St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 770 - October 7 / October 20, 2013

The Orthodox Faith

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

No. 770
October 7 / October 20, 2013
Seventeenth 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.

Acts 20:18-21 - And from Miletus he sent to Ephesus, and called the elders of the church. And when they were come to him, he said unto them, Ye know, from the first day that I came into Asia, after what manner I have been with you at all seasons, Serving the LORD with all humility of mind, and with many tears, and temptations, which befell me by the lying in wait of the Jews: And how I kept back nothing that was profitable unto you, but have shewed you, and have taught you publicly, and from house to house, Testifying both to the Jews, and also to the Greeks, repentance toward God, and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ.

Recent Services
October 11
Matins was read.
Akathist to the Mother of God was read.
Vespers was read.
October 12
Divine Liturgy was served at Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Mission in Fairmont, W.Va. Twelve people attended. Two communicants.
Vespers was read at St. George Church.
October 13
Matins was read.
Third and Sixth Hours were read.
Forty people came for Divine Liturgy. Three communicants.
Parostos was held.
Akathist to the Mother of God was read.
October 15
Matins was read.
Five people came for the Akathist to Jesus Christ.
October 16
Matins 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.

4:00 PM on Monday, Tuesday.

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 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.
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.
November 16 - Renovation of the Church of St. George.
November 17 - Choir Slava celebrated. Covered dish dinner and program.
November 21 - St. Archangel Michael. Divine Liturgy at 8:00 AM.

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 family and friends of +Diane Trbovich recently departed this life.

Norma Hickman, Amy Cyr, Mildred Bezjak, Paulette Radock, John and Felicia Williamson attended Adult Class on Wednesday. Class again this week.

Frank and Gail Menhart have expressed interest in joining the Adult Class.

Classes continue with the youths of the parish on Sundays. Bring your children, grandchildren and neighborhood children.

Make your reservations for the Anniversary dinner this week.

When the Kolo begins baking, help will be needed. Offer to help.

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.8:9)

For ye know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that, though He was rich, yet for your sakes He became poor, that ye through His poverty might be rich.

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

To Consider

The dedication of St. George Kolo members.
Being an active member of the Kolo as a way to serve the Church.
Personally taking time to serve the St. George Church

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

October 12 - Served Divine Liturgy in Fairmont, W.Va.
October 17 - Went to Perryopolis to visit a personal care home resident.
October 17 - Three people came to Holy Trinty Mission in Fairmont, W.Va. for the Akathist to the Lord Jesus Christ. Wayne Kirby, Michael Danko, Carlos Godbey and Dennis Elliot attended Adult Class in Fairmont.

A Thought from Proto Stavrofor Radovan Milkovich

Slava is a wonderful way for the family, first to feel the sacredness of home and feeling of being united in a holy oneness not only with themselves but with the ancestors departed this life---all in the Lord! Secondly Slava brings our relatives and friends closer to us in wider family circle and that “under God.” They come on a sacred occasion to share in our joy of being a family-church, in having a special powerful friend near the Lord, our Patron Saint. Him we honor that day, whose Holy Picture, Icon, is the focal point of our home and in front of which we bow our heads to the Lord in prayer.

( Your Family Patron Saint-Slava. The Path of Orthodoxy, October 1968, p. 1. )

The Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost

Matthew 15:21-28

Then Jesus went thence, and departed into the coasts of Tyre and Sidon. And, behold, a woman of Canaan came out of the same coasts, and cried unto Him, saying, Have mercy on me, O Lord, thou son of David; my daughter is grievously vexed with a devil. But He answered her not a word. And His disciples came and besought Him, saying, Send her away; for she crieth after us. But He answered and said, I am not sent but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel. Then came she and worshipped Him, saying, Lord, help me. But He answered and said, It is not meet to take the children's bread, and to cast it to dogs. And she said, Truth, Lord: yet the dogs eat of the crumbs which fall from their masters' table. Then Jesus answered and said unto her, O woman, great is thy faith: be it unto thee even as thou wilt. And her daughter was made whole from that very hour.

The woman in current Gospel approached the Lord Jesus Christ for help with her daughter. The daughter was vexed with the devil. How many parents have turned to the Lord Jesus Christ because of problematic sons and daughters?

How many parents have turned to other than Christ seeking solutions and help for sons and daughters having gone astray? How many parents do not take the current and similar Gospel messages to heart and fail to put faith in Christ?

The Lord Jesus Christ recognized the strong faith of the mother in the current Gospel. The Lord Jesus Christ healed the daughter vexed by the devil. Parents turning to Christ make a difference in the lives of sons and daughters.

The current Gospel has relevancy for today’s world. Raising sons and daughters today poses great challenges for parents. The healing of daughter in the present Gospel is strong lesson for parents of each generation.

Turning to Christ with strong faith has enduring value. Parents will not be disappointed if they place continued faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. Parents will find abundant direction in Christ for raising their children.

The teachings of Christ found in the Holy Gospel are a firm basis for parents to use in governing family life. Love and forgiveness are a part of the Gospel. Love and forgiveness are essential for strong families.

The mother in the present Gospel obviously cared deeply for her daughter. The mother did not give up on her daughter nor did she reject her daughter because the daughter was vexed by the devil.

The mother in the current Gospel had a resilient hope that the Lord Jesus Christ would make a decided difference. The mother was not disappointed. Her hope and faith in Christ was well-placed.

The Epistle to the Hebrews states: “Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and today, and forever.” (Heb. 13:8) Mothers and fathers benefit when having Christ as the foundation, guide and goal of their family life.

Mothers and fathers benefit from having the Holy Gospel as the basis for their daily living. Fathers and mothers benefit from ensuring Jesus Christ is the primary value in their family.

Families must contend with many different forces at work in today’s society. Stresses tear at the fabric of family life. To survive and thrive, families need the strength of faith and clarity of purpose to remain strong in Christ.

Families need love to dominate the home. Time for Christ needs to be sufficient throughout the week. The mother in the present Gospel reached out to Christ for help. She was persistent in her approach to Christ.

The mother in the current Gospel did not give up in despair when her daughter was vexed by the devil. The mother in the current Gospel did not turn to drugs or alcohol as an escape from dealing with the problem with her daughter.

The mother in the current Gospel did not seek to over-medicate her daughter. She did not give up on her daughter or withhold love for her daughter. The mother stayed focused in purpose, faith and love.

The mother in the current Gospel turned to the Lord Jesus Chris. The Lord Jesus Christ is the worker of miracles. The mother was clear and direct in her approach to Christ. She was respectful.

Parents have great responsibilities. Raising sons and daughters requires stamina and wisdom. Raising sons and daughters entails setting limits and providing parental nourishment and instruction.

Parents have responsibilities in dealing with problems experienced by their sons and daughters. Sometimes the problems are created by their sons and daughters.

Parents having deep faith in Christ and regularly turning to Christ are strengthened to deal with problems that arise. The Lord Jesus Christ expressed the importance of great faith to a man who had a son experiencing great problems.

Jesus told the man whose son was plagued with great turmoil: “If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth.” (Mk. 9:23) Christ in the Gospel is the great instructor for parents. The Gospel is read at each Divine Liturgy.

Parents attending the Divine Liturgy regularly benefit from hearing the Gospel. Parents bringing their sons and daughters regularly to the Divine Liturgy set examples for when the sons and daughters become parents.

Individuals of great faith know the value of faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. Faith can always be increased. Individuals of little faith can always begin to increase their faith in Christ by prayer and fasting.

As long as there is life in the body and faculty of mind, parents can begin and continue to have strong faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. Strong faith in Christ benefits all family members and many others.

St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
October 7 / October 20, 2013
The Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost.
Sts. Sergius and Bacchus.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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