St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 880 - November 16 / 29, 2015

The Orthodox Faith

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

No. 880
November 16 / 29, 2015
Twenty-Sixth 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.

2 Corinthians 1:24

Not for that we have dominion over your faith, but are helpers of your joy: for by faith ye stand.

Recent Services
November 21
Third and Sixth Hours were read followed by Divine Liturgy at Holy Trinity Mission in Fairmont,W. Va. Sixteen people attended. Three communicants.
Vespers was read at St.George Church.
November 22
Matins was read.
Third and Sixth Hours were read followed by Divine Liturgy with blessing of Koljivo and Slava Kolací Thirty-one people attended. Three communicants.
November 24
Matins was read.
Went to Fairmont, W.Va. for Vespers and class. Nine people came for Vespers.
November 25
Matins was read.
Vespers was read.
November 26
Matins was read.
Four people came for Divine Liturgy. One communicant.
November 27
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, Wednesday Thursday, Friday, Saturday.

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

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

3:00 PM Akathist and Class

8:00 AM Divine Liturgy: Entrance of the Most Holy Theotokos

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

Today, 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 - Apodasis of the Feast of the Entrance
December 13 - St. Andrew the First Called Apostle. Annual Meeting.
December 19 - St. Nicholas

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 and friends of +Michael Vuich recently departed this life. +Beloved Michael attended St. George Church when in the area with his wife Josephine.

Sympathy extended to family and friends of +Mitar Damjanovich recently departed this life.

Thank you to all participating in the celebration of the Choir Slava.

Choir Slava Program participants included Choir Director Sonia Janson, Stan Brozik, John and Felecia Wiliamson, Andrea Janson, Stojan Raulic, Joseph Romanchak, Frank Menhart, Paulette Radock, Richard and Linda Porter, Djelosh Milosevich, Mildred Bezjak and Aaron Carson.

Paulette Radock in addition to reading the Third and Sixth Hours each week is a faithful member of the St. George Choir, the Kolo and Adult Class.

If you want your home blessed, ask the priest.

If you want your marriage blessed in the Orthodox Church, ask the priest

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

Continuously being thankful to God.
Continuously seeking Godís mercy.
Continuously being conscious of and repenting of personal sin.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

November 21 - Served Divine Liturgy in Fairmont, W.Va. Stopped in Morgantown on return trip.
November 23 - Went to Monastery Marcha in Richfield, Ohio and hospital in Cleveland.
November 24 - Visited two parish homes. Went to Holy Trinity Mission in Fairmont, W.Va. for Vespers and class. Nine people came to Vespers. Eight people came for class.
November 25 - Visited one parishioner.

From the Wisdom of Sirach 44:1
Let us now praise honored men and our fathers.
( Orthodox Study Bible St. Athanasius Academy of Orthodox Theology, 2008 )

The Twenty-Sixth Sunday after Pentecost

Luke 12:16-21

And he spake a parable unto them, saying, The ground of a certain rich man brought forth plentifully: And he thought within himself, saying, What shall I do, because I have no room where to bestow my fruits? And he said, This will I do: I will pull down my barns, and build greater; and there will I bestow all my fruits and my goods. And I will say to my soul, Soul, thou hast much goods laid up for many years; take thine ease, eat, drink, and be merry. But God said unto him, Thou fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee: then whose shall those things be, which thou hast provided? So is he that layeth up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God. (KJV)

The Lord Jesus Christ wants believers to think carefully about relationships

With each passing moment of time, the world draws closer to the Second Coming of the Lord Jesus Christ. The final judgment described in the Holy Gospel will come when God intends.

Each believer is responsible for preparing for the final judgment. Each person will answer for his or her thoughts and actions. Repentance will save sinners. The forgiving and merciful God welcomes believers choosing to repent.

Believers do not know the moment when their last breath will be taken. No person knows the moment Christ will come for the final judgment. Procrastination regarding repentance has no place in the life of the serious believer.

The current Gospel speaks about the rich man having his soul required of him suddenly and unexpectedly. In America and other parts of the world, there are many individuals not content with massive material possessions.

Greed abounds in America and elsewhere in many parts of the world. Travelers often observe individuals amassing more material goods than they will ever need.

When the charitable contributions of the greedy are carefully examined, one may find very little is shared with the needy. Charitable giving is to occur freely and from the heart.

God knows the contents of each heart. God knows the motivation of each charitable giver. Today and every day are the opportune moments to examine personal charitable practices.

Greed is not only a quality ascribed to certain persons materially rich. A person can be greedy in the use of time. A person greedy with personal time may be delinquent in meeting family responsibilities because of personal self-interests.

How many people reach their death beds and regret not spending more personal time with family and friends? How many individuals devote time to personal interests to the neglect of responsibilities to others in their family?

Co-workers can be greedy in sharing of equipment and supplies on the job. Athletes can be greedy in sharing playing time in competitive events. God knows when fairness takes place. God knows where there is an equitable distribution.

In families, how often does the responsibility for caring for an ill and infirm member fall on one or two members? In parish life, the weight of the work needing done can rest with a few because others do not want to give their time.

The present Gospel is relevant for each person. Each person benefits by being attentive to the Gospel. Life is time limited. Life can end quickly and unexpectedly.

Not only older persons depart suddenly from this life. The obituaries commonly list people young in age among those falling asleep unexpectedly. Each Christian does well to constantly repent and seek Godís mercy.

Godí willingness to forgive is well-documented in the Holy Gospel. Believers do well to make good and frequent use of Holy Confession and Communion.

Believers do well to be content with their material possessions and give greater attention to the condition of their souls. Too often individuals give great attention to caring for material goods and little attention to the soul.

Stores are often filled with shoppers as the Feast of the Nativity of Christ approaches. Newspapers, televisions and computers are filled with advertisements. Too little in the media addresses the need for God-pleasing living.

War seems to be encouraged. Peace movements receive very little attention. Alternatives to war seldom get extensive coverage. Retaliation and aggression abound in the media accounts.

The rich man in the current Gospel wanted more material goods than he had room to store. He was not ready to share his abundance with the less fortunate. Each person does well to measure personal attitudes to use of goods and time.

Each person does well to determine if the use of personal time and resources are pleasing to God. The time to prepare for the final judgment is at each moment of time until the final judgment.

God is a good, loving and forgiving God. Each person must have the willingness and interest in repenting. Living blindly and as if the time of life will never run out is foolish.

The Jesus Prayer, ďLord Jesus Christ Son of God have mercy on me a sinner ď has a place in every moment of life. The time to repent is now and always. The time to fall down before Christ as King and as God is now and always.

St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
November 16 / 29, 2015
Twenty-Sixth Sunday after Pentecost
St. Matthew the Evangelist.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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