St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 618 - November 8 / November 21, 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 8 / November 21, 2010
Twenty-Sixth Sunday after Pentecost
No. 618

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
November 12
Ninth Hour and Vespers were read.
November 13
Matins and First Hour were read.
One person came for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
November 14
Matins and First Hour were read.
Third and Sixth Hours were read followed by Divine Liturgy with Blessing of the Kolach and Koljivo for the Choir Slava. Twenty-three people came for the Divine Liturgy.
November 15
Matins and First Hour were read.
Ninth Hour and Vespers were read.
November 16
Matins and First Hour were read.Sixth Hour was read followed by Divine Liturgy.
One person attended Divine Liturgy.
Three people came for the Akathist to St. George in the evening.
November 17
Matins and First Hour were read. One person came.
Ninth Hour and Vespers were read.
November 18
One person came for Matins and First Hour.

Services This Coming Week - Always Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule

Today
Matins and First Hour.
Third and Sixth Hours followed by Divine Liturgy with Blessing of Kolach and Koljivo.

Mornings
5:30 AM Matins and First Hour on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday

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

Tuesday
6:30 PM Akathist of Thanksgiving 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

Today, 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
November 29 - St. Matthew, Apostle and Evangelist.
December 4 - Entrance of Theotokos into the Temple.
December 6 - Robena Mine Menorial

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

The Choir Slava celebration was very nice. Thank you to all supporting the Choir.

Mr. Milan Puskar always remembers the St. George Church.

Maria Djonovich, and Gojko and Anka Arbutina are the southern most parishioners attending the St. George Church. They live in excess of one hundred miles away.

Linda Chambers, Mike Dephillips, Marty Knezovich and Matt Matovich work to keep Pennsylvania safe throughout the year.

Lt. Col. Richard Menhart and Captain Dustin Menhart work to keep America safe throughout the year.

Swetko Davidovich always remembers the St. George Church.

Three people came for Adult Class this past Tuesday. Class again this Tuesday at 7:00 PM following the 6:30 PM Akathist of Thanksgiving. Learn from St. John Chrysostom, St. Cyril of Alexandria and Blessed Theophylact!

Happy Slava to all celebrating the Synaxis of Archangel Michael today.

Happy Name Day to all blessed to be named "Michael."

Tom Hunter helps St. George Church throughout year.

Irene Yancich drives from Richeyville to help the Kolo bake.

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.

A Thought from Proto Stavrofor Radovan Milkovich

We thank thee, our Heavenly Father, for the gift of Thy immense love for us, as manifested in Thy sending Thy only-begotten Son to assure us that we are neither alone in this awesome universe nor are we unloved and forgotten. Grant us faith that we will also reflect Thy love by sharing Thy gifts, those whom you left to our care in Thy name. Amen.

("Sermon on Thanksgiving." Sermons and Speeches. Edited by Zivota Stevovich. Raska Skola, Belgrade, 1999.)

To Consider

Giving thanks to God throughout the year.
Attending the Divine Liturgy to give thanks to God.
Praying to God with expressions of appreciation.

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

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

November 7 - Attend celebration for Baptism and Chrismation of Milica Katanic at St. George Church in Hermitage, Pennsylvania.
November 12 - Went to Morgantown for printing purposes.

Psalm 87/88:2

Let my prayer come before You; Incline Your ear to my cry.


Twenty-Sixth Sunday after Pentecost

Luke 12:16-21

Then He spoke a parable to them saying, "The ground of a certain rich man yielded plentifully. And he thought within himself, saying, 'What shall I do, since I have no room to store my crops?' So he said, 'I will do this: I will pull down my barns and build greater, and there I will store all my crops and my goods. And I will say to my soul, "Soul, You have many goods laid up for many years; take your ease; eat, drink, and be merry"' But God said to him, "Fool! This night your soul will be required of you; then whose will those things be which you have provided?" So is he who lays up treasures for himself, and is not rich towards God."

The present Gospel focuses on the meaning of life. The importance of the soul is very clear in this Gospel. The soul is of paramount importance throughout life. The Lord Jesus Christ put the soul in perspective when He said: "For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul." The Lord Jesus Christ's statement about the soul is the most fundamental guide for ethics in the work place. In a materialistic world where greed often appears, more people need to heed the words of the Lord Jesus Christ.

Serious Christians set an example in the work place at all levels when they adhere carefully to the words of the Lord Jesus Christ. Business and professional practices reflecting concern for human dignity, fairness and employee safety and security are hallmarks of serious Christians. The present Gospel reveals the selfishness of the rich man. He was concerned about himself and the accumulation of personal wealth. He expressed no interest in sharing his wealth with the needy in his community or with his servants or employees.

When God told the rich man his soul would be required of him that very night, the rich man's material wealth was of no value to him. Too often individuals spend vast portions of life accumulating material goods and concentrating on caring for their possessions. Too often personal relationships are ignored in the process of attaining more wealth. How many marriages are irreparably broken because of a husband or wife's commitment to a job or career due to the desire of a high income? How many stories appear in the news of trusted leaders being involved in unethical schemes in order to get illegal riches? How many fathers or mothers have no time for their sons or daughters because they are working long hours not out of financial need but out of a desire to acquire more wealth?

The relationships we have reflect our relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ. If we are serious about Christ the relationships we have will be founded in Christ. If we are serious about our life in Christ, we will strive through prayer and love of Christ to have relationships that are in keeping with the teachings of Christ. Serious Christian parents will care for their children in ways that are pleasing to Christ. Serious husbands and wives will care for each other as revealed by Christ and the Church. (Eph. 5:22-32).

Serious Christians will accumulate and manage material and financial wealth in ways that are pleasing to God and not compromising to the soul. Serious Christians will keep Christ at the forefront of the decision-making process each day. The rich man in the current Gospel did not turn to God in appreciation when he learned of the anticipated increase in crops. He did not turn to God in prayer seeking guidance on the disposition of the anticipated increase. The rich man's primary interest was to accumulate more for himself and only himself.

Individuals united with Christ have security in Christ. Christian security is not defined by the accumulation of excessive amounts of material possessions. A reader of the lives of the saints will find countless narratives of pious men and women having given away their material possessions to the poor. Some years ago a Serbian Orthodox priest spoke in a eulogy of a charitable parishioner who traveled from Pennsylvania to Serbia to deliver aid to for the suffering after a recent war. Before the man left Serbia, he took of his own jacket that he was wearing to give to someone who had no jacket. God remembers charitable acts.

Every person will stand before Christ at the glorious Second Coming. Each person will give account of his or her deeds. Each person will give account of the way he or she lived or failed to live according to Christ's teachings. At Holy Baptism and at each Divine Liturgy, the Nicene-Constantinopolitan Creed is recited and belief in Christ's return is professed. The words of The Creed were carefully crafted and are ardently defended by believers. The words of the Christ have value as expressed in the lives of the faithful in each century.

The present Gospel is a repeated lesson that keeps the materialistic culture of today in the proper perspective. Mail boxes are filled each with advertisements encouraging the purchase of more goods. Television and computer advertisements are continuous. Telephone solicitors call with sales pitches disturbing many homes with their intrusiveness.

Peace and quiet with God is beneficial for the soul. Coming to an empty church and listening to God is well worth the investment of time and effort. The Holy Prophet Elijah heard God in a still small voice (I Kings 19:12). Believers need to take time to listen to God. Peaceful and quiet surroundings improve a believer's ability to listen to God. Even in the midst of chaos and crisis, God can be heard. When a family member or friend is in the hospital and worries increase, it is helpful to find the chapel and take a few moments to sit and listen to God and to pray.

When work or school gets stressful, it is good to find a quiet place and listen to God. Material goods and careers are not more important than God and the soul. God helps each person keep the soul in the proper perspective. God helps believers manage careers, work and material goods." Seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness..." (Mt. 6:33)


St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
November 8 / November 21, 2010
Twenty-Sixth Sunday after Pentecost.
Synaxis of St. Archangel Michael.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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