St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 931 - November 7 / 20, 2016


The Orthodox Faith


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


No. 931
November 7 / 20, 2016
Twenty-Second 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



Romans 5:1

Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:

Recent Services
November 10
Matins was read.
November 11
Matins was read.
Vespers was read.
November 12
Midnight Office was read.
espers was read.
November 13
Matins was read.
Third and Sixth Hours were read followed by Divine Liturgy with blessing of Slava Kolací and Koljivo. Living and departed Choir members were remembered. Forty-two people attended. Seven communicants.
November 14
Matins was read.
November 15
Vespers was read.
November 16
Matins was read.
Five people came to Waynesburg University for the Akathist of Thanks.
Six people came to Holy Trinity Mission in Fairmont, W.Va. for Vespers and class.
November 17
Matins was read.
Three people came for the Akathist to St. Nectarios.
November 18
Matins was read.

Services This Week. Always Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule.

Today
Matins, Divine Liturgy.

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

Afternoons
4:00 PM on Monday, Thursday and Saturday. Divine Liturgy at 8:00 AM.

Tuesday
6:30 PM Akathist of Thanksgiving and class at Holy Trinity Mission in Fairmont, W.Va.

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 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. Thanksgiving Day.
November 25 - St. John the Merciful
November 26 - St.John Chrysostom. Divine Liturgy at 8:00 AM
November 27 - St. Philip, Apostle
November 28 - Beginning of Nativity Fast.
November 29 - St. Matthew, Apostle and Evangelist

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

Choir Director Sonia Janson served as the Mistress of Ceremonies at the Choir Slava program. Speakers and readers at the Slava program included: Stan Brozik, John and Felecia Williamson, Andrea Janson, Aaron Carson, Dr. Scott, Sarah and Emily Newton, Paulette Radock, Djelosh Milosevich, Mary Jo Krivitsky, Milded Bezjak, Milosh Serb Krewasky, Dr.Ezekiel Olagoke, Dr.Richard Romanos Pierce, Lt. Col. Willie and Thekla Spens.and Rebeccca Mitchell. Additional participants in the Slava celebration included Joseph, Richelle, Elijah, Luka, Nina and Jonah Romanchak, Zachary Newton, Beth Ann Stephens and daughter Taylor, Grulja and Willma Milosevich, Lucille Carnahan, Glenda Sethman, and Anna Mae Knezovich.

Frank Snyder from Harrisburg area takes time from his busy schedule and important work to come to St. George Church when he is in the area.

Sonia Janson, Sandy Rantovich, Felecia Williamson, Dianna Brozich, Anna Mae Knezovich, Glenda Sethmen and Mildred Bezjak baked rolls this week.

Subdeacon Anthony Miralles and Mildred Bezjak came to class on Thursday.

Thank you for all donating food for the Greene County food bank.

Remember the 78 miners that lost their lives in 1968 in the Farmington No.9 disaster

Pray for the miners and steel workers losing their jobs and promised benefits.

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.

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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 attention and identification with the sick and suffering.
Godís concern for the stranger and the imprisoned.
Godís encouragement for believers to feed the hungry.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

Nov. 11 - Went to Morgantown for printing.
Nov. 12 - Went to St. Alexander Nevsky Cathedral in Allison Park and Holy Trinity Orthodox Greek Orthodox for the Orthodox Church in America Diocesan celebration.
November 16 - Went to Waynesburg Universtiy for Akathist and Fairmont, W.Va for Vespers and class.
November 17 - Gave opening prayer and spoke at United Mine Workers of America rally for safety of correctional officers and need for a new Fayette County prison.

Wisdom of Solomon 19:22

For in everything, O Lord, You have exalted and glorified Your people. And have not neglected to be present with them in every time and place.

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


The Twenty Second Sunday after Pentecost

Luke 16:19-31

There was a certain rich man, which was clothed in purple and fine linen, and fared sumptuously every day: And there was a certain beggar named Lazarus, which was laid at his gate, full of sores, And desiring to be fed with the crumbs which fell from the rich man's table: moreover the dogs came and licked his sores. And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham's bosom: the rich man also died, and was buried; And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom. And he cried and said, Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame. But Abraham said, Son, remember that thou in thy lifetime receivedst thy good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things: but now he is comforted, and thou art tormented. And beside all this, between us and you there is a great gulf fixed: so that they which would pass from hence to you cannot; neither can they pass to us, that would come from thence. Then he said, I pray thee therefore, father, that thou wouldest send him to my father's house: For I have five brethren; that he may testify unto them, lest they also come into this place of torment. Abraham saith unto him, They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them. And he said, Nay, father Abraham: but if one went unto them from the dead, they will repent. And he said unto him, If they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded, though one rose from the dead. (KJV)

The present Gospel reflects Godís love and concern for the poor and suffering. God does not forget about those suffering innocently in this life. God took care of the suffering Lazarus.

The rich man experienced temporary riches in this life. The rich man was exposed to continuous suffering after his death. This Gospel reading is a message of hope and encouragement for present day sufferers.

The present Gospel verifies the importance of patience in doing and being good. God sees all and knows all. God does not forget or neglect those individuals in need of mercy and love.

Believers do well to assess the values held dearly in this life. The present day world is rife with greed. The present day world has plenty of people suffering. The rich man in the current Gospel could have helped Lazarus.

The rich man could have helped his suffering neighbor. The rich man could have avoided the suffering after death. Individuals overcome with greed do well to heed this Gospel message.

The lasting value of the Holy Prophets is verified in the current Gospel. Current believers enrich their lives by reading about Moses and the prophets. Contemporary believers will learn lasting lessons from Moses and the prophets.

The rich man learned too late about his shortsightedness. The present Gospel reveals the importance of being attentive to God and Godís teachings. The Holy Scriptures offer lasting lessons for life.

Each person determines the way he or she will invest the time and efforts of life. Each person adopts guiding values of life. Charity and love are Christian hallmarks.

The greed of the rich man in the Gospel offered no lasting benefit. Lazarus was exceedingly modest in his desires. Lazarus was well cared for after departing this life.

Societal values at times promote the massive accumulation of material wealth. Hard and greedy hearts turn deaf ears and blind eyes to the needs of the poor in their midst.

Many communities across this land show the stark contrast contrasts between residentsí styles of living. Why is there such a disparity between the rich and the poor?

How much attention is given by the exceedingly rich to the poor in their midst? Do the exceedingly wealth of this land show compassion and Christian generosity to their suffering neighbors?

Greed is not limited to the materially wealthy. Greed can afflict individuals of all income levels. Disproportionate use of material wealth in a household can have the same effects as in the case of Lazarus and the rich man.

When a husband or wife takes a disproportionate share of the income and causes the spouse to suffer in need, Christ is not being followed. Christian homes show love and consideration for the needs of each person in the home.

Serious Christian families are charitable to the needy individuals. Being charitable is a sharing of Godís love and blessings. Being charitable is an actualizing of the Christ in the community.

Today is the day to realize God gives blessings to each of us. Today is the day to assess the degree we reflect gratitude toward God for blessings received. In thanksgiving, let us be generous to the needy in our midst.

Let us do what we can to reduce the disparity between the rich and the innocently suffering in our midst. Pray to God for guidance and direction in the best way to share material wealth.

Godís Holy Church offers many constructive opportunities for charitable giving. Learn of the good work being done through the Church. Be supportive to the degree possible to reduce existing suffering.


St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
November 7 / 20, 2016
Twenty-Second Sunday after Pentecost.
Holy 33 Martyrs of Melitene.
Ven. Lazarus.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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