St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 614 - October 11 / October 24, 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 11 / October 24, 2010
Twenty-Second Sunday after Pentecost
No. 614

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

I Corinthians 16:13

Watch, stand fast in the faith, be brave, be strong.

Recent Services
October 15
Ninth Hour and Vespers were read.
October 16
Matins and First Hour were read at St. George Church.
Third and Sixth Hours were read at Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Church in Fairmont, W.Va.
Eight people came to Divine Liturgy at Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Church in Fairmont.
Two people came to St. George Church for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
October 17
Matins and First Hour were read.
Third and Sixth Hours were read followed by Divine Liturgy and Parastos. Twenty people attended.
October 18
Matins and First Hour were read.
Ninth Hour and Vespers were read.
October 19
Five people came for the Akathist to Faith, Hope, Love and their Mother Sophia.
October 20
Matins and First Hour were read.
One person to read for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
October 21
Matins and First Hour were read.

Services This Coming Week - Always Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule

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

Monday and Tuesday
5:30 AM Matins and First Hour.

Monday evening
4:00 PM Ninth Hour and Vespers.

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

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

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

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
November 22 - St. Nectarios
November 24 - St. Stephen of Decani
November 26 - St. John Chrysostom
November 27 - Nativity Fast begins.

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 on Tuesday.

Reservations are due for the Anniversary banquet.

Congratulations to Petar and Gordana Kodic on the birth of son Jovan.

Lud Miscovich comes early each Sunday.

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

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.

Read the Church calendar each day. Honor the fasts. Learn the feasts and saints.

Read your Bible regularly.

A Thought from Father Rastko Trbuhovich

As good stewards of the Kingdom of God, it is ours to do God's work in the world, to make the Kingdom known, and to make the Kingdom present and active by giving ourselves in love to others in response to God's overflowing love for us. Our rule is to obey God's will, everything the Gospel teaches us, using everything that God has given us, our time, our talents and our treasures. And we ultimately answerable to God for how we, in fact, use all of our time, talent and treasures.

( 2005 Calendar of the Clergy Brotherhood 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 experiences we will have after we depart this life.
The importance of each day of life.
The care of the soul each day of life.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

October 15 - Went to Morgantown, W.Va. for printing purposes.
October 17 - Went to Old Holy Trinity Church in Youngstown, Ohio. Returned on October 18, 2010. Went to Diocesan Center, Mars. Pa.

Psalm 83/84:

My soul longs, yes, even faints for the courts of the Lord; My heart and my flesh cry out for the living God.

The Twenty-Second Sunday after Pentecost

Luke 16:19-31

There was a certain rich man who was clothed in purple and fine linen and fared sumptuously every day. But there was a certain beggar named Lazarus, full of sores, who was laid at his gate, desiring to be fed with the crumbs which fell from the rich man's table. Moreover, the dogs came and licked his sores. So it was that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels to Abraham's bosom. The rich man also died and was buried. And being in torment in Hades, he lifted up his eyes and saw Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom. Then he cried and said, 'Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus that he may dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame. But Abraham said, 'Son, remember that in your lifetime you received your good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things; but now he is comforted and you are tormented. And besides all this, between us and you there is a great gulf fixed so that those who want to pass from here to you cannot, nor can those from there pass to us. Then he said, 'I beg you therefore, father, that you would send him to my father's house, for I have five brothers, that he may testify to them, lest they also come to this place of torment. Abraham said to him, 'They have Moses and the prophets, let them hear them.' And he said, 'No, father Abraham; but if one goes to them from the dead, they will repent.' But he said to him, 'If they do not hear Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded though one rise from the dead.'

This Gospel message compares the experiences of the rich man and Lazarus during their earthly lives and after their deaths. Not everyone is comfortable thinking about departure from this life. Everyone sooner or later departs this earthly life. Much can be learned from this Gospel that will affect an individual's experience after death. If the rich man had lived differently, his after death experiences would have been much different. If the rich man had been compassionate toward Lazarus during their earthly lives, perhaps they would have shared the same experiences in the care of Abraham. As it turned out, the rich man had no known compassion on Lazarus. His lack of compassion resulted in torment after death.

Lazarus suffered much in his earthly life. His suffering ended with death. He would spend the time after death in the care of Abraham. At a funeral eulogy one time, a priest spoke about death being the ultimate healer. The reference to death as the ultimate healer applies in the case of Lazarus. Death ended the suffering that Lazarus was experiencing.

The present Gospel is a notification to contemporary believers to heed the teachings of the Gospel and the wisdom of Moses and the prophets. The present Gospel is a strong reminder that the way earthly life is lived will influence the conditions experienced after death. This is a lesson reminding contemporary believers to be attentive and compassionate to the suffering people seen in daily life. At times there may seem to be too many suffering people. Believers are expected to do the best they can.

The Holy Apostle Paul said: "Let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart." (Gal. 6:9)

The present Christian life requires a constant focus on Christ and the Kingdom of God. (Mt. 6:33) The present life requires vigilance against sin and unity with Christ. The joy of the Christian experience comes with love of Christ and the way of Christ. Prayer and nourishment by the Holy Gospel increases unity with Christ. Repentance is the repudiation of sin and the way of sin. Repentance is the turning toward God with total commitment and the desire to end sinful torment.

Dealing with pain and suffering in this life in ways pleasing to God can lead to better conditions after death. Lazarus is an example of patience in hardship. Lazarus fared better after death than during his earthly life. Contemporary believers are notified by this Gospel lesson of the consequences of being hard of heart and selfish with personal possessions. Only God knows how many families have experienced long-lasting personal conflicts among members due to hard-heartedness in the distribution of family properties. Only God knows how many personal friendships have suffered when business partnerships were terminated and little care was shown to others in distributing the business property.

Seemingly innocent encounters with individuals in neighborhoods or on local streets can have a long lasting effect on individual lives. The care of God is manifested in the present Gospel. The patience of God is manifested in the current Gospel. Individuals currently suffering in this earthly life can turn to Lazarus as an inspiring example to follow. Today is a good day to evaluate personal practices of compassion and determine if they are consistent with the ways of God. Personal opportunities to be compassionate to others remain until departure from this life. Departure from this life terminates an individual's ability to help others. The rich man realized his shortcomings when it was too late.

Jesus offers lasting nourishment to believers attentive to the present Gospel. Jesus offers life-changing nourishment to individuals attentive to the current Gospel. Individuals heeding the present Gospel and bringing their lives into conformity with the way of Christ take definitive action with long-lasting results. Eternal life is offered to individuals heeding the way of Christ. The Kingdom of God is offered to individuals heeding the way of God. The offerings of Christ exceed in value the short term benefits of sin and earthly pleasures.

St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
October 11 / October 24, 2010
Twenty-Second Sunday after Pentecost.
Holy Apostle Phillip

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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