St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 821 - September 29 / October 12, 2014

The Orthodox Faith

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

No. 821
September 29 / October 12, 2014
Eighteenth 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.

Ephesians 3:17-19
That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love, May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God.

Recent Services
October 3
Vespers was read.
October 4
Third and Sixth Hours were read at Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Mission in Fairmont, W.Va followed by Divine Liturgy. Twelve people attended. Two communicants.
Vespers was read at St. George Church.
October 5
Matins was read.
Third and Sixth Hours were read followed by Divine Liturgy. Thirty-two people attended.
October 6
Vespers was read.
October 7
Vespers was read.
October 8
Two people came to Waynesburg University for the Akathist of Thanks.
Three people came to the Mission in Fairmont, W.Va. for the Vespers.
October 9
The complete of Gospel of St. Mark was read.
Two people came for the Akathist of St. John the Evangelist and Theologian.
October 10
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, Thursday, Friday, Saturday

4:00 PM on Monday, Friday, Saturday

8:00 AM Divine Liturgy, Feast of the Protection of the Mother of God

3:30 PM Akathist followed by Adult Class


Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

October 14 - Feast of the Protection of the Mother of God, Divine Liturgy at 8:00 AM.
October 19 - St. Thomas, Apostle
October 27 - Ven. Mother Parasceva of Serbia, St. Petka

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.

Thank you to Father Rumen Stoychev serving today.

Helen Maier stays connected with St. George Church.

Katherine Bozic Stoll visited St. George Church with a friend Rita this week.

Dr. Dan Pyevich is mindful of the St. George Church.

Dr. Ezekiel Olagoke and John Thompson took a group of students to Holy Transfiguration Monastery in Ellwood City on October 4.

Dr. Richard Romanos Pierce attended the Education Day at St. Vladimir’s Seminary.

Mildred Bezjak, Paulette Radock and Subdeacon Antony Miralles came to class on Thursday.

Ryan Dates came for class last Sunday.

This weekend Andrea Janson, Paulette Radock and Frank Menhart have a common reason to rejoice.

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

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

Looking to God for guidance when making personal decisions.
Taking time to pray before beginning any work.
Taking time to pray before and after meals.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

October 4 - Served Divine Liturgy in Fairmont, W.Va. Stopped in Morgantown for printing.
October 5 - Attended Hundredth Anniversary dinner for Nativity of Virgin Mary Orthodox Church of Monongahela. Went to funeral home for viewing of +Marko Yandrich.
October 7 - Went by bus to Washington. D.C. for rally and march sponsored by the United Mine Workers of America in defense of coal miners and others having their jobs threatened..
October 8 - Served Akathist of Thanks at Waynesburg University. Stopped in Morgantown, W.VA. for printing purposes. Served Vespers and held class in Fairmont, W.Va.
October 9 - Visited with area family.

A Thought from Father Deacon Mark Oleynik

A person’s life is not defined by what he possesses or in how much he knows---it is about what and Whom he knows. Know God and experience His grace and love, and in turn, you will know yourself.

( The Trisagion Holy Trinity Orthodox Church, State College, Pa. October 2014. )

The Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost

Luke 5:1-11

And it came to pass, that, as the people pressed upon Him to hear the word of God, He stood by the lake of Gennesaret, And saw two ships standing by the lake: but the fishermen were gone out of them, and were washing their nets. And He entered into one of the ships, which was Simon's, and prayed him that he would thrust out a little from the land. And He sat down, and taught the people out of the ship. Now when He had left speaking, He said unto Simon, Launch out into the deep, and let down your nets for a draught. And Simon answering said unto Him, Master, we have toiled all the night, and have taken nothing: nevertheless at Thy word I will let down the net. And when they had this done, they inclosed a great multitude of fishes: and their net brake. And they beckoned unto their partners, which were in the other ship, that they should come and help them. And they came, and filled both the ships, so that they began to sink. When Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus' knees, saying, Depart from me; for I am a sinful man, O Lord. For he was astonished, and all that were with him, at the draught of the fishes which they had taken: And so was also James, and John, the sons of Zebedee, which were partners with Simon. And Jesus said unto Simon, Fear not; from henceforth thou shalt catch men. And when they had brought their ships to land, they forsook all, and followed him. (KJV)

The current speaks about people drawing near to Christ. They wanted to hear the word of God. Many centuries later, people continue to be interested in hearing the word of God.

Jesus taught the people as described in the Holy Gospel. Jesus continues to teach individuals interested in learning. Peter learned that listening to Jesus is very beneficial.

When Peter listened to Jesus about casting down the nets, Peter was successful in catching more fish than anticipated. Listening to Jesus takes patience. Listening to Jesus requires interest and faith.

Discipline is necessary to attune the heart, the mind and the soul to the words of Christ. Discipline is necessary to put aside the sounds of the world that are of no benefit to the soul.

Take time to be quiet and listen. Take to heart the messages of encouragement coming from God. Take the invitations from God seriously when God says: “Draw near!”

Remember the words of St. John the Baptist to repent. (Mt. 3:2) Remember the words of Christ to repent (Mt. 4:7) Keep in mind the value of humility. In Proverbs (22:4) read: “By humility and the fear of the Lord are riches, and honour, and life.”

The exact length of the Christian journey for each person is not known. The specific amount of time a person will live between exiting the baptismal font and departing this life is known only to God.

The use of the time of life personally becomes more beneficial in proportion to the degree a person lives in obedience to the word of God. The results of the efforts of Peter and those with him increased when Jesus’s words were heeded.

Taking time to pray before every new beginning brings better results. Taking time to turn to God to listen and to pray makes a decided difference in the outcome of every undertaking.

Peter learned a valuable lesson by listening to Jesus. Centuries of individuals attentive to the current Gospel have learned the same lesson. Individuals choose to whom they will listen.

Individuals choose what to listen to. The time of life is limited. The time of life is to be used wisely and for the glory of God. Listening to God is the way to live in ways pleasing to God.

Each day the world moves closer to the Second Coming of Christ. Each day a person chooses whether to invest the time of life in the Kingdom of God. Time wasted will not be replenished.

Time utilized in activities leading far from the Kingdom of God puts the soul in peril. Listening to and heeding the words of God is a way to begin anew. Repentance is always timely and offers a new beginning.

Peter realized his own sinfulness when he saw the results of listening to Jesus. Jesus’ words have a way of making a person realize personal sin. Listening to Jesus is the way for a person to move away from sin.

Listening to Jesus is the way to live in ways pleasing to Him. Peter, James and John became followers of Christ. They went from being fishermen to fishers of men.

Christ changes the lives of those who listen carefully to Him. Lives change radically for the better when Christ’s words are heeded. Peter, James and John are remembered, loved and honored today as followers of Christ.

Each person does well to be attentive to personal listening habits. Each person does well to consider the degree of interest in hearing more from Christ each day.

Every year on the Feasts of the Nativity of the Mother of God and the Dormition of the Mother of God, believers hear Jesus’ words from the Gospel of St. Luke:” Blessed are they that hear the word of God, and keep it.” (Lk. 11:28)

Let us thank God for the opportunity to repent and heed the word of God. Let us thank God for the current Gospel lesson. God is good and merciful. While we have life and breath, let us live in ways pleasing to Him.

St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
September 29 / October 12, 2014
Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost.
Venerable Cyriacus the Anchorite.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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