St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 924 - September 19 / October 2, 2016

The Orthodox Faith

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

No. 924
September 19 / October 2, 2016
Fifteenth 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

Ephesians 2:8

For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God.

Recent Services
September 23
Vespers was read.
September 24
Midnight Office was read.
Third and Sixth Hours were read followed by Divine Liturgy at Holy Trinity Mission in Fairmont, W.Va. Nine people attended. Two communicants.
Vespers was read at St. George Church.
September 25
Matins was read.
Third and Sixth Hours were read followed by Divine Liturgy. Twenty-seven people attended. Four communicants.
September 26
Matins was read.
Vespers was read.
September 27
Canon for Matins was read.
Six people came for Divine Liturgy. One communicant.

Services this Coming Week. Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule.

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

4:00 PM on Monday, Tuesday, Saturday.

3:30 PM Akathist at Waynesburg University
6:30 PM Vespers and Class at Holy Trinity Mission in Fairmont, W.Va

3:00 Akathist and class.

10:00 AM Divine Liturgy at Holy Trinity Mission in Fairont, W.Va.

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

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

October 4 - Apodasis of the Exaltation of the Cross
October 6 - Conception of St. John the Baptist
October 7 - St. Theclas, Protomartyr. Ven. Simon; St. King Vladislav; Ven. David
October 8 - Memorial Saturday
October 9 - St. John the Apostle and Theologian
October 11 - St. Chariton the Confessor
October 14 - Protection of the Mother of God

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

A warm welcome to Father Deacon David Rostcheck today.

Frank Menhart was mailing the weekly bulletins. He took a break. Rich Porter helped in the interim for a few weeks. Arthur John Chambers is now doing the weekly mailings.

Stan Brozik attended the consecration of St. Simeon the Myhrrflowing at the Serbian Orthodox Church in Charlotte, North Carolina last Sunday.

Mileva Medin has lived in Louisiana for years but keeps St. George Church in mind.

Djuro Klipa stays attentive to St. George Church.

Dorothy McCoy has a long relationship with St. George Church.

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

The enduring meaning of Christ on the Cross.
Lives changed due to appreciation of Christ on the Cross.
Keeping Christ on the Cross in mind each day.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

September 23 - Went to Morgantown, W.Va. for printing.
September 24 - Went to Holy Trinity Mission in Fairmont, W.Va. for Divine Liturgy.
September 24 - Visied patient in Mon General Hospital in Morgantown, W.Va.

Wisdom of Solomon 12:1

For thy immortal spirit is in all things. Therefore thou dost correct little by little those who trespass, and dost remind and warn them of the things wherein they sin, that they may be freed from wickedness and put their trust in thee, O Lord.

( The New Oxford Annotated Bible with the Apocrypha. New York, Oxford University Press, 1977 )

The Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost

Matthew 22:35-46

Then one of them, which was a lawyer, asked Him a question, tempting Him, and saying, Master, which is the great commandment in the law? Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets. While the Pharisees were gathered together, Jesus asked them, Saying, What think ye of Christ? whose son is he? They say unto him, The son of David. He saith unto them, How then doth David in spirit call him Lord, saying, The LORD said unto my Lord, Sit thou on my right hand, till I make thine enemies thy footstool? If David then call him Lord, how is he his son? And no man was able to answer Him a word, neither durst any man from that day forth ask Him any more questions. (KJV)

Sunday after the Exaltation of the Cross


When He had called the people to Himself, with His disciples also, He said to them, "Whoever desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me. For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake and the gospel's will save it. For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul? For whoever is ashamed of Me and My words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of him the Son of Man also will be ashamed when He comes in the glory of His Father with the holy angels. And He said to them, "Assuredly, I say to you that there are some standing here who will not taste death till they see the kingdom of God present with power.

The Lord Jesus Christ has immeasurable power. He had the ability to avoid being crucified. He did not have to be taken in to custody. The Lord Jesus Christ chose not to exercise His power (Mt. 26:53).

By willing being crucified, Christ would then be able to rise from the tomb. He would reveal His power over death. Christ gave enduring hope to those believing in Him.

Christians are expected to deny themselves to increase the presence of Christ in their lives. Christians who are faithful to Christ deny themselves paths in life that put the soul in peril.

Fasting is a way of denying the self of momentary pleasures for the benefit of growing in Christ. Fasting is a way to subdue the body for increased awareness of the presence of God.

Gluttony and other forms of excess in life take a person far from attentiveness to God. Too much of any activity will numb the mind. Drawing closer to Christ requires awareness and keenness of interest.

Christians are expected to have interest in their neighbors. Christians are not to be blinded to the suffering of neighbors. The Gospel makes it clear that love of God and love of neighbor are inseparable.

Intense prayer helps individuals find the course of action to love God and love neighbors. Reading and listening attentively to the Holy Gospel reveals the soundest path to take in daily life.

The Divine services of Godís Holy Church provide the answers to the great mysteries and problems in life. The Divine services of Godís Holy Church yield the answers to personal problems which seem unmanageable.

Godís love, patience and kindness are revealed in His Holy Church. Godís wisdom, mercy and forgiveness are present for those seeking them in His Holy Church.

The passing of time has not eradicated or weakened the love and presence of God. Godís love for each person becomes more evident with each succeeding year. Christís Crucifixion and Resurrection still hold their original power.

Christís Crucifixion and Resurrection are still central in Godís Holy Church. Christians find value daily in the Crucifixion and Resurrection. Christians are nourished daily with the meaning of the Cross and Resurrection.

Contemporary world events and culture cannot shake or weaken the message of the Cross and Resurrection. Following Christ at all times, in all places and all situations remains the soundest course of daily life.

Every generation produces erroneous thoughts and courses of life to detract individuals from following Christ. The Epistle to the Hebrews states: ďJesus Christ the same yesterday, and today, and forever. (Heb. 13:8)

It is good to keep these words in the Book of Jeremiah in mind:Ē Thus saith the Lord, Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your soulsĒ (Jer. 6:16)

Trials and tribulations arise through the centuries. Those who stay faithful to the Lord are never disappointed. Strength of faith comes from examining Godís faithful through the centuries and following their examples.

Saints and martyrs demonstrate the benefit of staying true to Christ under all circumstances. Failing to fast and giving in to temptations will lead to peril for the soul. Denial of the self for the better life in Christ has eternal benefits.

St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
September 19 / October 2, 2016
Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost.
Sunday after the Exaltation of the Cross.
Sts. Trophimus, Sabatus and Dorimedontos, Martyrs.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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