St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 723 - November 12 / November 25, 2012

The Orthodox Faith

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

No. 723
November 12 / November 25, 2012
The Twenty-Fifth 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 12:1

Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus the pioneer and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the Cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.

Recent Services
November 16
Akathist to Mother of God was read.
Vespers was read
November 17
Matins and First Hour were read at St. George Church. Fifteen people came to Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Church in Fairmont, W.Va. for Divine Liturgy. One communicant.
Akathist to Mother of God was read at St. George Church.
Vespers was read.
November 18
Matins and First Hour were read.
Third and Sixth Hour were read followed by Divine Liturgy. Thirty-four people attended. Three communicants.
November 19
Matins and First Hour were read.
Akathist to Mother of God was read.
Vespers was read.
November 20
Matins and First Hour was read.
Three people were present for the Akathist to Archangel Michael.
Akathist to Mother of God was read.
November 21
Matins and First Hour was read at St.George Church.
Four people came for Divine Liturgy. Ten people came to Holy Trinity Church in Fairmont for the Akathist of Thanks
November 22
Three people came for the Divine Liturgy.
Akathist to Mother of God was read.
November 23
Matins and First Hour were read.
Akathist to Mother of was read.
Seven people came for Vespers.

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, Thursday, 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

November 26 - St. John Chrysostom
November 28 - Beginning of Nativity Fast
November 29 - Holy Apostle and Evangelist Matthew
December 4 - The Entry of the Theotokos into the Temple

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

Sympathy extended to the family and friends of +John McCool, retired administrator of the Pa. Board of Probation and Parole recently departed this life.

Father Milan Sturgis sends his best to the parishioners from Afghanistan. Father Milan enjoys the St. George Church radio broadcasts via the internet. (Thanks to Tom Hunter)

Mim Bizic’s encouragement of parish efforts is greatly appreciated.

Dorothy Blazovich from New York City keeps up with parish news via the bulletin.

Congratulations to Heather Newton on her recent athletic accomplishment.

Dr. Natalie Pavlovich’s interest in the St. George Kolo is greatly appreciated.

Matt and Nikki Matovich regularly attend the parish Slava and Anniversary dinners.

Steve Zivkovich’s daughter Laura and her young son recently visited the church grounds.

Betty Humbertson’s granddaughter Alicia and young son recently visited the church grounds.

Rich Porter, Ryan and Kyle Torbic attended the Farmington Mine Memorial on November 18, 2012 near Manningtown, W.Va.

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 services of the Church, ask the priest.

A Thought from St. NIKOLAI (Velimirovic)

God will always be with the just man. His grave will always be sought. Indeed, the grave of the just man contains more power than the unjust living do. For the unjust are clouds of dry smoke. Blessed is the nation which has its just.

(Prayers by the Lake. Translated by Rt. Rev. Todor Mika and Very Rev. Dr. Stevan Scott, The Serbian Orthodox Diocese of New Gracanica and Midwest America, Grayslake, Illinois, 2010, p. 189 )

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

To Consider

The Nativity Fast is part of the Church Year every year.
Believers investing in the Nativity Fast benefit accordingly.
Experience the joy of Christ’s Nativity by preparing well for the Feast.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

November 17 - Went to Holy Trinity Church, Fairmont, W.Va. for Divine Liturgy.
November 18 - Went to Farmington Mine Memorial in Mannington, W.Va.
November 21 - Went to Holy Trinity Church, Fairmont, W.Va. for Akathist and Adult Class.

Wisdom of Sirach 9:16 (SAAS)

Let your reasoning be with those who are wise, and let all your talk be about the law of the Most High.

Twenty-Fifth Sunday after Pentecost

Luke 10:25-37

And behold, a certain lawyer stood up and tested Him, saying "Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?" He said to him, "What is written in the law? What is your reading of it?" So he answered and said, "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself." And He said to him, "You have answered rightly; do this and you will live." But he, wanting to justify himself, said to Jesus, "And who is my neighbor?" Then Jesus answered and said: "A certain man went down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among thieves, who stripped him of his clothing, wounded him, and departed, leaving him half dead. Now by chance a certain priest came down that road. And when he saw him, he passed by on the other side. Likewise a Levite, when he arrived at the place, came and looked, and passed by on the other side. But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was. And when he saw him, he had compassion. So he went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine; and he set him on his own animal, brought him to an inn, and took care of him. On the next day, when he departed, he took out two denari, gave them to the innkeeper, and said to him, "Take care of him; and whatever more you spend, when I come again, I will repay you. So which of these three do you think was the neighbor to him who fell among the thieves?" And he said, "He who showed mercy on him." Then Jesus said to him, "Go and do likewise."

Some people do very cruel acts during their lives. God continues to shine the sun upon them and they benefit from the warmth of the sun. The same people committing cruel acts benefit from the rain upon the earth.

Believers continue to commit sins after the joyous time of Holy Baptism. Even though believers sin after having committed their lives to Christ, God shows mercy upon them by granting them air to breathe.

The present Gospel message is a message of showing mercy to individuals in need. The present Gospel message demonstrates the Samaritan took time from his life and helped the injured robbery victim.

In today’s world, many people are injured. Some people are robbery victims. The present world has victims of emotional and physical abuse. Victims of foreign wars are our neighbors and live in our midst.

Believers and non-believers alike may be in a great rush during the course of each day. No time may seem to exist in our lives to stop and say a kind word, to write a letter of kindness, or to pick up the phone and give a word of support to a known person in need.

The present Gospel demonstrated clearly the Samaritan knew the value of mercy. He provided greatly for the injured robbery victim along the road. The Samaritan’s act of mercy is a lasting example of God’s love.

Believers are expected to love God completely. Believers are expected love neighbors completely. All of our neighbors may not seem to be readily loveable. All of our neighbors need Christian love.

Taking time to pray is a way to express Christian love. Taking time to say a kind word makes a difference in the lives of individuals’ depressed and needing comfort. A phone call can help change a hurting person’s life.

Individuals caring for ailing family members have great stress in their lives. The support of neighbors is important in helping to alleviate the difficulties of the unending daily responsibilities of care.

The Epistle of St. John states: “Whoever has this world’s goods, and sees his brother in need, and shuts up his heart from him, how does the love of God abide in him?” (I Jn. 3:17) Time of life is a commodity to share.

Each person receives twenty-four hours per day. The way the time of life is used determines where each person will spend eternity. Time needs to be taken each day to show love to neighbors in need.

Time needs to be taken each day to assess whether the time of life is being invested in the Kingdom of God or whether there is a rush to pursuits leading far from the Kingdom of God.

Believers may unintentionally depart from the path entered at the time of Holy Baptism. Believers may unintentionally stray to a path leading far from the Kingdom of God.

The fast periods of God’s Holy Church provide times to reassess the direction of life. Corrections needing made to ensure life is being lived according to Christ’s teaching appropriately are made during fast periods.

Repentance and confession help believers deal with known neglect of love of neighbor. Fast periods of the Church are times to increase attention to the needs of our neighbors and to act to address those needs of love.

Fast periods stress reflection about care of the soul. Care of the soul includes love of God and love of neighbor. Too often life takes on a course that minimizes love of God and love of neighbor.

Too often life can be self-consuming and soul destroying. Fast periods of the Church stress increased time for prayer and improving the primary relationship with God. Love of neighbor also has a constant place in life.

The Samaritan in the present Gospel took a little time from the journey to help the injured crime victim along the road. The Samaritan improved his own life and the life of the victim.

Let us use the Nativity Fast as time to ensure greater daily love for God and greater daily love for our neighbors. We improve our own lives and the lives of others by being merciful and loving to our neighbors.

St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
November 12 / November 25, 2012
The Twenty-Fifth Sunday after Pentecost.
St. Stephen of Decani.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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