St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 667 - October 17 / October 30, 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. 667
October 17 / October 30, 2011
Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost

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

Galatians 5:5

For we through the Spirit eagerly wait for the hope of righteousness by faith.

Recent Services
October 21
Akathist to the Mother of God was read.
One person came for the reading of Ninth Hour and Vespers.
October 22
Matins and First Hour were read.
Akathist to the Mother of God was read.
October 23
Third and Sixth Hours were read followed by Divine Liturgy. Fifteen people attended. Protopresbyter Lt. Col. Adam Yonitch served.
October 24
Matins and First Hour were read.
Akathist to the Mother of God was read.
Vespers was read.
October 25
Matins and First Hour were read.
Akathist to the Mother of God was read.
Vespers was read.
October 26
Mains and First Hour were read.
Akathist to the Mother of God was read.
Vespers was read.
October 27
Akathist to the Mother of God was read.
October 28
Matins and First Hour were 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 on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday.

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

Akathists and Prayers for Special Needs Held During the Week on Request.

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

October 31 - St. Luke; St. Peter of Cetinje.
November 1 - Holy Prophet Joel; Venerable Prochorus of Pchinja; Venerable John of Rila.
November 5 - Memorial Saturday
November 6 - Parish Anniversary Celebration
November 8 - St. Demetrius the Great-martyr and Myrrh-gusher.
November 9-10 - Diocesan Clergy Seminar, Holy Mother of God Monastery, Shadeland.
November 12 - St. Milutin; Venerble Theoctist and Helena; Conf. Varnava of Hvostan.
November 13 - Choir Slava Dinner and Program
November 16 - Dedication of the Church of St. George the Greatmartyr.
November 21 - Synaxis of Archangel Michael and Other Bodiless Powers

If you are too busy to are too busy!

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

Parish Life

Attend the Anniversary celebration on November 6th. Make your reservations today.

Attend Adult Class this week on Wednesday evening. Five people attended class this past week.

Congratulations to George Rantovich for recognition of his service to the community.

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.

Mildred Bezjak continues to maintain an interest in the prisoners in local institutions…an important undertaking consistent with the Gospel.

Mark Opacic has taken a leadership role in FOCUS, a cooperative Orthodox Church initiative to help the needy in the Pittsburgh area.

Honor your Slava each year.

Bring a friend or relative to church..

Thank God for the blessings of the St. George Church.

Thank God for the faithful parishioners and friends of the St. George Church.

Congratulations to St. Sava School of Theology for twenty-five years of serving the Serbian Orthodox Church on this continent.

A Thought from Reverend Father Svetozar Veselinovich

Your joys have been my joys and yours sorrows my sorrows. My door and heart are open to you. That none may be lost, I seek out those who lack the opportunity or the will to receive the Medicine of Immortality. If I am able to continue to do so, I both need and request your holy prayers---for we are members of one another.

( From the Fortieth Anniversary Booklet, October 30, 1994. )

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

To Consider

The importance of St. Sava School of Theology.
The contributions of St. Sava School of Theology.
The need for the continued support of St. Sava School of Theology.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

October 18 - Visited parishioner at home.
October 21 - Went to Morgantown, W.Va. for printing purposes.
October 22 - Attended Memorial Service for +Twylia Chambers.
October 22 - Went to French Creek, home of parishioner.
October 23 - Went to St. George Serbian Orthodox Church in Canton, Ohio for celebration of Fortieth Anniversary of Ordination for Protopresbyter Stavrofor Dragan Filipovic.
October 27 - Went to Diocesan Center, Mars, Pa.

Psalm 147/148:1

Praise the Lord! Praise the Lord from the heavens; Praise Him in the heights!

Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost

Luke 7:11-16

Now it happened, the day after, that He went into a city called Nain; and many of His disciples went with Him, and a large crowd. And when He came near the gate of the city. behold, a dead man was being carried out, the only son of his mother; and she was a widow. And a large crowd from the city was with her. When the Lord saw her, He had compassion on her and said to her, "Do not weep." Then He came and touched the open coffin and those who carried him stood still. And He said, "Young man, I say to you, arise." So he who was dead sat up and began to speak. And He presented him to his mother. Then fear came upon all, and they glorified God, saying, "A great prophet has risen up among us; and "God has visited His people."

The parish church is the best place for individuals to learn about the Lord Jesus Christ. The parish church provides individuals the opportunity to come to worship and learn from the time of infancy until departure from this life.

The parish church provides a point of constancy. Individuals become familiar with each other in the mutual sharing of love and worship of God. Receiving the Precious Body and Blood of Christ provides the ultimate unity of the community.

The proclamation of the Gospel in the parish church strengthens and enriches believers. The Gospel is informative, instructional and unifying. Believers become inspired and personally reflective when hearing the Holy Gospel.

The current Gospel describes the death of the only son of the widow of Nain. The death of a son awakens the deepest feelings of the mother. The death of a son is felt most keenly by the mother. The mother is totally affected.

Today’s Gospel begins with the sadness of the son’s death and concludes with the joy of the son being alive once again. The Lord Jesus Christ was the difference between the son being dead and the son being alive.

The Lord Jesus Christ is the difference in the lives of believers. Individuals baptized into Christ have “put on Christ.” Individuals baptized into Christ have renounced Satan and all of his works and all of his powers.

The commitment to Christ as King and as God is proclaimed at Holy Baptism. Newly baptized Christians are sealed with the gift of the Holy Spirit. Baptism and Chrismation affect the whole person.

The person once baptized and Chrismated has a change of identity that becomes a point of reference throughout life. Life before and after Baptism and Chrismation is dramatically different.

Parish communities rejoice at times of baptism as the community increases in size with each baptism. New life in Christ is always a time for rejoicing. Repentance and renewal in Christ are also times for parish communities to rejoice.

The return of prodigal sons and daughters are moments worthy of celebration.

Every person is important in a parish. Every person is important in Christ. The Lord Jesus Christ demonstrated the importance of the son of the widow of Nain.

The son of the widow was important to his mother. The son of the widow of Nain has been important to each generation. Countless individuals have come to Christ because this young man’s life was restored.

Every year men, women and children hear the current Gospel message in their parish churches. Mothers and fathers with sons and daughters lost to sin increase in hope when hearing this Gospel.

Christ can make a difference in the lives of sons and daughters. Christ can make a difference in family members and friends. Most importantly, Christ can make a difference in each person turning to Him in repentance and faith.

Prayer makes a difference. Repentance and seeking the mercy of Christ makes a fundamental difference. Faithfulness to Christ leads to the Kingdom. The journey can be long and difficult. Believers must be prepared for trials and temptations.

The joys of the life in Christ far exceed the difficulties. Even the difficulties encountered can be sources of joy when they are experience in giving glory to God. We learn from the saints and martyrs rejoicing in times of tribulation.

Parish churches are strengthened as believers increase in faith and commitment to the parish church. Parish churches become stronger as parishioners invest more in the life of Christ.

Parishioners faithful to Christ are transformed by Christ. The Holy Apostle Paul is an example of Christ making a dramatic change in an individual life. The Holy Apostle Paul went from being a persecutor of Christ to become a leading apostle.

The Holy Apostle Paul said: ”I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.” (Galatians 2:20)

The son of the widow of Nain was no longer dead. He had his life restored by Christ. Each of us to the extent we are dead in sin can have our lives restored to health and wholeness in Christ.

Repentance, Holy Confession and Holy Communion lift believers from the depths of sin to the heights of Christ. Let us heed the words the Book of the Holy Prophet Isaiah and “go up to the mountain of the Lord”. (Is. 2:3)

Rather engaging in sin that entombs us, let us seek the life in Christ that frees us and provides vibrancy and joy.

St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
October 17 / October 30, 2011
Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost.
Holy Prophet Hosea. Holy Monk-martyr Andrew of Crete.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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