St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 817 - September 1 / September 14, 2014

The Orthodox Faith

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

No. 817
September 1 / September 14, 2014
Ecclesiastical New Year

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.

James 1:6
But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed. (KJV)

Recent Services
September 5
Matins was read.
September 6
One person came for Ninth Hour and Great Vespers.
September 7
Matins was read.
Third and Sixth Hours were read followed by Divine Liturgy with Prayer for Beginning Instruction. Forty-nine people attended. Five communicants.
September 8
Matins was read.
Vespers was read.
September 9
Matins was read.
Vespers was read.
September 10
Matins was read.
Five people attended the Akathist of Thanks at Waynesburg University.
Vespers was read.
September 11
Matins was read.
Five people came for Divine Liturgy.
Six people came for the Akathist to St. John the Baptist.
September 12
One person came for Matins and First Hour.
Ten people came to Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Mission in Fairmont, W.Va.

Services This Coming Week. Call to Confirm Weekday Times.

Third and Sixth Hour followed by Divine Liturgy

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

4:00 PM Monday, Tuesday, Friday, Saturday

3:30 PM Akathist followed by Adult Class


Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

September 14 - Ecclesiastical New Year
September 15 - All Serbian Saints
September 16 - St. Joanikije, First Serbian Patriarch
September 19 - Miracle of Archangel Michael
September 21 - Nativity of the Most Holy Theotokos
September 27 - Exaltation of the Honorable Cross
September 30 - Sts. Faith, Hope, and Charity and their Mother, Sophia, Martyrs.

If you are too busy to pray, you are too busy

Remember the Suffering Serbian People in Kosovo and Metohijia and All Suffering People

Parish Life

Congratulations to Kathleen Waters for participating recently in the residency portion of the St. Stephen’s Program at the Antiochian House of Studies.

Congratulations to Very Rev. Stavrophor Rade Merick, new Dean of the Pittsburgh Deanery.

Thank you to Very Rev. Stavrophor Stevan Stepanov for the support, understanding and leadership as Dean of the Pittsburgh Deanery from which this parish benefitted.

Very Rev. Djokan Majstorovic and two parishioners from St. Sava Cathedral in New York City visited the parish last weekend.

Anya, Kesnije, and Maxim Sivak and Ryan Dates attended class last Sunday.

Sonia Janson, Paulette Radock, Mildred Bezjak, Felicia Williams, Subdeacon Anthony Miralles and Dr. Richard Romanos Pierce attended adult class this week.

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

Remember and appreciate the men and women serving in the military and their families.

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

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

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

To Consider

The new beginning of the Ecclesiastical Year.
The opportunity to begin anew in Christ
Constantly repenting to be united and reunited with Christ.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

August 28 - Attended funeral home viewing for +Mark Shaffer in Masontown, son of John Shaffer.
September 5-6 - Attended Diocese Chapel Slava in Mars, Pa, Friday Vigil and Saturday Divine Liturgy.
September 6 - Went to Morgantown, W.Va. for printing purposes.
September 7 - Attended Hundredth Anniversary Dinner for Nativity of Theotokos Russian Orthodox Church (OCA) in Masontown, Pa.
September 9 - Went to Hermitage of the Cross Monastery in Wayne, W.Va.
September 10 - Served Akathist at Waynesburg University.
September 12 - Served Divine Liturgy in Fairmont, W.Va.

Counsels for Life: From the Life and Teachings of Father Epiphanios Theodoropoulos.

(Translated by Father Nicholas Palis. Typesetting and Design by Studion Press, 1995, p. 165.)

“Elder, the parents of this child are in much distress because of the life he is leading.”
”Tell them, my child: Much prayer! God will help. There do not exist people for whom hands are lifted up in prayer or knees are bloodied who are not led to repentance.

The soul of the adolescent, he used to say, is an explosion of freedom. For this reason, it receives various counsels with difficulty. So, instead of advising him constantly and scolding him every so often, throw the weight of your effort to the following: present the problem to Christ, to the Panaghia and to the Saints and ask them to wise him up.

The Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost

Matthew 22:2-14

The kingdom of heaven is like unto a certain king, which made a marriage for his son, And sent forth his servants to call them that were bidden to the wedding: and they would not come. Again, he sent forth other servants, saying, Tell them which are bidden, Behold, I have prepared my dinner: my oxen and my fatlings are killed, and all things are ready: come unto the marriage. But they made light of it, and went their ways, one to his farm, another to his merchandise: And the remnant took his servants, and entreated them spitefully, and slew them. But when the king heard thereof, he was wroth: and he sent forth his armies, and destroyed those murderers, and burned up their city. Then saith he to his servants, The wedding is ready, but they which were bidden were not worthy. Go ye therefore into the highways, and as many as ye shall find, bid to the marriage. So those servants went out into the highways, and gathered together all as many as they found, both bad and good: and the wedding was furnished with guests. And when the king came in to see the guests, he saw there a man which had not on a wedding garment: And he saith unto him, Friend, how camest thou in hither not having a wedding garment? And he was speechless. Then said the king to the servants, Bind him hand and foot, and take him away, and cast him into outer darkness, there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth. For many are called, but few are chosen.

Matthew 5:14-19

Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven. Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil. For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled. Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.

Sharing the joy in Christ is something that each Christian can do. Sharing joy resulting from Baptism and Confession is a benefit believers can make known to other people in their lives.

Sharing the healing power in Christ and through the intercession of the Mother of God and the saints helps individuals suffering and in need of healing. Sharing the personal peace found in Christ helps persons in distress.

Sharing personal experiences about Christ is to be done in love. Experiencing Christ and seeking Christ requires a series of personal decisions. Becoming and remaining a Christian are completely voluntary decisions.

When a person voluntarily enters the Christian life, only then persistence can be forthcoming to make the long journey required. Being an active follower of Christ throughout life requires love for Christ and discipline.

Following the practices of the Church and seeking nourishment from Christ requires concentration. Decisions to say “no” to ways of sin and to say “yes” to ways of Christ are necessary throughout life.

A momentary error launching a person into sin can change the course of life. Vigilance is necessary. News reports too often tell about individuals having fallen into serious error.

Commitment to prayer must be firm and irrevocable. Commitment to purity of life as exemplified in the Mother of God has a place in each Christian life. Temptations and attractions of daily life have snares that put the soul in peril.

The Gospel of St. Matthew speaks about the king inviting guests to the wedding feast. Individuals decided not to attend for various reasons. The Lord Jesus Christ constantly invites individuals to draw near and to feast with Him.

Churches would be overflowing and more churches would be built if every baptized person attended Divine services regularly. Too often excuses are made by persons not to attend the Divine services regularly. Too often persons place greater value on other activities and interests rather than attend church.

The Lord Jesus Christ said: “Seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness.” (Mt. 6:33) How many baptized persons take this statement from Christ seriously each day? How many seek the Kingdom of God each day?

Each person determines his or her goals and priorities in life. Individuals consciously and consistently choosing Christ experience the peace and joy that pass all understanding.

Individuals seriously finding the life in Christ want no other life. The Gospel speaks about the pearl of great price being found. (Mt. 13:45-46) When a person consistently experiences the goodness of the life in Christ, no other life is desired.

Many different attractions compete for a person’s daily attention. No attraction has the value of the life in Christ and salvation of the soul. Individuals do well to assess regularly their personal responses to Christ’s daily invitations.

Individuals do well to assess their personal goals and habits? Does the road being taken each day lead to the Kingdom of God? Is the discipline practiced each day beneficial for the salvation of the soul?

Does the nourishment sought for daily life emanate from the Lord Jesus Christ? Is the love practiced in daily life consistent with love Christ desires and expects? Being a Christian is the most serious decision a person can make.

Remaining a Christian throughout life is most joyful if Christ is held firm in the heart, the mind and the soul. Christ has all the nourishment needed for the remaining time of life. Today and each day is the time to say “yes” to Christ.

St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
September 1 / September 14, 2014
Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost.
Beginning of the Ecclesiastical Year.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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