St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 921 - August 29 / September 11, 2016

The Orthodox Faith

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

No. 921
August 29 / September 11, 2016
Twelfth 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

I Philippians 1:25

And having this confidence, I know that I shall abide and continue with you all for your furtherance and joy of faith

Recent Services
September 2
Vespers was read.
September 3
Third and Sixth Hours were read followed by Divine Liturgy at Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Mission in Fairmont, W.Va. Eight people attended. Two communicants.
Vespers was read.
September 4
Matins was read.
Third and Sixth Hours were read followed by Divine Liturgy and Parastos. Forty-one people attended. Ten communicants.
September 5
Matins was read.
September 6
Matins was read.
Vespers was read
Pomen served
September 7
Matins was read.
Five people attended the Akathist of Thanksgiving at Waynesburg University.
September 9
Matins was read.
Vespers was read.
September 10
Midnight Office was read.

Services this Coming Week. Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule.

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

4:00 PM on Monday, Tuesday, Friday.

8:00 AM Divine Liturgy
3:30 PM Akathist at Waynesburg University
6:30 PM Holy Trinity Mission in Fairmont, W.Va

3:00 Akathist followed by adult class.

Akathists and Prayers for Special Needs held on Request. Ask the Priest.

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

Today, September 11 - Beheading of St. John the Baptist. Synaxis of Serbian Saints.
September 14 - Ecclesiastical New Year. Divine Liturgy at 8:00 AM
September 16 - St. Joanikije, First Patriarch of Serbia.
September 19 - Miracle of Archangel Michael
September 21 - Birth of the Most Holy Theotokos

If You Are Too Busy To Pray, You Are Too Busy

Remember the Suffering Serbian People in Kosovo and All Suffering People throughout the world.

Parish Life

Sympathy extended to the family and friends of +Marlene Myers departed this life.

Sympathy extended to the family and friends of +Dorothy Podbesek departed this life.

Sympathy extended to the family and friends of +Norma Babich departed this life.

The installation of His Grace Bishop Irinej will occur on October 1 at Holy Trinity Cathedral in Pittsburgh. See the bulletin board for details to make banquet reservations.

Let us remember the victims of the terrorist attack of 9/11 and those still suffering.

Rick Rodavich makes an effort to visit the St. George Church each time he is in the area.

Make sure you have the Bible and icons in your home of your patronal saint, the Lord Jesus Christ and the Mother of God.

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

Pray for the miners and steel workers losing their jobs at a high rate. Pray fn thor their families. Pray for and support workers having their pensions and benefits threatened.

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 questions 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.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

September 2 - Went to Morgantown, W.Va. for printing..
September 3 - Went to Fairmont, W.Va. for Divine Liturgy.
September 3 - Blessed numerous tractors and farming equipment at gathering organized by parishioner Eric Labons.
September 4 - Went to Mannington, W.Va. for Marion County Labor Day Picnic.
September 6 - Went to the chapel in Fairmont and Westin, W.Va for pastoral reasons.
September 7 - Went to Country Meadows near Bridgeville, Pa. to visit parishioner.
September 7 - Went to Waynesburg University for Akathist.
September 8 - Went to Washington D.C. for UMWA rally to protect minersí pensions.
September 9 - Attended funeral of +Marlene Myers.

Wisdom of Solomon 9:17

Who has known Your counsel, unless You have given him wisdom and sent him Your Holy Spirit from on high?

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

The Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost

Matthew 19:16-26

And, behold, one came and said unto him, Good Master, what good thing shall I do, that I may have eternal life? And he said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God: but if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments. He saith unto him, Which? Jesus said, Thou shalt do no murder, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness, Honour thy father and thy mother: and, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. The young man saith unto him, All these things have I kept from my youth up: what lack I yet? Jesus said unto him, If thou wilt be perfect, go and sell that thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come and follow me. But when the young man heard that saying, he went away sorrowful: for he had great possessions. Then said Jesus unto his disciples, Verily I say unto you, That a rich man shall hardly enter into the kingdom of heaven. And again I say unto you, It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God. When his disciples heard it, they were exceedingly amazed, saying, Who then can be saved? But Jesus beheld them, and said unto them, With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible. (KJV)

The Beheading of St. John the Baptist

Mark 6:14-30

And king Herod heard of him; (for his name was spread abroad:) and he said, That John the Baptist was risen from the dead, and therefore mighty works do shew forth themselves in him. Others said, That it is Elias. And others said, That it is a prophet, or as one of the prophets. But when Herod heard thereof, he said, It is John, whom I beheaded: he is risen from the dead. For Herod himself had sent forth and laid hold upon John, and bound him in prison for Herodias' sake, his brother Philip's wife: for he had married her. For John had said unto Herod, It is not lawful for thee to have thy brother's wife. Therefore Herodias had a quarrel against him, and would have killed him; but she could not: For Herod feared John, knowing that he was a just man and an holy, and observed him; and when he heard him, he did many things, and heard him gladly. And when a convenient day was come, that Herod on his birthday made a supper to his lords, high captains, and chief estates of Galilee; And when the daughter of the said Herodias came in, and danced, and pleased Herod and them that sat with him, the king said unto the damsel, Ask of me whatsoever thou wilt, and I will give it thee. And he sware unto her, Whatsoever thou shalt ask of me, I will give it thee, unto the half of my kingdom. And she went forth, and said unto her mother, What shall I ask? And she said, The head of John the Baptist. And she came in straightway with haste unto the king, and asked, saying, I will that thou give me by and by in a charger the head of John the Baptist. And the king was exceeding sorry; yet for his oath's sake, and for their sakes which sat with him, he would not reject her. And immediately the king sent an executioner, and commanded his head to be brought: and he went and beheaded him in the prison, And brought his head in a charger, and gave it to the damsel: and the damsel gave it to her mother. And when his disciples heard of it, they came and took up his corpse, and laid it in a tomb.And the apostles gathered themselves together unto Jesus, and told him all things, both what they had done, and what they had taught. (KJV)

Synaxis of Serbian Saints

Matthew 5:14-19

Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven. Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil. For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled. Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven. (KJV)

A Fifteenth Year Remembrance

Fifteen years ago America experienced the surprise terroristic attacks that claimed many lives. Fear and horror spread as Americans learned of the attacks. Individuals were in disbelief and wondered what would come next.

The attack came when Orthodox Christians were holding the Divine Liturgy for the Beheading of St. John the Baptist. Believers left the peace and comfort of Godís Holy Church and learned the horrifying news.

Questions arose as to locations and the safety of loved ones Anxiety increased as to the actions to take and where to seek answers. News accounts of death, injuries and destruction spread across the land.

The experiences of those directly affected by the attacks are beyond description. Life came to a graphically tragic unexpected end for innocent victims. Survivors would have lasting injuries.

Heroic acts of kindness were publicized of individuals rushing forward immediately to help. Rescuers lost their lives or were injured trying to help people involved to escape death and further injury.

The attacks of fifteen years ago are a lasting reminder of the fragility and uncertainty of life. The attacks are a strong reminder to always stay close to God. A person never knows what the next moment of life will bring.

The first hand memories of the attacks of fifteen years ago are fading for many who were alive at the time. For those persons at the immediate scenes of death and destruction the memories will never go away.

Fervency in prayer increased in the immediate aftermath of the attacks. Fervent prayer has a place in every Christian life at all times. Living close to God and readiness for the unexpected is the life of the Christian.

At Baptism, Orthodox believers first profess belief in the glorious Second Coming of Christ and the final judgment. Every moment of time is a moment to be conscious of Christís return and an opportunity to repent in readiness for judgment.

Every moment of life is to be cherished as evidence of Godís love for each person. Now is the time to love God more than ever. Now is the time to love others in life more than ever.

The Crucified Christ suffered a horrifying death upon the Cross for each person in each century. The Resurrected Christ is the enduring hope for the living and the dead.

The meaning of death and life are best learned by turning to the Crucified and Resurrected Christ. The Crucified and Resurrected Christ offers lasting love, healing and hope. The Lord Jesus Christ is the way to lasting personal peace.

St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
August 29 / September 11, 2016
The Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost.
The Beheading of St. John the Baptist.
The Synaxis of Serbian Saints.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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