St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 935 - December 5 / 18, 2016


The Orthodox Faith


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


No. 935
December 5 / 18, 2016
Twenty-Sixth 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



2 Thessalonians 1:3

We are bound to thank God always for you, brethren, as it is meet, because that your faith groweth exceedingly, and the charity of every one of you all toward each other aboundeth

Recent Services
December 9
Matins was read.
December 10
Midnight Office was read.
December 11
Third and Sixth Hours were read followed by Divine Liturgy. Father Momir Zalcik served. Twenty-three people attended.

Services This Week. Always Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule.

Today
Matins
Third and Sixth Hours followed by Divine Liturgy and Parastos

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

Afternoons
4:00 PM on Tuesday, Friday.

Monday
9:00 AM Divine Liturgy, St. Nicholas

Wednesday
6:30 PM Vespers and Class in Fairmont, W.Va

Thursday
3:00 PM Akathist and class.

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

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

Important Dates

December 18 - Ven. Sabbas the Sanctified. Childrenís Day.
December 19 - St. Nicholas the Miracle Worker. Divine Liturgy at 9:00 AM.
December 20 - St. Ambrose, Ven. Grigorije of Gornjak
December 22 - Conception of Theotokos by St. Ana
December 23 - St. Jovan of Serbia
December 25 - St. Spyridon the Miracle Worker. Mothersí Day.
December 27 - Sts. Thuyrsus, Leucius, Philemon, Martyrs
December 30 - St. Daniel the Prophet, Ven. Deacon Avakum, and Abbot Paisius, Martyrs
December 31 - St. Sebastian and Companions, Martyrs
January 1 - St. Boniface, Martyr. Fathersí Day.
January 2 - St. Ignatius of Antioch; St. Daniel II of Serbia. Antefeast of Nativity.

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

Call to come to Confession during the week or on Saturday unless you live far distant.

Honor the Nativity Fast until the feast of the Nativity on January 7.

Happy Slava to individuals and families celebrating St. Nicholas Day.

Make a determined effort to be serious about Christ in daily life.

Be grateful to Christ throughout each day for immeasurable blessings.

Always give attention to repentance. Take time to read the Bible at home.

Have icons of Christ, the Mother of God and your patronal saint in your home.

Linda Porter is collecting for flowers to decorate the church for Christmas.

Dr. Andrei Popa from Bakersfield, California visited St. George Church last week.

Ann Marie Belich remains connected with St. George Church

Sandra Radojaís work on the American Srbrobran is greatly appreciated.

Remember the 239 miners that died in the Darr Mine Disaster on December 19, 1907.

Remember the 25 Coptic Orthodox Christians recently killed in Cairo, Egypt.

Thank you for all continuing to donate food 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 miners, steel workers and all other workers threatened with loss of jobs, pensions and 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.

If you have any questions about the teachings and practices 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

Being attentive to the Lord Jesus Christ throughout the day.
Focusing the mind on the Lord Jesus Christ as much as possible.
Taking time to be still and think extensively about Christ.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

December 9 - Went to Morgantown, W.Va. for printing.
December 10-11 - Went to Monastery Marcha in Richfield, Ohio for the Divine Liturgy and Parastos for +Igumania Ana.

Wisdom of Sirach 4:1

My son, deprive not the poor of his living, and do not keep needy eyes waiting.

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


The Twenty-Sixth Sunday after Pentecost

Luke 12:16-21

And he spake a parable unto them, saying, The ground of a certain rich man brought forth plentifully: And he thought within himself, saying, What shall I do, because I have no room where to bestow my fruits? And he said, This will I do: I will pull down my barns, and build greater; and there will I bestow all my fruits and my goods. And I will say to my soul, Soul, thou hast much goods laid up for many years; take thine ease, eat, drink, and be merry. But God said unto him, Thou fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee: then whose shall those things be, which thou hast provided? So is he that layeth up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God. (KJV)

The way personal time, talents and resources are used each day reflect a personís interests and priorities. Is the mind actively conscious of the Lord Jesus Christ throughout the day?

Attentive minds will be centered on Christ at all times during the day and night. Vigilant minds will readily repel distracting thoughts. Persons dedicated to Christ will forcefully reject perilous temptations.

Christians can expect to get spiritually tempted and attacked. Christ provides the strength and nourishment to ward off the attacks. Christ is the basis for achieving joy.

The rich man in the current Gospel loved material wealth. He was not content with the possessions he had. He wanted more. Being generous to God was not in his thinking.

How many people take no time during the day or night to focus on God? How many people give very little of their time, thoughts and efforts to do the work of God in daily life?

How many individuals pray to God for help but never take time to thank God for answering their prayers? Sooner or later each person becomes accountable for the way he or she lives.

Sooner or later each personís life will come to an end. Believers confess at Holy Baptism and at each Divine Liturgy that Christ will come again to judge the living and the dead.

The day of Christís return is not known. When each person will depart this life is not known. Serious Christians make the effort to always be prepared. The Nativity Fast heightens awareness of Christ.

Being ready for the final judgment is of daily importance. The rich man in the current Gospel unexpectedly found out his plans for increased abundance were brought to an end. He found out his soul was required of him.

Being rich toward God is the lesson in this Gospel. God abundantly blesses each person. Ever the poorest of the poor receive blessings from God. Every person with faculty of mind can give generously to God.

Giving to God can take many forms. Helping at the parish church is a way to give to God. Being grateful to God in prayer is giving to God. Praying for the sick, the suffering and the imprisoned is a way to give to God.

Praying for peace is giving to God. Giving of personal skills to the Church or to help the needy is a way to give to God. Taking time to learn about God is a way to give to God.

Knowledgeable believers strengthen parishes, homes and communities. Knowledgeable believers improve in their witness of Christ. Knowledgeable believers improve the work place.

Serious prayer is a way to protect and benefit the soul. Each person with a working mind can pray. Each person seriously seeking the Kingdom of God will pray regularly.

Families and friendships improve when individuals take time to pray for their loved ones. Workplaces improve when workers quietly pray for improvements.

Giving generously to God is to best done anonymously and freely. Giving abundantly to God is best done with purity of intentions. Ostentatious giving of any manner is far from the Christian practice.

Love and care of the soul are the guiding Christian practices. Love of Christ and love of neighbor are the norm for daily Christian life. We never know when life will end.

Christ sets forth standards for judgment in the Holy Gospel. Individuals serious about Christ will strive to live according to Christ. Individuals seeking the Kingdom of God will seek Christ throughout the day and night.

The hunger for Christ is best satisfied in and through the Church. Christís nourishment is abundant in and through the Church. Believers learn best when their lives are structured according to the Churchís teachings.

The Church has centuries of experience to guide, benefit and instruct believers. The Church has the Divine services for nourishing hungry souls. The Church offers ways to prepare for the final judgment.

The rich man in the current Gospel experienced an unexpected end. Christ teaches attentive listeners to the present Gospel not to suffer the same fate as the rich man.

Let us pray and be generous to God. Let us be generous to the needy in our midst. Let us be grateful to God for abundant blessings. May God dominate our thoughts and actions at all times with the greatest of joy.


St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
December 5 / 18, 2016
Twenty-Sixth Sunday after Pentecost.
St. Sabbas the Sanctified
St. Nektarije of Bitolje
Childrenís Day

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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