St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 926 - October 3 / 16, 2016

The Orthodox Faith

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

No. 926
October 3 / 16, 2016
Seventeenth 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

Acts 20:18-21

And from Miletus he sent to Ephesus, and called the elders of the church. And when they were come to him, he said unto them, Ye know, from the first day that I came into Asia, after what manner I have been with you at all seasons, Serving the LORD with all humility of mind, and with many tears, and temptations, which befell me by the lying in wait of the Jews: And how I kept back nothing that was profitable unto you, but have shewed you, and have taught you publicly, and from house to house, Testifying both to the Jews, and also to the Greeks, repentance toward God, and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ

Recent Services
October 7
Matins was read.
Vespers was read.
October 8
Third and Sixth Hours were read followed by Divine Liturgy at Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Mission in Fairmont,W.Va. Seven people attended One communicant.
Vespers was read at St.George Church.
October 9
Matins was read.
Third and Sixth Hours were read followed by Divine Liturgy. Thirty-two people attended. Six communicants.
October 10
Matins was read.
October 11
Vespers was read.
October 12
Matins was read.
Five people came for the Akathist of Thanks at Waynesburg University.
Seven people came for Vespers at Holy Trinity Mission in Fairmont, W.Va. Five people stayed for class.
October 13
Matins was read.
Two people came for the Akathist for the Protection of the Mother of God.
October 14
Matins was read.
Third Hour was read followed by Divine Liturgy. Four people attended. One communicant.

Services this Coming Week. Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule.

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

4:00 PM on Monday, Tuesday, Saturday.

8:00 AM Divine Liturgy
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 19 - St. Thomas the Holy Apostle. Divine Liturgy at 8:00 AM.
October 27 - St. Petka. Paraskeva

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. Make reservations by October 25th.

Sympathy extended to Kumovi and friends of +Kathryn Sage newly departed this life.

Sympathy extended to the family and friends of +Jannell Wingrove newly departed.

Dr. Rade Dimitric always comes to St. George Church when he visits brother Dr. Ivko.

Stan Brozik, Paulette Radock, Lt. Colonel Willie Spens and Dr. Scott Michael and Heather Newton attended the Enthronement of His Grace Bishop IRINEJ.

Church school classes are being held. Bring your children each Sunday.

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

Paulette Radock and Mildred Bezjak came to class on Thursday.

Subdeacon Anthony Miralles has entered the St. Stephenís Program at the Antiochian House of Studies.

Kathleen Waters is progressing in the Masterís program at at the Antiochian House of Studies.

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 personal peace possible by drawing near to the Lord Jesus Christ.
The sanity achievable by living in Christ.
The joy experienced by seriously following Christ.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

October 7 - Went to Morgantown, W.Va. for printing.
October 8 - Went to Fairmont, W.Va. for Divine Liturgy.
October 8 - Went to Morgantown for parish family celebration.
October 12 - Went to Waynesburg for Akathist and Fairmont, W.Va for Vespers and class.

Wisdom of Solomon 14:9

For equally hateful to God are the ungodly man and his ungodliness.

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

The Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost

Matthew 15:21-28

Then Jesus went thence, and departed into the coasts of Tyre and Sidon. And, behold, a woman of Canaan came out of the same coasts, and cried unto Him, saying, Have mercy on me, O Lord, thou son of David; my daughter is grievously vexed with a devil. But He answered her not a word. And His disciples came and besought Him, saying, Send her away; for she crieth after us. But He answered and said, I am not sent but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel. Then came she and worshipped Him, saying, Lord, help me. But He answered and said, It is not meet to take the children's bread, and to cast it to dogs. And she said, Truth, Lord: yet the dogs eat of the crumbs which fall from their masters' table. Then Jesus answered and said unto her, O woman, great is thy faith: be it unto thee even as thou wilt. And her daughter was made whole from that very hour. (KJV)

A mother with a daughter vexed with a devil drew near to the Lord Jesus Christ in faith. The mother turned to the Lord Jesus Christ for help with her daughter. The woman appealed for mercy.

The divine services of Godís Holy Church are filled with appeals for mercy. Believers coming to church benefit greatly from the consistent appeals for the Lord to have mercy.

The mother in the current Gospel was persistent in her appeal to the Lord. She was resolute in hope and in faith. The motherís firmness of faith was recognized by the Lord Jesus Christ.

vThe Gospel even in small portions offers nourishment to attentive listeners. The current Gospel is an important lesson in these turbulent times when parents struggle to raise emotionally healthy sons and daughters.

The womanís daughter in the current Gospel was made whole. Parents benefit by turning to the Christ today in behalf of their sons and daughters. Parents establish a firm foundation when centering their lives in Christ.

Being a parent is difficult. Great responsibility comes with the joys of parenthood. Sons and daughters need parental prayers throughout life. Every stage of life brings challenges, temptations and perils to the soul.

Sons and daughters face difficult decisions throughout life. Parental prayers are important sources of support and strength. Parents become examples for their sons and daughters by being faithful to the Lord Jesus Christ.

The current Gospel offers hope to parents. When sons and daughters experience difficulties in life, this Gospel reading offers solid direction for parents to turn to Christ in hope.

Temptations abound in the current world. Parents often do their best but a son or daughter may be overcome by the devil. Parental prayers offer the road to peace for parents.

The soul is best nourished by the Lord Jesus Christ. The Gospel is nourishment for the soul. The Gospel offers contentment for believers. Holy Confession and Holy Communion are avenues of peace for parents.

Sons and daughters eventually grow to adulthood. Parents are examples for their sons and daughters. Godparents also have a responsibility to be examples.

Christ is where parents can seek help when they are at a loss with sons and daughters beset by the devil. Sons and daughters can get caught up in worldly temptations. Sons and daughters can be overtaken by the devil.

Peace comes through the Lord Jesus Christ. Solutions to contemporary problems come through the Lord Jesus Christ. The current Gospel offers a perspective for parents to constantly keep in mind.

Too often parents will look to other than Christ for solutions in dealing with a son or daughter beset by the devil. Too often parents will give up in frustration when difficulties with a son or daughter arise.

Parental love is for all of life. The Lord God loves each person throughout life. Parents have the responsibility of loving their sons and daughters throughout life.

Praying for sons and daughters throughout life is a way to fulfill parental responsibilities. Sons and daughters are attuned to the values parents hold dearly. Sons and daughters know if parents are grounded in Christ.

Sons and daughters know if parents turn to Christ throughout each day. It is never too late for a mother or father to begin to pray for a son or daughter. It is never too late for a parent to repent if he or she has failed a son or daughter.

While there is life in the body and faculty of mind, a negligent parent can repent and turn to Christ. Parents have the opportunity to seek forgiveness from Christ for errors made in raising their sons and daughters.

God is good, merciful and forgiving. God will heal hurting hearts and minds. God is not to be underestimated in the ability to heal even the deepest of personal hurts.

Prayer makes a difference. Prayer always makes a difference. Prayer is the way to draw closer to Christ. The mother in the current Gospel voiced her appeal to Christ and Christ answered.

The mother and daughter in the current Gospel had reason to be thankful to the Lord. Their lives were changed dramatically for the better. Strong believers in Christ find their lives improve dramatically for the better.

St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
October 3 / 16, 2016
The Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost.
St. Dionysius the Areopagite, Hieromartyr.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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