St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 778 - December 2 / December 15, 2013

The Orthodox Faith

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

No. 778
December 2 / December 15, 2013
Twenty-Fifth 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
December 6
Vespers was read.
December 7
Midnight Office was read at St. George Church.
Third and Sixth Hours were read followed by Divine Liturgy at Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Mission in Fairmont, W.Va. Eleven people attended the Divine Liturgy.
Vespers was read at St. George Church.
December 8
Matins was read at St. George Church.
Third and Sixth Hour were read followed by Divine Liturgy. Six communicants.
December 9
Akathist to the Mother of God was read.
Vespers was read.
December 10
Matins was read.
Akathist to the Mother of God was read.
Vespers was read.
December 11
Matins was read.
Six people came for the Akathist to St. Nicholas.

Services This Coming Week. Always Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule

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.

3:30 PM Akathist followed by Adult Class.

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

December 15 - St. Urosh, King of Serbia; Ven. Joannicius of Devich.
December 17 - Holy Great Martyr Barbara.
December 18 - St. Sabbas the Sanctified.
December 19 - St. Nicholas the Wonderworker. Divine Liturgy at 8:00 AM.
December 22 - Conception of the Righteous Ann. Serbian Childrenís Day. Parish Annual Meeting.
December 25 - St. Spyridon, Bishop of Tremithus
December 26-29 - Diocesan Youth Winter Retreat at St. Sava Camp, Shadeland.
December 30 - St. Daniel the Prophet. Ven. Deacon Avakum, Abbot Paisius, Martyrs.

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

Plan to attend the parish annual meeting next Sunday

Melva Hunchuck continues to prepare the bulletin for mailing each week with daughter Millicent Mitzie Hunchuck.

Sonia Janson, Paulette Radock, Mildred Mickey Bezjak, Dr. Ezekiel Olagoke, Marsha Pataskie and Amy Cyr came for class on Wednesday.

Honor the Nativity Fast until the Feast of the Nativity.

Emma Colburn keeps the St. George Church in mind.

Katherine Bozick Stoll thinks about the St. George Church from California.

Katherine Sage always has the St. George Church in her thoughts.

Dorothy Bochnak and Cathy Jellots are mindful of the St. George Church.

Remember the 239 miners that lost their lives in the Darr Mine on December 19, 1907. Remember their families.

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.

Galatians 3:26-27 - For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus. For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ.

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

To Consider

Honoring the Nativity Fast as an investment in the Kingdom of God.
Fasting and praying in the manner intended by Christ.
Keeping the focus on Christís Nativity in the days ahead.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

December7 - Went to Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Mission in Fairmont, W.Va. for Divine Liturgy.
December 10 - Went to Morgantown, W.Va. for printing purposes.

A Thought from Protopresbyter Stephen Zaremba

We must mention that fasting without prayer is nothing but a diet. If we eat fasting foods and even make our portions smaller, yet do not pray to God, then our fast in nothing but a good, healthy diet without any spiritual benefit. This includes both our private rule of prayer which we quietly pray before our icons as well as the divine services. Fasting means going to Church more often and praying to God a bit longer at home.

( From a recent sermon at St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Church, St. Petersburg, Florida )

The Twenty-Fifth Sunday after Pentecost

Luke 10:25-37

And, behold, a certain lawyer stood up, and tempted Him, saying, Master, what shall I do to inherit eternal life? He said unto him, What is written in the law? how readest thou?And he answering said, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thy neighbour as thyself. And He said unto him, Thou hast answered right: this do, and thou shalt live. But he, willing to justify himself, said unto Jesus, And who is my neighbour? And Jesus answering said, A certain man went down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among thieves, which stripped him of his raiment, and wounded him, and departed, leaving him half dead. And by chance there came down a certain priest that way: and when he saw him, he passed by on the other side. And likewise a Levite, when he was at the place, came and looked on him, and passed by on the other side. But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was: and when he saw him, he had compassion on him, And went to him, and bound up his wounds, pouring in oil and wine, and set him on his own beast, and brought him to an inn, and took care of him. And on the morrow when he departed, he took out two pence, and gave them to the host, and said unto him, Take care of him; and whatsoever thou spendest more, when I come again, I will repay thee. Which now of these three, thinkest thou, was neighbour unto him that fell among the thieves? And he said, He that shewed mercy on him. Then said Jesus unto him, Go, and do thou likewise.

The present Gospel is a lesson of compassion and love. We encounter situations in life where individuals are in need of help. We are faced with the decision whether to stop whatever we are doing and render the help necessary.

In the current Gospel, the priest and Levite passed by the victim of violent crime and continued on their way. The priest and Levite ignored the needy person suffering from physical, financial and emotional injuries.

To be a victim of a violent crime has great impact, a lasting impact upon a person. How often have we read in the news of victims of violent crime suffering from continued trauma?

How often have we heard of crimes taking place in communities where great numbers of witnesses were present and no one stepped in to make a positive difference to help?

The Samaritan took time to help the injured victim. The Samaritan invested personal time and funds to begin the healing process. The Lord Jesus Christ recognized the love of God in the actions of the Samaritan.

Christians are expected to seek eternal life. The Lord Jesus Christ gave a very specific example of showing love for others in the current Gospel as a way of loving our neighbors as God would have them loved.

The Samaritan did not show concern for himself. He did not show concern for his use of personal time and funds. He saw a person in great need and he stopped to help. The Samaritan continued to help.

God helps us when we are in need. God helps us when we are injured in mind, in heart and in soul. God stays with us through the healing and recovery process. God teaches us to do the same with our neighbors.

Being a Christian involves great responsibility. Becoming a Christian involves being willing to live out the expectations of Christ in our daily lives. The Samaritan is the example for believers to follow.

Much hurt exists in this world. Christians have the responsibility to make a difference in addressing the hurt. Each Christian needs to examine the personal use of time and resources and measure them against the standards set by Christ.

Each Christian needs to assess the degree of personal sensitivity shown to the needy met in daily life. Each Christian needs to measure the effort put forth each day to help the healing and recovery process of those known to be hurting.

We hear each day of the increased number of suicides. We hear each day of people suffering greatly from physical and emotional afflictions. How often do we take time to do what we can to help to prevent further hurt and to help?

How often do we ignore the needy we know are hurting greatly? Loving God with all the mind, heart, soul and strength is an expectation for Christians. Loving our neighbors as ourselves is an expectation.

How often do we give in to sloth and personal pleasures and close our eyes to the needs that exist in our communities? How often do we choose not to get involved when we know someone is definitely hurting?

How often do we spend the time of life in frivolous activities having no benefit to the soul? How weak is our faith that we do not exert ourselves to help others knowing that God will give us the strength to do even more?

The power of God is unlimited and is unleashed to help Christians willing to help others. There is a deacon in North Carolina who does miracles every day in helping others. The more he helps the needy, the more God helps him to help!

God gets behind sincere efforts to help. When the Samaritan stopped to help the injured victim, the Samaritan ignited hope and healing. The Samaritan expressed the love of God in action.

Being a Christian involves use of the mind, the heart, the soul and personal strength. Being a Christian involves getting involved to make the world a better place. Being a Christian means actualizing the love of God in daily life.

We only get the time of life once. We donít know the amount of time in life we will have. The way we use the time of life determines where and how we will experience eternity.

Our attitudes and our actions regarding the people we meet in daily life make a decided difference for ourselves and for others. We jeopardize our futures when we fail to help others in need.

The present Gospel is a constant remind to do all we can to help the needy in our midst. The words, lessons and standards of Christ are intended to make a difference in our lives. Let us heed Christ now and always.

St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
December 2 / December 15, 2013
Twenty-Fifth Sunday after Pentecost.
St. Tsar Uros, Ven. Joanikije of Devic; St. Habakkuk, Prophet.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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