St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 923 - September 12 / 25, 2016

The Orthodox Faith

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

No. 923
September 12 / 25, 2016
Fourteenth 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

Romans 4:20

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

Recent Services
September 16
Vespers were read.
September 17
Midnight Office was read.
September 18
Third and Sixth Hours were read followed by Divine Liturgy. Twenty-two people attended. One communicant. Father Momir Zalcik was the serving priest.
September 19
An Akathist to St. Panteleimon was done in a parish home.
September 20
Matins was read.
Vespers was read.
September 21
Canon for Matins was read.
Four people came for Divine Liturgy. One communicant.
Four people came to Waynesburg University for the Akathist of Thanks.
Seven people came to Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Mission in Fairmont,W.Va. for Vespers and class
September 22
Matins was read. Three people came for the Akathist to the Theotokos and four people came for class.
September 23
Matins was read.

Services this Coming Week. Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule.

5:30 AM on Monday, Tuesday.

4:00 PM on Monday.

8:00 AM Divine Liturgy,Feast of the Exaltation of the Cross.

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

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

Today, September 25 - Apodasis of the Feast of the Nativity of the Theotokos
September 27 - Elevation of the Precious Life-giving Cross. Divine Liturgy at 8:00 AM
October 1 - Installation of His Grace Bishop IRINEJ as Bishop of Eastern America at Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Cathedral in Pittsburgh at 9:30 AM.
October 4 - Apodasis of the Exaltation of the Cross
October 6 - Conception of St. John the Baptist
October 8 - Memorial Saturday
October 9 - St. John the Apostle and Theologian

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 +Anna Belch Nadelkov

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

Stan Brozik planns to attend the consecration of St. Simeon the Myhrrflowing Serbian Orthodox Church in Charlotte, North Carolina today.

Subdeacon Anhony Miralles, Paulette Radock, Felecia Williamson and Mary Jo Krivitsky attended class this week. The Ecumenical Councils were discussed.

Mildred Zorman and Susan Donovan are in Arizona. They keep the St. George Church in mind.

The parish Sunday radio broadcast on Uniontown station WMBS is moved to after Steeler games when the games are in the afternoon.

Continue to bring non-perishable food to the church for the Greene County Food Bank.

If you want your house blessed, ask the priest.

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.

To Consider

Taking time throughout the day to appreciate the love of God.
Giving thanks throughout the day for Godís mercy and goodness.
Sharing the love of God in personal relationships.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

September 16 - Went to Morgantown, W.Va. for printing.
September 17-18 - Went to Mississauga, Ontario, Canada for enthronement of His Grace Bishop Dr.MITROPHAN as Serbian Orthodox Bishop of Canada.
September 21 - Went to Waynesburg University for Akathist.
September 21 - Went to Fairmont, W.Va for Vespers and class.

Wisdom of Solomon 11:1

Wisdom prospered their works by the hand of a holy prophet.

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

The Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost

Matthew 22:1-14

And Jesus answered and spake unto them again by parables, and said, The kingdom of heaven is like unto a certain king, which made a marriage for his son, And sent forth his servants to call them that were bidden to the wedding: and they would not come. Again, he sent forth other servants, saying, Tell them which are bidden, Behold, I have prepared my dinner: my oxen and my fatlings are killed, and all things are ready: come unto the marriage. But they made light of it, and went their ways, one to his farm, another to his merchandise: And the remnant took his servants, and entreated them spitefully, and slew them. But when the king heard thereof, he was wroth: and he sent forth his armies, and destroyed those murderers, and burned up their city. Then saith he to his servants, The wedding is ready, but they which were bidden were not worthy. Go ye therefore into the highways, and as many as ye shall find, bid to the marriage. So those servants went out into the highways, and gathered together all as many as they found, both bad and good: and the wedding was furnished with guests. And when the king came in to see the guests, he saw there a man which had not on a wedding garment: And he saith unto him, Friend, how camest thou in hither not having a wedding garment? And he was speechless. Then said the king to the servants, Bind him hand and foot, and take him away, and cast him into outer darkness, there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth. For many are called, but few are chosen. (KJV)

Every person learning of the Lord Jesus Christ has the opportunity to follow Christ. Following Christ is completely voluntary. Christ does not coerce individuals to follow Him.

Following Christ requires renewal throughout life. The opportunities to grow in Christ are immeasurable. Each person determines the personal limits for his or her commitment to Christ.

Too often individuals choose to invest their lives in other than Christ. Too often individuals establish goals and make decisions taking themselves and others far from Christ.

Parents make decisions for their young sons and daughters. Often parents choose to enroll their sons and daughters in secular activities that occur on Sunday mornings.

Some individuals choose to work around their homes on Sundays or to engage in recreational activities. Christ is far from their interest. Christ is far from their minds.

Individuals choosing to faithfully follow Christ attend Divine services with regularity. Faithful followers of Christ pray regularly and make serious efforts to follow the teachings of Christ and Christís Church.

Love of Christ increases with faithful following of Christ. Appreciation for Christ grows when individuals invest in learning about Christ. Joy in Christ is experienced with the welcoming of Christ into the heart, mind and soul.

Homes welcoming Christ and built around Christ take on a different aura. Christian homes are filled with love. Christian homes radiate with good will. Residents of Christian homes are more inclined to have healthy relationships.

Attentive observers learn of the value of following Christ. Students of the Holy Gospel come to know of the enrichment found in the Gospel. The Divine services of the Church offer unequalled nourishment for the heart, mind and soul.

Attending church services has a positive effect on physical and mental wellness. The time of life is limited for each person. Investing in the life in Christ is the soundest investment.

The current Gospel describes individuals declining invitations to the kingís sonís wedding. Countless individuals constantly decline invitations by the Lord Jesus Christ to follow Him.

The lives of the saints and martyrs witness to the value of following Christ. Saints and martyrs cherish Christ first and foremost in their lives. Saints and martyrs reject paths that put the soul in peril.

News casts often report of individuals having compromised their integrity. Too often individuals yield to temptations for material gain that puts their souls in peril.

Too often parents establish models and activities for their sons and daughters that are far from enriching to the heart, the mind and the soul. Too often adults seek other than the Kingdom of God in their daily lives.

Sooner or later earthly life comes to an end. Sooner or later the Lord Jesus Christ will return for the final judgment. Each person becomes accountable for his or her decisions.

Parents are accountable for the raising of their children. Wives and husbands are accountable for their marital relationship. Employers and employees are accountable for their actions in the workplace.

Godís Holy Church offers the soundest education for life and eternal life. Godís Holy Church offers enrichment for the heart, mind and soul. Godís Holy Church is the best place for determining the paths of life.

The Lord Jesus Christ offers immeasurable joy in all circumstances. Reading the lives of the martyrs reveals they found joy in standing for Christ in the most perilous of moments.

The fullness of the life in Christ is most easily found by going to church. Christ is best followed when the person turns to the Church for directions and healthy experiences. Christ is most fully experienced in Godís Holy Church.

St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
September 12 / 25, 2016
Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost.
Apodasis of the Nativity of the Theotokos.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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