St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 672 - November 21 / December 4, 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. 672
November 21 / December 4, 2011
Entry of Most Holy Theotokos into the Temple


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

I Timothy 4:12

Let no one despise your youth, but set the believers an example in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, in purity.

Recent Services
November 25
Two people came for Divine Liturgy.
Akathist to the Mother of God was read.
Two people came for Vespers.
November 26
Matins and First Hour were read in St. George Church.
Ten people came to Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Church in Fairmont, W.Va. for Divine Liturgy.
Akathist to the Mother of God was read at St. George Church.
November 27Matins and First Hour were read.
Third and Sixth Hour were read followed by Divine Liturgy. Twenty-seven people came for Divine Liturgy.
Akathist to the Mother of God was read.
November 28
Matins and First Hour were read.
Akathist to the Mother of God was read.
One person came for the reading of the Akathist to St. Herman of Alaska and Akathist to the Mother of God, She Who Healeth.
November 29
The Complete Gospel of St. Mark was read.
Akathist to the Mother of God was read.
November 30
Matins and First Hour were read.
Akathist to the Mother of God was read.
Vespers was read.
December 1
Matins and First Hour were read.
Akathist to Mother of God was read.
Vespers was read.
December 2
Matins and First Hour were read at St. George Church..
Twelve people came to Divine Liturgy in Fairmont, W.Va.One communicant.
Eleven people came to Vespers in St. George Church.

Services This Coming Week. Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule

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

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

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

Wednesday
2:45 PM Akathist. Adult Class at 3:00 PM.

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Thanksgiving

Important Dates

Today, December 4 - The Feast of the Entry of the Theotokos into the Temple
December 6 - Robena Mine Memorial at 11:00 AM. Rt.21 Memorial site.
December 8 - Apodasis of the Entry of the Theotokos into the Temple
December 17 - Holy Greatmartyr Barbara. St. John Damascene
December 18 - Serbian Children’s Day, St. Sabbas the Sanctified

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

It was good to have U.S. Army Lt. Col. Richard Menhart, wife Kesa, son Corey and daughter Brittany back in the area last week.

Marty Knezovich of the Pennsylvania State Police is pictured on the cover and featured in a memorial book devoted to the plane crashed in Shanksville, Pennsylvania on September 11, 2001.

Lt. Col. Rich Menhart and State Trooper Marty Knezovich are both former altar servers at St. George Church. They perform outstanding service for this country.

Kathleen Waters came in from Glen Mills, Pennsylvania to be at St. George Church.

Thank you to St. George Kolo for baking this past week. Help for the Kolo is always needed. Volunteers to help this week.

Remember the 37 miners that lost their lives in Robena Mine on December 6, 1962. Remember the 361 miners that lost their lives in Monongah, West Virginia on December 6, 1907. Remember their families and friends.

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.

Four people came to Adult Class this past Wednesday. Come this week at 3:00 PM.

Ask the priest if you have questions about the teachings and practices of the Church.

Honor the Nativity Fast in the entirety.

Listen to the St. George Church weekly radio broadcast on the radio or parish website.

A Thought from +Father Vojislav Dosenovich

The family celebrates the SLAVA, as do many cities, civil and military institutions. This is a fact in observance of the day when the first ancestors became baptized in the Orthodox faith. They took the Saint of the day as their family patron. Male members of the family will carry same patron Saint as they establish their own families.

( 1986 Calendar of the Serbian Orthodox Church in the United States of America and Canada. )

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

To Consider

*The unity with Christ experienced when partaking of the Precious Body and Blood of Christ.
*The transformation taking place when partaking of Holy Communion.
*The joy and confession of Christ in the partaking of Holy Communion.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

November 25 - Visited parishioner in Waynesburg,
November 26 - Served Divine Liturgy in Fairmont, W.Va.
November 29 - Went to Waynesburg University to hear Father Thomas Hopko speak.
November 30 - Visited parishioner in Waynesburg.
December 2 - Attended Administrative Board meeting in Mars, Pa.
December 3 - Served Divine Liturgy in Fairmont, W.Va

Proverbs 3:5

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.


The Feast of the Entry of the Theotokos into the Temple

Luke 10:38-42, 11:27-28

Now it happened as they went to that He entered a certain village; and a certain woman named Martha welcomed Him into her house. And she had a sister called Mary, who also sat at Jesus’ feet and heard His word. But Martha was distracted with much serving, and she approached Him and said, “Lord, do You not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Therefore tell her to help me.” And Jesus answered and said to her,”Martha, Martha, you are worried and troubled about many things. But one thing is needed, and Mary has chosen that good part, which will not be taken away from her.” And it happened as He spoke these things, that a certain woman from the crowd raised her voice and said to Him, “Blessed is the womb that bore You, and the breasts that nursed You.” And He said, “More than that, blessed are those who hear the word of God and keep it!”

Today is the Feast of the Entry of the Theotokos into the Temple. This feast brings to mind parental responsibility and the bringing of children to church. Parents actually set an important example by accompanying their sons and daughters to church.

Coming to church is a free and voluntary choice. Making the decision to come to church regularly and consistently without exception demonstrates a clear commitment to the value of the church in personal life.

Coming to church and partaking of the Precious Body and Blood with regularity and consistency reveals understanding of and interest in being consistently united with the Lord Jesus Christ.

Individuals have many different ways to spend their time, Choices made in the use of time reveals personal values and interests. In the current Gospel Martha was concerned with many things. Mary was concerned with paying attention to the Lord Jesus Christ. Jesus told Martha that Mary was concerned with the one thing needed. (Lk. 10:41-42)

On Sunday mornings, on the weekdays when Great Feasts occur, during Holy Week and other times of the year when the Church intensifies worship, individuals determine whether to be a part of the liturgical life of the Church. Mary, the Theotokos was brought to the temple as a young child. She grew to become the birthgiver of the greatest Son ever born.

Parents have great influence on their sons and daughters. Sons and daughters learn from their parents. Parents are always teaching their sons and daughters. If the lessons taught by parents in the way they live are good, the sons and daughters benefit.

Parents do well to think about the parents of Mary taking her to the temple. Parents do well to make a practice of being in church with their sons and daughters all of their lives.

It is very joyful to see multiple generations of families in church together on a regular basis. Seeing multiple generations of the same family together in church on regular basis is not a common sight but it is a good and joyful sight.

The Mother of God is known for her purity. She is known for her unique and unequalled relationships with the Lord Jesus Christ. Each person has the opportunity to be united with Christ. Each person has the opportunity to be transformed and renewed in Christ.

Each Divine Liturgy is an opportunity to be united with Christ. Each Divine Liturgy is an opportunity to be transformed and renewed in Christ. Seeking the Kingdom of God is a choice to be made by each individual. The Lord Jesus Christ is ever present for each person. He does not force Himself on each person. He loves each person. He shares Himself with each person willing to be united with Him.

The dedicated life of the Mother of God is a most worthy example for believers to consider and attempt to emulate. Living in purity and unity with Christ is the worthiest of goals. Choosing goals other than living in Christ and pursing other than the Kingdom of God do not provide the healthiest and greatest fulfillment of life.

The joy that comes in Christ is unequalled joy. The peace that comes in Christ is incomparable peace. The love manifested by Christ is immeasurable love. The forgiveness found in Christ has no equal.

Individuals can busy themselves with many things in life. Many things in life that seem entertaining have frivolous value. In the current Gospel, Martha’s sister Mary stayed focus on the Lord Jesus Christ.

During this time of the Nativity Fast, it is important we learn the timeless lesson of the current Gospel and focus on the Lord Jesus Christ with unwavering attention throughout our lives.

If we pray to the Most Holy Mother of God with sincerity, if we study her life and incorporate elements of her life into ours, we will draw closer to Christ. While we have life, we have the opportunity to be united with Christ, to live in Christ, to be renewed and transformed by Christ.

Now is the time to review our personal values and goals. Now is the time to review our personal practices of faith. Now is the time to assess our interest and commitment to the life in Christ.

Mary the Theotokos was completely and unequivocally dedicated to the Lord Jesus Christ. She was completely united with Christ. The joy that comes with unity in Christ exceeds human comprehension and summons those seeking the most advanced state of human life.


St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
November 21 / December 4, 2011
Feast of the Entry of the Theotokos into the Temple

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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