St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 822 - October 6 / October 19, 2014

The Orthodox Faith

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

No. 822
October 6 / October 19, 2014
Nineteenth 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.

Philippians 1:27

Only let your conversation be as it becometh the gospel of Christ: that whether I come and see you, or else be absent, I may hear of your affairs, that ye stand fast in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel;

Recent Services
October 10
Two people came for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
October 11
Three people came for Divine Liturgy. Three communicants.
October 13
Matins was read.
Three people came for Ninth Hour and Great Vespers.
October 14
Matins was read.
Three people came for Divine Liturgy. Two communicants.
October 15
Five people came to Holy Trinity Mission in Fairmont, W.Va. for Vespers.
October 16
Matins was read.
Father Milan Medakovich came for the Akathist of the Protection of the Mother of God. Two people came.
Pomen held at funeral home in Center Twp, Monaca, Pa for +Lillian Hornick.

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


Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

October 19 - St. Thomas, Apostle
October 27 - Ven. Mother Parasceva of Serbia, St. Petka
October 31 - St. Luke
November 1 - Memorial Saturday
November 2 - Sixtieth Anniversary Celebration of this St. George Church
November 5 - St. James
November 8 - St. Demetrius
November 12 - Sts, King Milutin, Teoktist and Mother Jelena; Conf. Varnava of Hvosno
November 16 - Renovation of the Church of St. George. Choir Slava.
November 21 - St. Archangel Michael
November 22 - St. Nectarios. Divine Liturgy at 8:00 AM.

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 Father Aleksa Micich and the St. Luke Serbian Orthodox Church of Washington D.C. for being able to move into the new church.

Congratulations to Father Rastko Trbuhovich and the St. Stephen Serbian Orthodox Church of Lackawanna, New York for completing the fresco project in the church.

Make your reservations for the Anniversary celebration on Nov.2.

Congratulations to Dr. Ezekiel Olagoke for his research efforts at the Hilandar Research Library at Ohio State University.

Anya, Ksenije and Maxim Sivak and friend Mackenzie attended class last week.

Sonia Janson and Mildred Bezjak attended class this week.

Zorka Zetz stays attentive to the St. George Church.

+Patrick Malloy, a conscientious criminal justice professional fell asleep in the Lord this week. He served as a Community Corrections Center Director for the Pa. Dept. of Corrections in North Side Pittsburgh for many years.

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

The healing power of love in personal relationships.
The effects of mercy in personal relationships.
The results of forgiveness in personal relationships.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

October 11-12 - Went to Diocesan Headquarters in Mars and then to St. Stephen Serbian Orthodox Church in Lackawanna, New York Attended Vespers and participated in Hierarchical Divine Liturgy. Attended parish dinner.
October 15 - Went to Holy Trinity Mission in Fairmont, W.Va. for Vespers and class. Five people attended.
October 16 - Served pomen in Center Twp, Monaca for St. Elijah Church of Aliquippa.

A Thought from Very Rev. Stavrophor Slobodan Prodanovich

However, the Church can use the media to demonstrate our spiritual strength and our commitment to the authentic teaching of Christ. These avenues can help us to educate, to influence, and to communicate with our own flock, as well as with secular society, rather than having the secular society transform the Church into its own image.

(ďReflections of Conscience" The Path of Orthodoxy November-December 1979, p. 2. )

The Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost

Luke 6:31-36

And as ye would that men should do to you, do ye also to them likewise. For if ye love them which love you, what thank have ye? for sinners also love those that love them. And if ye do good to them which do good to you, what thank have ye? for sinners also do even the same. And if ye lend to them of whom ye hope to receive, what thank have ye? for sinners also lend to sinners, to receive as much again. But love ye your enemies, and do good, and lend, hoping for nothing again; and your reward shall be great, and ye shall be the children of the Highest: for He is kind unto the unthankful and to the evil. Be ye therefore merciful, as your Father also is merciful. (KJV)

The current Gospel is a basis for self-measurement. Christís words inspire us to examine our personal relationships. Christ established standards for believers to personalize in their lives.

Loving enemies and doing good without expecting something in return are expectations for Christians. The expectations are achievable. Christ does not set standards that are beyond reach.

We know from Christ that with God all things are possible. (Mk. 10:27) Imagine if world leaders would adhere to the standards in the current Gospel. Instead of constant wars, nations would be helping each other.

If world leaders adopted the standards in the current Gospel, the words and actions between countries would not be harsh or threatening. This Gospel is not only for world leaders. Every person needs to take the Gospel to heart.

Homes would have less strife if men and women were merciful and forgiving with each other. Children would learn different behavior at home if every parent took the current Gospel to heart.

Today is the day for each person to start the renewal process. Today is the day for each person hearing and reading these words of the Gospel to resolve to make a difference.

The Lord Jesus Christ gave these words to be taken to heart. These words of the Gospel have remained valid through the centuries. Every person following these words of Christ makes the world a better place.

Every person following these words of Christ improves his or her relationship with Christ. Believers are asked to be merciful as God is merciful. If we are honest with ourselves, each of us has room to improve.

God is constantly merciful with each of us. We owe immeasurable thanks to God for being merciful. The Psalmist said: If thou, Lord, shouldest mark iniquities, O Lord, who shall stand? (Ps. 129/130:3)

Let us measure our thoughts, our words and our actions against the words of Christ in the present Gospel. Quickly we will determine that we fail to meet the standards.

Imagine how much the workplaces of this nation would change if workers became more loving and merciful with each other. Imagine how home life would improve if brothers and sisters were more forgiving of each other.

We hear often about neighbors getting into disputes. Imagine if neighbors were more merciful and forgiving. Imagine if neighbors were more generous and helpful.

The words of the current Gospel are for each of us. We cannot wait for the next person to take them to heart. We cannot expect someone else to begin the process of change.

We personally fail to meet the standards of being Christian when we fail to meet the current standards of love and mercy. Being a Christian means following the teachings of Christ.

Calling ourselves Christians means we must live fully as Christians. We are not to look at the speck in the eyes of others. We are to remove the logs in our own eyes that block our vision. (Mt. 7:3-4)

Believers find joy in following the words of Christ. Believers find fullness in life by adhering to the words of Christ. Personal growth in Christ is achieved when we listen to Christ.

Christ said: ďBlessed are they that hear the word of God and keep it.Ē (Lk. 11:28) Each Gospel message is intended to change believers. Believers are to improve as Christian with each Gospel reading.

Each person is responsible for the knowledge he or she has of Christís teachings. Each person will be held accountable at the last judgment. Each word we say and each thought we entertain are part of the record for judgment.

We donít know when Christ will return. We donít know when our heart will stop beating. We donít know the moment of our last breath. If we fail to use the current moment and each moment of life well, we are responsible.

Being a Christian means we are willing to live up to the highest standards set by Christ. We are to strive to meet those standards with all our heart, mind and strength. God is good and merciful to us. We can do better than we are doing.

Beginning with this moment, each of us can resolve to be better Christians. God will help us. God will give us the strength and nourishment. God will guide us. Let us thank God for His love and mercy. Let us love and be merciful.

St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
October 6 / October 19, 2014
Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost.
St. Thomas.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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