St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 819 - September 15 / September 28, 2014

The Orthodox Faith

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

No. 819
September 15 / September 28, 2014
Sunday after Elevation of the Cross

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.

Galatians 1:23
But they had heard only, That he which persecuted us in times past now preacheth the faith which once he destroyed. (KJV)

Recent Services
September 20
Midnight Office was read.
Eleven people came to Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Mission in Fairmont, W.Va. for Divine Liturgy. Two communicants.
Vespers was read at St. George Church.
September 21
Matins was read.
Third and Sixth Hours were read followed by Divine Liturgy. Thirty people attended. One communicant.
September 22
Matins was read.
Vespers was read.
September 23
Matins was read.
Pomen held in funeral home in Aliquippa for +Russell Brnilovich.
September 24
Funeral held at Resurrection Chapel, St. Elijah Cemetery, Aliquippa for +Russell Brnilovich.
One person came for Akathist of Thanks at Waynesburg University. Five people came to Holy Trinity Mission in Fairmont, W.Va. for Vespers.
September 25
Matins was read.
Two people came for the Akathist to the Icon of the Mother of God, Unexpected Joy.
September 26
Matins was read.
Vespers 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


Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

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. Monogahela, Pa.

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

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

Ryan Dates came for class last Sunday.

Paulette Radock and Felicia William attended class on Thursday.

Wayne Kirby, Carlos, Edith and Cameron Godbey and Michael Danko attended class in Fairmont on Wednesday.

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

Bring a friend or relative to church.

Honor Wednesdays and Fridays as fast days.

Become familiar with daily calendar of the Church.

Take time to assess if you are maturing as an Orthodox Christian.

Take time to come to Confession and prepare for Communion regularly.

Do you have an Orthodox Study Bible in your home.

Do you have an icon of your patron saint or patronal feast day in your home.

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 want your marriage blessed in the Orthodox Church, talk to 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

The power of the Cross of Christ in each life.
The change in the world due to Christ on the Cross.
The joy taking place because Christ rose from the dead.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

September 20 - Went to Fairmont, W.Va. for Divine Liturgy. Stopped in Morgantown for printing.
September 23 - Went to Aliquippa for a pomen.
September 24 - Went to Aliquippa for funeral of +Russell Brnilovich.
September 24 - Went to Waynesburg University for Akathist.
September 24 - Went to Fairmont, W.Va. for class at Holy Trinity Mission.

A Thought from Kathleen Waters

Christians may be educated in “reading, writing, and arithmetic.” We may understand politics, worldly cultures, music, and art. When we are filled with knowledge of earthly things, we crowd our memory and may have little room for God and our understanding of Him.

( From a paper prepared for the St. Stephen’s Program )

The Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost

Matthew 25:14-30

For the kingdom of heaven is as a man travelling into a far country, who called his own servants, and delivered unto them his goods. And unto one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one; to every man according to his several ability; and straightway took his journey. Then he that had received the five talents went and traded with the same, and made them other five talents. And likewise he that had received two, he also gained other two. But he that had received one went and digged in the earth, and hid his lord's money. After a long time the lord of those servants cometh, and reckoneth with them. And so he that had received five talents came and brought other five talents, saying, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me five talents: behold, I have gained beside them five talents more. His lord said unto him, Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord. He also that had received two talents came and said, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me two talents: behold, I have gained two other talents beside them. His lord said unto him, Well done, good and faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord. Then he which had received the one talent came and said, Lord, I knew thee that thou art an hard man, reaping where thou hast not sown, and gathering where thou hast not strawed: And I was afraid, and went and hid thy talent in the earth: lo, there thou hast that is thine. His lord answered and said unto him, Thou wicked and slothful servant, thou knewest that I reap where I sowed not, and gather where I have not strawed: Thou oughtest therefore to have put my money to the exchangers, and then at my coming I should have received mine own with usury. Take therefore the talent from him, and give it unto him which hath ten talents. For unto every one that hath shall be given, and he shall have abundance: but from him that hath not shall be taken away even that which he hath. And cast ye the unprofitable servant into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth. (KJV)

Sunday after Exaltation of the Cross

Mark. 8:34-9:1

And when He had called the people unto Him with His disciples also, He said unto them, Whosoever will come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me. For whosoever will save his life shall lose it; but whosoever shall lose his life for My sake and the gospel's, the same shall save it. For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul? Whosoever therefore shall be ashamed of Me and of My words in this adulterous and sinful generation; of him also shall the Son of man be ashamed, when He cometh in the glory of His Father with the holy angels. And He said unto them, Verily I say unto you, That there be some of them that stand here, which shall not taste of death, till they have seen the kingdom of God come with power.

Believers are accountable for the talents and treasurers they receive. Believers are expected to make wise and ethical use of talents and blessings from God. God is generous in blessing believers. Believers do well to be generous towards God.

Each person has talents and blessings to invest in the Kingdom of God. Each person has time and talents to invest in God’s Holy Church. Often individuals turn to God in prayer. Believers do well to turn to God in thanksgiving.

Suffering is not appealing in these modern times. Following Christ as serious believers carries with it the expectation that suffering may be part of the journey.

Believers are expected to deny themselves of thoughts and practices that put the soul in peril. Believers are expected to practice discipline that keeps the focus on the pathway of Christ.

Christ suffered on the Cross. Christ set an example. The Holy Apostles suffered greatly and died violent deaths. Martyrs for Christ exist to the present day. Christians need to regularly assess the personal degree of faithfulness to Christ.

Much exists in the world to dilute faithfulness to Christ. Attractions and perils are present to lure believers down paths far from the Kingdom of God. The soul needs protected and nourished.

Vigilance is required to keep the soul pure and undefiled. Thoughts perilous to the soul need expelled quickly. Activities compromising Christian morals and ethics have no place in the Christian life.

Fervent prayer is essential in today’s world. The rampant sin and hedonism filling the daily news is best addressed with fervent prayer. Parents need well-grounded in God’s Holy Church to raise children well.

Fathers and mothers have a great responsibility in raising children given them by God. Turning to God for guidance and direction is a way parents can keep their consciences clear.

Making regular church attendance a part of family life is a way to keep the family strong and spiritually healthy. The books read in the home, computer and television use in the home need to be consistent with Christian norms.

Forgiveness has a place in each family home. Love is the dominant expectation for each family. Christ shows the way to love. Christ provides the nourishment for consistent love.

Earning a living and raising children can cause weariness. Following Christ is not easy. Temptations arise. Thoughts occur that are contrary to the Christian way. The Christian is expected to always say “”Yes” to Christ and “No” to sin.

The parable of the talents shows that individuals taking their responsibilities seriously will benefit. Real and abundant benefit exists in heeding the words, teachings and example of Christ.

St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
September 15 / September 28, 2014
Sunday after the Exaltation of the Cross.
Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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