St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 769 - September 30 / October 13, 2013

The Orthodox Faith

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

No. 769
September 30 / October 13, 2013
Sixteenth 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.

Matthew 21:21-22 - Jesus answered and said unto them, Verily I say unto you, If ye have faith, and doubt not, ye shall not only do this which is done to the fig tree, but also if ye shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; it shall be done. And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive.

Recent Services
September 29
Matins and First Hour.
Third and Sixth Hour followed by Divine Liturgy. Forty-one people attended Divine Liturgy. Two communicants.
Baptism and Chrismation of Ryan Gates.
October 5
Akathist for the Departed and Pomen for all Departed buried from the St. George Church were served.
Vespers was read.
October 6
Matins and First Hour were read.
Third and Sixth Hours were read followed by Divine Liturgy. Twenty-seven people attended. One communicant.
October 7
Matins and First Hour were read. Akathist to the Mother of God was read.
Vespers was read.
October 8
Midnight Office was read.
Akathist to the Mother of God was read.
Six people came for the Akathist to Jesus Christ.
October 9
The Gospel of St. Mark was read.
Seven people came for the Akathist to St. John the Theologian.
October 10
Matins was read.
Vespers was read. Akathist to the Mother of God was read.

Services This Coming Week. Always Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule

First, Third and Sixth Hours followed by Divine Liturgy.

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

4:00 PM on Tuesday, Friday.

8:00 AM Divine Liturgy,Protection of the Mother of God.

3:30 PM Akathist followed by Adult Class at 4:00 PM.

Akathists and Prayers for Special Needs Scheduled on Request.

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

October 14 - Protection of the Mother of God. Divine Liturgy at 8:00 A.M.
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. Make your reservations today.
November 8 - St. Demetrius. Divine Liturgy at 8:00 A.M.

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 Dr. Andrei Popa for being the recipient of the International Management and Information Award from the Society of Petroleum Engineers.

Classes continued last Sunday for youth in the parish. Class again this Sunday

Cathy Cyr, Amy Cyr, Kevin and Ashley Cyr with son Kevin Jr. and daughter Jenna came to class on Tuesday evening. Class again this week.

Marsha Pataski, Jade Pert, Amy Cyr, Mildred Bezjak, Sonia Janson, Paulette Radock and Dr. Ezekiel Olagoke came to class on Wednesday. Class again this week.

SSS Njegos Choir with Melos Ensemble, Milan Damjanovic Director, is presenting “Testament” by Rajko Maksimovic this evening in Cleveland.

Good to have Thomas and Jennifer Kornick visiting from Orlando, Florida last week.

Michael and Josephine Vuich informed when visiting last week that Rachel Susak-Heil from St. Sava Cathedral in Cleveland is now a student at Waynesburg University.

Sympathy extended to the family and friends of +Walter Scarton long-time Mayor of Masontown. Mr. Scarton always remembered the veterans of St. George Church.

Remember the workers at Hatfield Ferry Power Plant losing their jobs this week.

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.

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.7:1-2)

Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God. Receive us; we have wronged no man, we have corrupted no man, we have defrauded no man.

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

To Consider

The Feast of the Protection of the Mother of God.
Daily prayers to the Mother of God.
Miracles attributed to the Mother of God

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

October 5 - Went to Morgantown, W.Va. for printing purposes.
October 9 - Attended funeral of +Walter Scarton

A Thought from His Grace Bishop Dr. MITROPHAN

Finally, by this term(church) the Apostle signifies the community of all the followers of Christ, whose parts are of the local church but are inseparable from her as a part of the whole. They cannot be separated from the Mother Church, for no part can exist of itself if it is separated from the whole.

( The Teachings of Saint Apostle Paul on the Church. Translation Protopresbyter Stefan Zaremba. 2001, p. 25. )

Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost

Matthew 25:14-30

For the kingdom of heaven is as a man travelling into a far country, who called his own servants, and delivered unto them his goods. And unto one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one; to every man according to his several ability; and straightway took his journey. Then he that had received the five talents went and traded with the same, and made them other five talents. And likewise he that had received two, he also gained other two. But he that had received one went and digged in the earth, and hid his lord's money. After a long time the lord of those servants cometh, and reckoneth with them. And so he that had received five talents came and brought other five talents, saying, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me five talents: behold, I have gained beside them five talents more. His lord said unto him, Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord. He also that had received two talents came and said, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me two talents: behold, I have gained two other talents beside them. His lord said unto him, Well done, good and faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord. Then he which had received the one talent came and said, Lord, I knew thee that thou art an hard man, reaping where thou hast not sown, and gathering where thou hast not strawed: And I was afraid, and went and hid thy talent in the earth: lo, there thou hast that is thine. His lord answered and said unto him, Thou wicked and slothful servant, thou knewest that I reap where I sowed not, and gather where I have not strawed: Thou oughtest therefore to have put my money to the exchangers, and then at my coming I should have received mine own with usury. Take therefore the talent from him, and give it unto him which hath ten talents. For unto every one that hath shall be given, and he shall have abundance: but from him that hath not shall be taken away even that which he hath. And cast ye the unprofitable servant into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

The present Gospel carries with it the theme of accountability, responsibility and judgment. Believers need to constantly be sensitive to the life-long responsibilities of being a Christian.

Life cannot be lived with abandon. Christ cannot be ignored in daily decision making. God cannot be the emergency resource remembered only in times of crises.

Every person receives blessings, talents and resources from God. Every person receives the gift of the time of life from God. Each person determines the way the time of life, resources, blessings and talents are used.

Each day has the same number of hours for each person. Each person will be held accountable at the Final Judgment for the use of talents, resources and blessings. Each person will be held responsible for the use of the time of life.

Individuals baptized into Christ profess belief in the Second Coming of Christ. Christ will return to judge the living and departed. The Nicene-Constantinopolitan Creed is very clear about Christ’s return.

The Gospel of St. Matthew states: “Before Him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats.” (Mt. 25:31-32)

The relationships we form and maintain in life have lasting consequences. (Mt. 25:31-46). The work we do and the way we invest the time of life develops a permanent record forming a basis for our final judgment.

Believers do well to heed the words: ”The books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works” (Rev. 20:12)

Believers need to repent and confess regularly to remain in accord with the ways of the Lord. Believers need to regularly change their lives with the help of God to be more in conformity with the ways approved by God.

St. Nikolai (Velimirovic) said: “Blessed is the one who understands that the soul is his only possession that is not diminished by anything, not even by death.” 1 Daily life and daily work needs to be guided by remembrance of final judgment.

The present Gospel indicates eventually that individuals have to answer for what they receive in life. Individuals are accountable for what they do with what they receive.

At Holy Baptism, individuals receive Christ and make the commitment to follow Christ as King and as God. Decisions made following baptism are fully expected to conform to following Christ as King and God.

The exact end of daily life for each person is not known. The time of Christ’s return is not known. Believers are always to be ready for Christ’s return and final judgment. Believers are always to be ready for life to end.

Being responsible each day as stewards of God’s blessings is the way to be ready for the end of life and for Christ’s return. The time of life and the resources of life are to be put to work for the salvation of the soul and glory of God.

Individuals do well to be conscious of the presence of God each day in weighing the use of time and resources. Individuals do well to weigh daily decisions and determine if they are in accord with the Gospel teachings.

God is attentive to an individual’s stewardship of talents and resources. The Gospel states “Unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required: and to whom men have committed much, of him they will ask the more.” (Lk. 12:48)

While we have life and faculty of mind, let us use each day in accordance with the Gospel teachings. Let us repent and turn from erroneous, sinful ways that put the soul in peril. Let us honor and glorify God in the way we live and work.

1 Velimirovic, St. Nikolai. The Prologue of Ohrid. Volume Two. Translated by Fr. T. Timothy Tepsic. Edited by Fr. Janko Trbovic, the St. Herman of Alaska Serbian Orthodox Monastery and St. Paisius Serbian Orthodox Monastery. Serbian Orthodox Diocese of Western America. Alhambra, California, 2002, p. 356.

St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
September 30 / October 13, 2013
The Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost.
HM Gregory of Armenia. St. Michael of Kiev.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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