St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 829 - November 24 / December 7, 2014

The Orthodox Faith

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

No. 829
November 24 / December 7, 2014
Twenty-Sixth 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.

II Peter 1:5

And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge;

Recent Services
November 28
Vespers was read.
November 29
Matins was read.
Third Hour was read followed by Divine Liturgy at Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Church in Fairmont, W.Va. Ten people attended. Three communicants.
Vespers was read at St. George Church
November 30
Matins was read.
Third and Sixth Hours were read followed by Divine Liturgy. Thirty people attended Divine Liturgy.
December 1
Matins was read.
December 3
Two people came to Waynesburg University for the Akathist of Thanks.
Five people came to Holy Trinity Mission Church in Fairmont for Vespers and class.
December 4
Matins was read.
Seven people came for Divine Liturgy. One communicant.

Services This Coming Week. Call to Confirm Weekday Times.

Third and Sixth Hour followed by Divine Liturgy.

5:30 AM on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday.

4:00 PM on Monday, Tuesday, Friday, Saturday


Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

December 13 - St. Andrew the First Called Apostle. Pittsburgh Deanery Meeting on Christian Education here at St. George Church.
December 19 - St. Nicholas. Divine Liturgy at 8:00 AM.
December 21 - Serbian Children’s Day
December 26-29 - Nativity Retreat for Youths at St. Sava Camp, Shadeland
December 28 - Serbian Mother’s Day
December 30 - Holy Deacon Avvacum and Hegumen Paisius
January 4 - Serbian Father’s Day
January 6 - Nativity Eve. Divine Liturgy at 8:00 AM. Blessing and Burning of Badjnak at 7:30 PM

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

Attend and help with the Christian Education Deanery meeting on December 13.

Consider the impact St. George Church has had on your life and family.

Consider the time you invest in daily prayer to God and in regular church attendance.

Consider the amount of weekday services you attend at church.

Consider your personal familiarity with the saints and feasts on the daily calendar.

Honor the Nativity Fast each day until the Feast of the Nativity.

Honestly assess your daily investment in the life in Christ.

Increase your knowledge about Christ during the Nativity Fast.

Make Christ your primary interest and goal each day.

Make it a goal to learn more about God’s Holy Church.

Pray regularly and seriously each day.

Enrich your life by reading the writings of St. Nikolai (Velimirovic)

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 becoming personally familiar with the life of Christ.
Drawing closer to Christ each day.
Experiencing the joy of Christ in daily life.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

November 17 - Went to Mon Valley Hospital while patient had surgery.
November 29 - Went to Holy Trinity Mission in Fairmont, W.Va. for Divine Liturgy. Stopped in Morgantown.
November 30 - Stopped at Magee Hospital to visit patient.
December 3 - Went to United Hospital in Clarksburg, W.Va. where patient had surgery. Went to Waynesburg University for Akathist of Thanks. Went to Fairmont, W.Va. for Great Vespers and Class.
December 4 - Went to Diocesan Center in Mars, Pa.

From the Wisdom of Sirach 37:27-28

My son, while you are still living, test your soul, and see what is bad for it, and do not give in to that. For not everything is profitable for everyone, and not every soul enjoys everything.

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

The Twenty-Sixth Sunday after Pentecost

Luke 12:16-21

And he spake a parable unto them, saying, The ground of a certain rich man brought forth plentifully: And he thought within himself, saying, What shall I do, because I have no room where to bestow my fruits? And he said, This will I do: I will pull down my barns, and build greater; and there will I bestow all my fruits and my goods. And I will say to my soul, Soul, thou hast much goods laid up for many years; take thine ease, eat, drink, and be merry. But God said unto him, Thou fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee: then whose shall those things be, which thou hast provided? So is he that layeth up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God. (KJV)

The present Gospel puts in perspective the proper handling of the abundance of goods and blessings from God. Each person is blessed in multiple ways. Each person is rich in blessings from God.

The man in the current Gospel was not content with the abundance he possessed. The man was not grateful to God for blessings received. The man in the current Gospel was greedy and desired more than he had.

The rich man in the current Gospel differed greatly from the Holy Apostle Paul. The Holy Apostle told the Philippians: “Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content.” (Phil. 4:11)

The rich man was in a position to share his abundance with individuals in need. He had sufficient goods for himself. He was not content. Rather than share his abundance, he wanted more for himself.

Greed dominated the rich man’s motivations. The rich man pursued material wealth in excess. He was not rich towards God. He did not express gratefulness to God. He did not share his wealth in ways pleasing to God.

The Lord Jesus Christ said: “But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal:” (Mt. 6:20)

Individuals do well to carefully consider the management of personal blessings. Individuals do well to assess whether personal blessings from God are managed in accord with the teachings and standards of God.

The world has many people suffering and in want. Some people suffer from material want through no fault of their own. Some people suffer from lack of personal human contact.

Individuals can benefit the needy through sharing personal possessions. Individuals can help the needy through showing personal interest and demonstrating love through personal contact.

Love of God and love of neighbor are basic rules for Christians. Christians fulfill their love for God and neighbor in the way they live out their daily lives. Christians show their love for God and neighbor in their use of blessings.

The Holy Apostle Paul said: “And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing. (I Cor. 13:3)

Blessings and resources can be invested in ways pleasing to God. Blessings and resources can be used in ways expressing appreciation and love of God. Non-believers may choose to ignore the goodness of God and take alternate paths.

The day each person’s life will end is not known. The day Christ will come to judge the living and the dead is not known. The rich man in the current Gospel was not aware his soul would be required unexpectedly soon.

The rich man was blinded by the need for material possessions. He was blind to the needs of others he could benefit with his abundance. The present Gospel is a strong reminder for believers to be careful in use of personal blessings.

The present Gospel is a vivid lesson to be judicious in the use of personal resources. Being rich toward God is a lesson in the present Gospel. Being rich toward is God is an acknowledgment of the goodness and love of God.

The Epistle of St. James is instructive and relevant: “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.” (James 1:17)

Individuals blessed by God do well to look beyond themselves to God as the source of their well-being and abundant blessings. Individuals do well to consider the love of God in the granting of their blessings.

When determining the way to use blessings, being rich towards God should come to mind first. Gratefulness to God has a place in every moment of life and in every work of life.

Taking time to say thank you to God by the way personal blessings are used is a responsible Christian undertaking. Being good stewards of blessings from God is an expectation for Christians.

Had the rich man known his soul would be required of him so quickly, he may have handled his riches much differently. Being prepared for the end of life and the final judgment is an essential part of daily living.

Christ offers life. Christ offers life abundantly. Jesus said; ” I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.” (Jn. 10:10) Christ is the way, the truth and the life. (Jn. 14:6)

The present Gospel deserves our careful and extensive consideration. We do well to prayerfully listen to Christ and follow Him. We do well to be rich toward God in our daily lives.

St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
November 24 / December 7, 2014
Twenty-Sixth Sunday after Pentecost.
St. Catherine the Greatmartyr.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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