St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 779 - December 9 / December 22, 2013

The Orthodox Faith

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

No. 779
December 9 / December 22, 2013
Twenty-Sixth 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.

Mt.15:28 - Then Jesus answered and said unto her, O woman, great is thy faith: be it unto thee even as thou wilt. And her daughter was made whole from that very hour.

Recent Services
December 12
Matins was read.
Akathist to Mother of God was read.
Six people came for the Akathist to Jesus Christ in Fairmont, W.Va.
December 13
The Complete Gospel of Mark was read.
Akathist to the Mother of God was read.
Vespers was read.
December 14
The Midnight Office was read.
One person came for Confession and Vespers.
December 15
Matins was read.
Third and Sixth Hours were read.
Eighteen people came for Divine Liturgy. Three communicants
December 16
Matins was read.
December 17
Matins was read.
Akathist to Mother of God was read.
Vespers was read.
December 18
Matins was read.
One person came for the Akathist to the Mother of God.
Twelve people came to Holy Trinity Mission in Fairmont for Great Vespers. Two Slava Kolachs were blessed.
December 19
Matins Canon was read.
Seventeen people came for Divine Liturgy. Five communicants. Three Slava Kolachs were blessed.
December 20
Matins was read.

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, Saturday.

4:00 PM on Monday, Thursday, Saturday

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

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

December 22 - Conception of the Righteous Ann. Serbian Childrenís Day. Parish Annual Meeting.
December 25 - St. Spyridon, Bishop of Tremithus.
December 29 - St. Haggai. Prophet. MothersíDay.
December 30 - St. Daniel the Prophet. Ven. Deacon Avakum, Abbot Paisius, Martyrs.
December 31 - St. Sebastian and Companions, Martyrs; St. Modestus
January 2 - St. Ignatius of Antioch; St. Daniel II of Serbia (Antefeast of Nativity)

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 today.

Sympathy extended to the family and friends of +Rose Durkin newly departed this life.

Congratulations to Marcy Park for being chosen as Woman of Integrity in the Pittsburgh area.

Sonia Janson, Dorothy Smargie, Mildred Bezjak, Paulette Radock, Dianna Bozic, Norma Hickman, Marsha Pataskie, Amy Cyr, Milosh Serb Krewasky and Frank Menhart helped with the baking of rolls this past week. They put in a long day.

Lou and Sharon Rodavich always remember St. George Church.

John and Sue Maykuth keep the St. George Church in mind.

Sophia Downey has an extended connection with St. George Church.

Swetko Davidovich remembers the St. George Church.

Mary Lehning keeps the St. George Church in mind.

Dr. David and Elizabeth Jarrett are mindful of the St. George Church.

The Veneri and Boznick families keep connected with St. George Church.

Dr. Richard Pierce visited this week.

Willie Spens came for a visit this week.

Unless you live far away, please arrange to come for Confession during the week or on Saturday.

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 4:4-7 - But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law, To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons. And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father. Wherefore thou art no more a servant, but a son; and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ.

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

To Consider

Our relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ.
The intensity of our focus on the soul.
The need to always guard, protect and nourish the soul.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

December 12 - Went to Fairmont for Akathist and Class.
December 15 - Went to St .John the Baptist Orthodox Church in Canonsburg.
December 16 - Went to Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown,W.Va. to visit patient.
December 18 - Went to Holy Trinity Mission in Fairmont, W.Va. for Great Vespers
December 19 - Attended funeral of +Rose Durkin.

A Thought from Proto Slobodan Prodanovich - October 27, 1968

It has been only nine months since I have been with you. Thank God, neither I nor any member of my family ever felt that we were strangers in this parish during this period.

The Twenty-Sixth Sunday after Pentecost

Luke 12:16-21

And He spake a parable unto them, saying, The ground of a certain rich man brought forth plentifully: And he thought within himself, saying, What shall I do, because I have no room where to bestow my fruits? And he said, This will I do: I will pull down my barns, and build greater; and there will I bestow all my fruits and my goods. And I will say to my soul, Soul, thou hast much goods laid up for many years; take thine ease, eat, drink, and be merry. But God said unto him, Thou fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee: then whose shall those things be, which thou hast provided? So is he that layeth up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God.

The present Gospel is inspiration for recognizing God as the source of blessings. Whenever individuals are personally enriched, gratefulness to God deserves primary place in the heart and mind.

The Epistle of St. James states: ď Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.Ē (James 1:17)

When good happens to us, turning to God as the source of good is the first deserved response. Being callous toward God and miserly regarding personal wealth and possessions puts the soul at risk as the current Gospel teaches.

Individuals do not know the amount of time remaining in earthly life. Care of the soul is essential during every moment of life. Every moment of life could be the last moment. The condition of the soul is critical for the judgment to come.

The rich man in the current Gospel was blinded by his interest in his material wealth. His soul was in jeopardy. The end of his earthly life was coming much sooner than anticipated.

Believers do well to heed the present Gospel. Believers do well not to procrastinate in being good and generous in ways pleasing to God. Giving to God can occur in different ways.

Individuals can give time to God in prayer and helping others in ways pleasing to God. Individuals can give personal time to the work of the Church.

Caring for and visiting the sick and the suffering is worthy use of time. Helping the poor is consistent with the teachings of Christ. (Mt. 25:31-46). Teaching the lessons of the Gospel is a way to care for the soul.

Individuals may feel they have plenty of years of life remaining. They delay turning to God in prayer. They choose to devote more time to recreation, leisure or social pursuits. Time with God is given a much lower priority.

Some years ago a man was dying of cancer. When asked to take time to pray and come to church, he was too busy. He invested considerable time in going to see a football game far distant from the church and died shortly thereafter

Individuals need to assess how they handle their resources. The poor widow mentioned in St. Markís Gospel gave all she had to the treasury. (Mk. 12:41-44) She was a much better example than the rich man in the present Gospel.

Each moment of life is a precious gift from God. Making good use of the time of life involves using the mind and the heart in ways consistent with the teachings of Christ.

Parish churches are blessed to have certain individuals who give of their time generously. Serving on the Church board, in the Kolo, the Choir or the Church school is an appropriate use of personal time and resources.

Taking time to come to church not only on Sundays but also during the week is a significant investment with benefit to the soul and to the parish church. Individuals do well to assess time given to care for the soul each day.

Individuals benefit by examining their personal budgets and see the percent given to God and the percent of discretionary funds used for purposes having nothing to do with the soul. Use of resources tells a lot about a person.

At baptism and each Divine Liturgy believers are reminded Christ will come again to judge the living and the dead. Every day is a day to prepare for the Second Coming of Christ.

When a person departs this life, he or she will not take their personal possessions with them. When each of us stands before Christ, we will be judged based upon how we lived and what we did with the time and resources of life.

We donít when our mind will cease functioning well. We donít know when our heart will stop beating. Joy comes from making good use of each moment.

The man in the present Gospel was blessed with material resources. He had much more than he would need. He could have shared his abundance with the needy and benefitted his soul. He chose differently.

The choices we make influence where we will experience eternity. The choices we make affect other people in the world. The words we use impact other people. We may say words of benefit or words of hurt.

Each person has a gift from God to communicate in various ways to others. Being able to communicate is a blessing. The ways we communicate can be a blessing to the self and to others.

One thief on the cross next to Christ used words to benefit his life. The other thief used words to this detriment. Believers do well to assess what will be the results of the words they use daily. (Lk. 23:39-43)

Earthly life is time limited. The way the time of life is used has effects well beyond earthly life. The rich man spoke to himself and put his soul in peril. Let us make wise use of the time remaining in life.

St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
December 9 / December 22, 2013
Twenty-Sixth Sunday after Pentecost.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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