St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 977 - September 25 / October 8, 2017


The Orthodox Faith


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


No. 977
September 25 / October 8, 2017
Eighteenth 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



Philippians 1:27

Only let your conversation be as it becometh the gospel of Christ: that whether I come and see you, or else be absent, I may hear of your affairs, that ye stand fast in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel;

Recent Services
September 30
Eight people came for Divine Liturgy to Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Mission in Fairmont,W.Va. Two communicants.
Vespers was read in St. George Church.
October 1
Matins was read.
Third and Sixth Hours were read followed by Divine Liturgy. Thirty-six people attended. Seven communicants.
October 2
Matins was read.
Vespers was read.
October 3
Matins was read.
Six people came to Waynesburg University for the Akathist.

Services This Week. Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule.

Today
Matins
Third and Sixth Hours followed by Divine Liturgy.

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

Afternoons
4:00 PM Monday.

Tuesday
4:00 PM Akathist at Waynesburg University

Wednesday
3:00 PM Akathist followed by class.
6:30 PM Vespers and class at Holy Trinity Mission, Fairmont, W.Va.

Thursday
4:00 PM

Friday
4:00 PM

Saturday
9:00 AM Divine Liturgy, Protection of the Mother of God.

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

Important Dates

October 9 - Repose of the Apostle and Evangelist John the Theologian.
October 14 - Protection of the Mother of God. Divine Liturgy at 9:00 AM.
October 17 - St. Stephen and Helen (Shtiljanovich).
October 19 - Holy Apostle Thomas.
October 22 - Holy Apostle James, son of Alpheus. St. Stephen, Despot of Serbia (The Blind).
October 27 - Venerable Mother Parasceva the Serb. St. Petka.
October 31 - Holy Apostle and Evangelist Luke.
November 5 - Parish Anniversary celebration.
November 8 - St. Demetrius.

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

Congratulations to St. Stephen Serbian Orthodox Church in Lackawanna, New York celebrating one hundred years.

Congratulations to St. Ellien Antiochian Orthodox Church in Brownsville, Pennsylvania celebrating one hundred years.

Sympathy extended to the family and friends of +Irene Hayden newly departed this life.

Father Sasa Nedic will come with Popadija Rachel to St. George Church as the parish priest effective November 1, 2017.

Father Sasa Nedic will also serve the Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Mission in Fairmont, W.Va..

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

Pray for the victims in Las Vegas.

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

See the bulletin board for dates the Miraculous Icon from Hawaii will be in the area.

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

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

Looking to God for daily direction.
Placing full confidence in the love of God.
Being ever grateful for the love and mercy of God.

Recent Activities of Parish Administrator

September 29 - Went to Morgantown, W.Va. for printing.
October 2 - Went to Mon General Hospital in Morgantown, W.Va. to visit patient.
October 3 - Attended funeral of +Irene Hayden at St. Elijah Serbian Orthodox Church, Aliquippa.
October 3 - Went to Waynesburg University for the Akathist.

Wisdom of Sirach 45:6

He exalted Aaron, the brother of Moses, a holy man like him, of the tribe of Levi.

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


The Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost

Luke 5:1-11

And it came to pass, that, as the people pressed upon Him to hear the word of God, He stood by the lake of Gennesaret, And saw two ships standing by the lake: but the fishermen were gone out of them, and were washing their nets. And He entered into one of the ships, which was Simon's, and prayed him that he would thrust out a little from the land. And He sat down, and taught the people out of the ship. Now when He had left speaking, He said unto Simon, Launch out into the deep, and let down your nets for a draught. And Simon answering said unto Him, Master, we have toiled all the night, and have taken nothing: nevertheless at Thy word I will let down the net. And when they had this done, they inclosed a great multitude of fishes: and their net brake. And they beckoned unto their partners, which were in the other ship, that they should come and help them. And they came, and filled both the ships, so that they began to sink. When Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus' knees, saying, Depart from me; for I am a sinful man, O Lord. For he was astonished, and all that were with him, at the draught of the fishes which they had taken: And so was also James, and John, the sons of Zebedee, which were partners with Simon. And Jesus said unto Simon, Fear not; from henceforth thou shalt catch men. And when they had brought their ships to land, they forsook all, and followed him. (KJV)

The people wanted to hear the word of God. They recognized they would hear the word of God by listening to the Lord Jesus Christ. The word of God was valued sufficiently for a multitude to assemble and draw near.

The hunger for the word of God is fundamental to the soul. Nothing but the authentic communication from God is sufficient to satisfy the hunger of the soul, heart and mind.

The need to hear the word of God is not limited to the particular time and place identified in the Gospel. Individuals of every century need to hear the word of God.

Jesus observed the empty boats. The fishermen had concluded their work and were cleaning up. The Evangelist Luke believed this situation was sufficiently worthy to be recorded.

Jesusí observation of the empty boats has lasted centuries. When we consider the Gospel of St. Luke it helps to think how this Gospel has shaped the lives of individuals through the centuries.

The Holy Gospel has persuasive and life-changing power. The Gospel of St. Luke carries a historic message while at the same time has contributed to the shape of lives in ensuing centuries.

Jesus was attentive to the needs of the multitudes. He taught from the boat in which He was located. Jesus chose the particular time and place for this lasting lesson to be attentive to Christ.

Jesus taking human flesh was a Divine act. The Holy Apostle Paul wrote to the Galatians: ďWhen the fullness of time had come, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the law.Ē (Gal. 4:4)

The Gospel is relevant to each century. The Gospel is relevant for each person. Each person is challenged with understanding the Gospel in the context of the Church.

While each person needs to understand the Gospelís meaning on a personal basis, each person benefits best by learning within Godís Holy Church. The Gospel exists and is best learned within the context of the Church.

Jesus speaks to individuals and to groups at all times. Individuals are expected to be listening each day to determine the Gospel message for themselves. Christian groups have responsibilities defined and perfected in Christ.

Christians are expected to make an effort in working out their salvation. Christians improve when they seek nourishment from God and listen to the word of God.

Simon Peter exhibited a certain amount of skepticism upon hearing from Jesus initially. His skepticism was not without reason. He and those with him had expended a night of toil to no avail.

How often are our efforts fruitless because they take place without first turning to Christ in prayer and seeking direction? The origin of our efforts and the goal of our efforts must be Christ.

The present Gospel teaches the efficiency and effectiveness of turning to Christ when beginning any work. With Jesusí help, the fishermen accomplished in a short period of time much more than what they did when working without Jesus.

Believers grow beyond expectation when Christ is followed faithfully. The fishermen in the current Gospel were enriched by Christ and had abundant fish to share. Believers enriched by Christ are in a position to share their blessings.

Just like the fisherman with their large catch of fish, individuals abundantly blessed by God can be overwhelmed initially. It is good to take time to pray to God for perspective and purpose.

Christians are to be good stewards of all they have and seek. The fishermen from both boats joined in the effort to handle the large catch. Just as it is important to begin efforts with prayers to God, it is important to continue focusing on God.

Simon Peter realized he was in the presence of the Lord and perceived his personal sinfulness. When we recognize our personal sin, we may be embarrassed and not want to be in the presence of God.

When we recognize our personal sin is precisely when we need to be in the presence of God. We need to repent of our sin and experience the welcome God has for repenting sinners.

Simon Peter prostrated himself before Jesus. Let us follow Peterís example and prostrate before the Lord God constantly beseeching His mercy and forgiveness. Let us heed Christ in the Gospel and follow Him at all times.


St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
September 25 / October 8, 2017
The Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost.
Venerable Mother Euprosyne.
Venerable Father Sergius of Radonezh.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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