St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 872 - September 21 / October 4, 2015

The Orthodox Faith

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

No. 872
September 21 / October 4, 2015
Eighteenth 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 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
September 25
Vespers was read
September 26
Midnight Office was read.
One person came for Vespers.
September 7
Matins was read.
Third and Sixth Hours were read followed by Divine Liturgy. Thirty people attended. Four communicants.
September 28
Matins was read.
September 29
Vespers was read.
September 30
Matins was read.
Two people came to Waynesburg University for the Akthist.
Nine people came to Fairmont for Vespers.
Eight people came to class in Fairmont.
October 1
Matins was read.
Three people came for the Akathist to the Mother of God.
October 2
Matins was read.
Vespers was read.

Services This Week. Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule.

Third and Sixth Hours and Divine Liturgy.

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

4:00 PM Vespers on Friday.

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

3:30 PM Akathist followed by Adult Class.

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

October 14 - Protection of the Mother of God
October 19 - Holy Apostle Thomas
October 27 - Venerable Mother Paraskeva of Serbia. St. Petka.
October 31 - St. Luke
November 8 - St. Demetrius
November 15 - Choir Slava
November 16 - Renovation of the Church of St. George
November 21 - Synaxis of Holy Archangel Michael

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

Sympathy extended to the family, kumovi and friends of Protopresbyter Stavrophor Rastko Trbuhovich newly departed this life.

Congratulations to new St. Sava School of Theology graduate Bojan Banovic for successfully completing his studies.

Thank you to Erik Labons for improving the property across from the church grounds. Ericís mother Anita accompanied him while he removed the brush.

Subdeacon Anthony Miralles, Mildred Bezjak and Felecia Williamson attended class on Thursday.

Thursday classes are focusing on icons of the Mother of God.

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.

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.

To Consider

The benefit of listening carefully for instructions from God.
The benefit of silence to attain peace of mind and heart.
The benefit of acknowledging Godís love.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

September 25 - Went to Morgantown for printing.
September 30 - Went to Waynesburg University for Akathist.
September 30 - Went to Fairmont, W.Va for Vespers and class.
October 2, 2015 - Went to Morgantown,W.Va. for United Mine Workers of America rally to protect health care and pension benefits promised and now at risk.

From the Wisdom of Sirach 36:1

Have mercy on us, O Lord, the God of all, and look upon us, and put Your fear on all the nations.

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

The Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost

Luke 5:1-11

And it came to pass, that, as the people pressed upon Him to hear the word of God, He stood by the lake of Gennesaret, And saw two ships standing by the lake: but the fishermen were gone out of them, and were washing their nets. And He entered into one of the ships, which was Simon's, and prayed him that he would thrust out a little from the land. And He sat down, and taught the people out of the ship. Now when He had left speaking, He said unto Simon, Launch out into the deep, and let down your nets for a draught. And Simon answering said unto Him, Master, we have toiled all the night, and have taken nothing: nevertheless at Thy word I will let down the net. And when they had this done, they inclosed a great multitude of fishes: and their net brake. And they beckoned unto their partners, which were in the other ship, that they should come and help them. And they came, and filled both the ships, so that they began to sink. When Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus' knees, saying, Depart from me; for I am a sinful man, O Lord. For he was astonished, and all that were with him, at the draught of the fishes which they had taken: And so was also James, and John, the sons of Zebedee, which were partners with Simon. And Jesus said unto Simon, Fear not; from henceforth thou shalt catch men. And when they had brought their ships to land, they forsook all, and followed him. (KJV)

Sunday after Exaltation of the Cross

Mark. 8:34-9:1

And when he had called the people unto him with his disciples also, he said unto them, Whosoever will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. For whosoever will save his life shall lose it; but whosoever shall lose his life for my sake and the gospel's, the same shall save it. For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul? Whosoever therefore shall be ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation; of him also shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he cometh in the glory of his Father with the holy angels And he said unto them, Verily I say unto you, That there be some of them that stand here, which shall not taste of death, till they have seen the kingdom of God come with power. (KJV)

The Gospel of St. Luke is a lesson in listening to the Lord God for instructions and adhering to those instructions. Simon Peter learned that by listening to the Lord Jesus Christ he would catch an abundant amount of fish.

When fishing without Christ, Peter and those with him ended up with empty nets. Too often individuals fail to include God in their plans and activities. Too often individuals are too busy to pray before undertaking a task.

Simon Peter realized his own sinfulness. He and James and John were astonished at the catch of fish made possible by listening to Christ. Attentive followers of Christ realize the difference Christ makes in their lives.

Christians carefully taking time to examine their lives recognize Christís presence. Christ is always at work. Christ is always present teaching and instructing the faithful and attentive listeners.

Responsible followers of Christ show appreciation for His presence. Responsible Christians demonstrate their gratefulness. Responsible Christians thank God regularly for blessings received.

Individuals are never able to thank God sufficiently. Blessings from God are beyond human calculations. A person can easily become overwhelmed when being honest about blessings from God.

The second Gospel for today stresses the importance of maintaining integrity. At Holy Baptism, believers profess their belief in Christ as King and as God. Believers are expected to remain faithful to Christ as King and as God.

All thoughts and actions from the time of Holy Baptism to the time of departure from this life are to reflect faithfulness to Christ. Believers are expected to be disciplined followers of Christ.

Thoughts and actions foreign to the way of Christ are to be repelled. Attractions and temptations leading far from the Kingdom of God are to be strenuously avoided.

When decisions need to be made and goals established, personal integrity is never to be compromised.. Christ said in the current Gospel of St. Mark: ďFor what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? ď

Daily news reports often tell of individuals jeopardizing their reputations and jobs for improper financial gains. At times the gains are very minimal and yet result in the serious tarnishing of a career.

Necessary faithfulness to Christ is clear in the current Gospel lessons. Lives of the saints verify the benefit of faithfulness to Christ. The saints render lasting benefits long after their departure from this life.

The saints demonstrate convincingly that following Christ is possible and worthwhile. Peter was a fisherman. Peter and those with him were wise enough to sacrifice all and follow Christ.

Today we gather in this beautiful church and are nourished by the words of Christ. The Holy Gospel lessons are intended to change our lives for the better. We are called to greater unity with Christ.

Faithfulness and sacrifice are necessary in following Christ. Sacrifice leads to greater experiences with Christ. Faithfulness to Christ and discipline keep a person on the road to the Kingdom.

St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
September 21 / October 4, 2015
Apodasis of the Exaltation.
Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost.
St. Codratus, Apostle.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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