St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 767 - September 16 / September 29, 2013

The Orthodox Faith

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

No. 767
September 16 / September 29, 2013
The Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost /
Sunday after the Elevation of the 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.

And the apostles said to the Lord, ‘Increase our faith.’ (Lk. 17:5)

Recent Services
September 21
Vespers was read.
September 22
Matins was read.
Third and Sixth Hours were read followed by Divine Liturgy. Two communicants. Thirty people attended the Divine Liturgy.
Akathist to Mother of God was read.
September 25
Matins was read.
Four people came for the Akathist to the Mother of God.
September 26
Matins and First Hour were read.

Services This Coming Week. Always Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule

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

No weekday services this 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
October 31 - St. Luke. St. Peter of Cetinje.
November 2 - Memorial Saturday
November 3 - 59th Parish Anniversary Divine Liturgy and Dinner.
November 8 - St. Demetrius
November 10 - St. Arsenije of Srem
November 12 - St. King Milutin, Teokist and Mother Jelena, Conf. Varnava of Hvosna
November 14 - Sts. Cosmas and Damien, Unmercenaries.

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 of +Velma Radock recently departed this life.

Congratulations to Carlos Godbey for his athletic accomplishment in Niagara Falls.

Anya and Ksenija Sivak and Ryan Dates attended the first church school class last Sunday. Mitzie Hunchuck served as teacher with Norma Hickman and Christian Sivak in attendance. Classes will continue each week. Bring a youngster to attend.

Mildred Bezjak, John and Felicia Williamson, Norma Hickman, Jennie Pataskie and Amy Cyr came to Adult Class. Next class is scheduled for October 9 at 3:30. Plan to attend.

Reserve the date of November 3rd to attend the parish anniversary dinner.

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.

Rich Porter takes time to help at the church during the week.

Thank you to the ladies that prepare for Coffee Hour each week.

Make sure you have an Orthodox Study Bible to read regularly at home.

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. 5:10)

For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad.

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

To Consider

The Cross of the Lord Jesus Christ as a sign of victory.
The Cross of the Lord Jesus Christ as a sign of love.
The Cross of the Lord Jesus Christ as a sign of direction.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

September 21 - Went to Morgantown, W.Va. for printing purposes.
September 23-24 - Went to St. Louis, Missouri with UMWA for rally to preserve miners’ earned healthcare benefits and pensions that are in jeopardy.

A Thought from Very Reverend Stephen Zaremba

This is particularly important, for Christian life is most often falsely represented in contemporary society, falsely because it is more and more often portrayed without the Cross of Christ. There is no Christianity without the Cross; there is no salvation without the Cross. A Christian is a cross-bearer. This means that he is willing to endure everything, lose everything, for Christ's sake, so that he might receive everything in Christ.

( From a sermon at St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Church, St. Petersburg, Florida )

The Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost

Matthew 22:2-14

The kingdom of heaven is like unto a certain king, which made a marriage for his son, And sent forth his servants to call them that were bidden to the wedding: and they would not come. Again, he sent forth other servants, saying, Tell them which are bidden, Behold, I have prepared my dinner: my oxen and my fatlings are killed, and all things are ready: come unto the marriage. But they made light of it, and went their ways, one to his farm, another to his merchandise: And the remnant took his servants, and entreated them spitefully, and slew them. But when the king heard thereof, he was wroth: and he sent forth his armies, and destroyed those murderers, and burned up their city. Then saith he to his servants, The wedding is ready, but they which were bidden were not worthy. Go ye therefore into the highways, and as many as ye shall find, bid to the marriage. So those servants went out into the highways, and gathered together all as many as they found, both bad and good: and the wedding was furnished with guests. And when the king came in to see the guests, he saw there a man which had not on a wedding garment: And he saith unto him, Friend, how camest thou in hither not having a wedding garment? And he was speechless. Then said the king to the servants, Bind him hand and foot, and take him away, and cast him into outer darkness, there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth. For many are called, but few are chosen.

The Sunday after the Exaltation of the Cross

Mark 8:34-9:1

And when He had called the people unto him with his disciples also, He said unto them, Whosoever will come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me. For whosoever will save his life shall lose it; but whosoever shall lose his life for My sake and the gospel's, the same shall save it. For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul? Whosoever therefore shall be ashamed of Me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation; of him also shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he cometh in the glory of his Father with the holy angels. And He said unto them, Verily I say unto you, That there be some of them that stand here, which shall not taste of death, till they have seen the kingdom of God come with power.

The invitation to draw near to the Lord Jesus Christ is constant throughout life. Every conscious thought and action of a person knowledgeable about the existence of Christ is a response to the constant invitation from Christ.

During every Divine Liturgy, the Holy Chalice is brought forth and the invitation is extended for the faithful to draw near. The invitation from Christ also is present at all times for the faithful to draw near in prayer.

Believers knowing about Christ must contend with the diversions and attractions in life which are perilous to the soul. Not all paths lead to the Kingdom of God. Not all that appears is good is necessarily good.

Patience and thought are necessary when weighing alternatives available in life. The words of Christ in the Holy Gospel serve as standards, measurements and guides for sound decision-making.

A person never goes wrong by following the ways of Christ. A person never goes wrong when making decisions that are right with God. Care of the soul is of primary importance in life.

Believers will wisely deal with thoughts and actions according to the impact they will have upon the soul. The Lord Jesus Christ said in the current Gospel that care of soul has more value than gaining the whole world. (Mk. 8:36)

The Holy Apostle Paul wrote: “For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad.” (2 Cor. 5:10)

Sound decisions in life come as a result of having a strong foundation for life. When Christ is the foundation, the goal and the guide for life, care of the soul is of utmost importance to the person.

Sound decisions involve denying the self of certain activities and pathways that put the soul in peril. Sound decisions involve saying “no” to behaviors that will destroy the soul.

Following Christ involves the dying of the self to thoughts and behaviors that depart from the path to the Kingdom of God. Saying “yes” to the invitation to draw near to the Chalice includes due reverence and awe of the glory of God.

Unity with Christ through Holy Communion lifts the person to new levels in Christ. Repentance combined with Holy Confession brings a unity in Christ worthy of every sacrifice and effort.

Unity with Christ brings unequalled joy. Unity with Christ brings peace to the soul. Unity with Christ establishes the soundest of foundations of life. Unity with Christ brings clarity and purpose to life.

The Cross of the Lord Jesus Christ is strong and tall through the centuries. Wars and storms, depressions and criticisms have been able to topple or weaken the Cross of Christ.

Men, women and children turn to Christ in faith. They draw strength from Christ who hung upon the Cross, suffered, died and was buried. Believers know that in His suffering on the Cross, Christ loves each and every person.

Individuals turning to the Christ of the Cross in faith know that He rose from the grave in victory over death. The Resurrection of Christ is the paramount source of hope for believers in times of difficulty.

The message that “Christ is Risen” brings insurmountable joy and hope at all times and in all circumstances. Our attentiveness to the Cross of Christ leads to finding greater joy in His Resurrection.

St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
September 16 / September 29, 2013
The Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost.
Sunday after the Elevation of the Cross.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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