St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 876 - October 19 / November 1, 2015

The Orthodox Faith

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

No. 876
October 19 / November 1, 2015
Twenty-Second 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.

Hebrews 6:12

That ye be not slothful, but followers of them who through faith and patience inherit the promises.

Recent Services
October 24
Divine Liturgy was held at Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Mission in Fairmont, W.Va. Six people attended. One communicant.
Vespers was read.
October 25
Matins was read.
Third and Sixth Hours were read followed by Divine Liturgy. Thirty-three people attended. Four communicants.
October 26
Matins was read.
Vespers was read.
October 27
Matins was read.
Four people came for Divine Liturgy.
October 28
Four people came for the Akathist of Thanks at Waynesburg University.
Eight people came for Vespers and class at Holy Trinity Mission in Fairmont, W.Va.
October 29
Matins was read.
Two people came for the Akathist to the Theotokos before Her Icon the Abbess of Mt.Athos and four people came for class.
October 30
Matins was read.
Vespers was read.
October 31
The complete Gospel of St. Mark was read.

Services This Week. Always call to Confirm Weekday Schedule.

Third and Sixth Hours followed by Divine Liturgy.

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

4:00 PM Vespers on Saturday.

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.

10:00 AM Divine Liturgy at Holy Trinity Mission, Fairmont, WVa.

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

November 1 - Parish Anniversary Celebration. Today
November 7 - Memorial Saturday.Divine Liturgy in Fairmont at 10:00 AM.
November 8 - St. Demetrius
November 15 - Choir Slava celebrated. Covered dish dinner and program.

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

Thank you to all rejoicing and participating in the Anniversary of St. George Church.

Thank you to all helping the Kolo bake this week.

Sonia Janson, Mildred Bezjak and Felecia Williamson attended the KSS Federation meeting at St. Elijah Serbian Orthodox Church in Aliquippa on October 24, 2015.

Sonia Janson, Mildred Bezjak, Paulette Radock and Felecia Williamson came to class this week. The monasteries at Meteora in Greece continued to be the subject of study.

Congratulations to Dr. Andrei Popa for receiving the Distinguished Service Award of the Society of Petroleum Engineers.

Congratulations to Dr. Richard Romanos Pierce for having a new Orthodox religious poem published and being requested to do a poetry reading at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor.

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. Thank you to all helping to 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

Helping the needy people in the areas where we live
Being sensitive and helpful to individuals struggling to make a living.
Being supportive of good and honest workers trying to keep their jobs.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

October 19-20 - Attended Annual Diocesan Clergy seminar scheduled by His Grace Bishop Dr. MITROPHAN on the subject of Suicide at Most Holy Mother of God, Monastery, St. Sava Camp Shadeland . Very Rev. Stavrophor Dr. Milos Vesin was the speaker. Twenty-five clergy participated. The Eastern Region KSS Federation supported the seminar as it does each year.
October 24 - Went to Holy Trinity Mission in Fairmont for Divine Liturgy. Stopped in Morgantown for printing.
October 28 - Went to Waynesburg University for Akathist. Went to Fairmont for Vespers and class.
October 30 - Went to Mon General Hospital in Morgantown, W.V. for seminar on “Coping with Addiction in Your Congregation.”

From the Wisdom of Sirach 40:27

The fear of the Lord is like a paradise of blessing and covers a man better than any glory.

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

The Twenty Second Sunday after Pentecost

Luke 16:19-31

There was a certain rich man, which was clothed in purple and fine linen, and fared sumptuously every day: And there was a certain beggar named Lazarus, which was laid at his gate, full of sores, And desiring to be fed with the crumbs which fell from the rich man's table: moreover the dogs came and licked his sores. And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham's bosom: the rich man also died, and was buried; And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom. And he cried and said, Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame. But Abraham said, Son, remember that thou in thy lifetime receivedst thy good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things: but now he is comforted, and thou art tormented. And beside all this, between us and you there is a great gulf fixed: so that they which would pass from hence to you cannot; neither can they pass to us, that would come from thence. Then he said, I pray thee therefore, father, that thou wouldest send him to my father's house: For I have five brethren; that he may testify unto them, lest they also come into this place of torment. Abraham saith unto him, They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them. And he said, Nay, father Abraham: but if one went unto them from the dead, they will repent. And he said unto him, If they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded, though one rose from the dead. (KJV)

The Holy Gospel is a source of teaching and a basis for learning at each Divine Liturgy. Listeners are blessed to hear the Lord Jesus Christ through the Holy Gospel. God’s Holy Church is the best place to learn.

To grow in Christ, believers must remain active. Seeking unity with Christ and consciously experiencing Christ is the constant expectation. Stagnancy has no place in the Christian life. Attentiveness and vigilance are necessary.

When a person desires to grow in Christ, all that is not of Christ in personal life is to be removed. Cleaning must take place within the heart and mind of all that is not pleasing to Christ. Holy Confession makes a decided difference.

The serious believer will measure personal thoughts and actions against the actions and teachings of Christ. The Holy Gospel holds the standards and goals for serious believers. The Holy Gospel is to be taken seriously each day of life.

The present Gospel describes poor Lazarus living very near the rich man. Lazarus sought the crumbs coming from the rich man’s table. The Gospel reveals the rich man showed no sensitivity to poor Lazarus nearby.

The present Gospel is read each year in God’s Holy Church. Love of neighbor was not exhibited in the present Gospel. The current Gospel reading is repeated each year as basis for renewed learning.

The Lord Jesus Christ said elsewhere in the Holy Gospel : “Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. (Mt. 22:39) Individuals in want and need benefit from the attention of Christians for their lives to be better.

Neighbors can hurt deeply. Neighbors can have great needs as did poor Lazarus. Christians are not to go blindly past the hurting people in their midst. Christians have a responsibility to share Christ’s love.

The words of the Holy Apostle Paul are still timely. The Holy Apostle Paul said to the Galatians: “And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.” (Gal. 6:9)

Christians improve their own lives by examining personal attitudes about helping the poor and needy in their midst. Personal Christian attitudes are to conform to the teachings and actions of the Lord Jesus Christ.

The Lord Jesus Christ said: “Blessed are they that hear the word of God, and keep it.” (Lk. 11:28) The Holy Gospel is proclaimed at each Divine Liturgy as a basis for teaching and learning. Each person listening is to take the Gospel to heart.

Coming to know our neighbors is a way to come to know their needs. Often people near to us hurt deeply. Noticing neighbors can make a difference. The rich man could have shown great compassion toward Lazarus.

Being kind to the people we meet in daily life can help heal known and unknown hurts in their lives. In today’s world we hear too often about people having lived in areas for years and not knowing their neighbors.

Many people struggle with depression and feel alone. A kind word, a note or a letter can make individuals feel wanted and loved. Christian outreach has a healing effect. Christ’s love continues to enrich when shared with others.

Christian churches have the responsibility of sharing the healing love of Christ with the people in the neighborhoods in which they are located. Christ’s love makes a difference when experienced by visitors to parish churches.

St. Peter of Damaskos said: “To heal a person is the greatest thing one can do and excels all other virtue, because among the virtues there is nothing higher or more perfect than love for one’s neighbor.” 1

Each person has a certain degree of wealth from God. Each Christian heeding the present Gospel will take steps to ensure personal blessings and wealth from God are not used selfishly but are shared with others

Everyone benefits from God’s goodness and love. God is good and loves all individuals. Followers of Christ willingly and freely share goodness and love in ways pleasing to God.

1 The Philokalia. Vol.III translated by G.E.H. Palmer, Philip Sherrard and Kallistos Ware. Faber and Faber, London, 1984, p.163

St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
October 19 / November 1, 2015
Twenty-First Sunday after Pentecost.
Sts. Tarachus, Probus and Andronicus, Martyrs.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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