St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 774 - November 4 / November 17, 2013

The Orthodox Faith

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

No. 774
November 4 / November 17, 2013
Twenty-First 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 8:26 - And He saith unto them, Why are ye fearful, O ye of little faith? Then He arose, and rebuked the winds and the sea; and there was a great calm.

Recent Services
November 8
The canon for Matins was read.
Three people came for Divine Liturgy.
Vespers was read.
November 9
Midnight Office was read.
Vespers was read.
November 10
Matins was read.
Third and Sixth Hours were read followed by Divine Liturgy.
November 11
Matins was read.
Akathist to the Mother of God was read.
Vespers was read.
November 12
Matins was read.
One person came for the Ninth Hour and Vespers.
Three people came for the Akathist.
November 13
Matins was read.
Two people came for the Akathist.
November 14
Canon for Matins was read.
Akathist to the Mother of God was read.
Vespers was read.
November 15
Matins was read.

Services This Coming Week. Always Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule

First, Third and Sixth Hours followed by Divine Liturgy. Blessing of Choir Slava Kolac’ and Koljivo

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

4:00 PM on Monday, Tuesday, Friday, Saturday.

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

8:00 AM Divine Liturgy.

Akathists, Prayers for Special Needs and Home Blessings scheduled on request.

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

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 24 - St. King Stefan of Decani. Divine Liturgy at 8:00 AM.
November 26 - St. John Chrysostom
November 28 - Dormition Fast Begins. Thanksgiving Day. Divine Liturgy at 8:00 AM.
December 4 - Entrance of the Theotokos
December 8 - Apodasis of the Entrance

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, Milosh “Serb” Krewasky and Josephine Gresko were at St. Elijah Church in Aliquippa last Sunday for the celebration of the ordination of Father Stepanov.

Thank you to all helping celebrate the Choir Slava today. The Choir contributes with conviction to the Divine services of the St. George Church throughout the year

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

Mildred Bezjak, Norma Hickman, Felicia Williamson, Sonia Janson, Paulette Radock and Subdeacon Anthony and Mattie Miralles came to class on Wednesday.

Renea Janson was here visiting from Florida and helped with singing on St. Demetrius.

Congratulations to Damian Yonitich for recently completing his military basic training.

Arthur Butch Chambers continues to extend his interest in the St. George Church.

Matthew and Nikki Matovich regularly remember St. George Church.

Darlene Dowler thinks about the St. George Church from her home in Elco.

Marty and Janice Yoskovich recently visited St. Sava Cathedral in New York City.

Five of Attorney Linda Chambers’ banquet talks are on the parish website.

Waynesburg Chief Rob Toth, and Masontown Chief Joseph Ryan and Lt. Jeff Standish work to keep our communities safe.

Judge Farley Toothman and Magistrate Lou Dayich have been good to St. George Church.

Remember the 78 miners who lost their lives at the Farmington, W.Va. mine on November 20, 1968. Remember their families.

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.

From the Holy Apostle Paul to the Corinthians (II Cor. 12:10)

Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ's sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.

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

To Consider

The value to the self and others of singing unto the Lord.
The reverent and joyful singing throughout the Divine Liturgy.
The content of music expressing the theology of the Church.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

November 1 - Went to Morgantown, W.Va. for printing purposes.
November 2 - Went to Diocesan Center and Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Church in Youngstown, Ohio.
November 3 - Went to St. Elijah Church in Aliquippa for ordination celebration of Father Stevan Stepanov.
November 5 - Area pastoral visit.

A Thought from Sandi Radoja

We are just a room full of people without you. You enable us to give much more than clothing or food or shelter. We are able to give hope, which has always been the mission of this office and its parent organization.

( Editor Lifeline Chicago Newsletter, Autumn 2013. )

The Twenty-First Sunday after Pentecost

Luke 8:5-15

A sower went out to sow his seed: and as he sowed, some fell by the way side; and it was trodden down, and the fowls of the air devoured it. And some fell upon a rock; and as soon as it was sprung up, it withered away, because it lacked moisture. And some fell among thorns; and the thorns sprang up with it, and choked it. And other fell on good ground, and sprang up, and bare fruit an hundredfold. And when he had said these things, he cried, He that hath ears to hear, let him hear. And His disciples asked him, saying, What might this parable be? And He said, Unto you it is given to know the mysteries of the kingdom of God: but to others in parables; that seeing they might not see, and hearing they might not understand. Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God. Those by the way side are they that hear; then cometh the devil, and taketh away the word out of their hearts, lest they should believe and be saved. They on the rock are they, which, when they hear, receive the word with joy; and these have no root, which for a while believe, and in time of temptation fall away. And that which fell among thorns are they, which, when they have heard, go forth, and are choked with cares and riches and pleasures of this life, and bring no fruit to perfection. But that on the good ground are they, which in an honest and good heart, having heard the word, keep it, and bring forth fruit with patience.

The present Gospel reading speaks of the importance of hearing the word of God and keeping it. The Gospel indicates that not everyone hearing the word of God keeps it and brings forth fruit with patience.

The lack of deep roots, cares, riches and pleasures and the work of devil can prevent the word of God from remaining firm in many lives. Serious Christians cherish the word of God and fervently hold to it.

On certain feast days of the Mother of God, believers hear the reading from the Gospel of St. Luke when Jesus states: “Blessed are they that hear the word of God, and keep it” (Lk. 11:28)

To hear the word of God and keep it, believers need to place great value on the word of God. Believers need to love the word of God and cling to the word of God under all circumstances.

Believers need to perceive the great, unequalled and lasting value the word of God has for their lives. The word of God provides nourishment, strength and direction.

A person can experience internal peace by reading the word of God. A person can address the hunger of the soul by turning to the word of God. A person can work through problems by being immersed in the word of God.

The best place to experience the word of God is in God’s Holy Church. Coming to God’s Holy Church with regularity affords the believer to hear the word of God in the best context.

In God’s Holy Church, the content of the Divine services and the iconography complement and are in harmony with the word of God. Patience is necessary to overcome factors that prevent a person from keeping the word of God.

Enduring joy is experienced when the word of God is kept. The fruit coming as a result of keeping the word of God can exceed anticipation and expectations. The goodness of God is beyond human comprehension.

Gardeners know that beautiful plants can grow from small seeds. Farmers determine that abundant crops can come from a well planted field. Foresters realize large trees can arise from small beginnings.

Christians grow when firmly rooted in the word of God. Christians become strong through being immersed in the word of God. Christians increase their understanding by the word of God.

Wisdom becomes through heeding the word of God and being familiar with the word of God. The value and importance of love is embedded in the word of God.

Individuals choose how and where they will invest the time of life. Reading and listening carefully to the word of God is among the soundest investments in life.

Going to church regularly where the word of God is heard and explained brings benefits beyond measure. Taking time to carefully read the word of God at home has immeasurable results.

The condition of the heart and the mind will affect the way the word of God influences a personal life. Individuals do well to examine their personal thoughts about God and personal willingness to love and believe God.

Individuals do well to examine the readiness of the heart, mind and home to welcome the word of God. The word of God has intended results in each life. Believers cherishing the word of God are dramatically changed by it.

Believers need to always be ready to change in accord with the word of God. Seeds pushing up through the earth encounter resistance as they strive to grow into full plants. Believers need to deal with resistance inhibiting Christian growth.

Weeds that prevent our Christian growth need to be removed from gardens of our lives. Rocks that prevent us from growing deep roots in the Christian life need to be cast away.

Poisonous waters that will bring harm to us need to be kept from seeping into our lives. Being in the shelter of the church consistently is the best protection and place of nourishment for our Christian growth.

St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
November 4 / November 17, 2013
Ven. Ioannicius the Great.
St. Nicandrus, Hieromartyr.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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