St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 612 - September 27 / October 10, 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 27 / October 10, 2010
Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost
No. 612

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

II Corinthians 10:15

Boasting of things without our measure, that is of other men's labours; but, having hope, when your faith is increased, that we shall be enlarged by you according to our rule abundantly.

Recent Services
September 30
Ninth Hour and Vespers were read.
October 1
Matins and First Hour were read.
Ninth Hour and Vespers were read.
October 2
Matins and First Hour were read.
One person came for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
October 3
Matins and First Hour were read.
Third and Sixth Hour were read followed by Divine Liturgy. Thirty-one people attended the Divine Liturgy with two communicants.
Baptism and Chrismation of Maksim Sivak.

Services This Coming Week - Always Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule

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

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

4:00 PM on Monday, Friday, Saturday

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

Divine Liturgy at 8:00 AM, Feast of Protection of the Mother of God

10:00 AM Divine Liturgy at Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Church, Fairmont, W.Va.

Akathists and prayers for personal needs will be scheduled during the week on request.

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

October 14 - Protection of the Mother of God
October 19 - Holy Apostle Thomas
October 27 - Venerable Mother Parasceva, St.Petka
October 31 - Parish Anniversary Celebration and 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

Congratulations to Philip and Christina Sivak on the baptism of new son Maksin. Congratulations to grandparents, and Kumovi.

Sympathy extended to the family of Air Force Chaplain Father Mark Sahady. Father Mark's mother departed this life recently and he returned from Japan for the funeral.

Plan to attend the Parish Anniversary celebration on October 31, 2010. Bring a friend.

Come to Divine Liturgy on the Feast of the Protection of the Mother of God.

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. Come to Adult Class on Tuesday at 7:00 PM. Learn more 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.

Honor your Slava each year.

A Thought from Proto Stavrofor Radovan Milkovich

Once the Spirit begins to work freely in your own life your life will be changed. As your life is changed so, too, shall the lives related to your own be changed as well. If each one of us can radiate this Grace to those about us we shall surely bring a new breath of spiritual fragrance into the world. We shall then be able to "GO FORTH THEREFORE AND MAKE ALL NATIONS MY DISCIPLES: BAPTIZE MEN EVERYWHERE IN THE NAME OF THE FATHER, AND THE SON AND THE HOLY SPIRIT, AND TEACH THEM TO OBSERVE ALL THAT I COMMANDED YOU." (Matthew 28:20)

( Sermons and Speeches. Prepared for publication by Zivota Stevovich. Raska Skola, Belgrade, 1999, p. 224. )

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

To Consider

The far reaching effects of Holy Baptism.
The commitment to Christ made at Holy Baptism.
The continued nurturing in Christ needed after Baptism.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

October 2 - Went to Morgantown for printing purposes.
October 5 - Went to Youngstown, Ohio

Psalm 81/82:3

Defend the poor and the fatherless; do justice to the afflicted and the needy.

Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost

Luke 6:31-36

Now it happened, the day after, that He went into a city called Nain; and many of His disciples went with Him, and a large crowd. And when He came near the gate of the city. behold, a dead man was being carried out, the only son of his mother; and she was a widow. And a large crowd from the city was with her. When the Lord saw her, He had compassion on her and said to her, "Do not weep." Then He came and touched the open coffin and those who carried him stood still. And He said, "Young man, I say to you, arise." So he who was dead sat up and began to speak. And He presented him to his mother. Then fear came upon all, and they glorified God, saying, "A great prophet has risen up among us; and "God has visited His people."

The Lord Jesus Christ's power over death is demonstrated in the current Gospel. In the current Gospel the Lord Jesus Christ exposes the limitation of death and the power of God. Jesus raised the only son of the widow of Nain. Later, Jesus would rise from the tomb following His death on the Cross. Believers have no reason to despair when they have faith in the Crucified and Risen Christ. Believers have reason for enduring hope in all circumstances because of the love of Christ for each person. The Resurrected Christ provides joy for believers.

The widow of Nain and her son raised by Christ from the dead had an experience that is worthy of repeating in the Church each year. The power of the Gospel is life-changing. The Gospel tells of Christ's life, His teachings and His miracles. The love of Christ is revealed in the Gospel. Each person will find the meaning for his or her life by reading the Gospel and turning to Christ in prayer.

For most people life extends from birth to adulthood. A certain number of people never live the full cycle of life from infancy to adulthood. A certain number of individuals depart this life either immediately after birth or at various ages prior to adulthood. The reasons for an untimely departure from this life are not always known. In some instances such as accidents, certain medical conditions or suicides the reasons are very obvious.

Each person determines the way to live his or her earthly life. Believers are expected to honor the life and teachings of the Lord Jesus Christ. Believers are to live in ways pleasing to God. The life lived in ways pleasing to God brings fulfillment and peace. The Cross of Christ is expected to be central in the daily life of a Christian. The joy of the Resurrection has a central part in the daily life of the Christian.

The widow of Nain experienced a kind of death when she saw her son lying in the coffin. She would have reason to mourn for the loss of her only son. She would for a period of time become a mother with a son departed this life. We know the Mother of God witnessed the death of her Son on the Cross. Just as Jesus cared for His Mother at the time of His death (Jn. 19:25-27), He cared for the widow of Nain at the time of her son's death. There is a parallel between the accounts of the two mothers having their sons depart this life and return to life. The Lord Jesus Christ is central to both accounts.

The present Gospel teaches that Jesus intercedes in the lives of individuals and makes those lives better. Jesus initiated the involvement in the widow's life and in the life of her son. If we think carefully about our lives, we will recognize actions of Jesus that have been to our benefit. If we look carefully, we will recognize the work of God in our daily lives. We may go through life without being sufficiently attentive to the presence and work of God. Our obliviousness to the presence of God does not mean that God has been absent. God is always at work to our benefit and attentive to our needs. We need to be more attentive to God each day.

The widow of Nain and her newly risen son certainly had an experience that would inspire them to thank God each day and to remember the presence of God each day. We received our life from God. God provides the air we breathe, the sun that provides warmth and the beating of our hearts. We cannot think without the actions of God. We cannot talk or walk without the actions of God. Each day that we awake from sleep is a blessing from God. Each day is a new day of life to treasure, to appreciate, and to use for the glory of God.

By earnestly and regularly searching the content of our hearts and minds, we can assess the degree of interest we show in God on a daily basis. We benefit from having prayer in our hearts at all times to see God at work in our lives. We benefit from thinking carefully and extensively about the miracle performed by the Lord Jesus Christ in raising the dead son of the widow of Nain. Our lives will change to the extent we believe in this miracle. Our love of God and belief in God will be strengthened by the degree we believe in this miracle. Our hunger for God and interest for God will increase to the degree we believe in this miracle.

The miracles of God occur daily. Each miracle is a fresh and new revelation and action of God. Each miracle is a verification of the presence and love of God. Each miracle reveals the power of God and the creativity of God. Each miracle is a mystery inspiring witnesses to think about God. The miracle in the present Gospel inspired the witnesses to say: "God has visited His people." (Lk. 7:16) May we open our eyes daily to witness the miracles of God occurring all around us!

May we look with open eyes and open hearts to the presence of God wherever we are located. May we look with appreciation for the care and compassion of God. God offers a new life to all repenting of sins and seeking the Kingdom of God. God brought new life to the only son of the widow of Nain. God brings new life to all deadened by sin but willing to repent.

St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
September 27 / October 10, 2010
Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost.
St. Callistratus, Martyr.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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