St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 621 - November 29 / December 12, 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 29 / December 12, 2010
Twenty-Ninth Sunday after Pentecost
No. 621

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

I Corinthians 13:2

And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not love, I am nothing.

Recent Services
December 3
Eleven people came to Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Church in Fairmont, W.Va. for Ninth Hour and Great Vespers.
December 4
Matins and First Hour were read.
Four people came for Divine Liturgy. One communicant.
One person came for Ninth Hour and Great Vespers.
December 5
Matins and First Hour were read.
Third and Sixth Hours were read followed by Divine Liturgy. Twenty-five people attended. Five communicants.
December 6
One person came for Matins and First Hour.
Ninth Hour and Vespers were read.
December 7
One person came for Matins and First Hour.
Three people came for Akathist to the Mother of God.
December 8
Matins and First Hour were read.
December 9
Matins and First Hour were read.

Services This Coming Week - Always Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule

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

Saturday
5:30 AM Matins and First Hour at St. George Church
10:00 AM Divine Liturgy at Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Church, Fairmont, W.Va
4:00 PM Ninth Hour and Vespers at St. George Church.

No services Monday through Friday.

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

December 13 - St. Andrew the First Called.
December 15 - St. Uros, King of Serbia; Ven. Joanikije of Devic
December18 - St. Sabbas the Sanctified. St. Nektarije of Bitolj
December 19 - St. Nicholas, Children's Day
December 20 - St. Ambrose; S. Grigorije of Gornjak
December 26 - St. Gavrilo; St. Nikodim of Serbian, Mother's Day
December 27-30 - Youth Retreat at Shadeland
December 30-January 1 - Clergy Gathering at Shadeland
December 30 - Deacon Avakum, Martyr.
January 2 - St. Ignatius of Antioch, St. St. Daniel III of Serbia, Father's Day

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

Sympathy extended to the family of +Henry Lehning recently departed this life.

Thank you to all donating for the Kraljevo Earthquake Relief Fund.

Four people came for Adult Class on December 7. No Adult Class this week.

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.

Thank you to the faithful St. George Kolo members and friends helping to bake rolls.

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

Tell your friends and relatives to listen to the St. George radio broadcast each week.

Bring a friend to church when you come.

Prepare for Holy Confession and Communion during the Nativity Fast.

A Thought from Father Deacon Mark Oleynik

Too much fear can paralyze a character but it is also true that no fear at all undermines that same character. A love that is concerned with the development of our character is something to fear when we do wrong, act foolish, or yield to temptation. That our God is a God of infinite love is all the more reason we should fear Him when we fail of our best selves because He is a God of intelligent love.

(The Trisagion Holy Trinity Orthodox Church, State College, Pa. Oct-Nov 2010 )

To Consider

The importance of honoring the entire Nativity Fast.
The benefits to the self, family and friends when the Nativity Fast is honored.
The benefits to the parish when the Nativity Fast is honored by parishioners.

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

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

December 3 - Went to Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Church, Fairmont, W.Va.
December 4 - Went to Diocesan Center, Mars.
December 5 - Went to Holy Ascension Serbian Orthodox Church, Youngwood, Pa.
December 6 - Participated in Robena Mine Memorial.
December 8 - Went to Hopwood to visit parishioner.

Psalm 90/91:2

I will say of the Lord, 'He is my refuge and my fortress; May God, in Him will I trust.'


The Twenty-Ninth Sunday after Pentecost

The Holy Gospel is proclaimed in churches throughout the world at each Divine Liturgy. The proclamation of the Holy Gospel is intended to make a difference throughout the world. Individuals hearing the Holy Gospel are expected to take it to heart and to become better Christians as a result. Each person freely chooses whether to follow Christ.

The Lord Jesus Christ invites individuals to follow Him. No one is compelled. At any moment of time a person can withdraw from the life in Christ. Those committing to the life in Christ are expected to remain faithful throughout life.

Only a certain amount of people accept Christ's invitation and are baptized. Of those choosing Christ and being baptized into Christ, a small number are faithful and seriously active throughout the remaining days of their lives.

Living fully in Christ from Baptism to departure from this life is a challenge. Temptations and dangers exist at every moment of life that bring destruction to the soul. Individuals can be distracted by earthly concerns and deny themselves the benefits that come from Christ's promising invitations. The Lord Jesus Christ offers eternal life. The Lord Jesus Christ offers the fullness of life unavailable anywhere else. Saying "yes" to the Lord Jesus Christ's invitations are the soundest decisions a person will make. Saying "yes" to Christ enables the person to put relationships and material possessions in the proper perspective.

Personal relationships and personal possessions have importance in life. We do not live in isolation. We live with family and friends, with coworkers and neighbors. We live in a community and as a part of the entire world. How we get along with others affects our salvation. A certain amount of material possessions are necessary to exist in this world. When Christ is first in a person's life, then the person's world view is sound. Personal relationships and personal possessions take on a distorted value and commitment when the life in Christ is neglected.

We are in the midst of the Nativity Fast. This is a time to ensure our world view is sound and consistent with the way of Christ. This is a time to examine ourselves. Prayer and fasting assist us in recognizing and repenting of our sins. Prayer and fasting prepare us for Holy Confession and Holy Communion.

We are expected to honor the entire Nativity Fast to the best of our abilities. Honoring the Nativity Fast is a way to care for our souls. Honoring the Nativity Fast is a way to invest in the Kingdom of God. The Feast of the Nativity of Christ is celebrated at the end of the Nativity Fast. The Divine Liturgy of the Feast increases in meaning to each of us to the extent we prayerfully prepare for the Feast.

Becoming more Christ-like each day is the desirable goal for each Christ. We become more Christ-like each day if we seek to be united with Christ throughout the day in prayer and in actions pleasing to Christ. We learn from the Holy Scriptures the ways to live that are pleasing to Christ. We learn from the lives and writings of the saints that becoming more Christ-like is possible. The saints and martyrs show us the way to the Kingdom of God. We need only be serious enough to follow them.

Repentance involves acknowledging personal sin and finding it repugnant. The desire to be rid of personal sin is necessary for the serious Christian. Clinging to Christ with dear life is necessary to prevent destruction of the soul. Following the way and teachings of Christ are necessary to avoid sin and to defeat sin. Christ enables believers to be united with Him through Holy Confession and Holy Communion.

The Church welcomes individuals serious about the Christian life. Nourishment exists in the Church for the hungry of soul and for those wanting to rid their lives of sin. Lives of torment can become lives of peace if a person draws near to Christ and remains united with Christ. The birth of Christ brings contemplations of peace. The Nativity Fast is a time for believers to prepare for lasting peace. Lasting peace comes with Christ. Living in Christ enables believers to be at peace in all circumstances. Readers of the lives of the saints learn that Christian witnesses through the centuries faced devastating illness, hostilities and great losses but remained at peace with Christ.

The Nativity Fast is a time to examine the soul and to turn attention to Christ. The birth of Christ initiated newness with limits known only to God. We do well to make the best use of the Nativity Fast for the benefit of our souls. We do not know the number of days remaining in our lives or know the time remaining until the glorious Second Coming of Christ.

Let us rest our hearts, minds and souls in Christ. Let us invest ourselves in Christ. The Kingdom of God is greater than any earthly kingdom. The Kingdom of God has no earthly limits and has no earthly corruption. The greed and excess materialism and international hostilities that fill the news each day have no place in the Kingdom of God. The Psalmist said centuries and centuries ago: "I will say of the Lord, 'He is my refuge and my fortress; My God, in Him I will trust.'" (Ps. 90/91:2)

The life in Christ fills the heart, mind and soul with peace and love in ways beyond expectation. The life in Christ fills the person with peace that is firm beyond measurement. The life in Christ brings joy that continues to abound. The life in Christ is reason to be eternally thankful.


St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
November 29 / December 12, 2010
Twenty-Ninth Sunday after Pentecost.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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