St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 662 - September 12 / September 25, 2011

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

Phone 724-966-7428
Phone/Fax 724-966-7780
Cellular Phone 412-860-0944

No. 662
September 12 / September 25, 2011
Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost

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

Hebrews 12:2

Looking to Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.

Recent Services
September 16
Akathist to the Mother of God, She Who Healeth was read.
Vespers was read.
September 17
Matins and First Hour were read.
September 18
Third and Sixth Hour followed by Divine Liturgy.
Twenty-eight people attended. Six communicants. Father Mojmir Zalcik served.
September 19
Matins and First Hour were read.
Akathist to the Mother of God, She Who Healeth was read.
Vespers was read.
September 20
Matins and First Hour were read.
Akathist to the Mother of God, She Who Healeth was read.
Two people came for Vespers.
September 21
Matins and First Hour were read.
Kathleen and Magdalena Waters were Chrismated and received into the Holy Orthodox Church.
Sixth Hour was read followed by the Divine Liturgy. Twelve people attended the Divine Liturgy. Two communicants
September 22
Akathist to the Mother of God, She Who Healeth was read.
Vespers was read.

Services This Coming Week. Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule

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

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

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

8:00 AM Divine Liturgy, Feast of the Elevation of the Precious Cross
6:30 PM Akathist to the Cross followed by Adult Class.

Akathists and Prayers for special needs scheduled on request.

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

September 30 - Holy Martyrs Faith, Hope and Love with their mother Sophia.
October 6 - The Hawaiian Myrrh-Streaming Iveron Icon of the Mother of God will be at St. George Church at 6:00 PM.
October 24 - Protection of the Mother of God.

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

Two people came for Adult Class this past Tuesday. Plan to attend class this coming Tuesday.

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.

Honor the Wednesdays and Fridays as fast days.

Read your Bible regularly.

Pray fervently every day.

When the Steelers play at 1:00 PM, the parish radio broadcast can be heard in the evenings on the Uniontown station, WMBS., 590AM.

Listeners to the parish broadcast on the radio or internet enjoy the singing and the clearness of the sound.

Help will be needed when the Kolo begins to bake. Plan to volunteer.

Come to church during the week and every Sunday. Bring a friend or relative.

A Thought from Rev. Father Dragoljub Jov. Krapecevich

On this joyful celebration; indeed, I am pleased to commend your faithfulness, harmony, love for God, and all Christian virtues you possess. This makes the Holy Church stronger day by day. So that Your children and generations to come for decades and centuries in this venerable temple can keep and grow in the Holy Orthodoxy united to God. May the Heavenly Father bless every endeavor of our Church, and all of You, my dear Parishioners.

( Tenth Anniversary of the Consecration of St. George Church, October 25, 1964 )

To Consider

The Cross of Christ
The Cross in our daily lives.
The power of the Cross of Christ

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

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

September 16 - Went to Morgantown for printing purposes.
September 17 - Went to Diocesan Center then to St. George Church in Niagara Falls, Canada. Returned on September 18, 2011.
September 20 - Went to Morgantown for printing purposes.

Psalm 142/143:6

I spread out my hands to You; My soul longs for You like a thirsty land.

The Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost

Matthew 22:35-46

Then one of them, a lawyer, asked Him a question, testing Him, and saying, “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the law?” Jesus said to him, “You shall love the Lord Your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it; you shall ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets. ”While the Pharisees were gathered together, Jesus asked them, saying, What do you think about the Christ? Whose Son is He? They said to Him, “The Son of David.” He said to them, “How does David in the Spirit call Him ‘Lord,’ saying: ‘The Lord said to my Lord, “Sit at My right hand, till I make Your enemies Your footstool.” “If David then calls Him ‘Lord’ how is He his Son?” And no one was able to answer Him a word, nor from that day on did anyone dare question Him anymore.

The Sunday before the Elevation of the Cross

John 3:13-17

No one has ascended to heaven but He who came down from heaven, that is, the Son of Man who is in heaven. And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up, ‘that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life. For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.

Care of the soul requires serious attention. The way a person, thinks, believes and acts affects where the person will spend eternity. What a person believes and does reflects the condition of the soul and influences the soul. In the current reading of the Gospel of St. Matthew, the Lord Jesus Christ said a person is to love God will all of the heart, soul and mind.

Jesus’ words are challenging. Loving God completely every day of life is as challenging as St. Paul’ statement to the Thessalonians to pray without ceasing. (I Thess. 5:17). The Lord Jesus Christ and St. Paul set the highest of standards. Maximum effort and concentration is required.

Contemporary Christians benefit from determining personally the degree they meet the standards set by the Lord Jesus Christ and the Holy Apostle Paul. Christians benefit from conducting on-going personal self-evaluations. Repentance and Holy Confession always provide opportunities for new beginnings.

The Christian life is to be taken seriously. The Christian identity is linked inextricably with Jesus upon the Cross. The Christian identity is inseparable from the blood of the Holy Martyrs through the centuries. Persecution of Christians continues in many places to this day. Each believer is to be faithful to Christ under all circumstances. At Holy Baptism and at Chrismation, the total person is dedicated to God.

A person’s commitment to Christ is revealed in personal relationships. The way a person acts with family members, friends, co-workers and individuals in the community will reveal if Christ dominates the heart, the mind and the soul.

The Lord Jesus Christ said::”You will know them by their fruits.” (Mt. 7:16). The mind, the soul and the heart come from God. God deserves constant consideration regarding the heart, soul and mind. Much competition exists in the world to win over the hearts and minds of individuals.

Profiteers seek to win over the minds and hearts of potential consumers. Politicians and individuals with world views that have nothing to do with God seek to capture followers and bring them into their fold. Many imposters will masquerade as preachers of the Gospel while having ulterior motives and a primary desire to acquire great material wealth.

(Mt. 7:21) Each day believers’ do well to commit to completely loving God and neighbor. At the end of each day, believers benefit from evaluating their efforts and seeking forgiveness for any shortcomings.

Love of God strengthens the relationship with God and fosters personal growth. When a person loves God, the love is shared with family, friends, neighbors and co-workers. Love for God is shared with strangers. The First Epistle of St. John states: “Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God.” (I Jn. 4:7)

The Lord Jesus Christ said: “Narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.” (Mt. 7:14) The time of personal life is precious never to return or be lived a second time. Wise individuals make the best use of each moment of time and love God with all the heart, soul and mind. Individuals heeding the words of Christ love their neighbors as they love themselves.

St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
September 12 / September 25, 2011
Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost.
Sunday before the Elevation of the Precious Cross.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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