St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 668 - October 24 / November 6, 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. 668
October 24 / November 6, 2011
Twenty-First Sunday after Pentecost

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

Philippians 1:25

And being confident of this, I know that I shall remain and continue with you all for your progress and joy of faith.

Recent Services
October 28
Akathist to the Mother of God was read.
Vespers was read.
October 29
Matins and First Hour were read at St. George Church.
Fifteen people came to Holy Trinity Church in Fairmont, West Virginia where the Divine Liturgy was served.
Akathist to the Mother of God was read at St. George Church.
Two people came to St. George Church for Vespers.
October 30
Matins and First Hour were read.
Third and Sixth Hour were read followed by Divine Liturgy. Twenty-nine people came for Divine Liturgy. Two communicants.
Akathist to the Mother of God was read.
October 31
The full Gospel of St. Mark was read.
Akathist to the Mother of God was read. Vespers was read.
November 1
Matins and First Hour were read.
Akathist to the Mother of God was read.
Vespers was read
November 2
Matins and First Hour were read.
Akathist to the Mother of God was read.
Three people came for the Akathist to Jesus Christ.
November 3
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, Friday, Saturday.

4:00 PM on Monday,Tuesday, Friday, Saturday

8:00 AM Divine Liturgy, St.Demetrius

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

Today, 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 Covered Dish Dinner and Program
November 16 - Dedication of the Church of St. George the Greatmartyr.
November 21 - Synaxis of Archangel Michael and Other Bodiless Powers
November 22 - St. Nectarios
November 26 - St. John Chrysostom
November 28 - Apostles Fast Begins

If you are too busy to are too busy!

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

Parish Life

Thank you to everyone participating in the Fifty-Seventh Anniversary Celebration.

Plan to attend the Choir Slava Covered Dish Dinner and Program next Sunday. The Choir contributes to the parish throughout the year.

Remember the founders and benefactors, hierarchs and clergy serving St. George Church this past fifty-seven years.

Thank God for the blessings, friends and visitors to St. George Church in addition to the faithful parishioners.

Remember the sacrifices necessary to build and maintain St. George Church through the years.

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.

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

Honor your Slava every year.

Four people came to Adult Class this past Wednesday.

A Thought from Stanko Brozik, Executive Board President

In looking back at the 50 years of our Church life, I would be remiss if I did not recognize the efforts and contributions of the past and present officers and parishioners of our Church, likewise the past and present officers and members of our Ladies Kolo; Church Choir and devoted work of the past Church School teachers. Thanks for a job well done these many years.

( Fiftieth Anniversary Booklet, October 24, 2004 )

To Consider

*The Divine Liturgies served at St. George Church,
*The baptisms, conversions, marriages and funerals at St. George Church.
*The joys of the Feast of the Nativity and Pascha at St. George Church.

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

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

October 28 - Visited parishioner at home.
October 28 - Went to Morgantown for printing purposes.
October 29 - Went to Holy Trinity Church in Fairmont, W.Va. for Divine Liturgy.
October 31 - Went to Mckeesport Hospital while parishioner had surgery.

Psalm 148/149:1

Praise the Lord!
Sing to the Lord a new song, and His praise in the assembly of the saints.

Twenty-First Sunday after Pentecost

Luke 8:5-15

"A sower went out to sow his seed. And as he sowed, some fell by the wayside; and it was trampled down, and the birds of the air devoured it. Some fell on rock; and as soon as it sprang up, it withered away because it lacked moisture. And some fell among thorns, and the thorns sprang up with it and choked it. But others fell on good ground, and sprang up, and yielded a crop a hundredfold." When He had said these things He cried, "He who has ears to hear, let him hear!" Then His disciples asked Him, saying "What does this parable mean?" And He said, "To you it is has been given to know the mysteries of the kingdom of God, but to the rest it is given in parables, that 'Seeing they may not see, and hearing they may not understand.' "Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God. Those by the wayside are the ones who hear; then the devil comes and takes away the word out of their hearts, lest they should believe and be saved. But the ones on the rock are those who, when they hear, receive the word with joy; and these have no root, who believe for awhile and in time of temptation fall away. Now the ones that fell among thorns are those who, when they have heard, go out and are choked with cares, riches, and pleasure of life, and bring no fruit to maturity. But the ones that fell on the good ground are those who, having heard the word with a noble and good heart, keep it and bear fruit with patience."

The Gospel is preached to many listeners in many different locations throughout the world. Millions of people become aware of the Holy Gospel and ascribe different degrees of value and importance to the Lord Jesus Christ.

The current Gospel lesson teaches that only a small number of people keep the Gospel in the hearts and bear fruit with patience. Others fall away because of the shallowness of convictions or being entwined with the cares, temptations and pleasures of life.

Individuals entering the baptismal fount are expected to remain faithful to Christ for the duration of their lives. Parents, kumovi, relatives and Christian friends are expected to be supportive in the effort of new Christians remaining firm and developing in Christ.

Strong and healthy parish churches make a big difference in the lives of believers. When the parish church is alive in Christ and believers firmly live the life of Christ each day, support and love for each other abounds.

Holy Confession and Holy Communion on a regular and frequent basis strengthens believers. Parishes are strengthened when believers are serious about the Holy Gospel and the life in Christ.

Families and neighborhoods are strengthened and improved when family members partake of the Precious Body and Blood of Christ and live according to the teachings and standards of Christ.

When a person exits the baptismal fount, the decisions begin that will determine whether the newly baptized person enters by the narrow gate (Mt. 7:13-14) and remains on the road to the Kingdom of God.

When a believer diverts from the path to the Kingdom of God, repentance is necessary to return to the road that leads to salvation and eternal life. In Jeremiah we read the words of the Lord: “Ask for the old paths, where the good way is and walk in it; then you will find rest for your souls.” (Jer. 6:16)

God’s Holy Church provides the road to the Kingdom of God. The Lord Jesus Christ said: “I am the way, the truth and the life.” (Jn. 14:6). Remaining firmly and faithfully in God’s Holy Church from the time of baptism until departure from this life requires love and commitment to God.

Individuals must be willing to sacrifice and reject those allurements which take the person away from Christ. If a believer wants to benefit from the Holy Gospel, the person must commit to living by the Holy Gospel.

Effort is necessary to live the Christian life to the fullest. Prayer is not be undertaken in a casual way. Fasting is not to be handled with minimal attention. Love of family, neighbors and friends is to be consistent with the teachings of Christ.

Hunger for Christ is satisfied by reading and listening to the Holy Gospel with great care. Hunger for Christ is satisfied by partaking of Holy Communion. Hunger for Christ is satisfied with intense and consistent prayer.

The Lord Jesus Christ said: “Where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.” (Mt. 6:21). If time spent in church is minimal, if reading and listening to the Holy Gospel is minimal and Holy Communion is infrequent, commitment to Christ is minimal.

Being alive in Christ is reflected in daily life with love of the Gospel, love of family members, friends, relatives and co-workers. Being alive in Christ is reflected in consistent repentance and forgiveness and regular partaking of Holy Communion. Being alive in Christ is living by the teachings of Christ.

Eventually Christ will return and each person will be judged. Each person will need to give an account of his or her life. Each person will be measured according to the teachings of Christ.

Each believer confesses Jesus as King and as God at Holy Baptism. The way a believer lives from the time of exiting the baptismal fount until departure from this life is the true test as whether Christ is really King and God in the heart, the mind and the soul.

While we have life, while we have faculty of mind, let us repent and fervently commit to following the narrow path (Mt. 7:13-14). Let us love Christ and follow Christ with diligence and resoluteness. Let us reject sin and love God with all our heart, our mind and our soul.

St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
October 24 / November 6, 2011
Twenty-First Sunday after Pentecost
Holy Greatmartyr Arethas and Martyrs with him.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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