St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 824 - October 20 / November 2, 2014

The Orthodox Faith

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

No. 824
October 20 / November 2, 2014
Twenty-First 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.

Matthew 17:20

And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you.

Recent Services
October 24
Vespers was read.
October 25
Midnight Office was read.
Third and Sixth Hours were read at Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Mission in Fairmont, W.Va. Twelve people attended Divine Liturgy. Two communicants.
One person came for Great Vespers with Litya at St. George Church.
October 26
Matins was read.
Third and Sixth Hours were read followed by Divine Liturgy. Twenty-four people attended.
October 27
Matins was read.
Two people came for Divine Liturgy.
October 28
Matins was read.
Vespers was read.
October 29
Matins was read.
Two people came for the Akathist of Thanks at Waynesburg University.
Six people came to Holy Trinity Mission in Fairmont, W.Va. for Vespers.
October 30
Matins was read.
Three people came for the Akathist to St. Luke
October 31
The complete Gospel of St. Mark 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

8:00 AM Divine Liturgy St. Demetrius


Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

Today, 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. Covered Dish Dinner and Program.

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

A warm welcome to visitors and all faithful here to celebrate the Parish Anniversary.

Let us remember and thank God for blessing St. George Church through the years.

Let us remember and appreciate all the hierarchs, clergy, faithful parishioners and friends of St. George Church through the years.

Let us remember the Executive Board members, the Choir, the Kolo, Church school teachers and tutors.

Let us recommit ourselves to the St. George Church according to the purpose and prayers expressed in the consecration service sixty years ago.

Let us remember parishioners departed this life.

Let us pray with fervor for the future of St. George Church.

Sonia Janson, Paulette Radock and Felecia Williamson came to class on Thursday.

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 value of the parish church in the community.
The witness of the parish church in the community.
The influence of the parish church on personal lives.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

October 17 - Went to Holy Trinity Mission in Fairmont, W.Va. for pastoral reasons.
October 25 - Went to Holy Trinity Mission in Fairmont for Divine Liturgy. Stopped in Morgantown for printing purposes. Stopped briefly at St. Mary Orthodox Church in Morgantown.
October 26 - Served Akathist to Jesus Christ in home of a parishioner.
October 27 - Went to Diocesan Center in Mars, Pa.
October 29 - Went to Morgantown for printing purposes and to Holy Trinity Mission for Vespers and class. Six people attended class.
October 30 - Went to Morgantown, W.Va. for administrative reasons.

A Thought from Father Dragoljub Krapevich

Our Church is a success because Your hearts are filled with Christian joy and Godís grace. On this joyful celebration; indeed, I am pleased to commend your faithfulness, harmony, love for God, and all Christian virtues which you possess. This makes the Holy Church stronger day by day.

( Tenth Anniversary program of St. George Church, October 25, 1964 )

The Twenty First Sunday after Pentecost

Luke 7:11-16

A sower went out to sow his seed: and as he sowed, some fell by the way side; and it was trodden down, and the fowls of the air devoured it. And some fell upon a rock; and as soon as it was sprung up, it withered away, because it lacked moisture. And some fell among thorns; and the thorns sprang up with it, and choked it. And other fell on good ground, and sprang up, and bare fruit an hundredfold. And when He had said these things, He cried, He that hath ears to hear, let him hear. And His disciples asked Him, saying, What might this parable be? And He said, Unto you it is given to know the mysteries of the kingdom of God: but to others in parables; that seeing they might not see, and hearing they might not understand. Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God. Those by the way side are they that hear; then cometh the devil, and taketh away the word out of their hearts, lest they should believe and be saved. They on the rock are they, which, when they hear, receive the word with joy; and these have no root, which for a while believe, and in time of temptation fall away. And that which fell among thorns are they, which, when they have heard, go forth, and are choked with cares and riches and pleasures of this life, and bring no fruit to perfection. But that on the good ground are they, which in an honest and good heart, having heard the word, keep it, and bring forth fruit with patience.

Hearing the word of God and keeping it is absolutely important. (Lk. 11:28) The Lord Jesus Christ speaks clearly about having a good heart and bringing forth fruit with patience. Parish churches grow by Godís grace working in parishioners with good hearts.

The St. George Church has been blessed with sixty years of continuous existence. The Gospel has been proclaimed consistently through these years. Sermons have been preached. Believers have partaken of Holy Communion.

Great sacrifice and love has gone into the building and maintaining of St. George Church. Parishioners have maintained hope and faith in God. Difficulties have been surmounted. The way of God has triumphed.

Christís Nativity, Presentation, Baptism, Transfiguration, Triumphal Entry into Jerusalem, Resurrection and Ascension have been celebrated with great joy during the past sixty years.

Christís betrayal, arrest, trial, crucifixion and death on the Cross always receive solemn attention in this St. George Church. The lives, work and teachings of the Holy Apostles of God are studied here with regularity.

Individuals seeking to learn and be united with Christ find the experience here. Individuals seeking personal peace and relief from the burdens of sin are exposed to the value of repentance and Holy Confession.

Baptisms and Chrismations here have provided experiences of lasting joy. Funerals are always difficult in life. Godís Holy Church provides the necessary support and comfort when departure of family members and loved ones take place.

Lasting friendships have developed among parishioners in this church. Christian love fosters solid relationships. The relationship with Christ is the basis for all solid and beneficial relationships. Marriages celebrated here are rooted in Christ.

St. George Church is a place to listen to God and to be in the presence of God. Parishioners can be observed working here for the benefit of the church and not for personal glory.

The Gospel readily proclaimed in this parish. Earnest seekers of Christ are nourished in the Divine services. Earnest seekers of Christ attend classes to learn and grow. The importance of repentance has a place in this church throughout the year.

Battling sin is a necessity throughout life. Individuals coming to St. George Church are exposed to ways to repudiate sin. Giving thanksgiving to God takes place at every Divine Liturgy.

Godís goodness and mercy are beyond human comprehension. The presence of St. George Church is a blessing beyond measure. The founders and benefactors of St. George Church took initial action intended to last until Christís Second Coming.

Believers are reminded to daily prepare for Christís Second Coming. Each recitation of the Creed is a reminder to prepare. Each recitation of the Creed is a measurement of personal commitment established at Baptism.

When we think of the St. George Church, we have to think of the large number of parishioners that have worked in the mines. We have to think about the large number of individuals serving in the military.

St. George Church was founded as an integral part of the Serbian Orthodox Church. The parish remains today as an integral part of the Eastern American Diocese. Unity in Christ among Diocesan parishes transcends geographic bounds.

Hilandar Monastery on Mt. Athos and the many centuriesí old monasteries in Serbia are constant reminders of the deep roots that led to the establishment of St. George Church.

In the book of the Holy Prophet Jeremiah we read the words: ďThus saith the Lord, Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls.Ē (Jer. 6:16)

The winds of change have blown heavily through the past sixty years. Social cultural, economic and industrial changes have been significant. Parishioners coming to the St. George Church have been able to heed the Gospel in dealing with the changes.

The Lord Jesus Christ said centuries ago: ďUpon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.Ē (Mt. 16:18) The Christian way taken up by St. Sava and his churches continues unencumbered through the centuries.

St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
October 20 / November 2, 2014
Twenty-First Sunday after Pentecost.
St. Artemius, Great Martyr.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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