St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 718 - October 8 / October 21, 2012

The Orthodox Faith

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

No. 718
October 8 / October 21, 2012
Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost
/ Sunday of Holy Fathers of 7th Council

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.

Romans 11:19-20

You will say then, “Branches were broken off that I might be grafted in.” Well said. Because of unbelief they were broken off, and you stand by faith. Do not be haughty but fear.

Recent Services
October 11
Akathist to the Mother of God was read at St. George Church.
Six people came to Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Church in Fairmont, W.Va. for the Akathist to the Holy Trinity.
October 12
Matins was read.
Akathist to the Mother of God was read.
Protodeacon Milan Medakovich sang responses for Vespers.
October 13
Matins and First Hour were read.
Akathist to Mother of God was read. Protodeacon Milan Medakovich sang responses for Vespers.
October 14
Matins and First Hour were read.
Third and Sixth Hours were read followed by Divine Liturgy. Thirty-four people came for Divine Liturgy. Four communicants.
Akathist to Mother of God was read. Protodeacon Milan Medakovich came to serve.
October 15
Matins and First Hour were read.
Akathist Hymn to Mother of God was read.
Vespers was read.
October 16
Matins and First Hour were read.
Two people came for the Akathist to the All Holy Theotokos, Chanted before Her Icon, “The Abbess of Mt.Athos.”
October 17
Akathist to the Mother of God was read.
October 18
Matins and First Hour were 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, Saturday.

4:00 PM on Monday, Friday, Saturday

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 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
November 10 - ST. Arsenius of Srem, Archbishop of Serbia

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

Congratulations to Holy Trinity Cathedral Choir of Pittsburgh celebrating the Choir’s Fiftieth Anniversary this weekend.

Sympathy extended to the family of +Edward George Nicklos, Sr. recently departed this life.

Correspondent Alf Ole Ask from the Norway newspaper Aftenposten visited the St. George Church recently and was accompanied by a photographer.

Two people attended Adult Class this past week.

The Myrrh-flowing icon from Hawaii will be at Holy Resurrection Serbian Orthodox Church in Steubenville, Ohio on Tuesday, October 23 at 7:00 PM. Very Reverend Stavrofor Rade Merick has extended an invitation for our parishioners to attend.

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 a question about the teachings or practices of the Church, ask the priest.

The Serb National Federation is always seeking new members. Consider joining.

Please send in your reservations promptly for the parish Anniversary dinner.

A Thought from St. NIKOLAI (Velimirovic)

Just as one house resembles another, so the outward appearance of one man resembles that of another. To the house is given honor according to the one who dwells in the house; so it is with man, according to the spirit that dwells in him.

(The Prologue of Ohrid. Vol. One. Translated by Fr. T. Timothy Tepsic. Serbian Orthodox Diocese of Western America, 2002, p. 30 )

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

To Consider

The importance of the Church’s calendar in the life of believers each day.
The importance of adhering to the fasts throughout the year.
The lessons learned from the fasts and feasts throughout the year.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

October 4 - Attended Carmichaels Ministerium meeting.
October 11 - Went to Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Church in Fairmont, W.Va. for Akathist to the Holy Trinity and Adult Class. Six people came for the Akathist and class.
October 12 - Went to Morgantown, W.Va. for printing purposes.
October 17 - Went to Diocesan Center in Mars, Pa.

Wisdom of Sirach 6:5

Pleasant speech will multiply his friends, and a gracious tongue will multiply many kind greetings. (SAAS)

Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost

Luke 7:11-16

Now it happened, the day after, that He went into a city called Nain; and many of His disciples went with Him, and a large crowd. And when He came near the gate of the city. behold, a dead man was being carried out, the only son of his mother; and she was a widow. And a large crowd from the city was with her. When the Lord saw her, He had compassion on her and said to her, "Do not weep." Then He came and touched the open coffin and those who carried him stood still. And He said, "Young man, I say to you, arise." So he who was dead sat up and began to speak. And He presented him to his mother. Then fear came upon all, and they glorified God, saying, "A great prophet has risen up among us; and "God has visited His people."

The Holy Fathers of the Seventh Ecumenical Council

John 17:1-13

Jesus spoke these words, lifted up His eyes to heaven, and said: “Father, the hour has come. Glorify Your Son, that Your Son also may glorify You, as You have given Him authority over all flesh, that He should give eternal life to as many as You have given Him. And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent. I have glorified You on the earth. I have finished the work which You have given Me to do. And now, O Father, glorify Me together with Yourself, with the glory which I had with You before the world was. I have manifested Your name to the men whom You have given Me out of the world. They were Yours, You gave them to Me, and they have kept Your word. Now they have known that all things which You have given Me are from You. For I have given to them the words which You have given Me; and they have received them and have known surely that I came forth from You; and they have believed that You sent Me. I pray for them. I do not pray for the world but for those whom You have given Me, for they are Yours. And all Mine are Yours, and Yours are Mine, and I am glorified in them. Now I am no longer in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to You. Holy Father, keep through Your name those whom You have given Me, that they may be one as We are. While I was with them in the world, I kept them in Your name. Those whom You gave Me I have kept; and none of them is lost except the son of perdition, that the Scripture might be fulfilled. But now I come to You, and these things I speak in the world, that they may have My joy fulfilled in themselves.

The Lord Jesus Christ demonstrated His power over death when He restored life to the dead son of the widow of Nain. The Lord Jesus Christ brought immeasurable joy to the widowed mother. The widow’s only son had once been dead and was now alive again.

The Lord Jesus Christ brings joy to parents when prayers are answered for their sons and daughters to repent of lives deeply immersed in sin. Many devout parents pray fervently to God to save their sons and daughters from waywardness.

Drug and alcohol abuse take a heavy toll in contemporary society. Parents have many sleepless and anxious nights when they know their sons and daughters are engaged in drug and alcohol abuse. Fears for the worst can abound.

Fervent prayer is beneficial. The Lord Jesus Christ does not disappoint the faithful. The Epistle of James makes it clear: “He who turns a sinner from the error of his way will save a soul from death and cover a multitude of sins.” (James 5:20)

Prayers to the Lord Jesus Christ make a difference. Just as Christ raised the son of the widow of Nain, Christ can return sinners from paths to personal destruction. The path to destruction can be reversed by fervent prayer.

The Lord Jesus Christ said: “With God all things are possible.” (Mt. 19:26) Drug and alcohol abuse are not the only sins leading to destruction of the soul. Avarice, gambling, adultery, and physical abuse of others need addressed.

Individuals feeling helpless in their sins can begin the process of change through repentance and confession. The road to salvation begins with acknowledgement of sin and the desire to be united with Christ.

The road to salvation begins with an interest in internal peace and cleansing of the soul. The road to salvation begins with recognition that life in Christ offers more than the life in sin.

Addressing the hunger of the soul by turning to Christ is the path to certainly of life and peace in life. God’s Holy Church offers refuge, comfort and protection. The Lord Jesus Christ welcomes sinners seeking to repent into His Holy Church.

The Lord Jesus Christ said: “Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gently and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.” (Mt. 11:29) The Lord Jesus Christ offers eternal life for those turning to Him. (Jn. 17:1-3)

The road to the Kingdom of God has an uncertain length for each person. Individuals do not know the day they will depart this life. Each day of life may be the last. It is important to use each day wisely for the salvation of the soul.

Individuals do not know the day, time or hour when Christ will come to judge the living and the dead. Vigilance and preparation are necessary. Many temptations and attacks relentlessly confront the soul in present day life.

Believers need to be well united with Christ and vigorous in repelling sin. Believers need to be strengthened by the Precious Body and Blood of Christ. Constant repentance and prayer lead to the Kingdom of God.

The widow of Nain and her son benefitted immeasurably when Jesus Christ entered their lives. Every person benefits immeasurably when Jesus Christ is welcomed and joyfully enters their lives.

The Lord Jesus Christ said: “I do not pray for the world but for those whom You have given Me, for they are Yours” (Jn. 17:9). Jesus set a lasting example in the value of prayer when His words about prayer became recorded in the Gospel.

Individuals need never be too busy to pray. Individuals need never relinquish hope. Prayer offers hope. Christ offers hope. The restoration to life of the dead son of the widow of Nain is proof positive that hope in Christ can lead to dramatic changes and new life in Christ.

St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
October 8 / October 21, 2012
The Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost.
Sunday of the Holy Fathers of the Seventh Council.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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