St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 716 - September 24 / October 7, 2012

The Orthodox Faith

Chronicle of St. George Serbian Orthodox Church
296 Old Route 21
Carmichaels, Pennsylvania 15320

No. 716
September 24 / October 7, 2012
Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost

Diocesan Bishop - His Grace Bishop Dr. MITROPHAN

Parish Priest - Father Rodney Torbic

Phone 724-966-7428
Phone/Fax 724-966-7780
Cellular Phone 412-860-0944

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

Hebrews 11:1

Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

Recent Services
September 28
Matins was read.
Akathist to the Mother of God was read. Vespers was read.
September 29
Matins was read.
Akathist to the Mother of God was read. Vespers was read.
September 30
Matins and First Hour were read.
Third and Sixth Hour were read followed by Divine Liturgy. Twenty-seven people came for Divine Liturgy.
Parastos was held.
Akathist to Mother of God was read.
October 1
Matins and First Hour were read.
Akathist to Mother of God was read.
Vespers was read.
October 2
Matins and First Hour were read.
Akathist to Mother of God was read.
Four people came for the Akathist to the Cross.
October 3
Matins and First Hour were read.
Akathist to the Mother of God was read.
Vespers was read.

Services This Coming Week. Always Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule

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

5:30 AM on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday.

4:00 PM on Monday, Wednesday, Friday.

3:00 PM Akathist followed by Adult Class at 3:30 PM.

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

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

October 14 - Protection of the Mother of God
October 19 - Holy Apostle Thomas
October 27 - Venerable Mother Paraskeva of Serbia. St. Petka.
October 28 - St. George Anniversary Divine Liturgy and Dinner
October 31 - St. Luke. St. Peter of Cetinje
November 3 - Memorial Saturday
November 8 - St. Demetrius the Great Martyr and Myrrh-gusher

If you are too busy to are too busy!

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

Parish Life

Mark your calendars to attend the parish Anniversary celebration on October 28. Send your reservations in promptly. Bring a friend or relative.

Milosh “Serb”Krewasky recently was recognized and publicly honored for his longstanding support of Carmichaels area youths.

Andrea Janson recently achieved a rare athletic accomplishment.

Greetings from Arizona were received recently from Mildred Zorman and Susan Donovan.

May God give comfort to the family and colleagues of +James McCoy, retired Deputy Director of the Pittsburgh Office of the Pennsylvania Board of Probation and Parole. Mr. McCoy recently departed this life. His work affected the area served by the St. George Church.

Four people came to Adult Class on Tuesday. Class again this coming Tuesday. Join the class and bring a friend or relative. Come and learn.

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.

If you have questions about the teachings or practices of the Church, ask the priest.

Prepare for the glorious Second Coming of the Lord Jesus Christ.

A Thought from St. NIKOLAI (Velimirovic)

Total external cleanliness does not help at all in gaining the Kingdom of Heaven. Oh, if only we would invest as much effort in washing ourselves from sins as we invest in washing our faces, then God would truly be seen in our hearts as though in a mirror!

(The Prologue of Ohrid. Vol. One. Translated by Fr. T. Timothy Tepsic. Serbian Orthodox Diocese of Western America, 2002, p. 3 )

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

To Consider

The consistent faithfulness to God necessary during earthly life.
The need for daily prayer throughout earthly life.
The need to nourish the soul regularly to grow in Christ.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

September 27 - Went to Diocesan Center in Mars and subsequently to Meadville, Pennsylvania.
September 28 - Went to Morgantown, W.Va. for printing purposes.

From: Wisdom of Sirach

4:11 - Wisdom exalts her children and lays hold of those who seek her. (SAAS)

The Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost

Luke 5:1-11

So it was, as the multitude pressed about Him to hear the word of God, that He stood by the Lake of Gennesaret, and saw two boats standing by the lake; but the fishermen had gone from them and were washing their nets. Then He got into one of the boats, which was Simon's, and asked him to put out a little from the land. And He sat down and taught the multitudes from the boat. When He had stopped speaking, He said to Simon, "Launch out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch. But Simon answered and said to Him, "Master, we have toiled all night and caught nothing; nevertheless, at Your word I will let down the net. And when they had done this, they caught a great number of fish, and their net was breaking. So they signaled to their partners in the other boat to come and help them. And they came and filled both the boats, so that they began to sink. When Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus' knees, saying, "Depart from me, for I am a sinful man, O Lord." For he and all who were with him were astonished at the catch of fish which they had taken; and so also were James and John, the sons of Zebedee, who were partners with Simon. And Jesus said to Simon, "Do not be afraid. From now on you will catch men." So when they had brought their boats to land, they forsook all and followed Him.

Simon Peter was obedient to the Lord Jesus Christ when instructed to launch into the deep and let down the nets. Simon Peter was obedient to Jesus even though earlier efforts resulted in empty nets.

Simon Peter’s listening to the Lord Jesus Christ led to dramatic results. Listening to the Lord Jesus Christ may not always result in immediate dramatic results. Listening to the Lord Jesus Christ is always the wisest decision.

Listening to the Lord Jesus Christ may produce results that are beneficial but not immediately apparent. Adhering to the words of Christ may create changes that are immediate but not noticeable to the eye.

Internal healings and peace to the soul may come about by listening to Jesus. Accidents may be avoided by listening to Jesus. Crimes may not take place due to listening to Jesus. Illness may remain but not increase due to listening to Jesus.

Believers can turn to the Holy Gospel to discern instructions for personal life. Believers can listen to sermons to learn Christ’s lessons for life.

The writings and lives of the saints and martyrs reveal the teachings of Christ and are sources for constant personal instruction. The contents of the Divine services of the Church reveal the teachings and expectations of Christ.

Hunger for Christ is satisfied as the person turns to Christ in prayer, in church attendance and in reading the Holy Gospel. Christ satisfying the hunger of the soul leads to a life pleasing to Christ.

Life is lived consistent with the Gospel when the person heeds the words, teachings and example of Christ. Simon Peter’s experience with Jesus verified the value of listening well to Jesus.

The resultant great catch of fish was frightening to Simon Peter. Christ at work in performing miracles may create a frightened reaction. Miracles reveal the divinity of Christ. Miracles require individuals to look differently at Christ.

The present Gospel transformed the life of Simon Peter. A change in occupations for Simon Peter took place. Simon Peter became a fisher of men. He would become part of an extraordinary group of Holy Apostles.

The Lord Jesus Christ changes lives. The changes can occur gradually or dramatically. Serious followers of Christ experience growth and change.

Changes in life are to be welcomed. The Holy Apostle Paul’s words are steady guides for life. The Holy Apostle Paul spoke of “giving thanks always for all things to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.” (Eph. 5:2)

Simon Peter would move away from his manual work with boats and nets and fish. He would move into a new world of proclaiming the Gospel of Christ. Simon Peter would be involved in work that changed the lives of others.

Jesus’ intervention in the life of Simon Peter and in the lives of the others chosen to be Holy Apostles would bring far greater results than the filling of nets with fish. The world continues to change today because Jesus entered their lives.

The work of the Holy Apostles was lasting work. The presence of the Holy Apostles continues to be felt to the present day. The lives of the faithful apostles are commemorated in the liturgical life of the Church.

The lives of the faithful apostles serve as sources of instruction and inspiration for every subsequent generation. Christ made the difference in the lives of the Holy Apostles.

Christ makes the difference in the lives of individuals today who choose to live in Him and follow Him. The way a person lives will reveal and verify if Christ is alive in the heart, the soul and the mind.

The way a person lives will reveal if the person loves God with all the heart, all the soul and with the complete mind. The way a person lives will verify if the person loves his or her neighbor as he or she loves the self.

Simon Peter, James and John would lay aside their fishing equipment. They would put their old lives behind them and move into uncharted waters of life. Jesus commissioned the Holy Apostles. Jesus strengthened them and guided them.

Jesus nourished the Holy Apostles and He set a lasting example for them. Jesus told His disciples: I have given you an example, that you should do as I have done to you.” (Jn. 13:15)

Believers are expected to follow Jesus’ example throughout their Christian lives. Believers are expected to continue to learn from Jesus and seek unity with Him throughout their lives.

Holy Apostle Paul spoke of the difference Christ made. He said: “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.” (Gal. 2:2)

Present day believer’s need to assess if Christ is alive in their hearts, minds and souls. Present day believers need to be fervent in seeking unity with Christ.

St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
September 24 / October 7, 2012
Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost.
St. Thecla, Protomartyr; Ven. Simon; St. King Vladislav; Ven. David

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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