St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 720 - October 22 / November 4, 2012

The Orthodox Faith

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

No. 720
October 22 / November 4, 2012
Twenty-second 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 11:6

But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.

Recent Services
October 26
Five people came for Vespers and Akathist to St. Panteliemon.
October 27
The complete Gospel of St. Mark was read.
October 28
Matins and First Hour were read.
Third and Sixth Hours were read followed by Divine Liturgy. Names of departed were read during the Litany for the Departed. Thirty-seven people came for Divine Liturgy.
October 29
Matins and First Hour were read.
Vespers was read.
October 30
Matins and First Hour were read.
Akathist to Mother of God was read.
Vespers was read.
October 31
The complete Gospel of St. Mark was read.
Akathist to Mother of God was read.
Vespers was read.
November 1
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, Thursday, Friday, Saturday

4:00 PM Vespers on Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday.

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

8:00 AM Divine Liturgy

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

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

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
November 16 - Renovation of the Church of St. George
November 21 - Synaxis of Archangel Michael and other Bodiless Powers
November 22 - St. Nectarius of Pentapolis
November 24 - St. Stephen of Decani, King of Serbia
November 26 - St. John Chrysostom

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 Colonel Richard Menhart and Major Dustin Menhart for their recent promotions. They are sons of faithful parishioners Frank and Gail Menhart.

Veteranís Day is next week. Let us remember and be grateful to all veterans.

Tom Hunter has made a significant contribution to the church outreach by posting all past radio programs on the parish website. All weekly programs since February 2004.

Sympathy extended to the family of + Ned Massimiani recently departed this life.

Sympathy extended to the family of +Veronica Dragich recently departed this life.

Plan to support the St. George Choir by attending the Slava celebration on November 11.

New books added to the church library include Sacred Doorways - A Beginners Guide to Icons by Linette Martin; Lectures on the Sacraments by St. Cyril of Jerusalem; Wounded by Love - The Life and Wisdom of Elder Porphyrios; The Parish Nurse by Granger E. Westberg; and The Gurus, the Young Man, and Elder Paisios by Dionysios Farasiotis.

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.

A Thought from St. NIKOLAI (Velimirovic)

What else does the Lord want from us, when He teaches us that through doing His will we arrive at the understanding of the divinity of His teaching? He simply wishes that we, by{the fruit of} our deeds, become convinced of the divinity of His teaching. He does not desire that we be convinced of this in an easy manner, but rather in a more difficult mannerónot only by listening, but by doing, because whoever is convinced in an easy manner will easily waver and change his mind, and as for him who is convinced in a difficult manner, it would be difficult for him to change his mind.

(The Prologue of Ohrid. Vol. One Translated by Fr. T. Timothy Tepsic. Edited by Fr. Janko Trbovic, St. Herman of Alaska Monastery and St. Paisius Monastery. Serbian Orthodox Diocese of Western America, 2002, pp. 80-81. )

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

To Consider

The miracles associated with St. Demetrios the Greatmartyr.
The many pilgrims to the Church of St. Demetrios in Thessalonica
The countless number of believers praying to St. Demetrios for intercession.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

October 26 - Went to Morgantown for printing purposes.
October 27 - Went to Bridgeport, W. Va. for home blessing and Slava.
October 30 - Local area pastoral home visit.

Wisdom of Sirach 6:6

Let those who live at peace with you be many, but let your counselors be one in a thousand.

The Twenty-Second Sunday after Pentecost

Luke 16:19-31

There was a certain rich man who was clothed in purple and fine linen and fared sumptuously every day. But there was a certain beggar named Lazarus, full of sores, who was laid at his gate, desiring to be fed with the crumbs which fell from the rich man's table. Moreover, the dogs came and licked his sores. So it was that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels to Abraham's bosom. The rich man also died and was buried. And being in torment in Hades, he lifted up his eyes and saw Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom. Then he cried and said, 'Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus that he may dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame. But Abraham said, 'Son, remember that in your lifetime you received your good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things; but now he is comforted and you are tormented. And besides all this, between us and you there is a great gulf fixed so that those who want to pass from here to you cannot, nor can those from there pass to us. Then he said, 'I beg you therefore, father, that you would send him to my father's house, for I have five brothers, that he may testify to them, lest they also come to this place of torment. Abraham said to him, 'They have Moses and the prophets, let them hear them.' And he said, 'No, father Abraham; but if one goes to them from the dead, they will repent.' But he said to him, 'If they do not hear Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded though one rise from the dead.'

The present Gospel speaks about heeding lessons of God as they are experienced in daily life. God is ever-present and has lessons for individuals with eyes to see and ears to hear.

The conditions of a personís heart and mind determine the way experiences in daily life are interpreted, understood and serve as a basis for action. Individuals believing in God and seeking nourishment from God, see God regularly in life.

Individuals denying the existence of God or preoccupied with matters other than God, fail to heed the presence of God everywhere. Moses and the prophets communicate powerful lessons about God. Not everyone heeds those lessons.

Christians firmly believe in the Resurrection of Christ and celebrate the Resurrection. Christians look to the Resurrection for understanding and meaning. Non-believers give no attention to the Resurrection and seek no lessons from it.

Lazarusí suffering did not go unnoticed by God. The rich manís inattentiveness to the poor Lazarus at his gate did not escape Godís attention. Lazarusí temporary earthly suffering was replaced by lasting Godly care.

The rich manís ignoring of poor Lazarus at his gate resulted in the rich man experiencing torment after death. Individuals failing to heed the teachings of the Holy Gospel put themselves at risk when Christ returns for the Final Judgment.

The present Gospel is repeated in churches and monasteries every year. The present Gospel has multiple lessons. It is important for individuals to show care and concern for their neighbors. It is important to heed Godís daily lessons.

Moses and the prophets expressed the need to be faithful to God and to adhere to the ways of God. Unfaithfulness to God occurred in the time of Moses and the prophets. Godís teachings were expounded regarding unfaithfulness.

Godís Holy Church constantly proclaims the Holy Gospel and calls listeners to repentance. Godís Holy Church exhorts believers to love their neighbor and to love God. Godís Holy Church speaks strongly against lives immersed in sin.

The rich man was worried about his brothers suffering after their deaths. When he was alive, the rich man failed to care for his neighbor. The rich man was content to live in luxury while poor Lazarus suffered nearby in poverty.

Abraham made it clear to the rich man that if his brothers did not heed the daily lessons available to them from Moses and the prophets, they would not believe one rising from the dead.

Individuals today cannot go through life constantly living with greedy abandon and not expect consequences. Ignoring and not caring for those living nearby in poverty carries consequences at the time of Christís Final Judgment.

Persons failing to heed the teachings of Christ in the present life can expect consequences when departure from this life takes place. Christ welcomes sinners to repent before departure from this life.

The time of earthly life is limited. The way a person lives has a lasting effect on the experiences the person will have after departure from this life. Eternal punishment or eternal life are the two alternatives after Christís return. (Mt. 25:46)

The present Gospel is a firm lesson in caring for our neighbors in this life. The present Gospel is a constant reminder to heed the lessons of God while we are still alive and can make the necessary changes in our life to please God.

The present Gospel is a clear instruction that the decisions we make in this life will affect the experiences we will have after death. The rich man cared only for himself when he was wealthy. He showed no care for his neighbor.

The rich man was blinded by his wealth to the sufferings of his neighbor. God saw the behavior of the rich man toward Lazarus. God saw the behavior of the rich man toward his neighbor. God saw Lazarusí behavior toward the rich man.

The Lord Jesus Christ said: ďYou shall love your neighbor as yourself.Ē (Mt. 22:39). While there is time, let us heed the message of the present Gospel and correct errors of our ways.

Let us repent of our sins and seek the way of God. Let us use our time, our talents and our resources in ways pleasing to God. With heartfelt appreciation and love toward God, let us live each day in ways heeding the daily lessons of God.

St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
October 22 / November 4, 2012
The Twenty-second Sunday after Pentecost.
St. Abercius. Seven Youths of Ephesus.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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