St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 875 - October 12 / 25, 2015

The Orthodox Faith

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

No. 875
October 12 / 25, 2015
Twenty-First 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.

Romans 4:20

He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God.

Recent Services
October 17
Midnight Office was read.
October 18
Third and Sixth Hours were read.
Father Deacon David Rostcheck served the Pro-Liturgy. Twenty people attended.
October 19
The complete Gospel of St. Mark was read.
October 21
Matins was read.
Five people came to Waynesburg University for the Akathist of Thanks.
Five people came to Holy Trinity Mission in Fairmont, W.Va. for Vespers and class.
October 22
The complete Gospel of St. Mark was read.
Three people came for the Akathist to the Mother of God, Joy of All Who Sorrow.
October 23
Matins was read.
Two people came for Ninth Hour and Vespers.

Services This Week. Always call to Confirm Weekday Schedule.

Third and Sixth Hours and Divine Liturgy.

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

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

8:00 AM Divine Liturgy.

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

3:00 PM Akathist followed by Adult Class.

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

October 27 - Venerable Mother Paraskeva of Serbia. St. Petka.
October 31 - St. Luke
November 1 - Parish Anniversary Celebration. Plan to attend. Confirm Your Reservations by October 28.
November 7 - Memorial Saturday
November 8 - St. Demetrius
November 15 - Choir Slava celebrated. Covered dish dinner and program.
November 16 - Renovation of the Church of St. George. Divine Liturgy at 8:00 AM.

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 Dolfi’s on November 1. Confirm your reservations by Oct.28.

Sonia Janson, Paulette Radock and Felecia Williamson came to class on Thursday. The amazing monasteries of Meteora, Greece were discussed.

Thank you to John Williamson for fixing the rear doors in the church hall.

Thank you to Stan Brozik for having painting done on the church door areas.

Dr. Andrei Popa, from Bakersfield, California, takes time to visit St. George Church

Congratulations to Janice Radovick Dean for her work in Allegheny County’s court system. She is having an impact well beyond Allegheny County.

Congratulations to Dr. Ezekiel Olagoke for his presentation at Edinboro University.

The parish radio broadcast on WMBS Uniontown at 12:15 on Sundays is at a later time when the Steelers play in the afternoon. The broadcast is always on the parish website.

Unless you live far away, come for Confession following Vespers on Friday or Saturday.

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.

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

Personal openness to hearing the Holy Gospel.
Personal willingness to improve after listening to the Holy Gospel.
Personal interest in learning more from the Holy Gospel.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

October 17 - Went to Morgantown, W.Va. for printing.
October 17-18 - Went to St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Church in St. Petersburg, Florida for Twenty-Fifth Ordination Anniversary of newly elevated Protopresbyter Stavrophor Stephen Zaremba.
Subdeacon Peter Panayioti was ordained to the Diaconate.
Two altar servers were tonsured readers including Reader Nikola Zaremba and Reader Jovan.
October 21 - Went to Waynesburg University for Akathist.
Went to Holy Trinity Mission in Fairmont, W.Va. for Vespers and class.
October 22 - Went to United Hospital Center in Clarksburg, W.Va. to give a presentation on prayer to the hospital chaplains.

From the Wisdom of Sirach 39:33

All the works of the Lord are good, and He will supply every need in its hour.

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

The Twenty-First Sunday after Pentecost

Luke 8:5-15

A sower went out to sow his seed: and as he sowed, some fell by the way side; and it was trodden down, and the fowls of the air devoured it. And some fell upon a rock; and as soon as it was sprung up, it withered away, because it lacked moisture. And some fell among thorns; and the thorns sprang up with it, and choked it. And other fell on good ground, and sprang up, and bare fruit an hundredfold. And when he had said these things, he cried, He that hath ears to hear, let him hear. And his disciples asked him, saying, What might this parable be? And he said, Unto you it is given to know the mysteries of the kingdom of God: but to others in parables; that seeing they might not see, and hearing they might not understand. Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God. Those by the way side are they that hear; then cometh the devil, and taketh away the word out of their hearts, lest they should believe and be saved. They on the rock are they, which, when they hear, receive the word with joy; and these have no root, which for a while believe, and in time of temptation fall away. And that which fell among thorns are they, which, when they have heard, go forth, and are choked with cares and riches and pleasures of this life, and bring no fruit to perfection. But that on the good ground are they, which in an honest and good heart, having heard the word, keep it, and bring forth fruit with patience. (KJV)

The Holy Gospel is proclaimed in each Divine Liturgy. Ears listening to the Holy Gospel differ in reception. Each person at the Divine Liturgy listens with varying degrees of making the Gospel a permanent part of life.

The Gospel is read with the intention each person will take the Gospel to heart. The Gospel is proclaimed for each person to become more Christ-like. Lasting change takes time.

The Gospel describes the honest and good heart as bringing forth fruit with patience. Developing an honest and good heart takes time. The heart and mind must be cleansed of sinful thoughts.

An honest and good heart will reveal the dominant presence of the Lord Jesus Christ. An honest and good heart welcomes the Lord Jesus Christ as the primary occupant.

The heart is a battleground where good needs to conquer evil. For Christ to dominate in the heart, the Gospel will be heard and cherished with regularity. Christ is the power to overcome evil.

Christ destroyed death as the barrier to eternal life. Christ’s Resurrection proved Christ destroys the limits of death. The heart filled with the Gospel brings forth fruit with patience.

Moment by moment, perilous temptations and inclinations must be rejected and expelled from the heart. Moment by moment throughout life, Christ of the Gospel needs to transform and purify the heart.

Regular use of the Jesus Prayer, “Lord Jesus Christ have mercy on me a sinner” is effective in purifying the heart. The regular use of the Jesus Prayer leads to the development of a good and honest heart.

Joy radiates when Christ dominates the heart. Constant prayer in the heart makes a decided difference. When the Gospel is firmly welcomed, improved differences occur in the person.

The church is not a social club. The church is where Christ comes alive in the heart. The church is where Christ is proclaimed and experienced. The church is where individuals become more Christ-like.

At Holy Baptism, the whole person is dedicated to Christ. Christ is professed as King and God at Holy Baptism. Each remaining moment of life is the opportunity to serve Christ as King and as God.

The condition of the heart dictates the way a person lives The heart desirous of Christ welcomes the content of the Holy Gospel. Christ is the content of the Gospel.

Christ is the authentic food for the soul. Christ is most cherished and desired word. The serious believer never tires of listening to Christ. The serious believer seeks Christ regularly in the Gospel.

Seriously drawing near and loving Christ comes from the heart. The good and honest heart matures with patience. The serious believer is resolute in wanting Christ to fully occupying the heart.

The Jesus Prayer has cleansing effects on the heart. The Jesus Prayer brings change to the heart. Christ fills the heart when the believer practices the Jesus Prayer.

Jesus told one young man: “Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God: (Mt: 10:17) The good and honest heart is the heart filled with God.

The good and honest heart requires the believer to desire Christ more than anything else. When the person experiences the joy in Christ, all else in life is insufficient.

The good and honest heart has the qualities of Christ. Compassion, forgiveness and love characterize the good and honest heart. Forgiveness and mercy come from the good and honest heart.

The Divine Liturgy is the best place to learn of the good and honest heart. The good and honest heart is fully at home in the Divine Liturgy. Christ is everywhere present at the Divine Liturgy.

Thank God for the renewal possible as a result of the Divine Liturgy. Thank God for making good and honest hearts possible. Christ is the constant hope for good and honest hearts in each person.

St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
October 12 / 25, 2015
Twenty-First Sunday after Pentecost.
Sts. Tarachus, Probus and Andronicus, Martyrs.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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