St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 771 - October 14 / October 27, 2013

The Orthodox Faith

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

No. 771
October 14 / October 27, 2013
Eightteenth 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.

I Corinthians 13:2 - And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing.

Recent Services
October 16
Six people came for the Akathist to Jesus Christ.
October 17
Matins was read.
Akathist to the Mother of God was read.
Three people came for the Akathist to the Holy Trinity served at Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Mission in Fairmont, W.Va.
October 18
Matins was read.
Akathist to the Mother of God was read.
Vespers was read
October 19
The Gospel of St. Mark was read.
October 20
Matins was read.
Third and Sixth Hour were read followed by Divine Liturgy. Thirty-nine people attend the Divine Liturgy. Two communicants.
October 21
Matins was read.
Akathist to the Mother of God was read.
Vespers was read.
October 22
Matins was read.
Akathist to the Mother of God was read.
Vespers was read. Six people came for the Akathist to Jesus Christ.
October 23
Matins was read.
Seven people came for the Akathist to the Mother of God.
Seven people came to Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Mission for the Akathist to Jesus Christ.

Services This Coming Week. Always Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule

First, Third and Sixth Hours followed by Divine Liturgy.

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

4:00 PM on Friday.

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

Toay, 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.

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

Stan Brozik attended an early morning meeting on October 12 with Brahman Construction regarding the demolition of the Masontown Bridge.

Milosh “Serb” Krewasky with Phil Titus helping winterized the picnic grounds.

Sonia Janson, Norma Hickman, Paulette Radock, Mildred Bezjak, Felicia Williamson, Sub-deacon Anthony Miralles, Amy Cyr and Frank Menhart attended Adult Class on Wednesday, October 23, 2013. Class again this week. Plan to attend. Bring a friend.

Cathy and Amy Cyr, Kevin, Ashley, Jenna and Kevin Jr. Cyr attended preparatory class on October 22, 2013.

Anja and Ksenije Sivak and Betty Humbertson’s great-grandson Avery attended the youth class held by Millicent Hunchuck on Sunday.

Bring your children, grandchildren and neighborhood children to the youth classes.

Pam Hunchuck was in church recently while visiting from Orlando, Florida.

Frank and Gail Menhart were in North Carolina recently visiting son, U.S. Army Col. Richard Menhart and family..

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.9:7-8)

Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver. And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work:

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

To Consider

Pray regularly each day.
Read the Bible each day.
Pay attention to the Church calendar each day.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

October 19 - Went to French Creek, W.Va for celebration of St. Thomas Slava.
October 20 - Gave invocation at Washington Co. Democratic Banquet held in Burgettstown, Pa. Rich and Linda Porter and Amy P. Cyr attended.
October 23 - Went to Holy Trinity Mission in Fairmont, W.Va for Akathist and Adult Class. Michael Danko, Michael Tennant,, Carlos, Edith and Cameron Godbey, Vanessa Lasobek and Dennis Elliot attended.

A Thought from Proto Stavrofor Radovan Milkovich

Each Christian must permit the Holy Spirit to work freely in his life. He must not stifle the Spirit or grieve Him. This life giving source is within us, a precious Gift given to each believer through the Grace of the Sacraments of the Church.

( Sermons and Speeches. Prepared by Zivota Stevovich. Raska Skola, Belgrade, 1999. p. 224.) )

The Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost

Luke 5:1-11

And it came to pass, that, as the people pressed upon Him to hear the word of God, He stood by the lake of Gennesaret, And saw two ships standing by the lake: but the fishermen were gone out of them, and were washing their nets. And He entered into one of the ships, which was Simon's, and prayed him that he would thrust out a little from the land. And He sat down, and taught the people out of the ship. Now when He had left speaking, He said unto Simon, Launch out into the deep, and let down your nets for a draught. And Simon answering said unto Him, Master, we have toiled all the night, and have taken nothing: nevertheless at Thy word I will let down the net. And when they had this done, they enclosed a great multitude of fishes: and their net brake. And they beckoned unto their partners, which were in the other ship, that they should come and help them. And they came, and filled both the ships, so that they began to sink. When Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus' knees, saying, Depart from me; for I am a sinful man, O Lord. For he was astonished, and all that were with him, at the draught of the fishes which they had taken: And so was also James, and John, the sons of Zebedee, which were partners with Simon. And Jesus said unto Simon, Fear not; from henceforth thou shalt catch men. And when they had brought their ships to land, they forsook all, and followed Him.

Holy Fathers of the Seventh Ecumenical Council

John 17:1-13

Son, that thy Son also may glorify thee: As thou hast given Him power over all flesh, that He should give eternal life to as many as thou hast given Him. And this is life eternal, that they might know Thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent. I have glorified Thee on the earth: I have finished the work which thou gavest Me to do. And now, O Father, glorify thou Me with thine own self with the glory which I had with Thee before the world was. I have manifested Thy name unto the men which thou gavest Me out of the world: Thine they were, andTthou gavest them Me; and they have kept Thy word. Now they have known that all things whatsoever Thou hast given Me are of Thee. For I have given unto them the words which Thou gavest Me; and they have received them, and have known surely that I came out from Thee, and they have believed that Thou didst send Me. I pray for them: I pray not for the world, but for them which Thou hast given Me; for they are Thine. And all Mine are Thine, and Thine are Mine; and I am glorified in them. And now I am no more in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to Thee. Holy Father, keep through Thine own name those whom Thou hast given me, that they may be one, as We are. While I was with them in the world, I kept them in Thy name: those that Thou gavest me I have kept, and none of them is lost, but the son of perdition; that the scripture might be fulfilled. And now come I to Thee; and these things I speak in the world, that they might have My joy fulfilled in themselves.

Venerable Mother Parasceva of Serbia, St. Petka

Matthew 25:1-13

Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins, which took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom. And five of them were wise, and five were foolish. They that were foolish took their lamps, and took no oil with them: But the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps. While the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept. And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him. Then all those virgins arose, and trimmed their lamps. And the foolish said unto the wise, Give us of your oil; for our lamps are gone out. But the wise answered, saying, Not so; lest there be not enough for us and you: but go ye rather to them that sell, and buy for yourselves. And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came; and they that were ready went in with him to the marriage: and the door was shut. Afterward came also the other virgins, saying, Lord, Lord, open to us. But he answered and said, Verily I say unto you, I know you not. Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh.

The Holy Gospel serves as a source of nourishment for the soul. The Holy Gospel is a standard for measuring and giving direction for life. The Holy Gospel establishes the importance of the soul and of seeking the Kingdom of God.

Individuals seeking unity with Christ will find it by reading the Holy Gospel daily. Individuals seeking to purify and heal ailments of the soul will find cleansing power and medicine for the soul in the Holy Gospel.

Believers desiring to know more about Christ will find more than a lifetime’s worth of knowledge in the Holy Gospel. Individuals interested in knowing the difference Christ can make in a human life will find answers in the Holy Gospel.

The unlimited and immeasurable powers of Christ over life and death and over earthly elements are well documented in the Holy Gospel. The ability of Christ to feed the hungry and heal the sick is revealed in the Holy Gospel.

The Holy Gospel of St. John makes clear: “There are also many other things which Jesus did, the which, if they should be written every one, I suppose that even the world itself could not contain the books that should be written.” (Jn. 21:25)

Earthly life brings trials and tribulations. Earthly life brings temptations and diversions. Perils that bring harm to the soul are abundant in earthly life. Regularly reading the Holy Gospel serves to guard and protect the soul.

Reading the Holy Gospel regularly keeps life focused on the Lord Jesus Christ. A person can learn about the teachings of Christ and about Christ’s earthly life by reading the Holy Gospel.

Hunger of soul persists throughout life. The soul needs regular nourishment. Too often individuals misinterpret or ignore the needs of the soul. Too often individuals seek earthly pleasures to the detriment of the soul.

Each Sunday the Holy Gospel is read at the Divine Liturgy. The Holy Gospel is read throughout the year at the Divine Liturgy. The Holy Gospel influences the time and space when and where the Gospel is proclaimed.

The Holy Gospel affects individuals hearing the Gospel. Lives change and improve when the Holy Gospel is taken to heart. Family life improves when family members are attentive to the teachings of the Holy Gospel.

Relationships at work, in the neighborhood and among acquaintances improve when the teachings of the Gospel become a part of daily life. The Gospel is about love the love of God and love of neighbor.

The benefits of the Holy Gospel are immeasurable. The benefits of the Holy Gospel multiply when the Gospel is primary in an individual life. Today is the day to make the Gospel primary in daily life.

St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
October 14 / October 27, 2013
Holy Fathers of the Seventh Ecumenical Council.
Venerable Mother Parasceka of Serbia, St. Petka

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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