St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 669 - October 31 / November 13, 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. 669
October 31 / November 13, 2011
Twenty-Second Sunday after Pentecost


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

Hebrews 4:2

For indeed the gospel was preached to us as well as to them; but the word which they heard did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in those who heard it.

Recent Services
November 3
Akathist to the Mother of God was read.
Vespers was read.
November 4
Matins and First Hour were read.
Akathist to the Mother of God was read.
One person came for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
November 5
Matins and First Hour were read.
Akathist to the Mother of God was read.
Two people came for Ninth Hour and Vespers with Lityia.
Baptism and Chrismation of Mila Miciotto.
November 6
Matins and First Hour were read.
Third and Sixth Hour were read followed by Divine Liturgy.
Thirty-eight people came for Divine Liturgy. Three communicants.
Akathist to Mother of God was read.
November 7
Matins and First Hour were read.
Akathist to Mother of God was read.
One person came for Vespers.
November 8
Matins and First Hour were read.
Four people came for Divine Liturgy.
Akathist to Mother of God was read.
November 9
Matins and First Hour were read.
Akathist to Mother of God was read.
November 10
Akathist to Mother of God was read.
November 11
Matins and First Hour were read.

Services This Coming Week. Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule

Today
Matins and First Hour.
Third and Sixth Hours followed by Divine Liturgy, Blessing of Slava Kolac’ and Koljivo

Mornings
5:30 AM Matins, First Hour on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday.

Afternoons
4:00 PM Vespers on Monday,Tuesday.

Wednesday
8:00 AM Divine Liturgy
6:30 PM Akathist followed by Adult Class at 7:00 PM.

Saturday
Vespers at a time to be announced.

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

Today - 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

If you are too busy to pray...you are too busy!

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

Parish Life

Thank you to all celebrating the Choir Slava today.

Choir Director Sonia Janson, Associate Director Andrea Janson, and Choir members Djelosh Milosevich, Paulette Radock, Anna Mae Knezovich, Mildred Bezjak and Ludwig Miscovich faithfully and inspiringly sing the responses at each Sunday Divine Liturgy.

Congratulations to Shawn and Melissa Miciotto and their Kumovi in the Baptism and Chrismation of Mila Miciotto.

Jim and Martha Dice live many miles from the St. George Church but maintain an abiding interest in the parish.

Dr. Natalie Pavlovich lives a distance from the St. George Church but mains a keen interest in the parish.

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.

Applications are available on the Diocesan website for the Winter Nativity Retreat at Shadeland on December 27-30, 2011.

Plan to attend Adult Class on Wednesday evening.

A Thought from Protinica Victoria Trbuhovich

Whatever our donation is, let us never forget to recall God’s blessings on us. What are we thankful for? Your good health, your family, your food? Your parents, the wonderful love and guidance you have had all your life? Are you thankful for this parish community? And most of all, are you grateful for the eternal salvation that only comes through our Lord Jesus Christ?

( “Offer a Gift to God and Say 'Thank You.'” The Voice of Saint Stephen New York, October-December, 2011 )

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

To Consider

The faithfulness of St. George Choir.
The cumulative weekly contributions and investment of choir members in the St. George Church by coming to sing each Divine Liturgy.
The lives touched by the singing of the St. George Church Choir.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

November 4 - Attended continuing education class on Schizophrenia at West Virginia University, Morgantown, W.Va.
November 7 - Blessed one Slava Kolach at a home in the parish.
November 8 - Visited one parishioner at home.
November 9-10 - Attended Diocesan Clergy Seminar at Monastery of the Mother of God, Shadeland, Springboro, Pennsylvania.

Psalm 149/150:6

Let everything that has breath praise the Lord. Praise the Lord!


The Twenty-Second Sunday after Pentecost

Luke 16:19-31

There was a certain rich man who was clothed in purple and fine linen and fared sumptuously every day. But there was a certain beggar named Lazarus, full of sores, who was laid at his gate, desiring to be fed with the crumbs which fell from the rich man's table. Moreover, the dogs came and licked his sores. So it was that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels to Abraham's bosom. The rich man also died and was buried. And being in torment in Hades, he lifted up his eyes and saw Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom. Then he cried and said, 'Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus that he may dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame. But Abraham said, 'Son, remember that in your lifetime you received your good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things; but now he is comforted and you are tormented. And besides all this, between us and you there is a great gulf fixed so that those who want to pass from here to you cannot, nor can those from there pass to us. Then he said, 'I beg you therefore, father, that you would send him to my father's house, for I have five brothers, that he may testify to them, lest they also come to this place of torment. Abraham said to him, 'They have Moses and the prophets, let them hear them.' And he said, 'No, father Abraham; but if one goes to them from the dead, they will repent.' But he said to him, 'If they do not hear Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded though one rise from the dead.'

Being serious about the Lord Jesus Christ requires a firm long-term commitment. From baptism until departure from this life, many, many years can pass. Individuals often live well into their eighties and nineties. There seems to be an increase in numbers of individuals becoming one hundred years old.

Disparities exist among individuals in current society. The words of the prophets continue to have relevancy regarding the state of society today. Lazarus and the rich man were greatly separated as described in the current Gospel.

Lazarus and the rich man had totally different life experiences before and after they departed this life. Not everyone takes time in this life to think carefully about where they will spend eternity.

Lazarus was blessed by God and cared for after he departed this life. The rich man lived a physically comfortable earthly life but suffered greatly when he departed this life.

The decisions and actions individuals make during earthly life determine where they spend eternity. The rich man was narrow and selfish in his outlook. The rich man showed no concern or compassion for Lazarus during his earthly life. God showed compassion on Lazarus as to where he would spend eternity.

The value of Moses and the prophets is proclaimed in the current Gospel. Moses and the prophets have much to teach attentive readers.

In Isaiah we read: “Woe to those who decree unrighteous decrees, who write misfortune which they have prescribed to rob the needy of justice and to take what is right from the poor of My people, that widows may be their prey, and that they may rob the fatherless.” (Is. 10:1-21).

Let us think of the various forms of current crime at all levels of society. Let us think about the corruption and immorality manifesting itself in politics and high levels of public and private institutions.

Let each person look in the mirror and view the plank in his or her own eye and not the speck in our brother’s eye. (Mt. 7:3) Each person improves the world by turning to God for improvement of the self.

Each person improves the world by repenting of personal sin and seeking the Kingdom of God. When a person loves Christ and commits to following Christ, relationships change. Behaviors change.

When a person loves Christ, the love is manifested in family relationships and relationships with co-workers, and neighbors. If the rich man in the current Gospel loved God, his treatment of Lazarus would have been different.

If the rich man in the current Gospel loved God, his experiences would have been different when he departed this life. Every year as Great Lent approaches, on the Sunday of the Last Judgment, we are reminded of caring for the sick, the suffering, the imprisoned and the stranger. (Mt. 25:31-46)

In the First Epistle of John we read: “Whoever believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God, everyone who loves Him who begot also loves him who is begotten of Him.” (I Jn. 5:1)

Our relationships with the people in our daily lives reveal the nature of our relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ. We do well to steep our lives in the teachings of Christ. We do well to love Christ with all our heart, mind and soul.

The current Gospel has an element of sadness. The rich man had the choice to live a different life. The rich man had daily choices that could have been made differently with a different outcome as to how he would spend eternity.

The choices we make each day have a net effect on the way we will spend eternity. We will never be able to repeat each day. We must be careful about the decisions we make. Prayer has a definitive benefit in the making of daily decisions.

The teachings of Christ serve as standards and goals for Christians. Serious Christians take the teaching of Christ seriously. The current Gospel is a lesson with lasting results.

Let us heed the words of Christ. Let us heed the words of the Holy Prophets. Throughout the year the correlation between the words of the Holy Prophets and Christ are constantly revealed.


St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
October 31 / November 13, 2011
Twenty-Second Sunday after Pentecost
Holy Apostles: Stachys, Amplias, Urban, Aristobulus and others with them.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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