St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 773 - October 28 / November 10, 2013

The Orthodox Faith

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

No. 773
October 28 / November 10, 2013
Twentieth 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 6:30 - Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith?

Recent Services
November 1
Akathist to Mother of God was read.
Vespers was read. Parostos was held.
November 2
One person came for Matins Canon, Akathist for the Departed and Pomen for All Persons Buried Under Auspices of St. George Church.
Vespers was read.
One person came for Confession.
November 2
Matins was read.
The Third and Sixth Hours were read.
His Grace Bishop Dr. MITROPHAN came for the Hierarchical Divine Liturgy accompanied by Diocesan Secretary Deacon Branislav Golic and Episcopal Secretary Milovan Jovanovic. Fifty people attended. Three communicants.
November 3
Matins was read.
November 4
Akathist to Mother of God was read.
Vespers was read.
November 5
Akathist to Mother of God was read.
Six people came for the Akathist to Jesus Christ.
November 6
Canon for Matins was read.
Four people came for the Akathist of the, Icon of the Mother of God, Joy of All Who Sorrow.
November 7
Matins was read.
Six people came to Fairmont for the Akathist to the Cross.

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 Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, 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

November 10 - St. Arsenije of Srem. Dinner at St. Elijah Serbian Orthodox Church in Aliquippa honoring Very Rev. Stavrofor Stevan Stepanov.
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. Plan to attend.
November 21 - St. Archangel Michael. Divine Liturgy at 8:00 AM.
November 22 - St. Nectarios. Divine Liturgy at 8:00 AM.
November 2 - St. King Stefan of Decani
November 26 - St. John Chrysostom

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

Thank you parishioners and friends of the parish supporting and participating in the Anniversary celebration. More than sixty people attended the banquet.

Speakers and Readers at the Anniversary Banquet in addition to His Grace Bishop Dr. MITROPHAN included: Stan Brozik, Sonia Janson, Millicent Mitzie Hunchuck, Mildred Bezjak, Christina Sivak and Aaron Carson. Attorney Linda Chambers spoke on the theme: “Rights and Protections Offered to Churches.”

Father Milan Medakovich came from the Holy Ascension Serbian Orthodox Church in Youngwood, Pennsylvania, the parish from which St. George Church was first served.

Millicent Mitzie Hunchuck, Norma Hickman and Edith Godbey went to the Pittsburgh Deanery Meeting on Christian Education held in Youngwood on November 2, 2013.

Cathy Cyr, Amy Cyr, Kevin, Ashley, Jenna and Kevin Cyr Jr, came for class on Tuesday.

Mildred Bezjak, Paulette Radock, John and Felicia Williamson came for class on Wednesday. Class again this Wednesday. Come and learn about the Lord Jesus Christ.

Sonia Janson, Melva Hunchuck and Dorothy Smargie started preparations for baking.

Remember the men and women serving and having served in the military and their families.

Remember the workers in the mines, law-enforcement, corrections, probation and parole, firefighters, all working in dangerous occupations.

Remember the sick, the suffering, the imprisoned, those in rehab centers, the homebound, the mentally ill, their caretakers and institution staffs.

From the Holy Apostle Paul to the Corinthians (II Cor.11:2-3)

For I am jealous over you with godly jealousy: for I have espoused you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ. But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtlety, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.

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

To Consider

The joy of Holy Baptism
The lasting impact of Chrismation.
Unity with Christ in Holy Communion

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

October 31 - Carlos, Edith and Cameron Godbey, Michael Danko, Maria Djonovich and Dennis and Sandy Elliot came for class at Holy Trinity Mission in Fairmont, W.Va.
November 1 - Went to Morgantown for printing purposes.
November 2 - Went to Pittsburgh Deanery Meeting on Christian Education in Youngwood, Pa.
November 2 and 7 - Pastoral visits
November 7 - Mchael Danko, Carlos, Edith and Cameron Godbey, Wayne Kirby and Vanessa Lasobek came for class at Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Mission in Fairmont, W.Va.

A Thought from Very Reverend Stavrofor Stevan Stepanov

Christ, the Victorious, has defeated death. He wants to enable us, beaten and defeated, to become victorious: to overcome evil through doing good, and to realize beyond the tomb the true, indestructible life and love.

( Pascha 2010 )

The Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost

Luke 7:11-16

And it came to pass the day after, that He went into a city called Nain; and many of his disciples went with Him, and much people. Now when He came nigh to the gate of the city, behold, there was a dead man carried out, the only son of his mother, and she was a widow: and much people of the city was with her. And when the Lord saw her, He had compassion on her, and said unto her, Weep not. And He came and touched the bier: and they that bare him stood still. And He said, Young man, I say unto thee, Arise. And he that was dead sat up, and began to speak. And He delivered him to his mother. And there came a fear on all: and they glorified God, saying, That a great prophet is risen up among us; and, That God hath visited his people.

St. Arsenije of Srem

Luke 6:17-23

And He came down with them, and stood in the plain, and the company of His disciples, and a great multitude of people out of all Judaea and Jerusalem, and from the sea coast of Tyre and Sidon, which came to hear Him, and to be healed of their diseases; And they that were vexed with unclean spirits: and they were healed. And the whole multitude sought to touch Him: for there went virtue out of Him, and healed them all. And He lifted up His eyes on His disciples, and said, Blessed be ye poor: for yours is the kingdom of God. Blessed are ye that hunger now: for ye shall be filled. Blessed are ye that weep now: for ye shall laugh. Blessed are ye, when men shall hate you, and when they shall separate you from their company, and shall reproach you, and cast out your name as evil, for the Son of man's sake. Rejoice ye in that day, and leap for joy: for, behold, your reward is great in heaven: for in the like manner did their fathers unto the prophets.

The Gospel of St. Luke reveals the healing power of the Lord Jesus Christ. Christ has power over death as evidenced by His Resurrection. Jesus’ power over death is proven in the restoring of life to the dead son of the widow of Nain.

Christ deserves the unyielding attention of believers. Christ merits beyond all others the focus of our lives. Being united with Christ changes a person completely. The ideal goal was realized by the Holy Apostle Paul.

The Holy Apostle Paul said: “ I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave Himself for me.” (Gal. 2:20)

Too many elements of daily life have nothing meritorious to do with the life in Christ. Too many paths and diversions appearing in daily life are perilous to the soul. Love of God and concentration on living in Christ requires determination.

Focused individuals establish and pursue personal goals. The Lord Jesus Christ set forth the primary goal for Christians. Jesus said: “Seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness.” (Mt. 6:33)

Christian lives are expected to change for the better with the passing of time. Increased unity with Christ is expected as a person matures. Strengthened and conscious commitment to Christ has a place in the life of each mature Christian.

A serious Christian’s life is lived in total harmony with the life of the Church. The serious Christian and the daily life of the Church are inseparable. The serious Christian welcomes each day in the Church to embrace and grow in Christ.

Christian values and the Christian way of life are not always welcomed or well-received in diverse communities. Military personnel and individuals working in certain foreign lands may experience adversity due to their Christian identity.

Christian minorities in certain countries live under constant oppression and face hostility if practicing their faith openly. In this country encroachment upon on Christian values is clearly taking place by certain societal innovations.

Christians cannot take religious freedom for granted. Firmness of faith and seriousness in prayer and worship are the best undertakings to realize the fullness of Christian witness here.

The Lord Jesus Christ faced adversity to the point He was crucified. He demonstrated a lasting example in the way He lived His earthly life and the way He died on the Cross.

Martyrs through the centuries have faced death due to their Christian identities. They faced death because they were not willing to renounce Christ. We do well to learn from the depth of faith of these martyrs for Christ.

We do well to be unrelentingly thankful to Christ and the Christian martyrs. We benefit beyond measure today from Christ. We benefit from the witness the Christian martyrs through the centuries.

Christian freedoms available today are not to be taken lightly. Believers have every reason to fill churches throughout the year in gratefulness to God. God’s love shone forth from the Cross and shines forth through the centuries.

Every day is a blessing from God to be used in joyful thanksgiving to God. Hearts need always to be full in thanksgiving to God. Hearts and minds need always to be conscious of Christ’s love and sacrifice for us.

Christians of each generation owe a debt to the serious believers having gone before and having resolutely celebrated Christ. Christians today have a responsibility to be faithful to God’s Holy Church.

Every day the world grows closer to the glorious Second Coming of Christ and the final judgment. God’s Holy Church is where believers can repent of sins, draw closer to Christ and seriously prepare for the Second Coming.

God’s Holy Church is where believers can learn best about Christ and where Christ can best be experienced. Use today and every day to live fully in Christ and be immersed in God’s Holy Church.

St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
October 28 / November 10, 2013
Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost.
St. Arsenije of Srem.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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