St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 724 - November 19 / December 2, 2012

The Orthodox Faith

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

No. 724
November 19 / December 2, 2012
The Twenty-Sixth 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
November 24
Matins and First Hour were read.
Akathist to Mother of God was read.
One person came for Great Vespers
November 25
Matins and First Hour were read.
Third and Sixth Hour were read followed by Divine Liturgy. Sixteen people came for Divine Liturgy.
Akathist to Mother of God was read.
November 26
Complete of Gospel of St. Mark was read.
Akathist to Mother of God was read.
November 28
Canon for Matins was read.
One person came for the Akathist to St. Matthew.
November 29
The complete Gospel of St. Mark was read.
Akathist to Mother of God was read.
Vespers was read.
November 30
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 Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday

8:00 AM Divine Liturgy

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

December 4 - The Entry of the Theotokos into the Temple. Divine Liturgy 8:00 AM.
December 6 - Fiftieth Anniversary Robena Mine Memorial
December 8 - Leave-taking of the Feast of the Entry.
December 13 - Holy Apostle Andrew
December 19 - St. Nicholas the Wonderworker
December 23 - Serbian Childrenís Day
December 26-29 - Diocesan Winter Retreat at St. Sava Camp, Shadeland
December 30 - Serbian Mothersí Day
January 6 - Serbian Fathersí Day. Christmas Eve.
January 7 - The Feast of the Nativity of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ
January 8 - Synaxis of the Most Holy Theotokos
January 9 - Holy Apostle and Protomartyr and Archdeacon Stephen
January 14 - Circumcision of the Lord. St. Basil the Great. New Year.
January 18 - Holy Cross Day

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 newly baptized Liam John Porter, family and kumovi.

One person came for Adult Class this week. Three people came last week.

Adult Class again on this Wednesday.

Honor the Nativity Fast until the Feast on January 7.

John and Felicia Williamson steadily attend the Divine Liturgy.

Congratulations to Jeff Standish recently promoted to Lieutenant in Masontown Police Department.

Think back fifty years and remember the many lives affected by the tragedy at Robena Mine on December 6, 1962.

Keep in mind that on December 6, 1906 a major mine tragedy affecting hundreds of lives occurred in Monongah, West Virginia.

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)

Q. What is Holy Baptism?
A. It is a Holy Mystery by which the baptized person is cleansed from all sins, both the original and personal and, as a newborn child of God, is incorporated into the Church of Christ.

(The Faith of the Saints Seraphim Press, Chicago, Illinois, pp. 57-58 )

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

To Consider

The Nativity Fast.
The investment of each believer in the Nativity Fast.
The collective benefits of the Nativity Fast.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

November 24 - Went to Morgantown for printing purposes.
November 26 - Went to Diocesan Center, Mars, Pa.

Wisdom of Sirach 10:4

The government of the earth is in the hands of the Lord, and over it He will raise up the right man for the time.

Twenty-Sixth Sunday after Pentecost

Luke 12:16-21

Then He spoke a parable to them saying, "The ground of a certain rich man yielded plentifully. And he thought within himself, saying, 'What shall I do, since I have no room to store my crops?' So he said, 'I will do this: I will pull down my barns and build greater, and there I will store all my crops and my goods. And I will say to my soul, "Soul, You have many goods laid up for many years; take your ease; eat, drink, and be merry"' But God said to him, "Fool! This night your soul will be required of you; then whose will those things be which you have provided?" So is he who lays up treasures for himself, and is not rich towards God."

Richness towards God is a life-long expectation for believers. Serious believers continue to show appreciation towards God throughout their lives. Appreciation towards God is demonstrated and expressed in many different ways.

Active and committed Kolo members show their love for God and Godís Holy Church by giving unselfishly of their time and effort in support of their parish and at the Diocesan level.

Serious and long-time choir members give unselfishly of their time and effort in coming to sing for the glory of God. Committed church school teachers hold classes for decades without a thought of being paid.

Parish churches benefit from men and women with various skills and labor that have aided in construction and renovation of church buildings.

Men and women serving faithfully on parish Executive Boards and at the Diocesan and Central Church Council level express their love for God through these methods of service.

Prayers of gratefulness and appreciation come freely and joyfully from the hearts, mind and souls of believers recognizing the immeasurable love of God experienced personally each day.

Many individuals grateful for Godís goodness and mercy often anonymously give significant donations to the Church. Grateful believers serve as strong counterpoints to individuals focused solely on personal self-interests.

The present Gospel speaks about the perils of accruing great abundance out of personal greed and with little concern for the soul. Giving to God through Godís Holy Church is expected to be free, willing and from the heart.

Love of God, gratefulness to God and interest in being united with God are essential in the Christian life from baptism to departure from this life. Repentance and confession brings Godís goodness and mercy more clearly into appreciation.

The present Gospel also is a clear reminder that the only time of life actually certain is the time of life being lived. Tomorrow is not guaranteed. Living tomorrow is not certain.

Today is the day to give thanks to God. Today is the day to thoroughly express thanks to God. Today is the day to thank God by volunteering to help the parish church.

Parish churches need individuals interested in learning. Coming to classes and learning about the Church strengthens the family, the parish and the community.

Parish churches need individuals willing to attend the Divine services particularly during the week on a regular basis. Coming to church during the weekdays and Sunday Divine services are ways to thank God.

Care of the soul is a life-long necessity. Believers always face temptations and diversions that put the soul in peril. Believers cannot relax and give the temptations the opportunity to take root in the heart and the mind.

Believers need to be ever vigilant in repelling thoughts and inclinations that offer devastation to the soul. The current world climate promotes ways of life that provide lasting harm to the soul.

Looking to the Mother of God and the saints, individuals will find models of inspiration to combat temptations. The Mother of God and the saints serve as intercessors through prayer to aid believers in remaining vigilant.

The Church puts this Gospel message forth each year as a strong reminder that care of the soul is a constant necessity. Each moment of life is a gift from God. Each person is accountable for the way he or she cares for the soul.

When Christ returns, each person will answer whether the time of life was squandered on material pursuits of no benefit to the soul. Each person will answer whether pursuits were consistent with principles and standards set by God.

In the commercial marketing frenzy common to this time of the year, believers need to heed the present Gospel. Attention to the soul takes on great importance with each advanced moment of life.

The return of Christ draws closer with each passing day. The use of each remaining moment of life is important for the soul. Souls reflecting love of God and thankfulness to God differ greatly from those overrun with selfishness.

Parishes grow and individuals grow when love of God and thankfulness to God abounds in the lives of parishioners. A willingness to give of the self for God and the parish church reflects the interests of the heart, mind and soul.

The Lord Jesus Christ said: ďWhere your treasure is, there your heart will be also.Ē (Mt. 6:21) Todayís society has too few individuals willing to give of themselves in personal time and effort for the glory of God.

St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
November 19 / December 2, 2012
Twenty-Sixth Sunday after Pentecost.
Prophet Obadiah. M. Barlaam.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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