St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 613 - October 4 / October 17, 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
October 4 / October 17, 2010
Twenty-First Sunday after Pentecost
No. 613

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

II Thessalonians 1:11-12

Wherefore also we pray always for you, that our God would count you worthy of this calling, and fulfill all the good pleasure of His goodness, and the work of faith with power; that the name of our Lord Jesus Christ may be glorified in you, and ye in Him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ.

Recent Services
October 9
Two people came for the Pomen for All Departed this Life from this Parish and for Vespers.
The names of all individuals buried under the auspices of the St. George Church were read.
October 10
Matins and First Hour were read.
Third and Sixth Hours were read followed by the Divine Liturgy. Eighteen people attended the Divine Liturgy.
October 11
Matins and First Hour were read.
Ninth Hour and Vespers were read.
October 12
Matins and First Hour were read.
Two people came for the Akathist to Jesus Christ and Akathist to the Cross.
Three people came for the Akathist for the Protection of the Mother of God.
October 13
Matins and First Hour were read.
Ninth Hour and Vespers were read.
October 14
Matins and First Hour were read.
Six people came for Divine Liturgy.
One pomen was held.
One Slava Kolach was blessed.
October 15
Matins and First Hour were read.

Services This Coming Week - Always Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule

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

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

Afternoons
4:00 PM on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday.

Tuesday
6:30 PM Akathist followed by Adult Class.

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

October 19 - Holy Apostle Thomas
October 27 - Venerable Mother Parasceva, St.Petka
October 31 - Parish Anniversary Celebration, Banquet
November 6 - Memorial Saturday
November 8 - St. Demetrius the Great Martyr
November 10 - St. Arsenius
November 14 - Celebration of Choir Slava, Covered Dish Dinner
November 16 - Translation of the Relics of Greatmartyr George.
November 21 - Synaxis of Archangel Michael and Other Bodiless Powers

If you are too busy to pray...you are too busy!

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

Parish Life

Five people came for Adult Class on Tuesday. Class again this Tuesday. Come and learn about the Holy Gospel and the teachings of the Church. Bring a friend.

Plan to attend the Anniversary Divine Liturgy and Banquet.

Steve Popovich lives far from the St. George Church but always remembers the church.

Kathleen Waters lives far from the St. George Church but always remembers the church.

Eli and Sarah Matovich always remember the St. George Church.

Dorothy McCloy always remembers the St. George Church.

It was good to have Susan Zorman Donovan visiting this past week.

Joe and Ann Katusa always remember the St. George Church.

Happy Slava to those having celebrated the Protection of the Mother of God and to those celebrating the Holy Apostle Thomas.

Dr. Branimir and Luann Yancich Ljubic announced the birth of their son Robert John.

Check the postings in the church hall each week for interesting events in other parishes.

Thank God for the rescue of the miners in Chile.

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 Radovan Milkovich

So, as far as God is concerned, as Our Lord Jesus Christ is concerned, He does not accept second place in our life, in our heart, in our soul. Not the second, and still less the last! And that is the place left for Him more often than we like to admit. Glory to Thy longsuffering, O Lord!

( 1978 Calendar-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 on-going protection of the Mother of God.
Prayers offered to the Mother of God.
Miracles attributed to the Mother of God.

Psalm 82/83:1

Keep not Thou silence, O God; hold not Thy peace, and be not still, O God.


Twenty-First Sunday after Pentecost

Luke 8:5-15

"A sower went out to sow his seed. And as he sowed, some fell by the wayside; and it was trampled down, and the birds of the air devoured it. Some fell on rock; and as soon as it sprang up, it withered away because it lacked moisture. And some fell among thorns, and the thorns sprang up with it and choked it. But others fell on good ground, and sprang up, and yielded a crop a hundredfold." When He had said these things He cried, "He who has ears to hear, let him hear!" Then His disciples asked Him, saying "What does this parable mean?" And He said, "To you it is has been given to know the mysteries of the kingdom of God, but to the rest it is given in parables, that 'Seeing they may not see, and hearing they may not understand.' "Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God. Those by the wayside are the ones who hear; then the devil comes and takes away the word out of their hearts, lest they should believe and be saved. But the ones on the rock are those who, when they hear, receive the word with joy; and these have no root, who believe for awhile and in time of temptation fall away. Now the ones that fell among thorns are those who, when they have heard, go out and are choked with cares, riches, and pleasure of life, and bring no fruit to maturity. But the ones that fell on the good ground are those who, having heard the word with a noble and good heart, keep it and bear fruit with patience."

Only a certain number of individuals hearing the word of God take the word of God seriously. On the Feast of the Protection of the Mother of God, we hear from the Gospel of St. Luke: "Blessed are they that hear the word of God and keep it." (Lk. 11:28). The current Gospel speaks about having a noble and good heart, bearing fruit with patience. (Lk. 8:15). The present Gospel makes it clear that a number of individuals do not have good and noble hearts nor the patience to bring forth fruit.

Individuals choosing to bear fruit with patience are required to consistently work on their hearts. Constant preparation of the heart to welcome the word of God is necessary. Good and noble hearts are purified through prayer and repentance. Individuals with good and noble hearts will always guard their hearts and be vigilant in purifying their hearts and minds. Cherishing the word of God is a matter of choice. The choice may be made out of necessity created by desperation and discomfort. Individuals faced with a life threatening illness, a potential breakup of a marriage or a dramatic change in financial conditions often will have increased interest in the word of God. Threats to personal safety or personal stability may make an individual more open to hearing the word of God. Whether a person remains interested in the word of God until departure from this life will vary.

Growth in Christ and fulfillment in Christ requires repentance. Personal sin must be acknowledged and rejected. Growth in Christ and fulfillment in Christ brings the realization of human potential blessed by God. Growth and fulfillment in Christ has no equal.

Being a Christian has no equal. The love of Christ manifested on the Cross and in His Resurrection is boundless and without limits. The most extreme sinner can open his or her heart to the word of God and be cleansed and healed. The most extreme sinner can turn his or her life around and become a saint by heeding the word of God and keeping it. Readers of the lives of the saints learn of example after example of men and women who repented and heeded the word of God in their lives. Saints are sinners becoming new in Christ and remaining in Christ.

Individuals rooted in Christ hear the word of God and keep. They bear fruit that is noticeable. They have a personal bearing of peace and tranquility. In stressful times they remain unruffled. They are willing to become martyrs for Christ and will not yield to threats or temptations. Individuals rooted in Christ will be resolute in faith in the face of threatening circumstances even when no visible solution exists.

Individuals heeding the word of God will recognize God at work in their lives from the moment of conception until departure from this life. Individuals heeding the word of God and keeping it will be conscious of the place of God in providing eternal life. The glorious Second Coming of Christ and the Final Judgment will always be on the minds and in the hearts of individuals hearing the word of God and keeping it. Individuals welcoming the word of God are conscious of God in their lives and the necessity of God in their lives.

When we consider God in our lives, we have to think about God being greater than we can ever comprehend. When we think about God in our lives, we have to think about the creation and sustaining of human life through the centuries. We have to consider the magnificent view of the mountains and the beauty of the seas. We have to think about the change of seasons and the warmth of the sun. We have to think about the glow of the stars at night. We have to think of the seed that grows into crops to nourish the hungry. The word of God will open our minds and our hearts to the glory and majesty of God. The word of God will open our hearts and minds to boundless existence of God. The word of God will open our hearts and minds to the sensitivity of God to the prayers and situation of each individual. The word of God will provide us with prayers, hope and examples of faithful men and women.

Each Divine Liturgy is an opportunity to hear the word of God. Each Divine Liturgy is an opportunity to experience God and to worship God. The proclaiming of the word of God in the Divine Liturgy provides for direct experience with God. God is at work in the proclaiming of the Holy Gospel. God is at work in each life. Individuals may not recognize God at work in their lives but they owe their very life to God. The beating of the heart, the work of the lungs and movement of the body is due to God. We learn of life and death through the word of God. We learn of human relations through the word of God. The word of God is without limits in nourishing and enriching the lives of individuals of each generation.


St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
October 4 / October 17, 2010
St. Stefan and Jelena (Stiljanovic).

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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