St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 611 - September 20 / October 3, 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 20 / October 3, 2010
Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost
No. 611

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

Romans 4:16

Therefore it is of faith that it might be according to grace, so that the promise might be sure to all the seed, not only to those who are of the law, but also to those who are of the faith of Abraham, who is the father of us all.

Recent Services
September 26
Matins and First Hour were read.
Twenty-one people came for Divine Liturgy.
September 27
Matins and First Hour were read.
Four people came for Divine Liturgy.
September 28
One person came for Matins and First Hour.
Four people came for the Akathist to the Cross.
September 29
One person came for Matins and First Hour.
Ninth Hour and Vespers were read.
September 30
One person came for Matins and First Hour

Services This Coming Week - Always Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule

Matins and First Hour.
Third and Sixth Hours followed by Divine Liturgy.
A Baptism is scheduled.

No weekday morning or afternoon services for Monday through Friday.

4:00 PM Vespers (Call to confirm)

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

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 Parish Anniversary Celebration, Banquet
November 6 - Memorial Saturday
November 8 - St. Demetrius the Great Martyr
November 10 - St. Arsenius
November 16 - Translation of the Relics of Greatmartyr George.
November 21 - Synaxis of Archangel Michael and Other Bodiless Powers
November 22 - St. Nectarios Kephalas of Pentopolis
November 24 - St. Stephen of Dechani
November 26 - St. John Chrysostom
November 27 - Holy and All-praised Apostle Philip
November 28 - Beginning of Nativity Fast

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

Six people came to Adult Class this past week. No class this week.

Protopresbyter Djokan Majstorovic was re-elected President of the Serbian Orthodox Clergy Brotherhood of North and South America.

Protopresbyter Stavrofor Bronko Skaljac and Protopresbyter Stavrofor Vasilije Sokolovic also served as President of the Serbian Orthodox Clergy Brotherhood.

The Kolo is beginning to bake again. Please volunteer to help.

The Folk Dance Ensemble "Talija" from Belgrade will perform at St. Nicholas Serbian Orthodox Church in Monroeville on October 14. See bulletin board for details.

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.

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.

Mark your calendars to attend the parish Anniversary celebration.

A Thought from Mrs. A. Tumbas

When thousands of Serbian people were left homeless during the last World War they turned hopeless eyes to the giant nation called America for help and protection. They were not left unattended. Homeless and lost they converged on American and Canadian soil and the Kolos again stepped in as the Maid of Kossovo to help their beloved brethren. Homes were found for families left homeless. Food magically appeared to feed the children, furniture to equip the apartments that were barren, and jobs for men who found the language a barrier in seeking employment.

( "Circle of Serbian Sisters: Their Work and Their Dreams." 1971 Calendar of The Serbian Orthodox Church in the United States of America and Canada )

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

To Consider

The Enduring Power of the Cross of Christ
The joy emanating from Christ's Resurrection
The personal cross of each believer

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

September 18 - Attended United Mine Workers of America Picnic.
September 18 - Stopped to visit parishioners in Brownsville.
September 25 and 29 - Went to Morgantown for printing purposes.
September 26 - Attended parish Board meeting.

Psalm 80/81:1

Sing aloud to God our strength; Make a joyful shout to the God of Jacob.

Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost

Luke 6:31-36

And just as you want men to do to you, you also do to them likewise. But if you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners love those who love them. And if you do good to those who do good to you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners do the same. And if you lend to those from whom you hope to receive back, what credit is that to you? For even sinners lend to receive as much back. But love your enemies, do good, and lend, hoping for nothing in return; and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High. For He is kind to the unthankful and evil. Therefore be merciful, just as your Father who is merciful.

Sunday after the Elevation of the Precious and Life-giving Cross

Mark 8:34-9:1

When He had called the people to Himself, with His disciples, also, He said to them, "Whoever desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me. For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake and the gospels, will save it. For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul? For whoever is ashamed of Me and My words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of him the Son of Man also will be ashamed when He comes in the glory of His Father, with the holy angels." And He said to them, "Assuredly, I say to you that there are some standing here who will not taste death till they see the kingdom of God present with power.

Christians have the responsibility to confess Christ with their lives. Everything a person thinks, says and does should be a confession of belief in Christ and pleasing to Christ. Christians have a responsibility to resist and fight against sin in their lives. Christians have a responsibility to resist sinful thoughts, sinful talk and sinful actions. Christians have a responsibility of loving others as Christ loved others. The power of the Cross and the example of Christ on the Cross strengthens believers to move from unacceptable ways to ways pleasing to God.

Pain may be involved in moving from sinful ways to adopting ways pleasing to God. Each person is expected take up his or her cross in following Christ. Putting aside sinful ways includes embracing the way of Christ as the singular way of life. Daily living provides countless tests of a person's commitment to Christ. Countless temptations exist to lead a person into sin. The serious Christian is committed to the way of Christ. Avoiding sin and living in ways pleasing to Christ requires nourishment of the heart, mind and soul. The nourishment of the Holy Gospel and of the Precious Body and Blood of Christ prepare the believer for the battle against sin.

Relationships are a daily forum enabling believers to exhibit love of God, mercy, patience, kindness and forgiveness. Interaction with others will reveal the degree a person is committed to Christ and follows Christ. Intense and stressful circumstances test a person's faith and commitment and reveal the depth of a believer's faith and love for God.

The home, the parish, and the workplace will have moments of intensity. Neighborhoods and communities will have times of stress. Christians are able draw upon their faith in times of intensity. Christians are able to look to God for guidance, support and understanding. A family member going off to war, a family member working in a dangerous occupation or a dramatic change in employment status will create stress. The departure of a loved one from this life is cause for stress.

A trip to an unfamiliar area, the beginning of a new job or course study can be a source of stress and concern. God is good and merciful. God is reassuring and attentive. God provides strength for the weak and the uncertain. A believer only needs to look to the Cross of Christ with certainty and conviction to witness the love of Christ. This love of Christ is all-encompassing and thoroughly healing. The love of Christ is capable of healing each heart, each soul, and each mind. The love of Christ is capable of healing hurt that reaches to the innermost depths of a person. The love of Christ is capable of restoring hope to the hopeless and joy to the weary.

The Cross revealed the extent of Christ's love for each person. Christ went to His death voluntarily. He humbled Himself and submitted to the death on the Cross. Followers of Christ can draw courage from His example in facing the trials of daily life. Christians know that the Cross was the prelude to the Empty Tomb. Christians facing trials in daily life are motivated by the joy of the Resurrection and the goal of the Kingdom of God.

Christ revealed that death was not the end. Christ revealed death was not all powerful. When He rose from grave, Christ revealed He was greater than death. He revealed His power over death. He revealed that death was limited in effect.

The Cross and the Resurrection are reasons for believers to love God. God's love is greater than any love believers will have for God. Believers do well to show appreciation for God's boundless love by abundantly loving God and loving everyone created in the image and likeness of God.

To reach the state of love expected of believers requires change in most believers. That change comes when believers realize the degree of personal sin, repent and seek the Kingdom of God. Nourishment from the Holy Gospel, Holy Confession and Holy Communion are necessary steps in making the change. The love of God exceeds human understanding and brings endless joy to all appreciating it.

St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
September 20 / October 3, 2010
Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost.
Sunday after the Elevation of the Feast of the Precious and Life-giving Cross.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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