St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 818 - September 8 / September 21, 2014

The Orthodox Faith

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

No. 818
September 8 / September 21, 2014
Nativity of the Mother of God

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.

Colossians 2:7
Rooted and built up in him, and stablished in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving. (KJV)

Recent Services
September 12
Vespers was read
September 13
Midnight Office was read.
Vespers was read.
September 14
One person came for Matins and First Hour.
Third and Sixth Hours were read followed by Divine Liturgy. Thirty-one people attended. Two communicants.
September 15
Vespers was read.
September 16
Matins was read.
Vespers was read.
September 17
Matins was read.
Three people came for the Akathist of Thanks at Waynesburg University.
Five people came for Great Vespers in Fairmont, W.Va.
September 18
Matins was read.
Five people came for the Akathist to the Icon of the Mother of God, She Who Healeth.
September 19
Canon for Matins was read.

Services This Coming Week. Call to Confirm Weekday Times.

Third and Sixth Hour 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

Divine Liturgy. Feast of Elevation of the Honorable Cross.


Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

Today, September 21 - Nativity of the Most Holy Theotokos
September 25 - Apodasis of the Nativity of the Theotokos
September 27 - Exaltation of the Honorable Cross
September 30 - Sts. Faith, Hope, and Charity and their Mother, Sophia, Martyrs.
September 4 - Apodasis of the Exaltation.
October 5 - Hundredth Anniversary of Nativity of Virgin Mary Orthodox Church.

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

Does it seem this country is in a constant state of war? What is needed for peace?

Sympathy extended to the family of +Kathryn Ann Deeb departed this life.

The Sixtieth Anniversary celebration of St. George Church is scheduled for November 2.

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

Sonia Janson, Paulette Radock, Mildred Bezjak, Felicia Williams and Subdeacon Anthony Miralles attended class on Thursday.

The parish radio broadcast normally heard at 12:15 PM is rescheduled to Sunday evenings when the Steelers play on Sunday afternoons.

Funds are being accepted for flood victims in Serbia. New flooding has occurred.

Maria Djonovich didnít let a tree blocking her road stop her from coming to church.

Rich Porter drives to Bridgeville regularly for candles for the church.

Dr. Sinisa and Doina Jikich are attentive to St. George Church.

Jon Zatezalo and John Ice are warmly welcomed attendees at St. George Church.

Congratulations to Tess Meinert on starting graduate school.

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 want your home blessed, contact the priest.

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

How often during the week do you attend feast day services during the year?
Do you honor in your daily life the feasts and fasts of the church?
Do you honor Wednesdays and Fridays as fast days in your home?

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

September 13 - Went to Morgantown for printing purposes.
September 13 - Attended the UMWA Pensioners Picnic at Ten Mile Creek Park.
September 13 - Visited resident at Lafayette Manor in Uniontown.
September 17 - Served Akathist at Waynesburg University and Vespers at Holy Trinity Mission in Fairmont, W.Va. Stopped in Morgantown for printing purposes.
September 18 - Blessed one house in Denbo.
September 19 - Went to Fairmont, W.Va and further for pastoral reasons.

A Thought from His Grace Dr. MITROPHAN.

ďAll of the Holy Mysteries, and especially the Holy Mystery of the Eucharist, unite all of us in the Church of Christ. We become communicants, of His Body and Blood, true and authentic. Through this Holy Mystery we become Christís kin.

( The Teaching of Saint Apostle Paul on the Church. Translated by Protopresbyter Stephen Zaremba, 2001, p. 64. )

The Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost

Matthew 22:35-46

Then one of them, which was a lawyer, asked Him a question, tempting Him, and saying, Master, which is the great commandment in the law? Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets. While the Pharisees were gathered together, Jesus asked them, Saying, What think ye of Christ? whose son is he? They say unto him, The son of David. He saith unto them, How then doth David in spirit call him Lord, saying, The LORD said unto my Lord, Sit thou on my right hand, till I make thine enemies thy footstool? If David then call him Lord, how is he his son? And no man was able to answer Him a word, neither durst any man from that day forth ask Him any more questions. (KJV)

The Feast of the Nativity of the Mother of God

Luke 10:38-42, 11:27-28

Now it came to pass, as they went, that he entered into a certain village: and a certain woman named Martha received Him into her house. And she had a sister called Mary, which also sat at Jesus' feet, and heard His word. But Martha was cumbered about much serving, and came to Him, and said, Lord, dost thou not care that my sister hath left me to serve alone? bid her therefore that she help me. And Jesus answered and said unto her, Martha, Martha, thou art careful and troubled about many things: But one thing is needful: and Mary hath chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her. And it came to pass, as He spake these things, a certain woman of the company lifted up her voice, and said unto Him, Blessed is the womb that bare Thee, and the paps which Thou hast sucked. But He said, Yea rather, blessed are they that hear the word of God, and keep it.(KJV)

Drawing near and remaining united with Christ requires discipline. Keeping focused on Christ is a challenge. In the Gospel of St. Luke, Mary chose to draw near to Christ. Mary chose to listen carefully to Christ.

Martha was busy with many things. In todayís world it is very easy to be busy with many things. It is very easy in todayís world to become very busy. How many people are too busy for Christ in their lives?

How many people participate in activities and leave no time for church or for prayer? Working is honorable and necessary. Certain activities are healthy and beneficial.

Every schedule needs to have time for daily prayer. Every schedule needs to allow time for Christ. Every person benefits from taking time to go to church at least weekly and preferably more often.

Nourishment from Christ is best found in church. The Gospel is proclaimed with regularity in church. Christís teachings are best learned in church. Holy Communion is consistently available in the Divine Liturgy.

If a person is healthy and capable of traveling, coming to church regularly needs to be a priority. Too many demons and unhealthy distractions exist in the world.

Joy, peace and love are found in Christ. The Kingdom of God is experienced in and through Christ. No earthly attraction or goal foreign to the way of Christ is worth putting the soul in jeopardy.

Keeping focused on Christ keeps the believer armed against evil attacks. Keeping focused on Christ enriches each moment of life. Christ leads believers to growth. Christ leads believers to the Kingdom of God.

St. John Climacus describes steps of spiritual growth in the book, The Ladder of Divine Ascent. Individuals do well to review the steps put forth by St. John Climacus.

Believers do well to regularly assess the extent of their personal growth. When a person is baptized, it is expected the new believer will continue to grow in Christ throughout life.

The goal of the Kingdom of God is a constant goal for believers. Believers have the responsibility of living true to that goal. Christ stated in the Gospel of St. Matthew the value of loving God and neighbor.

Too often individuals get side-tracked in life. Too often individuals adopt goals that have nothing to do with the Kingdom of God. Too often believers fail to love God and fail to love their neighbors.

The time to examine the heart and mind is today. The time to review personal goals is today and every day. Regular assessments of the use of personal time and efforts are productive for believers.

A careful and honest personal review of goals will reveal the extent sin rules life. An honest review of personal goals will determine the degree of love for God and neighbor.

The Lord Jesus Christ spoke in the Gospel of St. Luke of hearing the word of God and keeping it. The best place to hear the word of God is in church. The best way to learn how to keep the word of God is in church.

The Gospel is proclaimed at each Divine Liturgy. Individuals attending the Divine Liturgy with regularity become familiar with the Holy Gospel. Over a period of time the value of the Holy Gospel increases in value for personal life.

Love of Christ and the love for Christ increases as a person learns about Christ. Prayer helps the person stay focused on Christ. Prayer helps the person draw closer to Christ.

St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
September 8 / September 21, 2014
Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost.
Feast of the Nativity of the Theotokos.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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