St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 617 - November 1 / November 14, 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
November 1 / November 14, 2010
Twenty-Fifth Sunday after Pentecost
No. 617

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

I Timothy 6:12

Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, to which you were also called and have confessed the good confession in the presence of many witnesses.

Recent Services
November 5
Ninth Hour and Vespers were read.
November 6
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 a pomen for all departed members of St. George Church and for Vespers.
November 7
Matins and First Hour were read.
Third and Sixth Hours were read followed by the Divine Liturgy.
Twenty-one people attended. One communicant.
November 8
Matins and First Hour were read.
Two people came for Divine Liturgy. One Slava Kolac and Koljivo were blessed.
November 9
Matins and First Hour were read.
Two people came for the Akathist to the Holy Fathers of Mt. Athos
November 10
Matins and First Hour were read.
Ninth Hour and Vespers were read.
November 11
Matins and First Hour were read.

Services This Coming Week - Always Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule

Matins and First Hour.
Third and Sixth Hours followed by Divine Liturgy, Blessing of Kolac and Koljivo for Choir Slava

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

4:00 PM on Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday.

8:00 AM Divine Liturgy.
6:30 PM Akathist followed by Adult Class at 7:00 PM.

Akathists and Prayers for special needs scheduled on request.

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

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 - Holy Apostle Philip
November 28 - 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

Thank you to all participating in the Choir Slava celebration.

Thank you to all offering to help the Kolo bake.

Remember the 78 miners in the Farmington, West Virginia Mine Disaster of November 20, 1968 and their families and friends.

Businessman Mitch Brozik recently had his picture on a magazine cover.

Applications are on the Diocesan website for the Winter Retreat at Shadeland.

Donations will be taken until December 10, 2010 for the suffering Serbian people in Kraljevo hurt by the recent earthquake and may be given to Sonia Janson.

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.

Three people came to Adult Class this past Tuesday. Class again this week.

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. Learn from St. John Chrysostom, St. Cyril of Alexandria and Blessed Theophylact!

Bring a friend to church the next time you come.

Invite your neighbor to attend church with you.

Read the calendar of the Church and honor the fasts and feasts.

Read the Bible regularly.

Remind your friends and relatives to listen to the parish radio broadcast.

A Thought from Father Rastko Trbuhovich

Not only is it a sin not to attend Liturgy when we can, but we have to confess that it is a sin not to prepare to receive Holy Communion when we are at Liturgy. It is a sin to arrive late at Liturgy, to leave early. It is a sin to stand at Liturgy and not pay attention to all that is happening.

( The Voice of St. Stephen. Lackawanna, New York. October-December 2010. )

To Consider

The joy of loving God with all your heart, mind, strength, and soul.
The joy of loving your neighbor as yourself.
The joy of being renewed in Christ.

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

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

November 6 - Served Divine Liturgy in Fairmont, West Virginia.
November 6 - Visited patient in Ruby Memorial Hospital, Morgantown, W. Va.
November 10 - Visited parishioners in Uniontown and parishioner in Fairchance, Pa.

Psalm 86/87:1

His foundation is in the holy mountains.

Twenty-Fifth Sunday after Pentecost

Luke 10:25-37

And behold, a certain lawyer stood up and tested Him, saying "Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?" He said to him, "What is written in the law? What is your reading of it?" So he answered and said, "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself." And He said to him, "You have answered rightly; do this and you will live." But he, wanting to justify himself, said to Jesus, "And who is my neighbor?" Then Jesus answered and said: "A certain man went down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among thieves, who stripped him of his clothing, wounded him, and departed, leaving him half dead. Now by chance a certain priest came down that road. And when he saw him, he passed by on the other side. Likewise a Levite, when he arrived at the place, came and looked, and passed by on the other side. But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was. And when he saw him, he had compassion. So he went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine; and he set him on his own animal, brought him to an inn, and took care of him. On the next day, when he departed, he took out two denari, gave them to the innkeeper, and said to him, "Take care of him; and whatever more you spend, when I come again, I will repay you. So which of these three do you think was the neighbor to him who fell among the thieves?" And he said, "He who showed mercy on him." Then Jesus said to him, "Go and do likewise."

The present Gospel is a lesson for believers to put into action the Christian faith. Believers are expected to show love and concern for the suffering people in our midst. Many centuries ago Blessed Theophylact said: "We learn from this parable to be always ready to show mercy and make haste to be near those in need of our help." 1 Christians are to follow the standards established by Christ and to put them into practice throughout their lives. Our faith is tested and measured by the way we apply it in daily life. The Holy Prophet Isaiah expresses the words of the Lord applying to those with shallow faith: "These people draw near with their mouths and honor Me with their lips but have removed their hearts far from Me." (Is. 29:13)

The world needs true and serious Christians in every generation. Every generation faces challenges and obstacles. The way to God's Kingdom is known in the Church and proclaimed in the Church. Believers hear the message of the Kingdom and are expected to take the message into the community. Believers are expected to put the Gospel to work in their homes, in their work places, in their neighborhoods and in the schools they are affiliated with.

Christ and His Holy Apostles set lasting examples. We are to learn from these examples and are expected to follow their ways. We find our strength in Christ and find fulfillment in sharing the Gospel with others. All that is done in the name of Christ is to be done with love. In the First Epistle of St. John we read: "If God so loved us, we also ought to love one another." (I Jn. 4:11) No greater inspiration exists than to consider Christ upon the Cross and His glorious Resurrection. Each person can find meaning, purpose and new life in the Cross and Resurrection of Christ.

Through prayer and fasting and coming to know the Holy Gospel well, we find ways to love our neighbors and to love God more. We find ways to fight sin and be united with Christ. The Holy Apostles and Holy Martyrs of the Church set lasting examples of resilience for Christ in the face of the greatest of adversities. The Holy Apostles and Holy Martyrs are capable intercessors before the Lord in our behalf. As Christians, we do well to pray for the intercession of the Holy Apostles and Martyrs before the Lord that we may have the strength and wisdom to do Christian works during the remaining days of our lives.

We hear the Gospel message of the Last Judgment (Mt. 25:31-46) each year as Great Lent approaches. No serious believer wants to be denied entry into the Kingdom of God. When Christians do good works, they motivate others to follow suit. Christians doing works show that negativism need not be the rule in society. Kindness and love have important places in daily life. Gentleness and self-control have places in daily life. The Holy Apostle Paul told the Galatians: "The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control." (Gal. 522-23). Society does not have to be characterized as callous and uncaring. Communities begin to change for the better when each Christian decides to live seriously according to Christ.

Children look to adults as examples. Children learn from the behaviors of adults. If adults are callous and uncaring about the suffering in their midst, children will grow up accepting suffering and doing nothing about it. If adults show that caring for suffering family members, friends and neighbors is the Christian thing to do, their children will learn important lessons that will serve them and others well in life.

Families improve and are strengthened when adults show love and concern for each family member. When Christ is at the center of the family's life, neighbors and friends are loved and recipients of compassion in time of need. Serious Christian families give from their hearts to the needy in the community. The Samaritan in the present Gospel showed firm and convincing concern for the robbery victim along the road. The Samaritan did not ignore or pass by the man in need. May we Christians of today have the compassion and love of the Samaritan in the present Gospel and share it with all the people we meet.

1The Explanation of the Holy Gospel According to Luke. Chrysostom Press, House Springs, Missouri, 2007, p. 118.

St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
November 1 / November 14
Twenty-Fifth Sunday after Pentecost.
Holy Wonderworkers and Unmercenaries Cosmas and Damian.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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