St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 726 - December 3 / December 16, 2012

The Orthodox Faith

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

No. 726
December 3 / December 16, 2012
The Twenty-Eighth 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
December 5
One person came for Confession.
December 8
Parostos held.
Akathist to the Mother of God was read.
One person came for Great Vespers and Confession.
December 9
Matins and First Hour were read.
Third and Sixth Hours were read followed by Divine Liturgy. Seven communicants. Twenty seven people came for Divine Liturgy.
Akathist to Mother of God was read.
December 12
One person came for the Akathist to the Mother of God.
Four people came for Confession.
December 13
The complete Gospel of St. Mark was 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 on Monday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday.

St. Nicholas. Divine Liturgy at 8:00 AM.

Akathists and prayers for special needs held on Request during the Week.

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

December 19 - St. Nicholas the Wonderworker
December 22 - Conception of the Theotokos
December 23 - Serbian Children’s Day
December 26-29 - Diocesan Winter Retreat at St. Sava Camp, Shadeland
December 30 - Serbian Mothers’ Day, Parish Annual Assembly.
January 6 - Serbian Fathers’ 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 - St. Stephen the Protomartyr and Archdeacon.
January 14 - Circumcision of the Lord. St. Basil the Great. New Year
January 18 - Feast of the Holy Cross
January 19 - Theophany. Baptism of the Lord Jesus Christ.

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 Stephanie Jennifer Kornick on her recent athletic achievement.

Sympathy extended to the family of Ray and Suzana Sanchez. Suzana’s mother +Andjekla recently fell asleep in the Lord.

The Parish Annual Assembly has been rescheduled to December 30.

Remember the 239 miners that lost their lives at the Darr Mine explosion in 1907. Remember the family and friends.

Prepare for Holy Confession and Communion during the Nativity Fast.

Plan to come to Holy Confession when weekday services are held if you live within a reasonably close distance to the church.

Thank you to all helping the Kolo bake this past week. Help will continue to be needed.

Please volunteer to help the Kolo.

Two people came for Adult Class this past week. Classes will resume on January 16.

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 the 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.

Honor the Nativity Fast until the Feast of the Nativity on December 25 / January 7.

Have you compared how much time you spend reading the Bible with the amount of time spent watching television or being on the computer?

A Thought from St. NIKOLAI (Velimirovic)

Hurry, my soul, and unite yourself with the Son of the Living God, for He is not waiting for me. Once you unite yourself with Him, behold, neither His sword nor His fire will be frightening to you, but will be as sweet as honey.

(Prayers by the Lake Translated by Rt. Rev. Archimandrite Todor Mika and Very Rev. Dr. Stevan Scott, Diocese of New Gracanica and Midwestern America, 2010. p. 112 )

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

To Consider

The joy in Christ experienced in Holy Confession and Holy Communion.
Beginning life anew in Christ with each Holy Confession and Holy Communion.
Being ever grateful for the opportunity to begin anew in Christ.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

December 8 - Went to Morgantown, W.Va. for printing purposes.
December 8 - Visited with parish family.

Wisdom of Sirach 12:3 (SAAS)

There shall be no good things for him who continues in evil things, or for him who does not give alms cheerfully.

The Twenty-Eighth Sunday after Pentecost

Luke 18:18-27

Now a certain ruler asked Him, saying, “Good Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?” So Jesus said to him, “Why do you call Me good? No one is good but One, that is God. You Know the commandments: ‘Do not commit adultery,’ Do not commit murder,’ ‘Do not steal,’ ‘Do not bear false witness,’ ‘Honor your father and your mother.’” And he said, “All these things I have kept from my youth.” So when Jesus heard these things, He said to him, ‘You still lack one thing. Sell all that you have and distribute to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me.” But when he heard this, he became very sorrowful, for he was very rich. And when Jesus saw that he became very sorrowful, He said, “How hard it is for those who have riches to enter the kingdom of God! For it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.” And those who heard it said, “Who then can be saved?” But He said, “The things which are impossible with men are possible with God.”

Attachment to material things can keep a person from entering the kingdom of God. Often people place materialism as being more valuable than seeking the kingdom of God.

Stories are often told of families experiencing conflicts over the distribution of estates after the death of a loved one. Competitiveness in work environments often results in fairness being set aside and greed moved to the fore.

How many families have suffered because of a member wanting to work long hours each week to accumulate more material possessions? The person has no time is left to spend with family members and no time to go to church.

The current Gospel speaks about a rich man not wanting to part with his goods in order to follow Christ. Everyone has a certain amount of wealth. Everyone is called upon to handle that wealth in ways pleasing to God.

The Holy Gospel of St. Matthew contains the words of the Lord Jesus Christ: “Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness…” (Mt. 6:33). Individuals consciously establish the priorities and goals in their lives.

The Lord Jesus Christ said: “Where you treasure is, there your heart will be also.” (Mt .6:21). Every person has twenty four hours per day. Each person makes decisions how to spend or invest the twenty four hours of each day.

Committed Christians make sure that God gets a significant portion of each day. Committed Christians make time to go to church services and to help their parish church. Committed Christians live for the glory of God during each day.

In today’s society we see public arenas filled with thousands spectators at sporting and social events. Individuals spend large sums of money to attend professional athletic events and social events.

Church services rarely draw attendance in the hundreds of thousands and certainly not with the regularity that applies to non-church functions. Where is the abiding interest in the soul? Where is the abiding interest in the kingdom of God?

God’s Holy Church is in the midst of preparing for the Feast of the Nativity. Businesses and professional organizations often do time studies to increase efficiency and the meeting of goals.

The Nativity Fast is a good time for a personal time study of Christians. Use the forthcoming week to determine how much of each day is given consciously to God. Determine how much time God is absent from the mind.

God gives twenty-fours of life to each of us each day. How much of each day do we consciously give to God? Believers are expected to grow in Christ as they mature in life. Too often believers stagnate in their Christian lives.

The present Gospel is inspiration and motivation for growth in Christ. The present Gospel is inspiration to set aside the present patterns of life that hinder Christian growth. Give up habits and obsessions that prevent Christian growth.

The Nativity Fast is a time to recommit to following Christ. The Nativity Fast is a time to ensure the Christ-Child is born and nurtured in the heart, the mind and the soul.

Family members need to spend time with each other if the family is to grow in Christ. Individuals need to spend time in church and in prayer if the person is to grow in Christ.

Parishes need parishioners willing to spend time in church and for the parish church if the parish is to grow and develop. Christian growth does not take place automatically. Christians need to live the Christian life to grow in Christ.

Parish churches do not continue to exist without a healthy community of serious Christians living the Christian life and working for the benefit of the parish. Christ needs to be at the center of each parishioner’s life.

The present Gospel speaks about sharing wealth with the poor and following Christ. Knowledge of the Gospel is wealth and the Gospel needs to be shared. The best way to share the Gospel is to live the Gospel.

When the Gospel is lived, life is experienced as God would have it experienced. When the Gospel is lived, the Gospel radiates from the believer. Love is the basis for each action when the Gospel is alive in the heart.

Every day of life is important. God is deserving of expressions of gratitude every day of life. When choosing a goal for life, choose first to seek the kingdom of God and His righteousness. (Mt. 6:33)

When seeking inspiration and direction for life, look to Christ, His most-pure Mother, to the saints and martyrs. Seek the lasting ways of life that lead to eternal life.

In the book of the Holy Prophet Jeremiah we read: “Thus says the Lord: ‘Stand in the ways and see, and ask about the eternal pathways of the Lord. See what the good way is and walk in it. Here you will find purification for your souls.” (Jeremaih 6:16 SAAS)

St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
December 3 / December 16, 2012
. Twenty-Eighth Sunday after Pentecost
Holy Prophet Zephaniah.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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