St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 925 - September 26 / October 9, 2016

The Orthodox Faith

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

No. 925
September 26 / October 9, 2016
Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost

Diocesan Bishop - His Grace Bishop IRINEJ

Parish Priest - Father Rodney Torbic

Phone 724-966-7428
Phone/Fax 724-966-7780
Cellular Phone 412-860-0944

I Thessalonians 1:3

Remembering without ceasing your work of faith, and labour of love, and patience of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ, in the sight of God and our Father

Recent Services
October 2
Third and Sixth Hours were read. Father Deacon David Rostcheck served. Twenty-Five people attended.
October 3
Vespers was read.
October 4
Matins was read.
Vespers was read.
October 5
Matins was read.
Six people came to Waynesburg University for the Akathist of Thanks.
Seven people came to Holy Trinity Mission in Fairmont,W. Va. for Vespers. Five people stayed for class.
October 6
Matins was read.
Vespers was read.

Services this Coming Week. Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule.

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

4:00 PM on 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.

8:00 AM Divine Liturgy

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

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

October 9 - St. John the Apostle and Theologian
October 11 - St. Chariton the Confessor
October 14 - Protection of the Mother of God. Divine Liturgy at 8:00 AM
October 19 - St. Thomas the Holy Apostle
October 27 - St. Petka. Paraskeva
October 30 - Parish Anniversary Celebration. Banquet and Program.

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

Plan to attend the Parish Anniversary celebration on October 30. Banquet following the Divine Liturgy will be at Dolfiís as in previous nineteen years.

Church school classes are beginning today for youths. Bring your children each Sunday.

Joseph and Richelle Romanchak have graciously have accept to teach the children.

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

Care and use of talents given from God.
Applying talents from God for good purposes.
Being joyful in working for Godís Holy Church.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

September 30 - Went to Morgantown, W.Va. for printing.
September 30 - Visited parishioner in Lafayette Manor, Uniontown.
October 1 - Went to Enthronement-Hierarchical Divine Liturgy and Banquet for His Grace Bishop Pittsburgh. Later drove to St. Stephen Serbian Orthodox Church in Lackawanna, New York.
October 2 - Served at Hierarchical Divine Liturgy at St. Stephen Serbian Orthodox Church and Parastos for Very Reverend Stavrophor Rastko Trbuhovich.
October 3 - Went to Holy Trinity Mission in Fairmont, W.Va. and Westin, W.Va for pastoral reasons. Went to Lafayette Manor in Uniontown, Pa. to visit parishioner.
October 5 - Went to Waynesburg University for Akathist and Holy Trinity Mission in Fairmont, W.Va. for Vespers and class.

Wisdom of Solomon 13:1

For all men while ignorant of God were useless in their condition. So from the good things that are seen they were unable to know Him who exists, nor did they know the Craftsman by paying attention to His works

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

The Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost

Matthew 25:14-30

For the kingdom of heaven is as a man travelling into a far country, who called his own servants, and delivered unto them his goods. And unto one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one; to every man according to his several ability; and straightway took his journey. Then he that had received the five talents went and traded with the same, and made them other five talents. And likewise he that had received two, he also gained other two. But he that had received one went and digged in the earth, and hid his lord's money. After a long time the lord of those servants cometh, and reckoneth with them. And so he that had received five talents came and brought other five talents, saying, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me five talents: behold, I have gained beside them five talents more. His lord said unto him, Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord. He also that had received two talents came and said, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me two talents: behold, I have gained two other talents beside them. His lord said unto him, Well done, good and faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord. Then he which had received the one talent came and said, Lord, I knew thee that thou art an hard man, reaping where thou hast not sown, and gathering where thou hast not strawed: And I was afraid, and went and hid thy talent in the earth: lo, there thou hast that is thine. His lord answered and said unto him, Thou wicked and slothful servant, thou knewest that I reap where I sowed not, and gather where I have not strawed: Thou oughtest therefore to have put my money to the exchangers, and then at my coming I should have received mine own with usury. Take therefore the talent from him, and give it unto him which hath ten talents. For unto every one that hath shall be given, and he shall have abundance: but from him that hath not shall be taken away even that which he hath. And cast ye the unprofitable servant into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth. (KJV)

Each person receives gifts from God. Gifts from God come each day. Recipients determine the way to use the gifts. Appreciative recipients use the gifts beneficially in God-pleasing ways.

The time of life is a gift from God. Individuals using the time of life wisely experience personal enrichment. Individuals using the time of life prudently have verification from God.

Charitable actions and activities are favorable uses of Godís gifts. Readers of the Gospel learn of Godís concern for the sick, the suffering, the needy and the imprisoned (Mt. 25:31-46).

Each person determines the way he or she uses material wealth. Material wealth is a blessing from God. Greed and miserliness have no part in the Christian life. Charitable giving is a Christian expectation.

God gives individuals physical or mental talents. Some individuals are talented musicians, artists or craftsmen. Applying personal talents for the glory of God and benefit to Godís Holy Church is rewarding.

Iconographers, choir members and craftsmen working for the benefit of the Church experience personal fulfillment. Cooks and bakers using their talents for the Church improve many different lives.

Church school teachers utilize their intellect and strong faith for the benefit of children, youths and adults attending their classes. When God comes to judge the living and the dead, their records will be revealed.

Individuals giving of their time to serve on church executive boards give of the time and talents received from God. God will notice the good use of these talents.

Individuals do well to recognize the goodness coming from God. Being grateful to God always has a place throughout each day. Each person has the responsibility and is accountable for decisions made regarding gifts received.

In the current Gospel, the man traveling returned to check what his servants had done with the talents received. The Lord Jesus Christ will return at some point and each person will be accountable for the life lived and talents used.

Now is the time to assess the use of the time and talents of life. Now is the time to determine if life is being lived according to the Holy Gospel. Are talents from God being used for the glory of God and in ways pleasing to God?

Before Christ returns to judge the living and the dead and before departure from this life, bringing personal life into conformity with Godís teachings and standards is in order.

Failure to live in ways pleasing to God puts a person at a disadvantage when the final judgment takes place. The servant in the current Gospel not making good use of the talent received was penalized for his poor decision making.

Every person coming to church hears the Holy Gospel at each Divine Liturgy. Every Christian should have a Bible at home and should become familiar with the contents.

Being a Christian carries with it the responsibility of living in ways pleasing to God. The Christian life assumes a life of active use of the mind and the body. When talents are wisely applied, the benefits increase.

Christian joy increases to the degree a person invests his or her life in Christ. Individuals having received the God-given ability to pray are enriched and enrich the lives of others when praying extensively.

God gives gifts to every person. Each person receiving the gifts has the responsibility according to his or her ability to use the gifts in accord with the Holy Gospel. Joy awaits the wise and prudent use of Godís holy gifts.

St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
September 26 / October 9, 2016
The Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost.
St. John the Theologian, Apostle and Evangelist.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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