St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 620 - November 22 / December 5, 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 22 / December 5, 2010
Twenty-Eighth Sunday after Pentecost
No. 620

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

II Peter 1:5-7

And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge; and to knowledge temperance, and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness; and to godliness, brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity.

Recent Services
November 24
Ninth Hour and Vespers were read.
November 25
Matins and First Hour were read.
Two people came for Divine Liturgy. One communicant.
November 26
Ninth Hour and Vespers were read. Two people were present
November 27
Two people were present for Matins and First Hour.
November 28
Matins and First Hour were read.
Third and Sixth Hours were read followed by Divine Liturgy and Parastos. Twenty people attended.
November 29
One person came for Matins and First Hour.
Ninth Hour and Vespers were read.
November 30
One person came for Matins and First Hour.
Two people came for the Akathist to Jesus Christ.
December 1
Matins and First Hour were read. One person came.
Ninth Hour and Vespers were read.
December 2
One person came for Matins and First Hour.
Ninth Hour and Vespers were read.
December 3
One person came for Matins and First Hour.

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, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday.

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

December 6 - Robena Mine Menorial. 11:00 AM
December 8 - Apodasis of Entrance
December 13 - St. Andrew the First Called.
December 15 - St. Uros, King of Serbia; Ven. Joanikije of Devic
December 18 - St. Sabbas the Sanctified. St. Nektarije of Bitolj
December 19 - St. Nicholas, Children's Day
December 20 - St. Ambrose; St. Grigorije of Gornjak
December 26 - St. Gavrilo; St. Nikodim of Serbian, Mother's Day

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

Sympathy extended to the family and friends of +Protopresbyter Stavrofor Milan Savich departed this life this past week.

Sympathy extended to the family and friends of +Bert Titus recently departed this life. +Bert helped with the lamb roasts when his health was good. His son Philip still helps.

Honor the Nativity Fast until the Feast of the Nativity on January 7.

Five people came to Adult Class this past Tuesday. Class again this Tuesday at 7:00 PM following the 6:30 PM Akathist.

Come to Adult Class and learn from and about St. Cyril of Aleksandria, St. John Chrysostom and Blessed Theophylact and other authorities of the Church.

The Clergy Brotherhood of the Serbian Orthodox Church of North and South America has published a new book-Reflections on Major Feasts.

Attend the Robena Memorial on Monday. Remember the 37 Robena Miners involved in the December 6, 1962 disaster, their families and friends. Remember also the 371 miners who perished on December 6, 1907 and their families from Monongah, W.Va.

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.

Mike and Josephine Vuich always come to St George Church when they are in the area.

Tell your friends and neighbors about the weekly St. George Church radio broadcast.

Bring a friend or neighbor to church and adult class.

Prepare for Holy Confession and Communion during the Nativity Fast.

Thank God regularly for the St. George Church and daily blessings from God.

A Thought from Protopresbyter Rajko Kosic

"What can be done? You can furnish one faithful Christian life. You can love instead of hate. You can repent of sin, turning away from all evil ways. You can be honest in all your dealings. You can get rid of selfishness. You can humble yourself. You can worship God instead of gold. You can forgive and forget. You can live peacefully with yourself, your family and your neighbor.

(The Trinitarian June 2007 )

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

To Consider

Mary, The Mother of God being committed to God at a young age.
The purity of the Mother of God
The on-going example and inspiration of the Mother of God.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

November 24 - Went to Morgantown for printing purposes.
November 26 - Went to Diocesan Center, Mars, Pa.
November 27 - Attended Baptism and Chrismation of Jovan Kodic at St. Elijah Church, Aliquippa.

Psalm 89/90:12

So teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.

The Twenty-Eighth Sunday after Pentecost

Luke 17:12-19

Then as He entered a certain village, there met Him ten men who were lepers, who stood afar off. And they lifted up their voices and said: "Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!" So when He saw them, He said to them, "Go, show yourselves to the priests." And so it was that as they went, they were cleansed. And one of them, when he saw that he was healed, returned, and with a loud voice glorified God, and fell down on his face at His feet, giving Him thanks. And he was a Samaritan. So Jesus answered and said, "Were there not ten cleansed? But where are the nine? Were there not any found who returned to give glory to God except this foreigner? " And He said to him, "Arise, go your way. Your faith has made you well."

Giving thanks to God is an acknowledgement of the existence of God and of a relationship with God. Relationships with God are personal as well as being part of the collective unity in the Body of Christ, God's Holy Church. Believers express themselves to God individually and in unity with other believers. We profess our belief in God individually and at the same time in unison with others. We work out our salvation in our relationship with God, with other individuals and in the way we are stewards of our lives.

Fasting and prayer have an important part in the lives of believers. Fasting and prayer bring discipline to the Christian life and increase the focus on God. The one grateful leper in the current Gospel is an example of maintaining focus. The grateful leper realized his healing came from God and took time to glorify God. Believers should never let the perceived good or bad events of daily life overshadow the presence and goodness of God. By keeping God first and foremost in our thoughts, the believer develops a world view consistent with the ways pleasing to God.

Fasting involves discipline of the body, the mind, and actions. Prayer involves articulating thoughts important for the salvation of the soul. Prayer is not only an expression of words. Prayer is a set of actions drawing the person closer to God and putting into action expressions of the self pleasing to God. Prayer has a place in life throughout the day and night.

Believers will see God at work everyday. Believers are comforted by the presence of God throughout the day. Believers find the nourishment from God readily available. The nourishment from God stands alone in quality. In the modern world as in centuries past, humans have turned to many different sources to find peace and satisfaction of the soul. Only when a person turns to God with due seriousness is the soul nourished and satisfied. The soul finds joy in God. God is the provider of life and the soul is at home with the Provider.

The present Gospel is a lesson in healing and appreciation for being healed. Every believer is in need of healing. Every believer has the opportunity to be healed. Each person must take personal responsibility for his or her life and seek first the Kingdom of God. (Mt. 6:33) Failure to put the Kingdom of God first in life puts the soul in jeopardy.

Many things compete for our attention in daily life. Care of the soul needs to be a priority. Care of the soul includes loving God and loving neighbor...neighbor includes those we live with and work with in addition to the people we meet in daily life. God will provide the peace we need to be considerate of others if we take the time to begin each day with God and conclude each day with thankfulness to God.

The ten lepers realized that God could improve their lives dramatically. Many people realize that God can improve their lives dramatically. Wise people thank God for improving their lives and they commit the balance of their lives to living in ways pleasing to God. Shortsighted individuals shortchange themselves when they are healed by God but fail to thank God and fail to commit the balance of their lives to living in ways pleasing to God.

Many people come to God's Holy Church for a period of time. The time a person comes may be long or short before falling away never or seldom to return. The same individuals express love of God and good feelings about being in church. Worldly cares or other personal reasons seem to take priority and prevent a return to regular worship of God. Failure to worship God regularly throughout the year is a denial to the self of the full benefits of the Christian life. Failure to worship God faithfully throughout the year is a withholding of due gratefulness to God.

The Nativity Fast is a time to personally evaluate our relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ. Today is a good time to determine if we are among the nine ungrateful lepers who were healed or if we are among the one grateful leper who returned to give thanks.

While time permits, while the mind is still functioning well, repentance has a proper place in each Christian life. Giving thanks to God always has a place in the Christian life. Giving glory to God always has place in the Christian life. The best place to give thanks and glory to God is in church.

This Gospel lesson is a lasting lesson. This Gospel lesson has endured through the centuries. The Lord Jesus Christ wanted this Gospel lesson taught for the benefit of those in the time Christ walked the earth. The recording of Christ's words in the Gospel of St. Luke and preserved in God's Holy Church ensures that this lesson of Christ continues to benefit each generation.

When Christ returns at His glorious Second Coming He will know which believers were grateful and which believers were ungrateful. The joy of the Lord lasts forever for those grateful to God on a regular basis.

St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
November 22 / December 5, 2010
Twenty-Eighth Sunday after Pentecost.
St. Philemon. Apphia and Archippus, Apostles.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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