St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 766 - September 9 / September 22, 2013

The Orthodox Faith

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

No. 766
September 9 / September 22, 2013
Sts. Joachim and Anna / Sunday before Cross

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.

Deuteronomy 32:20

And He said: ďI will hide My face from them. I will see what their end will be. For they are a perverse generation, children in whom is no faith.

Recent Services
September 14
Matins was read.
Vespers was read.
September 15
Matins was read.
Third and Sixth Hours were read followed by Divine Liturgy. Thirty-five people attended Divine Liturgy. One communicant.
Akathist to Mother of God was read.
September 16
Matins was read.
Akathist to Mother of God was read.
Vespers was read.
September 17
Matins was read.
Akathist to Mother of God was read.
Vespers was read.
September 18
Matins was read.
Nine people came for the Akathist to Icon of the Mother of God, She Who Healeth.
September 20
Matins was read.
Seven people came for the Akathist to the Mother of God at Holy Trinity Mission in Fairmont, W.Va.
September 21
Canon for Matins was read.
Six people came for Divine Liturgy.Two communicants. One person came for Confession.

Services This Coming Week. Always Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule

Matins and First Hour
Third and Sixth Hours followed by Divine Liturgy

5:30 AM on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday.

4:00 PM on Thursday, Friday, Saturday

3:30 PM Akathist followed by Adult Class.

8:00 AM Divine Liturgy. Feast of the Elevation of the Cross.

Akathists and Prayers for Special Needs held on request during the week.

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

September 27 - Exaltation of the Honorable Cross
September 30 - Sts. Faith, Hope and Charity and their Mother Sophia, Martyrs.
October 5 - Memorial Saturday
October 14 - Protection of the Mother of God.
October 19 - Holy Apostle Thomas
October 27 - Venerable Mother Paraskeva of Serbia, St. Petka

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

Sonia Janson, Paulette Radock, Mildred Bezjak, John and Felicia Williamson, Norma Hickman, Dr. Ezekiel Olagoke, Dan and Cathy Petrovich came to adult class last week. Class this week on Wednesday.

Stan Brozik attended a meeting with Brayman Consruction on Tuesday for work affecting the church.

Approximately a dozen trees were removed as per authority of the state department of transportation from the border of St. George Church property on September 13 to make way for the new bridge being built

Plan to enroll your son or daughter in church school classes beginning today.

Remember the workers at Hatfield Ferry Power Plant facing the loss of their jobs soon.

Remember the workers in the mines, law-enforcement, corrections, probation and parole, 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 institution staffs.

Make sure you have an icon of your Slava / Patronal feast in your home.

If you need prayers for particular needs or want your home blessed, ask the priest.

From the Holy Apostle Paul to the Corinthians (II Cor. 4:5)

For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord; and ourselves your servants for Jesus' sake.

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

To Consider

The Nativity of the Mother of God.
The wisdom of praying to the Mother of God for her intercession.
The joy of prayers to the Mother of God being heard and answered.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

September 14 - Attended United Mine Workers Pensioners Picnic.
September 14 - Went to Morgantown,W.Va. for printing purposes.
September 16 - Went to Holy Resurrection Serbian Orthodox Church in Steubenville, Ohio for funeral of +Mika Rocknage.
September 16 - Attended public legislative hearing on possible closure of Hatfield Power Plant.
September 17 - Attended meeting with Brayman Construction.
September 19 - Went to Diocesan Center in Mars, Pa, and Lackawanna and Buffalo, New York.
September 20 - Went to Holy Trinity Mission in Fairmont, W.Va for Akathist and Adult Class. Four people came to class. Seven came for the Akathist.

A Thought from His Grace Bishop Dr. MITROPHAN

Since Christ is the Head of that community, spiritually united by faith in Him, from Him, as the holy Head, holiness comes in that spiritual communityóthe Church. Holiness flows through the entire body of the Church, just as blood flows through our body. The Lord Jesus Christ has sanctified the Church by His Blood, and the Holy Spirit has fulfilled it by His descent, and so Ďthe entire building growsĒ (Eph. 2:21-22)

( The Teaching of Saint Apostle Paul on the Church. Translated by Protopresbyter Stefan Zaremba. Sremski Karlovac 2001, p. 48. )

Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost
Sunday before the Elevation of the Cross

John 3:13-17

And no man hath ascended up to heaven, but he that came down from heaven, even the Son of man which is in heaven. And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up: That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life. For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.

Matthew 5:14-19

Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven. Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil. For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled. Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.

The Cross always has a place in the lives of serious believers. The Cross of Christ is a constant reminder of Christís love. The Cross is a constant reminder of Christís immeasurable humility. The Cross is a sign of Christís victory over death.

When Jesus hung upon the Cross, He focused on the care of His mother. He took time to place His mother in the care of St. John the Holy Apostle and Evangelist. (Jn. 19:26-27)

Believers do well to keep the Cross of Christ always in mind. Believers do well to express appreciation to Christ daily. The current Gospel of St. John speaks about the saving power of Christ. This saving power deserves constant attention.

Nourishment for the soul comes from the Holy Gospel. Nourishment comes from Christ speaking in and through the Holy Gospel. Nourishment comes from the words of Christ settling in the hearts and minds of believers.

Daily life involves a series of choices between good and evil, between care of the soul and abuse of the goodness of God. The mind needs to be focused on Christ. Negative attractions deserve to be set aside rapidly.

The love of God shines forth from the Cross. The love of God radiates from the Risen Christ. The love of God has transforming power for open hearts, minds and souls.

Believers have the opportunity to become new in Christ. Believers have the opportunity to rise from the depths of despair. Believers have the opportunity for full unity with Christ through the Holy Chalice.

Prayer connects believers with Christ immediately. Prayer opens doors that are barriers to unity with Christ. Prayer penetrates barriers preventing Christian growth.

The Cross is a message of hope. The Cross reveals that death is not final. The Cross reveals that Christ overcame death. Christ defeated death. The Cross is a sign of victory.

The Cross is a measure of Christís love. Christís mother experienced His earthly birth. Christís mother witnessed His earthly death. Christís mother has had experiences with Christ unlike any other person.

Christís motherís nativity is precious in Godís Holy Church. The Church sees in her nativity the singleness of her experience. The Church sees in her nativity revelations of that which is to come.

Believers do well to plunge their mind into study about the Cross. Believers do well to plunge their hearts and minds into studying the life of the Mother of God. Prayers to the Mother of God bring immediate and long term results.

Prayers to the Mother of God lift weights from believerís minds. Prayers to the Mother give voice and structure to inner feelings and concerns. Prayers to the Mother of God are a way to reduce the stress of personal burdens.

Believers learn about the Cross in Godís Holy Church. Believers learn about the Mother of God in Godís Holy Church. Godís Holy Church is where to invest the time of life in the Kingdom of God.

Eternal life comes through experiencing Christ in the Church. Believers find out about eternal life in Godís Holy Church. Believers learn Christí s teachings about eternal life in the Church.

Each day is one less day for a personís earthly life. Each day is one day closer to the return of the Lord Jesus Christ. Each day deserves great care in personal use.

The time of life is a precious gift from God. The way a person uses the time of life determines where the person will experience eternity. Use of the minutes and hours of each day have long term ramifications.

God is near to hear prayers and give direction. God can be heard when time is taken to listen. God give light to the paths to follow. God removes barriers to salvation. God deserves constant appreciation. God deserves constant love.

St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
September 9 / September 22, 2013
Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost.
Sts. Joachim and Anna.
Sunday before the Cross.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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