St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 828 - November 17 / November 30, 2014

The Orthodox Faith

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

No. 828
November 17 / November 30, 2014
Twenty-Fifth 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 1:25

And having this confidence, I know that I shall abide and continue with you all for your furtherance and joy of faith;

Recent Services
November 22
Divine Liturgy was served. Ten people came. His Grace Bishop Dr. MITROPHAN was present and participated. Four communicants.
One person came for Great Vespers.
November 23
Matins was read.
Third and Sixth Hours were read followed by Divine Liturgy. Thirty-four people attended. Six communicants.
November 24
Vespers was read.
November 25
Nine people came for Great Vespers at Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Mission in Fairmont.
Eight people came for class.
November 26
Matins was read.
Two people came for Divine Liturgy.
Vespers was read.
November 27
The complete Gospel of St. Mark was read.
One person came for the Akathist of Thanks
November 28
Matins was read.
Vespers 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 Friday, Saturday


Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

December 4 - Entrance of Most Holy Theotokos. Divine Liturgy at 8:00 AM.
December 8 - Apodasis of the Entrance
December 13 - St. Andrew the First Called Apostle
December 19 - St. Nicholas
December 21 - Serbian Children’s Day
December 26-29 - Nativity Retreat for Youths, St. Sava Camp, Shadeland
December 28 - Serbian Mother’s Day
December 30 - Holy Deacon Avvacum and Hegumen Paisius
January 4 - Serbian Father’s Day

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

Sonia Janson, Millicent Mitzie Hunchuck, Mildlred Mickey Bezjak, Paulette Radock, Anna Mae Knezovich and Felecia Williamson attended the Kolo Federation meeting.

Stan Brozik came to greet the visiting KSS Federation members.

Anja, Ksenije and Maxim Sivak were in church school class last week.

Congratulations to Rich and Linda Porter on becoming grandparents recently.

Congratulations to Lou Rodavich for completing his career in the coal industry.

Mildred Bezjak and Felecia Williamson were in adult class last week.

The St. George Church will host the Pittsburgh Deanery Meeting on Christian Education on December 13, 2014.

Area coal mines have had an influence in the lives of St. George parishioners.

Remember the 34 miners that lost their lives on December 1, 1907 in the Naomi Mine, Fayette City.

Remember the 37 miners that lost their lives in Robena Mine on December 6, 1962.

Remember the 361 miners that lost their lives in Monongah, West Virginia on December 6, 1907.

Have an icon of you patron saint/patronal feast in your home.

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

Healing takes place in God’s Holy Church.
God is present for believers seeking to be healed.
God makes a difference to believers turning to Him in faith.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

November 22 - Went to Morgantown, W.Va. for printing.
November 25 - Went to Holy Trinity Mission in Fairmont for Vespers and class.

From the Wisdom of Sirach 38:1

Do your work before the appointed time, Honor the physician with the honor due him, and also according to your need of him, for the Lord created him.

( The Orthodox Study Bible St. Athanasius Academy of Orthodox Theology, 2008. )

The Twenty-Fifth Sunday after Pentecost

Luke 12:25-37

And, behold, a certain lawyer stood up, and tempted him, saying, Master, what shall I do to inherit eternal life? He said unto him, What is written in the law? how readest thou? And he answering said, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thy neighbour as thyself. And he said unto him, Thou hast answered right: this do, and thou shalt live. But he, willing to justify himself, said unto Jesus, And who is my neighbour? And Jesus answering said, A certain man went down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among thieves, which stripped him of his raiment, and wounded him, and departed, leaving him half dead. And by chance there came down a certain priest that way: and when he saw him, he passed by on the other side. And likewise a Levite, when he was at the place, came and looked on him, and passed by on the other side. But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was: and when he saw him, he had compassion on him, And went to him, and bound up his wounds, pouring in oil and wine, and set him on his own beast, and brought him to an inn, and took care of him. And on the morrow when he departed, he took out two pence, and gave them to the host, and said unto him, Take care of him; and whatsoever thou spendest more, when I come again, I will repay thee. Which now of these three, thinkest thou, was neighbour unto him that fell among the thieves? And he said, He that shewed mercy on him. Then said Jesus unto him, Go, and do thou likewise. (KJV)

The present Gospel reaffirms the value of love, compassion and mercy. Love of God and love of neighbor are fundamental in the Christian life. The Lord Jesus Christ teaches about love of God and love of neighbor

Believers do well to evaluate the degree of love they have for God and neighbor. Believers do well to assess whether the personal love of God and neighbor measures to the stature set by the Lord Jesus Christ.

Today’s world challenges believers to rise to the measures set by Christ. Today’s world challenges believers to be firm and fervent in following Christ. This is not a world for lukewarm Christians.

Fervent believers are needed to make a difference. Fervent believers are necessary to share the Gospel in love. Fervent believers are needed to turn to Christ in prayer and seek the way of peace.

The Samaritan in the current Gospel showed the way of peace, love and compassion. The Samaritan took time to start the healing process for the injured victim of robbery and assault.

Too many victims of assault live in our midst. Often victims of assault live silently and suffer from their wounds. Attentive believers will initiate the healing process. Attentive believers will follow the way of Christ.

Loving God with all the heart, the mind and strength are expectations of believers. Loving thy neighbor as thyself is expected of believers. The teachings of Christ located in the Holy Gospel are to make a difference in personal lives.

Believers are expected to be thoroughly familiar with the Holy Gospel. Individuals often know the words to popular songs. Individuals often know the histories of popular athletes and celebrities.

Knowing Christ, the Mother of God and the saints and martyrs of the Church is far more beneficial for believers. Knowing Christ, the Mother of God and the saints and martyrs of the Church makes a greater difference in personal life.

Individuals have only one life to live. The time of life is not repeated. The time of life does not return. The moments of life are either used to live in Christ and grow closer to Christ or they are not.

Believers benefit from keeping the words of Revelation firmly in their minds:” So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth.” (Rev. 3:16)

How many baptized Christians show fervor in following athletes or celebrities and fail to show fervor in following Christ? Stadiums and concert centers are filled with thousands and thousands while churches struggle.

The Lord Jesus Christ teaches: “For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.” (Mt. 6:21) The time of life passes with each moment. Individuals determine at each moment whether to fully experience Christ.

Individuals determine at each moment whether to invest the time of life in Christ. Investing in Christ holds the promise of eternal life. Investing in Christ holds the promise of peace that passes all understanding. (Phil. 4:7)

Every moment of life is a precious gift from God. Each person is responsible for the way he or she uses the time of life. The Samaritan in the current Gospel used the time in his life for everlasting benefit.

Choosing wisely according to the way of Christ has lasting benefits. Choosing the way of Christ becomes known to the self with increased awareness of the teachings of Christ and commitment to those teachings.

Each person answers the question of whether daily life is invested in the way of Christ. Each person answers whether the time of life is used in a frivolous manner. Each person determines if the time of life is filled with Christ.

The Samaritan brought benefit to himself and his neighbor. The Samaritan set an example for the inn keeper. The actions of the Samaritan are a lasting lesson. The lessons of Christ do not fade or pass away.

Where and how will we invest the time of our lives? How will we spend the remaining time of our lives? Will we fervently follow Christ and make a beneficial difference for ourselves and in the lives of our neighbors?

St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
November 17 / November 30, 2014
Twenty-Fifth Sunday after Pentecost.
St. Gregory the Wonderworker of Neo-Caesarea.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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