St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 775 - November 11 / November 24, 2013

The Orthodox Faith

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

No. 775
November 11 / November 24, 2013
Twenty-Second 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 6:8 - And Stephen, full of faith and power, did great wonders and miracles among the people.

Recent Services
November 15
Akathist to Mother of God was read.
Vespers was read.
November 16
Matins canon was read.
Third and Sixth Hours were read at Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Mission in Fairmont, W.Va. followed by Divine Liturgy. Eight people attended.
Vespers was read at St .George Church.
Amy Cyr was received into the Holy Orthodox Church.
November 17
Matins was read.
Third and Sixth Hours were read followed by Divine Liturgy with blessing of Slava Kolac and Koljivo. Two communicants. Thirty-two people came to the church.
Akathist to the Mother of God was read.
November 18
Matins was read.
Akathist to the Mother of God was read.
Vespers was read.
November 19
Matins was read
Akathist to the Mother of God was read.
Five people came for the Akathist to Jesus Christ.
November 20
Matins was read.
Three people came for the Akathist to the Mother of God.
Eleven people came for the Akathist to Archangel Michael held at Holy Trinity Mission in Fairmont, W.V.
November 21
Matins canon was read.
Six people came for Divine Liturgy. Two communicants. One Slava Kolac was blessed.
Akathist to Mother of God was read.
November 22
Matins was read.
Six people came for Divine Liturgy.
Two people came for the Akathist of Thanks served at Waynesburg University.

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, Friday, Saturday.

8:00 AM Divine Liturgy.

4:00 PM Akathist of Thanksgiving

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

Thank you to all supporting the St .George Choir at the Choir Slava.

The Choir Slava program included Sonia Janson, Stan Brozik, Millicent Mitzie Hunchuck, Andrea Janson, Dr.Ivko Dimitric, Maria Djonovich, Mildred Bezjak and Felicia Williamson.

Dr. Natalie Pavlovich finds time to come to St. George Church for parish celebrations.

Karen Brozik was at the Ordination celebration for Father Stevan Stepanov.

Welcome to Amy Cyr into the Holy Orthodox Church. Millicent Hunchuck was Kuma.

Matushka Barbara Oleynik, Lee, Sonya, Larissa and Elizabeth Klingensmith are always a welcome presence at St. George Church.

Paul Adams is attentive to the St. George Church.

George Volitich is always thoughtful regarding the St. George Church.

From down in Fairmont, W.Va., Niko and Rose Ilich always remember the St. George Church.

Doing the good work he does in Harrisburg, Frank Snyder keeps the St. George Church in mind.

Dr. Nenad and Dr. Milana Janicijevic, busy as they are, are considerate of St. George Church.

Melanie Vunjak has extensive memories associated with St. George Church.

Joann Bozick Sidgreaves keeps the St. George Church in mind from far distant California.

Cathy Cyr, Kevin and Ashley Cyr came for class on Tuesday. Kevin Jr. and Jeanna Cyr accompanied their parents and grandmother.

Subdeacon Anthony and Mattie Miralles and Felicia Williamson came to class on Wednesday.

Michael Danko, Wayne and Joyce Kirby, Dennis and Sandy Elliot, Maria Djonovich, and Vanessa Lasobek came to class in Fairmont, W.Va. on Thursday.

Milosh Serb Krewasky visited St. Nicholas Serbian Orthodox Church in Steelton last Sunday.

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

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.

If you have a question about the services or practices of the Church, ask the priest.

From the Holy Apostle Paul to the Corinthians (II Cor.13:11)

Finally, brethren, farewell. Be perfect, be of good comfort, be of one mind, live in peace; and the God of love and peace shall be with you.

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

To Consider

Experiencing Christ through listening and reading the Gospel.
Welcoming Christ into the heart and mind.
Making sure Christ is a part of daily life in the home.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

November 16 - Went to Fairmont, W.Va for Divine Liturgy.
November 20 - Went to Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Mission Church, Fairmont, W.Va. for Akathist and class.
November 21 - Attended a family’s Slava celebration

A Thought from His Grace Bishop Dr. MITROPHAN

The incarnate Son of God, the Logos of God, gave Christianity a body, but the Holy Spirit gave it a soul.

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

The Twenty-Second Sunday after Pentecost

Luke 16:19-31

There was a certain rich man, which was clothed in purple and fine linen, and fared sumptuously every day: And there was a certain beggar named Lazarus, which was laid at his gate, full of sores, And desiring to be fed with the crumbs which fell from the rich man's table: moreover the dogs came and licked his sores. And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham's bosom: the rich man also died, and was buried; And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom. And he cried and said, Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus,that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame. But Abraham said, Son, remember that thou in thy lifetime receivedst thy good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things: but now he is comforted, and thou art tormented. And beside all this, between us and you there is a great gulf fixed: so that they which would pass from hence to you cannot; neither can they pass to us, that would come from thence. Then he said, I pray thee therefore, father, that thou wouldest send him to my father's house: For I have five brethren; that he may testify unto them, lest they also come into this place of torment. Abraham saith unto him, They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them. And he said, Nay, father Abraham: but if one went unto them from the dead, they will repent. And he said unto him, If they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded, though one rose from the dead.

St. Stefan of Decani

John 15:17-27; 16:1-2

These things I command you, that ye love one another. If the world hate you, ye know that it hated Me before it hated you. If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you. Remember the word that I said unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted Me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept My saying, they will keep yours also. But all these things will they do unto you for My name's sake, because they know not Him that sent Me. If I had not come and spoken unto them, they had not had sin: but now they have no cloak for their sin. He that hateth Me hateth My Father also. If I had not done among them the works which none other man did, they had not had sin: but now have they both seen and hated both Me and My Father. But this cometh to pass, that the word might be fulfilled that is written in their law, They hated Me without a cause. But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father, He shall testify of Me: And ye also shall bear witness, because ye have been with Me from the beginning. These things have I spoken unto you, that ye should not be offended. They shall put you out of the synagogues: yea, the time cometh, that whosoever killeth you will think that he doeth God service.

The Gospel of St. Luke is a strong reminder for believers to be attentive to their neighbors. The rich man did not offer assistance to Lazarus. He was consumed with his personal interests.

Christians are expected to alert to the needs of the people met during the course of each day. The personal relationships of daily life have long term impact. Believers accrue a daily record for use by Christ at the time of final judgment.

Poor Lazarus suffered in this life. He lived well when he departed this life. The rich man lived well financially in this life. He suffered when he departed this life.

The way a person lives now affects how a person will experience eternity. The Gospel of St. Matthew speaks specifically about the final judgment to come when Christ returns. (Mt. 25:31-46)

The Gospel of St. Luke directs attention to the value of learning about Moses and the prophets being time well invested. Time invested in learning about Moses and the prophets is an investment in the kingdom of God.

Believers’ hearts and minds need to be open to God for personal benefit to occur in reading about Moses and the prophets.The Holy Apostle Paul once said about God: “In him we live, and move, and have our being. (Acts 17:28)

Jesus emphasized the importance of attentiveness and openness to God. He said of some: “ they seeing see not; and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand” (Mt. 13:13)

The rich man’s view during this life did not include poor Lazarus. How many people in this world are oblivious to their neighbors in need? How many believers in this world could do better to be charitable toward a needy neighbor?

Believers do well daily to assess the degree of love and charity that is part of their personal lives. Believers do well to determine if love is the governing characteristic of their daily lives.

The Epistle of St. John states: “If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen?” (I Jn. 4:2)

Each person has room for personal growth in Christ. Every person is a sinner. Every person falls short of the standards and teachings of Christ. Every person has personal traits preventing his or her from living without sin.

The ultimate experience of the rich man is a strong lesson to be attentive during this life to the neighbors among us in need. Believers can benefit from the signs in the Holy Scriptures that point the way to the Kingdom of God.

Believers benefit from radically changing their lives to forgo love of sin and to increase personal love of God. The approaching Nativity Fast is a time to recommit to complete faithfulness to Christ.

The approaching Nativity Fast is an opportunity to be immersed in the life in Christ. The lasting values to be embraced in life are to be found in Christ. Eternal life is found in Christ.

St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
November 11 / November 24, 2013
Twenty-Second Sunday after Pentecost.
St. Stefan of Decani.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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