St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 975 - September 11 / 24, 2017


The Orthodox Faith


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


No. 975
September 11 / 24, 2017
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
Email stgeorge2@windstream.net



Matthew 21:21

Jesus answered and said unto them, Verily I say unto you, If ye have faith, and doubt not, ye shall not only do this which is done to the fig tree, but also if ye shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; it shall be done.

Recent Services
September 17
Matins
Third and Sixth Hour followed by Divine Liturgy and Parastos. 41 people attended. Six communicants.
September 18
Matins was read.
Vespers was read.
September 19
Matins was read.
Seven people came for the Akathist to St. George at Waynesburg University.
September 20
Matins was read.
Seven people came for Great Vespers and class at Holy Trinity Mission in Fairmont, W.Va.
September 21
Five people came for Divine Liturgy. Two communicants.
One person came for the Akathist to the Mother of God and class.
September 22
Matins was read.

Services This Week. Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule.

Today
Matins
Third and Sixth Hours
Divine Liturgy and Blessing of a family’s Slava Kolac’and Koljivo.

Mornings
5:30 AM Matins on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday.

Tuesday
4:00 PM Akathist at Waynesburg University

Wednesday
8:00 AM Divine Liturgy, Exaltation of the Precious Cross.
3:00 PM Akathist and adult class
6:30 Great Vespers and class at Holy Trinity Mission, Fairmont, W.Va.

Thursday
4:00 PM Vespers.

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

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

Important Dates

September 25 - Apodasis of Nativity of the Mother of God.
September 27 - Exaltation of the Precious and Life-giving Cross Divine Liturgy at 8:00 AM.
October 4 - Apodasis of the Exaltation of the Cross.
October 6 - Conception of St. John the Baptist.

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

Milosh Serb Krewasky’s helpers roasting lamb this year for the picnic included: G.J. Wilson, Milan Evosevich III, Mike Evosevich, Tim Smith, John Burnette and Shane Young.

Paulette Radock came for class this week. Class will now be on Wednesdays.

Coffee Hour collection until the end of October will benefit recent hurricane victims

Be faithful in reading the Holy Scripture and in daily prayer.

Be faithful in love of God and neighbor.

Pray for the victims and those suffering from the recent hurricanes.

Donations continue to be needed for the Greene County Food Bank.

If you want your home blessed, ask the priest

If you want your marriage blessed in the Orthodox Church, ask the priest.

If you want visited at any time you might be in the hospital, ask the priest.

Pray for miners, steel workers and workers threatened with job and benefit loss.

Remember and appreciate the workers in mines, law-enforcement, corrections, probation and parole and firefighters, all working in dangerous occupations.

Pray for crime victims.

Pray for peace in the world where violence and terror are a daily fact of life.

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 a question about services, practices or teachings of the Church, ask the priest.

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Appreciate and honor the St. Sava School of Theology, Libertyville with prayers and contributions.
St. Sava School of Theology has helped greatly to fill the continuing need for parish and mission priests.

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Consider

Investing in the Kingdom of God each day.
Being conscious of the time given to God each day.
Being grateful for God’s blessings and gifts each day.

Recent Activities of Parish Administrator

September 16 - Attended Family Festival at Monastery Marcha in Richfield, Ohio. Went to Morgantown, W.Va. for printing.
September 1 - Went to Waynesburg University for Akathist to St. George.
September 20 - Went to Fairmont, W.Va. for Great Vespers and class.
September 21 - Went to Uniontown for administrative reasons.

Wisdom of Sirach 43:30

When you praise the Lord, exalt him as much as your can for he will surpass even that. When you exalt him, put forth all your strength, and do not grow weary, for you cannot praise him enough.

(The New Oxford Annotated Bible with 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)

The kingdom of heaven deserves the forefront of the Christian minds. The kingdom of heaven is the goal of each serious believer. Individuals entering the baptismal fount have the kingdom of heaven as their ultimate goal.

No one entering the baptismal fount consciously 'adopts the goal of entering into outer darkness. (Mt. 25:30). Believers are expected to seriously follow Christ throughout life.

Believers benefit by thinking seriously about the kingdom of heaven. The present Gospel lesson is clear about the wise use of earthly life, talents and resources.

Every person receives time, gifts and talents from God. Every individual makes choices whether to wisely invest the time, talents and gifts from God. God determines the ultimate value of the investments made.

The person determines the use. God weighs and judges whether the time, talents and gifts are put to the best use. Conscientious use of time, talents and gifts results in decided differences.

Believers do not know when the Second Coming will occur. The worker does not know when the master will return to settle accounts. The way a person lives each day establishes the record for the final judgment.

The present Gospel indicates the servants’ master did not give each of them equal talents. The portion he gave to each servant was different. The master made the determination of the talents he would give.

In the Gospel of St. Matthew, the Lord Jesus Christ describes the authority of a landowner to partial out his property: “Is it not lawful for me to do what I wish with my own things?” (Mt. 20:15)

The first servant received five talents. The second servant received two talents. The third servant received one talent. In daily life we see people having differences in time of life, skills and talents given by God.

The important lesson is the way each person does with the time, gifts and talents received. Faithfulness to Christ is assessed based upon adherence to Christ’s teachings, life and commandments.

Believers profess at Holy Baptism and in each Divine Liturgy that Christ will return to judge the living and the dead. Each believer’s choices reveal the degree of Christian faithfulness.

The servant receiving the five talents traded them profitably and doubled the amount. The servant receiving two talents applied himself and put the two talents to good use.

The third servant received the least and was the least productive. He hid the one talent and did not invest or trade it. He did nothing to benefit or increase the value.

Every day is a gift of God. If we use the time, gifts and talents from God wisely, the joys are multiplied. If we invest heavily in the Kingdom of God, we are enriched by the investment.

The Lord Jesus Christ is coming back to judge the living and the dead. Every day is an opportunity to prepare wisely for Christ’s return. Christ’s teachings, life and mercy help each person to prepare wisely.

We do well to seriously evaluate our use of the time of life, talents and gifts received from God. We do well to repent of foolishness and sinfulness. Now is the time to seek the Kingdom of God with due diligence.


St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
September 11 / 24, 2017
The Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost.
Venerable Mother Theodora of Alexandria.
Venerable Sergius and Herman of Valaam.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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