St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 870 - September 7 / 20, 2015


The Orthodox Faith


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


No. 870
September 7 / 20, 2015
Sixteenth 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.


2 Thessalonians 1:3

We are bound to thank God always for you, brethren, as it is meet, because that your faith groweth exceedingly, and the charity of every one of you all toward each other aboundeth;

Recent Services
September 9
One person came to Waynebsurg University for the Akathist to Jesus Christ.
Five people came to Holy Trinity Mission in Fairmont for Vespers and class.
September 10
Matins was read.
One person came for the Akathist to Jesus Christ, Akathist to the Mother of God and Akathist to St. John the Bapstist.
September 11
One person read the Akathist to St. John the Baptist.
September 13
Matins was read.
Third and Sixth Hours were read followed by Divine Liturgy. Twenty-five people attended Divine Liturgy.
September 14
Matins was read.
September 15
Two people came to Waynesburg University for the Akathist to Jesus Christ.
September 16
Six people came to Holy Trinity Mission for Vespers.
Five people were present for class.
September 17
Matins was read.
Two people came for Akathist to the Mother of God and class.
September 18
Matins was read.
Vespers was read.

Services This Week. Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule.

Today
Third and Sixth Hours and Divine Liturgy.
Chrismation of Willie and Thecla Spens

Mornings
5:30 AM Matins on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday.

Afternoons
4:00 PM Vespers on Monday, Tuesday, Friday, Saturday.

Wednesday
3:30 PM Akathist at Waynesburg University.
6:30 PM Vespers and class at Holy Trinity Mission, Fairmont, W.Va.

Thursday
3:30 PM Akathist followed by Adult Class.

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

September 21 - Nativity of the Mother of God. Divine Liturgy at 8:00 AM.
September 27 - Elevation of the Precious Life-creating Cross.
October 14 - Protection of the Mother of God
October 27 - Venerable Mother Paraskeva of Serbia. St. Petka.
October 31 - St. Luke
November 8 - St. Demetrius

If You Are Too Busy To Pray, You Are Too Busy


Remember the Suffering Serbian People in Kosovo and Metohijia and All Suffering People throughout the world.

Parish Life

Sonia Janson attended the graduation of Kathleen Waters from the St. Stephen’s Program at the Antiochian Village on September 10, 2015.

Keesa Mehnart always attends church when she is visiting the area from North Carolina.

Sympathy extended to the family of +Very Rev. Stavrophor Svetozar Veselinovich newly departed this life.

Remember the Stepp Family in your prayers from Marianna. They lost their home in a fire recently.

Sonia Janson and Felecia Williamson came to class on Thursday.

Place canned goods or non-perishable food items in the box in the church hall for the Greene County Food Bank. Help feed the hungry in our area.

If you want your marriage blessed in the Orthodox Church, talk to the priest.

If you want your house blessed, contact the priest to schedule the visit.

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 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 have a question about the services or teachings of the Church ask the priest.

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Remember the St. Sava School of Theology in Libertyville with prayers and contributions.
St. Sava School of Theology has helped greatly to fill the continuing need for priests in established and new parishes.
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To Consider

The events set in motion by the birth of the Mother of God.
The honor in life of the parents of the Mother of God.
The honor bestowed on Mary, whose nativity is being celebrated.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

September 9 - Went to Waynesburg University for Akathist. Went to Holy Trinity Mission in Fairmont, W.Va for Vespers and class.
Septmeber 10 - Went to Antiochian Village for graduation ceremonies of Kathleen Waters.
September 11 - Drove to Pittsburgh, took bus to New York City. Went to St. Sava Cathedral in New York and St. Vladimir’s Seminary for awarding of honoring doctorate to His Holiness Patriarch IRINEJ.
September 12 - Was at Hierarchical Divine Liturgy in New York for St. Nikodim Chapel Slava.
September 15 - Went to Waynesburg University for Akathist to Jesus Christ.
September 16 - Visited patient in nursing home in Pittsburgh.
September 16 - Went to Holy Trinity Mission in Fairmont,W.Va. for Vespers and class.
September 18 - Delivered food donated for Greene County Food Bank.

From the Wisdom of Sirach 34:15

Blessed is the soul of the man who fears the Lord

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

The Sunday before the Holy Cross

John 3:13-17

And no man hath ascended up to heaven, but he that came down from heaven, even the Son of man which is in heaven. And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up: That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life. For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. (KJV)

The Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost

Matthew 25:14-30

For the kingdom of heaven is as a man travelling into a far country, who called his own servants, and delivered unto them his goods. And unto one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one; to every man according to his several ability; and straightway took his journey. Then he that had received the five talents went and traded with the same, and made them other five talents. And likewise he that had received two, he also gained other two. But he that had received one went and digged in the earth, and hid his lord's money. After a long time the lord of those servants cometh, and reckoneth with them. And so he that had received five talents came and brought other five talents, saying, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me five talents: behold, I have gained beside them five talents more. His lord said unto him, Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord. He also that had received two talents came and said, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me two talents: behold, I have gained two other talents beside them. His lord said unto him, Well done, good and faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord. Then he which had received the one talent came and said, Lord, I knew thee that thou art an hard man, reaping where thou hast not sown, and gathering where thou hast not strawed: And I was afraid, and went and hid thy talent in the earth: lo, there thou hast that is thine. His lord answered and said unto him, Thou wicked and slothful servant, thou knewest that I reap where I sowed not, and gather where I have not strawed: Thou oughtest therefore to have put my money to the exchangers, and then at my coming I should have received mine own with usury. Take therefore the talent from him, and give it unto him which hath ten talents. For unto every one that hath shall be given, and he shall have abundance: but from him that hath not shall be taken away even that which he hath. And cast ye the unprofitable servant into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth. (KJV)

We gather today in this Holy Orthodox Church on the Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost. Today is the Forefeast of the Nativity of the Mother of God. Today is the Sunday before the Feast of the Elevation of the Precious Cross.

We gather today for the benefit of our souls. We gather seeking the Kingdom of God and eternal life. It is important that we are sorry for our sins. We need to learn from the Mother of God about obedience and purity of life.

We benefit from always remembering Christ’s voluntary death on the Cross. We benefit from appreciating constantly Christ’s unequalled humility and love. The Holy Gospel in always instructive and nourishing.

When we come to the Holy Liturgy we are expected to undergo change. We are expected to more adherening to the way of Christ for having been here. When Christ enters our body through Holy Communion, we are united with Him.

Christ transforms us when we partake of His Precious Body and Blood. Christ leads and instructs us through the Holy Gospel. Christ nourishes us through the Holy Gospel and His Precious Body and Blood.

We do well to think carefully about the birth of the Mother of God. We do well to think about the life she would lead and the singular relationship she has with the Lord Jesus Christ.

We have much to learn about Christ. We have much to learn about living in Christ and how to abide by His teachings. Every day is a challenge and an opportunity to follow and live in unity with Christ.

We must be willing to live and learn as do young children. Jesus said: “Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.” (Mt.`8:3)

It is hard to shed ways of life that keep us from the Kingdom of God. It is hard to be fully obedient to Christ throughout the day and night. It is hard to be honest about personal sin and to fully repent of those sins.

Christ welcomes sinners desiring to repent. Christ welcomes individuals wanting to repudiate sin in their lives. Christ welcomes individuals wanting to be fully united with Him.

If we want the joy of the Kingdom, we must be open to Christ. We must choose Christ consistently. We need to be firm and resolute in casting away sin. Attractions and pleasures that separate us from Christ need to be cast away.

The Mother of God demonstrated it is possible to live in full obedience. Her purity of life is exemplary. Lives of the saints are continuing records of proof that living in Christ is possible and desirable.

The hunger of our souls for authentic nourishment is best satisfied in Christ. Let us not waste time in vain or frivolous pursuits. St. Isaac of Syria said: “This life has been given to you for repentance: do not waste it in vain pursuits.” i

While we have life in the body and faculty of mind, let us pursue the life in Christ with fullness. Let us constantly repent of sins and seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness. (Mt. 6:33)

St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania. September 7/20, 2015 Sunday before the Elevation of the Precious Cross. Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost. Forefeast of the Nativity of the Mother of God.

i Icon of St. Isaac of Syria from St. Isaac of Syria Skete, Biscobel, Wisconsn.


St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
September 7 / 20, 2015
Sunday before the Elevation of the Precious Cross.
Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost.
Forefeast of the Nativity of the Mother of God.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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