St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 823 - October 13 / October 26, 2014

The Orthodox Faith

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

No. 823
October 13 / October 26, 2014
Twentieth 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 17
Vespers was read.
October 18
Midnight Office was read.
October 19
Matins was read.
Third and Sixth Hours were read followed by Divine Liturgy. Thirty-six people attended. Nine communicants.
October 20
Matins was read.
Vespers was read.
October 21
Matins was read.
Vespers was read.
October 22
Matins was read.
Three people came for the Akathist of Thanks at Waynesburg University.
Six people came for the Vespers at Holy Trinity Mission in Fairmont, W.Va.
October 23
Matins was read.
October 24
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

8:00 AM Divine Liturgy

3:30 PM Akathist followed by Adult Class


Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

October 27 - Ven. Mother Parasceva of Serbia, St. Petka. Divine Liturgy at 8:00 AM.
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. Divine Liturgy at 8:00 AM.
November 12 - Sts, King Milutin, Teoktist and Mother Jelena; Conf. Varnava of Hvosno
November 16 - Renovation of the Church of St. George. Choir Slava.

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

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

The St. George Kolo will host the Eastern Dioceseís Federation KSS on November 22.

Thank you all to helping the Kolo to bake this past week.

Be mindful of all the people helping support St. George Church through the years.

Be grateful to God for the blessings bestowed upon St. George Church.

Thank God for the gift of life at each moment and for countless blessings each day.

Prepare each day for Christís Second Coming.

Prepare each day for departure from this life and final judgment.

Take time each day to seriously pray to God.

Prepare for Holy Confession and Communion regularly.

Honor Christ in personal life each day.

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 Jesus Christ has over death.
The ability of Jesus Christ to restore new life to the afflicted.
Jesusís ability to heal the sick and suffering

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

October 18 - Went to French Creek W.Va. for Slava celebration.
October 19 - Blessed the food at the Washington County Annual Democratic Banquet.
October 22 - Served Akathist at Waynesburg University.
October 22 - Four people came to class at the Holy Trinity Mission in Fairmont, W.Va.
October 23 - Attended Inauguration ceremonies for United Mine Worker officials in Morgantown, W.Va.

A Thought from Father Rastko Trbuhovich

So when should we begin bringing children to church? From the very beginning. From the time they are baptized. I know this is not easy for mothers, but itís the best thing for the children to learn to feel completely at home in their church from their earliest years.

( The Voice of St. Stephen Lackawanna, New York. December 2005, Jan-Feb. 2006 )

The Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost

Luke 7:11-16

And it came to pass the day after, that He went into a city called Nain; and many of His disciples went with Him, and much people. Now when He came nigh to the gate of the city, behold, there was a dead man carried out, the only son of his mother, and she was a widow: and much people of the city was with her. And when the Lord saw her, He had compassion on her, and said unto her, Weep not. And He came and touched the bier: and they that bare him stood still. And He said, Young man, I say unto thee, Arise. And he that was dead sat up, and began to speak. And He delivered him to his mother. And there came a fear on all: and they glorified God, saying, That a great prophet is risen up among us; and, That God hath visited His people. (KJV)

The Holy Fathers of the Seventh Ecumenical Council

John 17:1-13

These words spake Jesus, and lifted up His eyes to heaven, and said, Father, the hour is come; glorify Thy Son, that Thy Son also may glorify Thee: As Thou hast given Him power over all flesh, that He should give eternal life to as many as Thou hast given Him. And this is life eternal, that they might know Thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom Thou hast sent. I have glorified Thee on the earth: I have finished the work which Thou gavest Me to do. And now, O Father, glorify Thou Me with Thine own self with the glory which I had with Thee before the world was. I have manifested Thy name unto the men which thou gavest Me out of the world: Thine they were, and Thou gavest them Me; and they have kept Thy word. Now they have known that all things whatsoever Thou hast given Me are of Thee. For I have given unto them the words which Thou gavest Me; and they have received them, and have known surely that I came out from Thee, and they have believed that thou didst send Me. I pray for them: I pray not for the world, but for them which thou hast given Me; for they are thine. And all Mine are Thine, and Thine are Mine; and I am glorified in them. And now I am no more in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to Thee. Holy Father, keep through Thine own name those whom Thou hast given me, that they may be one, as We are. While I was with them in the world, I kept them in Thy name: those that Thou gavest Me I have kept, and none of them is lost, but the son of perdition; that the scripture might be fulfilled. And now come I to Thee; and these things I speak in the world, that they might have My joy fulfilled in themselves. (KJV)

The Christian journey can be long and at times difficult. Individual may live up to a hundred years from the time of their baptism. To be faithful to Christ for up to a hundred years takes real commitment.

Being faithful to Christ for any significant period of time takes focus and commitment. Temptations and hardships can arise unexpectedly in life. Individuals face perils to the soul on a daily basis.

The Lord Jesus Christ speaks about eternal life in the Gospel of St. John. The Gospel of St. Luke describes the dead son of the widow of Nain being given life. Jesus demonstrates His power over death.

Christ rose from the tomb following His death on the Cross. We celebrate Christís Resurrection on Sundays throughout the year. Pascha is considered the Feast of Feasts. The Resurrection of Christ is a celebration of life over death.

Christ provides nourishment for individuals to overcome difficult times in life. Christ provides directions for individuals to follow in the journey of life. Christ is ďthe way, the truth and the life.Ē (Jn. 14:6)

Individuals invest their minds well by turning to Christ in prayer. Prayer leads a person through the difficult moments of life. Prayer provides armor against perils to the soul.

The joy the widow of Nain experienced can be found through prayer. Discovering Christís power over death is possible through prayer. Appreciating the Resurrection of Christ is attainable through prayer.

Christ removes the limits to life. Christ is the way to experience eternal life. Prayer immerses a person in Christ. Prayer leads a person to the depths of the soul and the life in Christ.

Miners go deep into the earth to extract coal that is beneficial for daily life. Christians going deep into the life in Christ extract nourishment leading to eternal life. The Holy Gospel is a constant source of nourishment.

Holy Communion is a lasting form of nourishment. Individuals change beyond measure when partaking of Holy Communion. Joy beyond measure occurs through Holy Communion.

Turning to Christ in prayer helps individual continually revise and improve their understanding of life. Turning to Christ in prayer helps individuals to retain a focused vision for life.

Constant prayer takes effort, investment and interest in Christ. Individuals seeking the richness of the life in Christ are willing to say ďnoĒ regularly to the frivolous attractions in the world.

Individuals find their purpose in life when they turn to Christ in prayer. Praying to Christ enables a person to assess what is to be discarded in daily living. Living the Christian life involves discarding aspects of life that are perilous to the soul.

Conscious decisions need to be made throughout the day to nourish the soul and draw near to Christ. Immeasurable value exists by keeping Christ first and foremost in the heart and mind.

Earthly life is time-limited. Christians are called to live daily in God-pleasing ways that makes eternal life possible. Being immersed in Christ in word, deed and thought brings earthly joy that reaches to the eternal.

St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
October 13 / October 26, 2014
Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost.
The Sunday of the Holy Fathers of the 7th Council.
Holy Martyr Carpus. St. Zlata of Meglen.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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