St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 825 - October 27 / November 9, 2014

The Orthodox Faith

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

No. 825
October 27 / November 9, 2014
Twenty-Second 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.

I John 5:4

For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.

Recent Services
October 31
One person came for Vespers.
Pomen was held in Aliquippa for +Anita Pisarov.
November 1
Midnight Office was read. Pomen, Funeral Service and burial of +Anita Pisarov for St. Elijah Church in Aliquippa.
One person came for Ninth Hour and Vespers at St. George Church.
November 2
Matins was read.
Third and Sixth Hours were read followed by Divine Liturgy. Fifty–six people attended.
November 3
Matins was read.
November 5
Matins was read.
One person came to Waynesburg University for the Akathist of Thanks.
Six people came to Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Mission for the Vesper and class.
November 6
Matins was read.
Three people came for the Akathist to the Icon of the Mother of God, Joy of All Who Sorrow.
November 7
Canon for Matins was read.

Services This Coming Week. Call to Confirm Weekday Times.

Third and Sixth Hour followed by Divine Liturgy

No weekday services.

4:00 PM Vespers

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

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.
November 22 - St. Nectarios. Divine Liturgy. Eastern Diocese KSS Federation meeting at St. George Church.
November 26 - St. John Chrysostom. Divine Liturgy at 8:00 AM.
NNovember 27 - St. Philip, Apostle. Thanksgiving Day. Service at 8:00 AM.
November 28 - Beginning of Nativity Fast
November 29 - St. Matthew Apostle and Evangelist
December 4 - Entrance of Most Holy Theotokos

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

Thank you to all participating in the Sixtieth Anniversary celebration. Ninety-five people attended the dinner and program.

Attendees at the parish anniversary came from many areas including the following parishes: St. Elijah Serbian Orthodox Church, Aliquippa; Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Mission in Fairmont, West Virginia; St. Mary’s Carpatho-Russian Orthodox Church in Morgantown, W.Va; Holy Ascension Serbian Orthodox Church in Youngwood, Pennsylvania; Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, Pittsburgh and St. Herman Orthodox Church, Gradyville, Pennsylvania.

Speakers and readers at the Anniversary program included: Stan Brozik, Sonia Janson, John and Felicia Williamson, Attorney Linda Chambers, Mildred Bezjak, Aaron Carson, Rich Porter, Kathleen Waters, Mark Opacic, Very Rev. Lt. Col. Adam Yonitch, Rev. Father Milan Medakovich.

Djelosh Jerry Milosevich is faithful in reading the Epistle each week.

Paulette Radock is faithful in reading the Third and Six Hours each week.

Maria Djonovich and Dr. Ivko Dimitric readily read the Serbian language during the Divine Liturgy

Sonia and Andrea Janson are faithful in reading the troparia each week.

Support the St. George Choir by participating in the Choir Slava next Sunday.

Dr. Richard Romanos Pierce has been coming for weekday services.

Mileva Medin stay connected with St. George Church from Louisiana.

Pennsylvania lost a Christian criminal justice professional this past week when James Jackson Jr., retired Director of the Pa. Parole Board in Harrisburg departed this life.

Congratulations to Heather Newton for her athletic accomplishments.

Paulette Radock, Mildred Bezjak and Subdeacon Anthony Miralles 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 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 importance of being a good neighbor.
The importance of caring for neighbors in need.
The importance of being forgiving and understanding of our neighbors.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

October 24 - Served Pomen for +Peter Smardzia for St. Elijah Church in Aliquippa.
October 31 - Pomen for +Anita Pisarov held in Aliquippa.
November 1 - Pomen, Funeral and Burial of +Anita Pisarov in Aliquippa.
November 3-4 - Went to Most Holy Mother of God Monastery, Shadeland for Clergy Seminar. Speaker was Holy Torbic, MSW, of the Tides Program. Topic was “”Grief Matters.”
November 5 - Went to Waynesburg University and Holy Trinity Mission in Fairmont, W.Va. for services.
November 6 - Went to Diocesan Center in Mars, St. Sava Church, Wallings Road and Monastery Marcha in Ohio.

From the Gospel of St. Matthew

Matthew 6:33 - But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness;

The Twenty Second Sunday After Pentecost

Luke 16:19-31

There was a certain rich man, which was clothed in purple and fine linen, and fared sumptuously every day: And there was a certain beggar named Lazarus, which was laid at his gate, full of sores, And desiring to be fed with the crumbs which fell from the rich man's table: moreover the dogs came and licked his sores. And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham's bosom: the rich man also died, and was buried; And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom. And he cried and said, Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame. But Abraham said, Son, remember that thou in thy lifetime receivedst thy good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things: but now he is comforted, and thou art tormented. And beside all this, between us and you there is a great gulf fixed: so that they which would pass from hence to you cannot; neither can they pass to us, that would come from thence. Then he said, I pray thee therefore, father, that thou wouldest send him to my father's house: For I have five brethren; that he may testify unto them, lest they also come into this place of torment. Abraham saith unto him, They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them. And he said, Nay, father Abraham: but if one went unto them from the dead, they will repent. And he said unto him, If they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded, though one rose from the dead. (KJV)

The current Gospel message has important themes to consider. Our lives are to improve as a result of each reading of the Holy Gospel. The current Gospel is grounds for serious self-examination about how we treat our neighbors.

The present Gospel serves to inspire self-review about our willingness to help the needy in our midst. Are we charitable and sensitive to the suffering in our neighborhoods and communities? Do we show charitable love to the needy in our midst?

Are we blinded by the personal desire for material things? Do we accumulate material possessions well-beyond our personal need? Do we share our resources to help persons we know are suffering and are in genuine need?

Have our hearts become hardened to the needy and suffering in this world? Has our vision narrowed to the point we see only personal interests and needs? Do we turn a blind eye to the suffering in our midst?

Do our prayers and actions conform to the Holy Gospel? Are we charitable givers to the needy? If and when we give for charitable reasons, do we do so in ways pleasing to Christ?

If we are charitable, is it out love freely given? Do we act towards others in ways beneficial for the salvation of our souls? The rich man in the current Gospel speaks about his brethren needing to hear one from the dead in order to repent.

Do we heed the words of Christ who rose from the dead? Do we heed the words of Moses and the Holy Prophets preserved for our benefit in the Holy Scriptures? Are we attentive to the teachings of the Holy Apostle Paul?

Have we examined the lives of saints and martyrs as examples for our own lives? Do we spend too much time focusing on contemporary worldly celebrities and too little time thinking about the saints of God’s Holy Church?

Sooner or later Christ will return to judge the living and the departed. Each person will be accountable for the way he or she used the time and resources of life. The rich man in the current Gospel eventually departed this life.

When the insensitive rich man departed this life, his circumstances changed dramatically. The patient Lazarus’ experiences changed for the better after he departed this life.

Repentance is an on-going necessity for Christians. Growing in Christ is intended to continue throughout life. Now is the time to repent. Now is the time to rid the self of thoughts and behavior that amount to personal greed and insensitivity.

Now is the time to seriously consider the nature of personal relationships. Do we treat each person we meet in accord with the teachings and expectations of Christ? Do we share our time and resources in ways pleasing to Christ?

Do we use the time of life in ways that fail to be attentive to the genuine needy who are nearby in our lives? Have we become set in our ways and feel there is no need to repent?

Do we consider ourselves sufficiently good Christians with no further need to grow in Christ? Christ’s teachings stand as measurements for our personal lives. We all have room and reason for further growth in Christ.

We all can benefit from the lessons of the current Gospel. We all can take personal action to heed the message of the Risen Christ. We all can benefit from giving further thought to Moses and the Holy Prophets.

The Church includes Moses and the Prophets as part of the Divine services. We benefit from heeding the daily messages of the Church. We benefit from paying attention to the content of Divine services to improve our lives.

We change for the better when we admit our shortcomings and sins. We change for the better by opening our hearts and minds to Christ. We change for the better when we have a willingness in our hearts and minds to draw closer to Christ.

Now is the time to repent. Now is the time to draw closer to Christ. We need to prepare now and every day for Christ’s return. We need to prepare now and every day for our departure from this life.

We deny ourselves the benefits of the Christian life when we fail to draw near to Christ. We deny others the benefits of Christian love when we have hard and insensitive hearts. Let us seek and share in the joy of the Lord today and each day.

St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
October 27 / November 9, 2014
Twenty-Second Sunday after Pentecost.
St. Nestor.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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