St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 930 - October 31 / November 13, 2016


The Orthodox Faith


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


No. 930
October 31 / November 13, 2016
Twenty-First 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



James 2:26

For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also

Recent Services
November 4
Matins was read.
Vespers was read.
November 5
Vespers was read.
November 6
Matins was read.
Third and Sixth Hours were read followed by the Divine Liturgy. Forty-one people attended. Nine communicants.
November 7
Matins was read.
Vespers was read.
November 8
Matins was read.
Three people came for Divine Liturgy.
Canon to the Mother of God was read.
November 9
Matins was read.
Four people came for the Akathist of Thanks at Waynesburg University.
Seven people came for the Akathist and meeting to the Holy Trinity at Holy Trinity Mission in Fairmont, W.Va.

Services This Week. Always Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule.

Today
Matins, Divine Liturgy, Blessing of Kolací and Koljivo.

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

Afternoons
4:00 PM on Monday, Tuesday, Friday.

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

Thursday
3:00 PM Akathist and class.

Saturday
Divine Liturgy at Holy Trinity Mission in Fairmont, W.Va.

St. George Church Divine Liturgy will begin at 9:30 AM. next Sunday, November 20

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

Remember St. Mark Monastery and Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

November 13 - Choir Slava. Covered Dish Dinner and Program.
November 16 - Renovation of Church of St. George. Divine Liturgy at 8:00 AM.
November 20 - Next Sunday Divine Liturgy will start at 9:30 AM at St. George Church
November 21 - Synaxis of Holy Archangel Michael. Divine Liturgy at 8 AM.
November 22 - St. Nectarios. Divine Liturgy at 8:00 AM.
November 24 - St. Stefan of Decani. Divine Liturgy at 8:00 AM.
November 25 - St. John the Merciful

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

Thank you to dedicated Choir Director Sonia Janson and Choir members: Andrea Janson, Djelosh Milosevich. Paulette Radock, Mildred Bezjak, Anna Mae Knezovich, Ludwig Miscovich, Frank Menhart, Mary Jo Krivitsky and helper Nina Romanchak.

St. George Choir serves the church with great dedication throughout the year.

Thank you to all supporting the St. George Choir.

Thank you to John Williamson for recent improvements made on the parish house.

Thank you to Dr. Ezekiel Olagoke for encouraging his students to visit the church.

Sympathy extended to family of +Sophie Manojlovich recently departed this life.

Sympathy extended to family of Marvin ďMikeĒ Petrovich recently departed this life.

Bring your children each Sunday for Divine Liturgy and church school.

Congratulations to Scott Skolnekovich and Ryan Torbic for recent athletic achievements.

Thank you to all bringing donations for Greene County Food Bank. They are needed.

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.

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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.
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Consider

Godís multiple blessings for each person.
Doing good with Christian purity of heart and mind.
Doing good with firmness of faith and love in Christ.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

November 4 - Went to Morgantown for printing.
November 7 - Delivered donations to the Greene County Food Bank.
November 9 - Went to Waynesburg University for Akathist. Went to Fairmont, W.Va. for Akathist, meeting and viewing of possible church for the Fairmont Holy Trinity Mission.
November 10 - Went to Ruby Memorial Hospital while patient had surgery.

Wisdom of Solomon 18:2

For Your holy ones did not harm those who previously wronged them. So they were thankful and begged for grace for being at variance with them.

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


The Twenty-First Sunday after Pentecost

Luke 8:5-15

A sower went out to sow his seed: and as he sowed, some fell by the way side; and it was trodden down, and the fowls of the air devoured it. And some fell upon a rock; and as soon as it was sprung up, it withered away, because it lacked moisture. And some fell among thorns; and the thorns sprang up with it, and choked it. And other fell on good ground, and sprang up, and bare fruit an hundredfold. And when he had said these things, he cried, He that hath ears to hear, let him hear. And his disciples asked him, saying, What might this parable be? And he said, Unto you it is given to know the mysteries of the kingdom of God: but to others in parables; that seeing they might not see, and hearing they might not understand. Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God. Those by the way side are they that hear; then cometh the devil, and taketh away the word out of their hearts, lest they should believe and be saved. They on the rock are they, which, when they hear, receive the word with joy; and these have no root, which for a while believe, and in time of temptation fall away. And that which fell among thorns are they, which, when they have heard, go forth, and are choked with cares and riches and pleasures of this life, and bring no fruit to perfection. But that on the good ground are they, which in an honest and good heart, having heard the word, keep it, and bring forth fruit with patience. (KJV)

Let us consider the joy experienced when the seed of the Holy Gospel takes root in a personís heart. Consider the transformation of individuals hearing the Holy Gospel and making it a permanent part of personal life.

When the Gospel is continuously welcomed with an open heart and attentive mind, the person is transformed. Attentive listeners and lovers of the Gospel change for the better.

Christ transforms lovers of the Gospel. Christ changes hearts and minds welcoming, cherishing and loving Christ and the Gospel. Noticeable changes occur in heeders of the Gospel.

Some people hear the Gospel and it does not take lasting root. The devil will negatively affect some hearing the Gospel. Some people listen to the Gospel, believe for a period of time and fall away due to worldly attractions.

Great joy is experienced among those believers hearing the Gospel and firmly adhering to it through the remaining time of their lives. Thank God for each person welcoming the Gospel.

Thank God for each person adhering to the Gospel. Thank God for the love manifested in lives filled with the Gospel. Thank God for the opportunity to hear the Gospel in peace and freedom.

Thank God for the monastics, clergy, and faithful through the centuries preserving, protecting and living by the Gospel. Thank God for the monasteries, seminaries and churches teaching and proclaiming the Gospel.

Thank God for the martyrs giving their lives in witness to and defense of the Holy Gospel. Too often enough credit is not given to the keepers and teachers of the Gospel through the centuries.

Appreciation is due to the Holy Apostles, their successors and faithful through the centuries. Gratitude is due to the monasteries and seminaries preserving and teaching about the Gospel.

Thank God for the life-giving nourishment of the Holy Gospel. Thank God for the opportunity to be united with Christ through the Gospel. Thank God for the churches where the Gospel is proclaimed with fervor.

Present day believers benefit by being grateful for the painstaking perseveration of the Gospel. The sacrifices and dedication of Christians from the time of the Holy Apostles to the present add to understanding the Gospel.

Present day hearers of the Gospel are blessed due to countless sacrifices of faithful through the centuries. Churches and monasteries exist on this continent because hierarchs, clergy and faithful coming here had the Gospel in their hearts.

Too often the centuries from the time of the Holy Apostles to the present are forgotten and go unappreciated. Too often the centuries from the Creation of the world until the coming of Christ remain unacknowledged.

The Gospel becomes better understood when the centuries before Christ are considered. When the Church celebrates feasts, the Scriptural connection is often made with events in earlier centuries.

Present day happenings become better understood when believers reflect back on the experiences of the Church through the centuries. The love of God is ever present.

Godís guidance and words of wisdom are always present. God is always present to hear prayer and to guide the way to the Kingdom. Christís love is always within reach of each person.

Each attentive person will recognize Christís presence and love. The Holy Gospel is a constant expression of Christís love. The Holy Gospel is a permanent source of instruction for the path to Godís Kingdom.

Effort is necessary to be attentive to Christ and to follow Christ. Christ reaches out to the attentive through the Gospel. Christ experienced the Cross out of love for each person.

Each person hearing the Gospel determines in which category he or she will live. Personal decisions determine whether a person yields to the devil, to worldly attractions, weakness of faith or holds on to the Lord Jesus Christ forever.


St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
October 31 / November 13, 2016
Twenty-First Sunday after Pentecost.
St. Stachys, Amplias and Companions, Apostles.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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