St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 719 - October 15 / October 28, 2012

The Orthodox Faith

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

No. 719
>October 15 / October 28, 2012
Twenty-first 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.

Philippians 1:25

And being confident of this, I know that I shall remain and continue with you all for your progress and joy of faith.

Recent Services
October 13
Four people came for the Akathist to the Mother of God, Blessing of the Kolach for the family Slava. Protodeacon Milan Medakovich was present to assist with the service.
Three people came for Confession
October 18
Akathist to the Mother of God was read.
Vespers was read.
October 19
The complete Gospel of St. Mark was read.
Akathist to the Mother of God was read.
Vespers was read.
A pomen was held at the funeral home in Millsboro for +Edward G. Nicklos.
October 20
Matins and First Hour were read at St. George Church.
Fourteen people came to Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Church in Fairmont, W.Va.
One person came for Confession and Communion.
A funeral service was held at St. George Church for +Edward G.Nicklas with burial in Greene County Memorial Cemetery.
October 21
Matins and First Hour were read.
Third and Sixth Hours were read followed by Divine Liturgy. Twenty-three people attended Divine Liturgy
October 22
Matins and First Hour were read.
October 23
Matins and First Hour were read.
October 24
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 Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday.

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

4:00 PM Vespers.

4:00 PM Akathist for Departed

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

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

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
November 11 - Choir Slava celebrated. Covered Dish dinner and program.
November 12 - Sts. King Milutin, Teoktist and Mother Jelena, Conf. Varnava of Hvostan

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

Thank you to all attending and supporting the Anniversary celebration.

Kathleen Waters, her husband Travis, two sons and a daughter and Kathleen’s parents made the recent pilgrimage to the Holy Land organized by Father Dragoljub Malich.

Congratulations to Joseph Hunchuck for having recently becoming a lawyer in Florida.

Congratulations to Dr. Andrei Popa for being chosen as a Distinguished Lecturer for the Society of Petroleum Engineers.

Scott Newton, consistent supporter of the Healthcare Day and Seminar at St. George Church is progressing in his doctoral studies while working at John Hopkins Hospital.

A parishioner has found this book beneficial reading: The Tools of Spiritual Warfare by Joy Corey

Jim and Martha Dice, former area residents, maintain interest in St. George Church.

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.

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

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

A Thought from St. NIKOLAI (Velimirovic)

O triune Lord, cleanse the vision of my soul, and bow down Your face over her, so that my soul may glisten with the glory of her Lord, so that the wondrous history of heaven and earth may be unsealed in her, so that she may be filled with glittering like my lake, when the sun hovers above it at noon.

(Prayers by the Lake. Translated by Rt. Rev. Archimandrite Todor Mika and Very Rev. Dr. Stevan Scott. The Serbian Orthodox Metropolitante of New Gracanica, Grayslake, Illinois, 1999, p. 21 )

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

To Consider

The far-reaching nature of the consecration of a parish church.
The good a parish church does for the surrounding community.
The necessity of the parish church being true to the consecration.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

October 19 - Went to Morgantown, W. Va. for printing purposes.
October 19 - Served pomen in funeral home for +Edward G.Nicklos.
October 20 - Served Divine Liturgy in Fairmont, W.Va.
October 20 - Funeral and burial service for +Edward G.Nicklos.
October 21 - Went to French Creek, W. Va.
October 22 - Went to Diocesan Center in Mars, Pa. for a meeting.
October 23 - Went to Holy Resurrection Serbian Orthodox Church in Steubenville, Ohio for an Akathist to the Mother of God before the Myrrh-flowing icon from Hawaii.

Wisdom of Sirach 7:1

Do no evil and evil will never befall you.

Twenty-First Sunday after Pentecost

Luke 8:5-15

"A sower went out to sow his seed. And as he sowed, some fell by the wayside; and it was trampled down, and the birds of the air devoured it. Some fell on rock; and as soon as it sprang up, it withered away because it lacked moisture. And some fell among thorns, and the thorns sprang up with it and choked it. But others fell on good ground, and sprang up, and yielded a crop a hundredfold." When He had said these things He cried, "He who has ears to hear, let him hear!" Then His disciples asked Him, saying "What does this parable mean?" And He said, "To you it is has been given to know the mysteries of the kingdom of God, but to the rest it is given in parables, that 'Seeing they may not see, and hearing they may not understand.' "Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God. Those by the wayside are the ones who hear; then the devil comes and takes away the word out of their hearts, lest they should believe and be saved. But the ones on the rock are those who, when they hear, receive the word with joy; and these have no root, who believe for awhile and in time of temptation fall away. Now the ones that fell among thorns are those who, when they have heard, go out and are choked with cares, riches, and pleasure of life, and bring no fruit to maturity. But the ones that fell on the good ground are those who, having heard the word with a noble and good heart, keep it and bear fruit with patience."

The present Gospel speaks about hearing the word of God, keeping it and bearing fruit with patience. The Gospel alerts the individual about presence of the devil wresting the word of God from the hearts of a certain number of people.

Serious believers will take care not to be among the group hearing the word of God but falling prey to temptations and losing the joy of the word. Vigilance will exist not to sacrifice the word of God due to cares, riches and pleasures.

The Lord Jesus Christ said: “In your patience possess ye your souls.” (Lk. 21:19) Patience is interconnected with hope and faith. Patience, faith and hope enable a believer to cherish the word of God and look to the word of God for nourishment.

Serious believers find satisfying nourishment for the soul in the word of God. Believers loving the word of God experience God through reading and being attentive. Lovers of the word of God know the effort is well invested. (Mt. 7:16-20)

Shortcuts do not exist to bring forth good fruit. Even a deathbed conversion and sincere act of repentance requires conscious action of the brain and transformation of the heart.

In lives of many years in length, much discipline is necessary to follow Christ. Daily prayer, fasting according to the practices of the Church and regular church attendance strengthen believers clinging firmly to the word of God.

Every believer sins during the course of daily life. On-going repentance is necessary to bring the self into unity with Christ. Christ awaits and welcomes individuals repenting of their sins and choosing to turn to Him in faith.

The present Gospel makes clear the perils existing in the world. The devil, cares, temptations, riches and pleasures are formidable foes for serious believers to contend with. Being attentive to the word of God sharpens the focus for believers.

Dangers, cares, temptations, riches and soul destroying pleasures are faced and avoided by believers seeking the Kingdom of God. Hearing the word of God and keeping it provides the necessary armament to get through daily life.

On certain feasts of the Mother of God, believers hear the words from the Gospel of St. Luke: “Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and keep it.” (Lk. 11:28)

Life changes dramatically when believers welcome and heed the word of God. The changes may not immediately become apparent. Cherishing the word of God in the heart eventually changes the total person.

Reciting the Jesus Prayer is a way to keep the heart open to the word of God. Saying the Jesus Prayer is a way to ward off threats to the soul. Increased reading, hearing and considering the word of God provides direction, strength and joy.

Depression is overcome and conquered through serious heeding of the word of God. Hope is established and renewed through reading the word of God. Anger is brought under control through devoted reading of the word of God.

The word of God deserves focused interest every day of life. Reading the word of God is an investment in the Kingdom of God. Time taken to read and focus on the word of God is among the soundest investments in human life.

The present Gospel makes it clear that the word of God is heard by a variety of listeners. The word of God matures to different degrees and extent in the lives of individuals hearing it. The decisions a person makes affects the degree of maturity.

Individuals seeking to live fully in Christ and choosing to remain inseparable with Christ will heed every word. Joy comes through heeding the word of God. Growth comes through heeding the word of God.

Fruit results from being attentive to the word of God. The Holy Apostle Paul told the Galatians: “The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control.” (Gal. 5:22-23)

When a person is immersed in the word of God, the word of God gives structure and purpose to the person’s life. The word of God comes to mind when direction is needed and when difficult decisions must be made.

A person immersed in the word of God will not stray far from the counsel that comes from the word of God. The word of God shapes the actions and thoughts of individuals with lives inseparable from Christ.

The Holy Apostle Paul said: “It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me; and the life 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)

Cherishing the word of God and leading a life immersed in the word of God is an experiencing of Christ opening new dimensions of life.

St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
October 15 / October 28, 2012
The Twenty-first Sunday after Pentecost.
St. Lucian, Hieromartyr. Venerable Euthymius.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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