St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 879 - November 9 / 22, 2015

The Orthodox Faith

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

No. 879
November 9 / 22, 2015
Twenty-Fifth 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 1:8

First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for you all, that your faith is spoken of throughout the whole world.

Recent Services
November 15
Matins was read.
Third and Sixth Hours were read followed by Divine Liturgy. Thirty-one people attended. Three communicants.
November 16
Matins was read.
Three people came for Divine Liturgy.
November 17
Matins was read.
Vespers was read
November 18
Matins was read.
November 19
Matins was read.
Pomen was held.
Four people came for the Akathist and class at St. George Church.
Six people came for Vespers and class at Holy Trinity Mission.
November 20
Matins was read.
Three people came for Great Vespers with blessing of Slava Kolac.

Services This Week. Always call to Confirm Weekday Schedule.

Third and Sixth Hours followed by Divine Liturgy.

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

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

6:30 PM Vespers and class in Fairmont, W.Va.

8:00 AM Divine Liturgy

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

November 24 - St. Stephen of Dechani
November 26 - St. John Chrysostom. Divine Liturgy at 8:00 AM.
November 28 - Beginning of Nativity Fast
November 29 - St. Matthew the Holy Apostle and Evangelist
December 4 - Entry of the Theotokos into the Temple. Divine Liturgy 8:00 AM.
December 8 - Leavetaking of the Feast of the Entrance

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 participating in the Choir Slava celebration. The Choir is faithful in participating in Divine services throughout the year and touches many lives.

Sonia Janson, Andrea Janson, Anna Mae Kneszovich, Djelosh Milosevich, Mildred Bezjak, Lud Miscovich and Frank Menhart are in the choir loft week after week. On occasion Dr. Ivko Dimitric joins them. Others join on major feast days.

Sonia Janson, Felecia Williamson, Mildred Bezjak and Subdeacon Anthony Miralles attended class on Thursday. Ministering to prisoners was discussed.

Subdeacon Anthony and Mattie Miralles attended the seminar last Saturday at Waynesburg University on involving individuals with special needs in the Church.

Millicent Mitzie Hunchuck addresses approximately 8,500 envelopes during the year for weekly bulletins to be mailed. Melva Hunchuck put the bulletins in the envelopes every week for many years. Frank and Gail Menhart now put bulletins in the envelopes.

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.

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 immeasurable contributions of the St. George Choir.
The comfort the St. George Choir provides to the bereaved.
The joy the St. George Choir adds to festal celebrations.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

November 13 - Went to Morgantown, W.Va. for printing.
November 14 - Went to Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Church in Youngstown, Ohio for Hierarchical Divine Liturgy and Baptism of Dusan Hrvacevic.
November 15 - Went to Mannington, W.Va. to Farmington Mine #9 Memorial where memorial service was held for 78 miners having lost their lives in 1968
November 17 - Went to Federal Correctional Institution at Hazelton/Bruceton Mills, W.Va. to visit resident. Later went to Uniontown to pray for a person newly departed this life.
November 19 - Went to Holy Trinity Mission in Fairmont, W.Va for Vespers and class.

From the Wisdom of Sirach 43:33

For the Lord made all things and gives wisdom to the godly.

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

The Twenty-Fifth Sunday after Pentecost

Luke 12:25-37

And, behold, a certain lawyer stood up, and tempted him, saying, Master, what shall I do to inherit eternal life? He said unto him, What is written in the law? how readest thou? And he answering said, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thy neighbour as thyself. And he said unto him, Thou hast answered right: this do, and thou shalt live. But he, willing to justify himself, said unto Jesus, And who is my neighbour? And Jesus answering said, A certain man went down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among thieves, which stripped him of his raiment, and wounded him, and departed, leaving him half dead. And by chance there came down a certain priest that way: and when he saw him, he passed by on the other side. And likewise a Levite, when he was at the place, came and looked on him, and passed by on the other side. But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was: and when he saw him, he had compassion on him, And went to him, and bound up his wounds, pouring in oil and wine, and set him on his own beast, and brought him to an inn, and took care of him. And on the morrow when he departed, he took out two pence, and gave them to the host, and said unto him, Take care of him; and whatsoever thou spendest more, when I come again, I will repay thee. Which now of these three, thinkest thou, was neighbour unto him that fell among the thieves? And he said, He that shewed mercy on him. Then said Jesus unto him, Go, and do thou likewise. (KJV)

The Lord Jesus Christ wants believers to think carefully about relationships with their neighbors. Relationships with neighbors have a bearing on where a person will spend eternity.

The present Gospel is read each year in church. The Church wants the lesson of the compassionate Samaritan learned very well. Believers are to become more like the Samaritan with each reading of the Gospel.

The Holy Gospel is informative and transforming. Listeners to the Holy Gospel have a responsibility to take the content to heart. Believers are to act in accord with the Gospel.

Lives are to change for the better with each reading of the Holy Gospel. The Samaritan noticed and stopped to help injured man along the road. The Samaritan became involved and made a difference in the hurting manís life.

The hurting man along the road was not ignored. He was recognized by the Samaritan as a person in need. The Samaritan began the healing process. The Samaritan was a healing presence.

Followers of Christ are to be a healing presence for suffering neighbors. Personal attention to suffering neighbors expresses Christian compassion. The priest and the Levite ignored and did not stop to help the hurting man.

When the robbery and assault victim lay along the road and was ignored, one has to wonder about his thoughts. This is a busy world. Have people in the world become too busy to give personal attention to suffering neighbors?

The Samaritan made a commitment of time and finances. The Samaritan was genuinely interested in the victim recovering. Does our criminal justice system show due attention to victims? Do believers care enough about injured neighbors?

Do parishioners speak out in behalf of suffering people in their neighborhoods? Do individual Christians help the hurting neighbors in their midst? Christ urged the lawyer to follow the example of the Samaritan.

Each year the Church wants believers to learn from the example of the Samaritan. Hard hearts are too common in todayís world. Turning a blind eye to suffering neighbors occurs too often.

A neighborís pain and injuries are not always visible. Neighbors often suffer extensive personal distress. The Samaritan in the Gospel demonstrated a continued interest in the person along the road.

The Samaritan showed compassion for the injured man. The Samaritan acted with genuine concern. Many people live today feeling isolated and alone. Countless numbers of people feel no one cares for them.

Christians attentive to the present Gospel will reach out to help their neighbors. Followers of Christ extend the love of Christ to the people in their daily lives. Hurting people are in neighborhoods everywhere.

Attentive Christians pay close attention to their neighbors. Deep hurt exists in too many lives. Daily news reports speak about drug overdoses and harmful depression among the lonely and hurting.

Too often hurting individuals turn to suicide or dangerous personal behavior. Too often hurting individuals in neighborhoods suffer alone and in silence. Christians have a responsibility to make a difference in their communities.

Christ called attention to the Samaritanís helping nature as being an example to follow. Christ did not point to the priest and Levite as examples. Present day Christians daily decide if they will act toward their neighbors as did the Samaritan

Being a Christian includes employing the mind, the body and personal resources for the benefit of others. The Samaritan took initiative to help the suffering man. The Samaritan engaged the innkeeper in the healing process.

Christians acting on their beliefs effect change that spreads. The Holy Apostles acted on their beliefs in Christ. They spread the message of Christ. The Apostlesí successors have continued to spread the message about Christ.

Christís followers today learn from the Samaritanís example. Christís followers act to help their suffering neighbors. Christís followers are compassionate and merciful toward their neighbors.

St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
November 9 / 22, 2015
Twenty-Fifth Sunday after Pentecost
St. Nectarios.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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