St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 665 - October 3 / October 16, 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. 665
October 3 / October 16, 2011
Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost

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

Galatians 3:26

For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus.

Recent Services
October 8
Matins and First Hour were read at St. George Church.
Six people came to Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Church in Fairmont, W.Va. for Divine Liturgy.
Two people came to St. George Church for Great Vespers.
October 9
Matins and First Hour were read.
Third and Sixth Hours were read followed by Divine Liturgy and parastos. One communicant. Twenty-seven people were in attendance.
The Akathist to the Mother of God was read in the afternoon.
October 11
Akathist to the Mother of God was read.
Pomen held in Morgantown, W.Va.
October 12
Matins and First Hour were read.
Akathist to Mother of God was read.
Vespers was read.
October 13
Matins and First Hour were read.
Funeral service for +Milan Puskar was held in Morgantown, W.Va. Very Rev. Stavrofor Dragoljub Malich, Very Rev. Stavrofor Stevan Stepanov and Very Rev. Rajko Kosic came for the funeral and participated.
October 14
The full Gospel of St. Mark 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 Matins on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday.

4:00 PM on Monday, Thursday, Friday.

6:30 PM Akathist followed by Adult Class

Akathists and Prayers for Personal Needs Scheduled on Request During the Week.

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

October 19 - Holy Apostle Thomas.
October 22 - St. Stephen, Despot of Serbia (the Blind)
October 27 - Venerable Mother Parasceva, St. Petka
October 31 - Holy Apostle and Evangelist Luke, St. Peter of Cetinje
November 5 - Memorial Saturday
November 8 - St. Demetrius
November 9-10 - Clergy Seminar, Holy Mother of God Monastery, Shadeland.
November 10 - St. Arsenius
November 12 - St. Milutin, King of Serbian, Ven. Theoctist and Helena, Conf. Varnava.

If you are too busy to are too busy!

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

Parish Life

Sonia Janson, Andrea Janson, Paulette Radock and Mildred Bezjak sang the responses for the funeral of +Milan Puskar.

Plan to attend the Anniversary celebration on November 6th.

Plan to attend Adult Class this week on Tuesday evening.

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.

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

Andy Mickey lives far away but keeps the St. George Church in mind.

Joe Katusa and +Pete Zivkovich with +Milan Puskar at St. George Church were noticed in the picture display at +Milan’s funeral.

Read your Bible day. Pray daily with consistency.

Rich and Linda Porter serve faithfully as tutors each week.

A Thought from Mrs. Mildred Mickey

The Church School began in early 1950, before there was a Serbian Orthodox Church in Masontown. The children met in Carmichaels with Church –School teachers coming from the Youngwood parish. In 1955 we started classes in our own church hall. In the past 25 years, we have had 134 children enrolled in our Church School with 19 Church School Teachers.

( Twenty Fifth Anniversary Booklet, October 28, 1979 )

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

To Consider

*The value of the soul.
* Daily attention given to the soul.
*Necessary nourishment of the soul.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

October 7 - Pastoral visit in Morgantown.
October 8 - Served Divine Liturgy in Fairmont, W.Va.

Psalm 145/146:2

While I live I will praise the Lord; I will sing praises to my God while I have my being.

The Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost

Luke 5:1-11

So it was, as the multitude pressed about Him to hear the word of God, that He stood by the Lake of Gennesaret, and saw two boats standing by the lake; but the fishermen had gone from them and were washing their nets. Then He got into one of the boats, which was Simon's, and asked him to put out a little from the land. And He sat down and taught the multitudes from the boat. When He had stopped speaking, He said to Simon, "Launch out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch. But Simon answered and said to Him, "Master, we have toiled all night and caught nothing; nevertheless, at Your word I will let down the net. And when they had done this, they caught a great number of fish, and their net was breaking. So they signaled to their partners in the other boat to come and help them. And they came and filled both the boats, so that they began to sink. When Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus' knees, saying, "Depart from me, for I am a sinful man, O Lord." For he and all who were with him were astonished at the catch of fish which they had taken; and so also were James and John, the sons of Zebedee, who were partners with Simon. And Jesus said to Simon, "Do not be afraid. From now on you will catch men." So when they had brought their boats to land, they forsook all and followed Him.

The Lord Jesus Christ made a difference in the lives of the fishermen. Simon Peter acknowledged that they had fished all night without success. Only when they listened to the Lord Jesus Christ and tried again were their results fruitful and abundant.

Contemporary believers do well to begin every effort with prayer and attentiveness to God. When God is the beginning, the goal and the foundation of every effort the results are different and much better. Centuries ago the Psalmist said: “Unless the Lord builds the house, they labor in vain who build it; Unless the Lord guards the city, the watchman stays awake in vain.” (Ps. 126/126:1) Serious Christians will make an effort to listen to God when beginning an undertaking. Serious Christians will begin undertakings with prayer. Praying constantly during any work is beneficial. Prayer is the way to remain connected with God and a means to ward off distractions, diversions and temptations.

Peter recognized his own sinfulness while in the presence of Christ. Every person being honest will acknowledge personal sinfulness. The Lord Jesus Christ is the standard of perfection and the way for sinners to improve and be saved. The Lord Jesus Christ was comfortable in taking the fishermen in the current Gospel and turning them into Holy Apostles.

The Lord Jesus Christ has the power and authority to change individual lives. Not only does Jesus change individual lives for the better, but the people who change and become more Christ-like have an impact on others. The choosing of the Holy Apostles set in motion changes in the world that continue to the present day. Each believer taking Christ seriously will be forgiving and loving. Each person taking Christ seriously will reflect the standards and teachings of Christ in daily life.

Family homes changes when one or more of the residents becomes a serious Christian. Places of employment change when one or more employees become a serious Christian. In the present Gospel, the fishermen changed from attempting to catch fish to attempting to catch individuals and lead them to Christ.

Turning to the Lord Jesus Christ and following Him is always the way to alleviate fear. The Lord Jesus Christ is the way to pursue personal peace. Living in Christ is the greatest form of personal security. Turning to the Lord Jesus Christ in prayer is the way to clarify personal goals and determine the best use of time and personal resources. God’s Holy Church is always in need of the talents and resources of believers. Prayer enables believers to determine the best way to participate in the life of the Church.

Everyone has different talents and resources. Talents and resources are best used for the glory of God. The Lord Jesus Christ said: “Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness” (Mt. 6:33).

The time of life is very precious and never returns. The time of life is used only once. Individuals never know exactly the amount of time of their earthly lives. The time of life is best used carefully and consciously. The time of life is not to be wasted in frivolous pursuits.

The fishermen saw the difference Jesus could make. The fishermen knew in their hearts that following Jesus was the best course of action. Centuries of evidence exists on the merits of following Christ. No one has been successful in discrediting Christ. Miracles continue to be performed. Lives continue to change dramatically. Through Christ, peace comes to the hearts, homes and minds of believers. Joy increases in the lives of believers.

Life is in the proper perspective when viewed through the life and teachings of Christ. The Holy Apostle Paul said: “When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child; but when I became a man, I put away childish things.” (I Cor. 13:11)

Many individuals in this world never mature and move beyond childhood in their Christian development. Certainly having the faith of a child is important. The Lord Jesus Christ said: “Unless you are converted and become as little children, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven.” (Mt. 18:3)

The Holy Apostle Paul provided a certain focus to Christian development when he said:” Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.” (Rom. 12:2) In all of our efforts, let us begin with God, continue with God and conclude with God as our primary interes

St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
October 3 / October 16, 2011
The Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost.
Hieromartyr Dionysius.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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