St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 673 - November 28 / December 11, 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. 673
November 28 / December 11, 2011
Twenty-Sixth Sunday after Pentecost

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

I Thessalonians 3:6-7

But now that Timothy has come to us from you, and brought us good news of your faith and love, and that you always have good remembrance of us, greatly desiring to see us, as we also to see you---therefore brethren, in all our affliction and distress we were comforted concerning you by your faith.

Recent Services
December 4
Matins and First Hour were read.
Third and Sixth Hours were read followed by Divine Liturgy. Thirty people attended Divine Liturgy. Three communicants.
Akthathist to Mother of God was read.
December 5
Matins and First Hour were read.
Akathist to Mother of God was read.
One person came for Vespers.
December 6
Matins and First Hour were read.
Akathist to the Mother of God was read.
Vespers was read.
December 7
Matins and First Hour were read.
Akathist to the Mother of God was read.
Two were present for reading Akathist to the Mother of God, Unexpected Joy.
Vespers was read.
December 8
Matins Canon was read.
December 9
Matins and First Hour were read.
Akathist to Mother of God was read.
Vespers was read.
December 10
Matins and First Hour were read.
Akathist to Mother of God was read.
Two people came for Great Vespers

Services This Coming Week. Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule

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

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

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

Akathist at 2:45 PM.

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Thanksgiving

Important Dates

December 13 - Holy Apostle Andrew the First-Called
December 18 - Ven. Sabbas the Sanctified. Serbian Children’s Day
December 19 - St. Nicholas the Wonderworker
December 25 - St. Spyridon. Serbian Mother’s Day
December 27-30 - Winter Retreat at St. Sava Camp, Shadeland
December 30 - Holy Martyrs Deacon Avvacum and Hegumen Paisius

If you are too busy to are too busy!

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

Parish Life

A very warm welcome to visitors to the St. George Church.

Mildred “Mickey” Bezjak is collecting for flowers for the church for Christmas.

Melva Hunchuck continues to be very motivated when the Kolo is making rolls.

It was good to see Dorothy Smargie among the Kolo members baking this week.

Sympathy extended to the family of +Margaret Relic recently departed this life.

The Robena Mine Memorial held by the UMWA each December 6 is very well attended and a valued remembrance of the Robena miners and all miners having lost their lives.

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.

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

Honor the Nativity Fast each day until the Feast of the Nativity.

Honor your Slava each year.

Prepare for Holy Confession and Communion regularly.

Ask the priest if you have a question about the teachings or practices of the Church.

Bring some friends to church.

A Thought from +Proto Stavrofo Radovan Milkovich

We are part of this same Body. We can offer our help in our prayers and monetary donations. It may not solve or completely lift the heavy cross from their shoulders, but we will show the Kosovo Serbs that there is a brother and sister in this world that sympathizes and co-suffers together with them. Our showing of sympathy and pain will uplift them. They will know they are not alone in this world—‘till daybreak comes again.’

( 1984 Calendar of the Serbian Orthodox Churchin the United States of America and Canada. )

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

To Consider

Each of the days of the Nativity Fast.
The drawing near of the Feast of the Nativity
Christ always being dominant in our hearts.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

December 3 - Went to Morgantown for printing purposes.
December 5 - Visited parishioner inWaynesburg.
December 6 - Participated in the Robena Mine Memorial.
December 6 - Went to Diocesan Center.
December 8 - Attended continuing education class conducted in Clarksburg by West Virginia University Division of Social Work on “Documentation, Ethics, and Risk Management.”

Proverbs 4:14

Do not enter the path of the wicked, and do not walk in the way of evil.

Twenty-Sixth Sunday after Pentecost

Luke 12:16-21

Then He spoke a parable to them saying, "The ground of a certain rich man yielded plentifully. And he thought within himself, saying, 'What shall I do, since I have no room to store my crops?' So he said, 'I will do this: I will pull down my barns and build greater, and there I will store all my crops and my goods. And I will say to my soul, "Soul, You have many goods laid up for many years; take your ease; eat, drink, and be merry"' But God said to him, "Fool! This night your soul will be required of you; then whose will those things be which you have provided?" So is he who lays up treasures for himself, and is not rich towards God."

Concern for the soul has an appropriate place in every day of life, every minute of life. The present Gospel speaks about a sudden and unexpected change in personal circumstances. The present Gospel is a lesson in preparedness…readiness.

No one knows the day or the hour the Lord Jesus Christ will return. Christ advises that we always be alert and ready for His return.(Mt.25:13)The present Gospel is also about personal goals and the direction life.

We never know when our last breath will be taken. We need to think carefully about our personal goals and the management our lives.

The Lord Jesus Christ states individuals should seek first the Kingdom of God. (Mt. 6:33) If we are fully committed to seeking the Kingdom of God, everything we do will be directed toward the Kingdom.

The rich man in the present Gospel was exclusively concerned about his material possessions. If his soul was of primary interest, he would have considered sharing the abundant crops with less fortunate individuals.

The rich man was concerned about laying up more material possessions. He already had plenty of crops and goods in storage. He was greedy for more. The rich man’s interests were not consistent with the teachings of Christ

The Lord Jesus Christ taught that individuals should” lay up treasures in heaven where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal.” Fasting is a way of considering the condition of the soul and focusing on the soul.

Fasting periods are opportunities to review the extent of personal possessions and determine if certain of those possessions would be of more benefit to others in less fortunate circumstances.

Christians are expected to help individuals in need. Almsgiving…doing charitable works is fundamental to the Christian life. Almsgiving in a spirit of love is consistent with the Christian life.

The Lord Jesus Christ equates Himself with the hungry, the thirsty, and those needing clothing .The Lord Jesus Christ equates Himself with the stranger. The care we give to the hungry, the thirsty, the naked, the imprisoned and the stranger will affect where we spend eternity. (Mt. 25:31-46).

Christians have a responsibility to care for the soul every minute of every day. The soul can be destroyed in a moment of carelessness. The soul can be destroyed in a moment of anger or loss of self-control.

Prayer is necessary for vigilance and strength. Prayer is necessary for discipline to focus consistently on the Kingdom of God. Prayer is necessary to remain firmly and fully united with Christ.

Holy Confession helps believers to reject sinful behavior and redirect their lives to toward Christ’s ways. Holy Confession enables believers to be forgiven of sins and to begin anew in Christ.

Holy Communion unites the person with Christ. Holy Communion enables the believer to share in the joy of Christ. Holy Communion strengthens the believer to live in ways pleasing to Christ.

Material wealth can be a burden if a person does not use it and manage it in ways pleasing to God. Material wealth can be a source of stress if not viewed as a blessing from God to be used for the glory of God.

Everything a person does is to be governed by Christ’s love. When we work, we should perform our work in a spirit of Christian conscientiousness. Relationships on the job, in the home and in the community are Christian to the extent they conform to the teachings and life of Christ.

Being a Christian is the highest calling and the summons the person to live up to the highest of standards. The standards set by Christ are firm and lasting. When a person takes on the Christian identity, the person is expected to honor that identity throughout the remaining time of life.

Being a lukewarm Christian denies the person the fullness of the life in Christ. Merit exists during the Nativity Fast of personally evaluating whether this period of time is true personal preparation for celebrating the Nativity of Christ.

The soul has value in excess of the value of the whole world. (Mt. 16:26) The soul should be treated and protected with the care and concern equal to its value. Relationships, use of material goods, and use of time of life greatly affect the soul.

Coming to church regularly helps believers to stay focused on the Kingdom of God. Partaking of the Precious Body and Blood of Christ regularly keeps the believer strong and transforms the believer.

Individuals have the capability of committing sins. Remaining united with Christ is the best defense against committing sins. Remaining united with Christ is the most joyful experience of life.

During each moment of time believers choose or reject Christ. Today’s Gospel lesson makes it clear that care of the soul at all times is of paramount importance.

St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
Twenty Sixth Sunday after Pentecost.
Holy Martyr Christos. Martyr and Confessor Stephen the New.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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