St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 978 - October 2 / 15, 2017


The Orthodox Faith


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


No. 978
October 2 / 15, 2017
Nineteenth 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



I Thessalonians 1:3

Remembering without ceasing your work of faith, and labour of love, and patience of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ, in the sight of God and our Father;

Recent Services
October 4
Akathist and Adult class were held. Three people attended at St. George Church.
Akathist and Adult class were held at Holy Trinity Mission in Fairmont. Eight people attended.
October 8
Matins was read.
Third and Sixth Hours were read followed by Divine Liturgy. Thirty-four people attended. Two communicants.
October 10
Four people attended the Akathist at Waynesburg University.
October 11
Heiromonk Sava came to serve at the Akathist and participated in the Adult class. Six adults attended.
Eleven people attended Vespers and class at Holy Trinity Mission in Fairmont, W.Va.

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.

Wednesday
6:30 PM Vespers and class at Holy Trinity Mission, Fairmont, W.Va.

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

Akathists and classes will resume the second week of November at St. George Church.

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

Important Dates

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 with Divine Liturgy at 10:00 AM and dinner afterwards at Dolfi’s. Notify the parish office if you plan to attend.

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

Sympathy extended to Dennis and Sandy Elliot. Sandy’s sister +Joyce departed this life.

Subdeacon Anthony Miralles, Sonia Janson, Paulette Radock, Felecisa Williamson, Mildred Bezjak and Vincent Wise attended adult class on Wednesday.

Father Sasa Nedic plans to resume the classes the second week of November.

St. Ellien Antiochian Orthodox Church in Brownsville was used for services on occasion by St. George Church before the current church was completed.

Congratulations to Susan Solomon for being recognized by the Antiochian Archdiocese for her meritorious work at St. Ellien Church.

Sonia Janson attended the Hundredth Anniversary celebration of St. Ellien Church.

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.

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

Letting Christian love be the basis for all interaction.
Viewing Christ in each person in daily life.
Being immeasurably grateful for God’s love.

Recent Activities of Parish Administrator

October 4 - Went to Fairmont, W.Va. for Akathist and class.
October 5 - Went to Morgantown,W.Va. for printing.
October 6-7 - Went to St. Stephen Serbian Orthodox Church in Lackawanna, New York for Hundredth Anniversary celebration.
October 8 - Went to Hundredth Anniversary of St. Ellien Antiochian Orthodox Church.
October 11 - Went to parishioner’s family celebration.

Wisdom of Sirach 46:1

Johsua the son of Nun was mighty in war, and was the successor of Moses in prophesying.

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


The Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost

Luke 6:31-36

And as ye would that men should do to you, do ye also to them likewise. For if ye love them which love you, what thank have ye? for sinners also love those that love them. And if ye do good to them which do good to you, what thank have ye? for sinners also do even the same. And if ye lend to them of whom ye hope to receive, what thank have ye? for sinners also lend to sinners, to receive as much again. But love ye your enemies, and do good, and lend, hoping for nothing again; and your reward shall be great, and ye shall be the children of the Highest: for He is kind unto the unthankful and to the evil. Be ye therefore merciful, as your Father also is merciful. (KJV)

The Lord Jesus Christ defines the standards for personal relationships. He sets forth directions for a God-pleasing life. He provides directions that will lead to increased peace and goodwill.

Jesus wants believers to treat others as the believers wanted treated themselves. Believers envisioning themselves in the place of the person with whom they are dealing will have a better perspective of how to relate to the person.

When believers act oblivious to the Gospel, relationships become strained. Jesus stated: “And why do you look at the speck in your brother’s eye, but do not consider the plank in your own eye?” (Mt. 7:3)

Personal relationships are to be in accord with the ways of Christ. Personal relationships that fail to meet Christ’s standards manifest deficiencies. Marital life is not fulfilling if husband and wife fail to live according to Christ

Relationships between family members and friends do not reach their fullest potential if Christ is not the center, the foundation and the goal of the relationships. If the believer exhibits patience and love, interpersonal relationships improve.

In Proverbs we read: “When a man’s ways please the Lord, he makes even his enemies to be at peace with him.” (Prov. 16:7) The world would be a better place if world leaders heeded Biblical wisdom.

Christ strengthens the bond among believers. Christ said: “Where two or three are gathered together in My name, I am there in the midst of them.” (Mt. 18:20).

Parish relationships have their foundation in Christ and draw their existence from Christ. All that takes place within the parish is expected to be in accord with the reasons for consecrating the church.

Parishioners carry their identity into their homes, neighborhoods and communities. Christians are to exhibit qualities of Christ in workplace relationships, in neighborhood relationships and in academic surroundings.

Christian employers and Christian elected officials are to live in accord with the Gospel. Christians at all levels of government and industry are to meet or exceed Christian standards.

Christians are to view the people they meet in life as if they were meeting Christ Himself. (Mt. 25:31-46) The Christian life has rules to follow. Being a Christian involves more that following rules.

Unity with Christ is the goal of Christians. Experiencing the everlasting love of Christ is the goal of Christians. Entering the Kingdom of God is the goal of Christians.

Exhibiting the love of God in personal relationships is the expectation of Christians. The First Epistle of St. John states: “Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God.” (I Jn. 4:7)

Everyone in the world is not a practicing Christian. A certain amount of evil exists. Dangers to the personal health and well-being of Christians become known daily.

The Gospel provides believers with a basis for considering personal relationships and for establishing them. Believers can turn to the Gospel with confidence to study relationships and to think more clearly about them.

Physical, mental or emotional abuse have no place in a loving relationship. Close interpersonal relationships require care and nurturing if they are to develop in ways pleasing to God.

When experiencing difficulties in certain personal relationships, prayer and listening carefully to God brings improvements. Maintaining internal peace is important. Maintaining Christian standards is important.

Peace and Christian standards are not to be compromised in personal relationships. The Gospel has a way of shedding light on personal relationships and strengthening believers to face moments of difficultly with good resolve.

The Cross of Christ is evidence of evil being manifested against good but at the same time manifests good over evil. Men took evil action against Christ. Christ’s goodness became apparent by His Resurrection.

Christ does not fail those who follow Him in faith. The Gospel is special. Individuals taking the Gospel seriously will notice the difference in their lives. The Gospel has a physical effect upon the serious Christian.

The Gospel nourishes the soul of the serious Christian. The Gospel defines and gives direction to the actions of the serious Christian. Serious Christians are not without error or sin and are required to repent to be in unity with Christ.

Centuries ago the world was small for most individuals because of the limited ability to travel and communicate. Learning to get along with each other as Christ would have is a challenge for each generation.


St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
October 2 / 15, 2017
The Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost.
Hieromartyr Cyprian of Antioch.
Blessed Andrew, Fool for Christ.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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