And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up, 'that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life. For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.

St. John's Gospel message for today speaks of salvation and eternal life. St. John's Gospel lifts thoughts to beyond the limits of earthly life, to the heights of life everlasting. The Holy Apostle Paul told the Corinthians: "If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men the most pitiable." (I Cor. 15:19) We benefit from having concern for the condition of our souls and of the care we give to our souls.

The thoughts we have regarding the Lord Jesus Christ and the relationship we have with Christ will govern our behavior and approach to life. We will treat our friends and the people we meet in life in accord with our relationship with Christ. Our attitude and thoughts regarding Jesus' death on the Cross and His Resurrection will define the meaning we find in life and the ways we conduct our daily lives. At Baptism believers embrace and confess belief in the Nicene-Constantinopolitan Creed. Every remaining day of life believers are expected to conduct themselves in accord with the beliefs confessed in the Creed.

Belief in the Death and Resurrection of Christ is not an abstract belief. Belief in the other equally important articles of the Creed is not a matter of abstraction. The way we live earthly life determines the way we spend eternity. Each believer heeding the call to become a Christian accepts the responsibility to live as a Christian for the remaining days of earthly life. The full joy of the Christian life is experienced in living the Christian life fully. The Lord Jesus Christ went to the Cross voluntarily. St. John's Gospel speaks of the world being saved by Christ. We can weigh the events of the world to formulate the degree to which believers heed the message of Christ.

Each Christian is accountable personally to the Lord Jesus Christ. Each person bearing the name of Christ is expected to act in a Christ-like manner. The Gospel will nourish believers and provide strength and insight. Holy Confession and Holy Communion enable the believer to cast behind sinful ways and to begin anew in accord with the ways of God. Each day unfolds as a new day drawing closer to the return of the Lord Jesus Christ. Each day unfolds as new and unknown. Believers do not know what to expect with each coming day but have reason to hope in the Crucified and Resurrected Christ.

The Cross of Christ has an enduring and lasting effect reaching through the centuries. The Resurrection of Christ has an enduring message strengthened with each passing day. Believers draw strength daily from the power of Christ's Cross and the hope established by His Resurrection. This strength translates into action as believers face and effectively deal with adversity due to the firmness of faith in Christ. Personal faith in Christ is renewed with participation in the Divine services of the Church and with the hearing of the Holy Gospel.

The Gospel delivers messages of faith and hope that affect individuals and transform the world. Each person strengthened by the Gospel message and going forth into the world spreads the Gospel by his and her actions. One person taking the Gospel seriously can affect many people. The lives of the saints bear testimony to the effect a single person can have when the Christian life is taken seriously.

Today the message from St. John's Gospel is a strong reminder of Christ's Crucifixion and Resurrection. Believers do well to remember Christ's Crucifixion and Resurrection each day. Every day is a day to give thanks to the Lord Jesus Christ for His death on the Cross and His glorious Resurrection. Everyday is a day to give thanks and commit to living in ways pleasing to God.

The message of the Gospel carries the power of Christ and transforms the attentive listener. The power of Christ changes human lives and renews individuals who repent of their sins. Each Divine Liturgy is an opportunity for renewal and unity with Christ. Each Divine Liturgy is an opportunity to experience a foretaste of the Kingdom of God.

St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
September 13 / September 26, 2010
Sunday before the Feast of the Elevation of the Cross.
Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost.
Dedication of the Church of the Resurrection at the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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