St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 873 - September 28 / October 11, 2015

The Orthodox Faith

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

No. 873
September 28 / October 11, 2015
Nineteenth 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 3
Third and Sixth Hour were read followed by Divine Liturgy.
Twelve people came for Divine Liturgy. Three communicants.
Vespers was read at St. George Church.
October 4
Matins was read.
Third and Sixth Hours were read followed by Divine Liturgy.
Twenty-seven people attended. Two communicants.
October 7
Four people came for the Akathist to Jesus Christ at Waynesburg University.
Eight people came for Vespers and class in Fairmont, W.Va.
October 8
Matins was read. One person came for the Akathist to the Icon of the Mother of God, Unexpected Joy.
October 9
The complete Gospel of St .Mark was read.

Services This Week. Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule.

Third and Sixth Hours and Divine Liturgy.

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

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

8:00 AM Divine Liturgy, Protection of the Mother of God.

3:30 PM Akathist followed by Adult Class.
6:30 PM Vespers and class at Holy Trinity Mission, Fairmont,W.Va

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 1 - Parish Anniversary Celebration. Plan to attend.
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

Plan to attend the parish anniversary celebration including the Divine Liturgy and banquet after at Dolfiís on November 1.

Paulette Radock and Mildred Bezjak came to class on Thursday.

Adult classes have been focusing on icons of the Mother of God.

Consider attending an adult class or a weekday service.

Bring a friend to church.

Visitors to St.George Church are always warmly welcome.

Tell your family and friends about the St. George parish radio broadcast.

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

Being helpful and kind in the spirit of Godís love.
Being prayerful about the people met in daily life.
Being patient and forgiving as God is patient and forgiving.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

October 3 - Went to Fairmont, W.Va, for Divine Liturgy.
October 3 - Attended a family celebration held by a parishioner.
October 4-6 - Went to St. Stephen Serbian Orthodox Church for services held for newly departed +Very Rev. Stavrophor Rastko Trbuhovich in Lackawanna, New York.
October 7 - Went to Waynesburg University for Akathist.
October 7 - Went to Fairmont, W.Va. for Vespers and Adult class.

From the Wisdom of Sirach 37:13

Stand firm on the counsel of your heart, for no one is more faithful to you than it.

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

The Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost

Luke 6:31-36

And as ye would that men should do to you, do ye also to them likewise. For if ye love them which love you, what thank have ye? for sinners also love those that love them. And if ye do good to them which do good to you, what thank have ye? for sinners also do even the same. And if ye lend to them of whom ye hope to receive, what thank have ye? for sinners also lend to sinners, to receive as much again. But love ye your enemies, and do good, and lend, hoping for nothing again; and your reward shall be great, and ye shall be the children of the Highest: for He is kind unto the unthankful and to the evil. Be ye therefore merciful, as your Father also is merciful. (KJV)

Christians are expected to be kind and loving. Being kind and loving to other people is to be extended not only to those near and dear to us. In the workplace, in school or the community, we will meet many different people.

People entering our lives in daily life may be difficult. Difficult relationships are opportunities to turn to God with greater zeal in prayer. God is the source for understanding relationships.

Each person receives life from God. Each person is created in the image and likeness of God.(Gen.1:27) The Lord Jesus Christ through His life and teachings reveals the way for all relationships.

Godís Holy Church is the learning place for understanding relationships. The Divine services of the Church and teachings in the Church set forth the way of God-pleasing relationships.

Relationships can be stressful at times. In the home, the workplace or community, friction and adversity may arise in relationships. The good and loving God is where to turn for direction and peace in these circumstances.

Godís Holy Church is where to find comfort and solace. In the peace of Godís Holy Church, a person can think clearly. Godís presence is experienced in the quietness and beauty of Godís Holy Church.

Holy icons in Godís Holy Church remind believers of the presence of Christ, of the intercessory help from the Mother of God, and the saints and angels. The noise of the world can be set aside as a person prays peacefully in church.

Peace and quiet are necessary in the church. Reverence is necessary in the church. Peace, quiet and reverence in the church enable believers to draw near to God in prayer.

Praying to God comes alive in Godís Holy Church. Turning to God in prayer leads to understanding of the needs of other people. Understanding the other personís point of view helps resolve points of tension and stress.

Praying for adversaries is a Christian act. Praying for peaceful relationships is constructive action. Serious prayer leads to growth in Christ and improves relationships.

Hope is necessary for relationships to improve. Christís victory over death is the basis for always having hope. Christian love shown on the Cross is the best stress reliever in relationships.

Learning from God is always possible. Directing the mind toward God in looking and listening for direction and answers is beneficial. Being still is proven way to hear God.

The Holy Prophet Elijah experienced the voice of God while he was in a cave. (I Kings 19:9-16) The Psalmist said: ďBe still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth.Ē (Ps. 45/46:10)

God is ever-present as the ultimate source of strength, direction and healing. The Holy Apostle Paul said: ďÖhe be not far from every one of us: For in him we live, and move, and have our being.Ē (Acts 17:27-28)

The present Gospel speaks about love of enemies. The present Gospel describes being good to others and lending without expecting anything in return. Christians are to learn from the teachings of Christ in the present Gospel.

Learning from Christ is a life-long expectation for Christians. Christian learning is not come to an end at Holy Baptism or the completion of church school classes as a youth.

Christians benefit from thinking carefully about Christ throughout life. Christians are to learn from the content of the Divine services of the Church. Christians are to increase in understanding by listening to the Holy Gospel.

The Divine Liturgy offers the opportunity to be united with Christ. The Divine Liturgy puts earthly and heavenly relationships in perspective. The Divine Liturgy is always a basis for new learning and growth in Christ.

Attentive participants in the Divine Liturgy experience growth. The growth may be subtle. When regular attendance at the Divine Liturgy is interrupted by unfortunate occurrences, the absence of the experience is keenly felt.

Love of God is fostered by attending the Divine Liturgy. Godís love is experienced in the Divine Liturgy. Individuals are to learn from God how to love others.

Individuals learn in the Divine Liturgy the immeasurable ways that God loves each person. Observant believers will sense Godís love throughout each day. Every person is loved by God and experiences Godís love.

St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
September 28 / October 11, 2015
Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost.
Venerable Chariton the Confessor.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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