St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 663 - September 19 / October 2, 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. 663
September 19 / October 2, 2011
Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost

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

II Timothy 3:7

I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.

Recent Services
September 23
Matins and First Hour were read.
Akathist to the Mother of God, She Who Healeth was read.
Akathist to the Cross, Akathist to the Mother of God, Joy of All Who Sorrow and Akathist to St. Panteleimon were read. Two people were present to participate in the three Akathists.
September 24
Matins and First Hour were read at St. George Church.
Divine Liturgy was served at Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Church in Fairmont, W.Va. Ten people were present for the Divine Liturgy. Akathist to the Mother of God, She Who Healeth was read.
Vespers was read at St. George Church.
September 25
Matins and First Hour were read.
Third and Sixth Hours were read followed by Divine Liturgy. Twenty people were at the Divine Liturgy. One communicant.
Akathist to the Mother of God, She Who Healeth was also read.
September 26
Matins and First Hour were read.
Three people were present for Vespers. Two of the people were also present for the Akaththist to the Cross.
The Akathist to Mother of God, She Who Healeth was also read.
September 27
Matins and First Hour were read.
Five people came for Divine Liturgy.
Aktathist to the Mother of God, She Who Healeth was read.
One person came for the Akathist to the Cross.
September 28
Matins and First Hour were read.
One person came for Vespers.
Akathist to the Mother of God, She Who Healeth was read.

Services This Coming Week. Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule

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

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

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

Akathist at 6:30 PM followed by Adult Class at 7:00 PM

6:00 PM Akathist and Anointing from Weeping Icon.

Akathists and Special prayers scheduled during the week as needed.

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

October 6 - The Hawaiian Myrrh-Streaming Iveron Icon of the Mother of God will be at St. George Church at 6:00 PM.

If you are too busy to are too busy!

Remember the Suffering Serbian People in Kosovo and Metohijia and All Suffering People

Parish Life

Remember the men and women serving in the military and their families.

Remember the sick, the suffering, the imprisoned, those in rehab centers, the homebound, the mentally ill, their caretakers and the institution staffs

Remember the workers in mines, law-enforcement, corrections, probation and parole and firefighters, all working in dangerous occupations.

Honor Wednesdays and Fridays as fast days.

Read your Bible regularly.

Pray fervently every day.

Prepare for Holy Confession and Communion regularly.

Come to church regularly.

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

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.

Church school classes are offered for children and youths following Divine Liturgy. Please bring your children regularly.

Two people came for Adult Class this past Tuesday. Class again this Tuesday. Come and bring a friend.

Plan to come for the Akathist and to venerate the weeping icon on Thursday.

The weeping icon of the Mother of God will be at Father Stephan Romanchak’s Russian Orthodox Church in California for the Divine Liturgy on Saturday, October 8 at 10:00 AM. Our parishioners are invited.

A Thought from Father Vasko Sokolovich and Family

It is with great pride and happiness that through God’s help, through the protection of St. George, the Great Martyr and through the efforts of the Church Board and parishioners, we are visibly marking our twentieth anniversary with the renovation of our church, which looks like new both in the interior and exterior, as does also the parish home.

( Twentieth Anniversary Booklet of St. George Church, Carmichaels. )

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

To Consider

---The Cross has a part in each Christian’s life.
---The Cross came before the Resurrection.
---The Cross and Resurrection are guides for daily life.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

September 23 - Went to Morgantown for printing purpose and with intention to visit parishioner.
September 28 - Went to Morgantown for printing purpose.

Psalm 143/144:15

Happy are the people whose God is the Lord!

Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost

Matthew 25:14-30

For the kingdom of heaven is like a man traveling to a far country, who called his own servants and delivered his goods to them. And to one he gave five talents to another two, and to another one, to each according to his own ability; and immediately he went on a journey. Then he who had received the five talents went and traded with them, and made another five talents. And likewise he who had received two gained two more also. But he who received one went and dug in the ground, and hid his lord’s money. After a long time the lord of those servants came and settled accounts with them. So he who had received five talents came and brought five other talents, saying, ‘Lord, you delivered to me five talents; look, I have gained five more talents besides them.’ His lord said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant; you were faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.’ He also who had received two talents came and said, ’Lord you delivered to me two talents; look, I have gained two more talents besides them.’ His Lord said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant; You have been faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.’ Then he who had received the one talent came and said, ‘Lord, I knew you had to be a hard man, reaping where you have not sown, and gathering where you have not scatted seed. And I was afraid, and went and hid your talent in the ground. Look, there you have what is yours.’ But his lord answered and said to him, ’You wicked and lazy servant, you knew that I reap where I have not sown, and gather where I have not scattered seed. So you ought to have deposited my money with the bankers, and at my coming I would have received back my own with interest. Therefore take the talent from him, and give it to him who has ten talents. For to everyone who has, more will be given, and he will have abundance; but from him who does not have, even what he has will be taken away. And cast the unprofitable servant into the outer darkness. There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

Sunday after the Elevation of the Precious and Life-giving Cross

Mark 8:34-9:1

When He had called the people to Himself, with His disciples, also, He said to them, “Whoever desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me. For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake and the gospels, will save it. For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul? For whoever is ashamed of Me and My words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of him the Son of Man also will be ashamed when He comes in the glory of His Father, with the holy angels.” And He said to them, “Assuredly, I say to you that there are some standing here who will not taste death till they see the kingdom of God present with power.

Care of the soul is of primary importance. The Gospel of St. Mark 8:36 describes the soul as having greater value than the whole world. How many individuals view the soul with such great value? How many individuals pursue personal gains without benefit of considering the soul and perhaps even sacrificing the soul in the process?

How many individuals compromise their soul through unethical practices? How many individuals aware of the presence of God still go about their daily business with little or no thought to living God-pleasing lives? Each person is accountable for his or her personal soul. Each person does well to always be mindful of his or her own soul.

The Lord Jesus Christ said: “Why do you look at the speck in your brother’s eye, but do not consider the plank in your own eye?” (Mt. 7:3) Each person has sufficient work to do on his or her own self. Every person is a sinner and needs to consciously and consistently struggle for salvation and against sin.

The Lord Jesus Christ is very clear in the Gospel of St. Matthew that individuals are to use their talents from God in beneficial ways. Talents from God are to be developed. Talents from God are multiplied when used as God would have them used. (Mt. 25:14-30)

Daily life may bring unexpected difficulties. Daily life brings twenty four hours each day. Each day only comes once and will not be repeated. The way a person addresses daily life and puts his or her talents to work reveals the depths of the person’s faith in and love for God.

Believers do well to give conscious thought of the best ways to use talents given by God. Believers do well to always express thanks to God for talents given. Thanks to God is demonstrated most specifically in the way a person uses his or her talents.

The Cross of Christ has a central part in every Christian’s life even in the use of talents. Individuals must reject and die to sin if talents are to be put toward Godly purposes. Opportunities for personal advancement due to the use of personal talents must always be weighed against the standards of God. Such opportunities may not always be consistent with the Christian life and the person may have to reject them in order to live in God-pleasing ways. A person must be able to discern between the ways of God and the ways of evil.

Personal decisions determine if a person holds true to following Christ in the use of personal talents. The poor widow that gave all she had has been remembered through the centuries because of her example. She did not act out of desire for personal glory but out of the most noblest of desires. (Mk. 12:41-44). God knows the contents of the heart. God knows the person’s must fundamental motivations.

Staying close to Christ, constantly seeking and maintaining unity with Christ is the best way to ensure talents are developed and applied in ways pleasing to Christ. When Christ is the Guide, the Goal and Standard for the use of talents, the person is on the surest of grounds and the safest of roadways.

God tells each person in a unique and personal way whether the person is using talents in God-pleasing ways. Sooner or later each person will experience the words: “Well done good and faithful servant” or “You wicked and lazy servant!” (Mt. 25:14-30)

Time is limited and of the essence for each person. Each person does well to be serious about Christ and unity with Christ. Each person does well to follow Christ and apply all God-given talents to the way of Christ.

St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
September 19 / October 2, 2011
Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost.
Sunday after the Elevation of the Precious Cross.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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