St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 980 - October 16 / 29, 2017


The Orthodox Faith


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


No. 980
October 16 / 29, 2017
Twenty-First 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 Corinthians 13:13

And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity

Recent Services
October 20
Matins was read.
October 21
Matins was read.
Third and Sixth Hours were read followed by Divine Liturgy and Parastos at Holy Trinity Mission in Fairmont, W.Va. Twenty-two people attended. Four communicants.
Graves were blessed in Barrackville, W.Va Cemetery.
Vespers was read.
October 22
Matins was read.
Third and Sixth Hours were read followed by Divine Liturgy and Parastos. Forty-two people attended. Seven communicants.
October 23
Matins was read.
October 24
Matins was read.
Vespers was read.
October 25
Matins was read.

Services This Week. Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule.

Today
Matins
Third and Sixth Hours followed by Divine Liturgy.

Tuesday
4:00 PM Akathist at Waynesburg University

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

Important Dates

October 31 - Holy Apostle and Evangelist Luke. St. Peter I, Metropolitan and Wonderworker of Cetinje.
November 1 - Holy Prophet Joel; Venerable Prochorus of Pchinja; Venerable John of Rila.
November 4 - Memorial Saturday
November 5 - Parish Anniversary celebration with Divine Liturgy at 10:00 AM and dinner afterwards at Dolfi’s. Please notify the parish office if you plan to attend.
November 8 - Holy and Great-martyr Demetrios the Myhrr-gusher of Thessalonica.
November 10 - St. Arsenius of Srem, Archbishop of Serbia.
November 12 - St. Milutin , King of Serbia; Ven. Theoctist and Helena; Conf. Varnava of Hvosno.

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

Thank you heartily to all parishioners and friends of the parish.

A warm welcome to Father Sasa and Popadija Rachel Nedic.

Plan to attend the Anniversary celebration on November 5.

Notify the parish office by October 31 with your reservations for the Anniversary dinner.

Always give thanks to God for daily blessings.

Seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness… (Mt. 6:33)

Practice forgiveness.

Always hope in Christ.

Continue to repent throughout life.

Let Christian love be the basis for all relationships.

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

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

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

The power of God’s love to heal broken lives.
The power of God’s love to heal broken hearts.
The power of God’s love to bring joy to each person.

Recent Activities of Parish Administrator

October 21 - Went to Holy Trinity Mission in Fairmont, West Virginia for Divine Liturgy and Parastos. Stopped in Morgantown, W. Va. for printing. Later went to Jeffereson Memorial Cemetery.
October 23 - Went to Morgantown, W.Va. for printing.

Wisdom of Sirach 48:1

Then the prophet Elijah arose like a fire, and his word burned like a torch.

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


Our Relationship with Jesus Christ

This is the time to consider Jesus Christ and our relationship with Him. Jesus Christ is ever present with us. At times we will clearly sense His presence. At other times, we will feel distant and have thoughts dwelling other than on Christ. It is important that we always repent and return to Jesus Christ.

Our relationship with Jesus Christ is more than intellectual. It is intensely and uniquely personal. Though all Christians are united with and identify with Christ, each person feels a special relationship with Christ, a one to One relationship.

A special bond exists among Christians which they share with each other and with Christ. This bond transcends language and territory to link together in spirit and love, people who have never met personally.

The physical birth of Jesus Christ took place centuries ago. As Orthodox Christians, we celebrate Christ’s nativity each year as a present day reality. We proclaim with joy each year that “God is with us!”

It is likely that we do not spend sufficient time being amazed at the passage of centuries and the enduring presence of Christ. Each year at the Divine Liturgy on Pascha we read from the Gospel of St. John that Jesus existed at what is referred to as “the beginning.” (Jn. 1:2). St. John states that all things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made.” (Jn. 1:3)

Jesus Christ is central to our Faith. We take our identity from Him. We place our hope in Him. He is our salvation, the source for the remission of sins.

As Christians, we live in a busy and diverse world. There are many distractions. Many individuals in the world blaspheme and do not proclaim Jesus Christ with great glory. At times, the conclusion can be drawn a war is being waged to denounce and subdue any references to Jesus Christ in public places.

We must be certain of our faith. Our perspective must be clear. Through prayer, continual prayer without ceasing, we can come to know Christ as we have never known Him. The barriers to our relationship with Jesus Christ exist within us.

Each of us exerts control over our personal prayer life. Each of us exerts control over our use of time. Our thoughts are subject to personal control. We must be sensitive to the world “discipline” and how it emanates from the word “disciple”. To be disciples of Christ, He must ever be present in our prayers, thoughts and mind. Jesus Christ must be our consuming interest.

The Orthodox Church is a Trinitarian Church. In the Creed, we proclaim our belief in One God, the Father Almighty, maker of heaven and earth. We proclaim our belief in the Son of God, of one essence with the Father.

In the Creed, we assert our belief in the Holy Spirit, the giver of life, who with the Father and Son is worshipped and glorified. Our beliefs give rise to our actions and they define us as human beings.

We are members of the Holy Orthodox Church. Our religious teachings and services proclaim Christ as God and enable us to learn more about Him. Through the Holy Mysteries, we experience Christ in diverse ways in which He wonderfully impacts our lives.

The Holy Mysteries are turning points in human lives. We meet Christ in the Holy Mysteries, in Baptism, Chrismation, Confession and Communion, Marriage and Ordination, in Holy Unction... these are times when changes noticeably occur in human beings. Participation in the Holy Mysteries is a turning point of life.

There is a subtlety to Jesus Christ. He acts in ways which defy total comprehension and challenges the best of minds. Jesus Christ became man without giving up His divinity. He entered the world through humble surroundings. We have no record of His being educated in institutions of higher learning but His teachings interest the world’s best scholars.

Records exist of healings by Jesus Christ. These miracles are sources of hope and inspiration for the sick and suffering of the world. They are objects of scholarly research and close scrutiny. More importantly, the miracles of Christ serve to manifest the faith of Christians everywhere. Christ offers hope!

People of all ages have relationships with Jesus Christ. We know from the Gospel of St. Matthew that Jesus wanted the little children to come to Him. (Mt. 19:14). From personal observation, we can attest that men and women of all ages find a bond with Jesus Christ.

For many, the relationship with Jesus Christ begins at infant Baptism and grows throughout life. Other individuals may experience unity with Christ at later stages in life. The relationships may mature at different rates and in different ways. With certainty, we know the relationships with Christ are not limited by age, sex, race or national origin.

Jesus Christ is identified with the Kingdom of God. In the Creed, we refer to His Second Coming. In the Lord’s Prayer, we pray, “Thy Kingdom come...” The Creed, The Lord’s Prayer and our thoughts regarding Jesus Christ, all deserve careful attention.

In the Creed, we refer to the judgment that will take place when Christ returns. The Gospel of St. Matthew in the Twenty Fifth Chapter is an additional point of reference to the Last Judgment.

Our relationship to Jesus Christ is not to be stagnant. We should look to St. Apostle Paul who said Jesus Christ would be magnified in his body whether by life or by death. For St. Paul, to live is Christ and to die is gain. (Phil. 1:26-27).

Every day is a new opportunity to renew our relationship with Jesus Christ. Every moment is an opportunity to say: “Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me a sinner.” Throughout our lives, Jesus Christ is ever-present.

He is wherever we may go. If we travel to another country, He is there. If we work in a factory or hospital or office, Jesus Christ is present. Airplanes and rockets do not reach heights which exceed the grasp and presence of Christ.

We do not have to search to find Christ. We do not have to travel far. Our challenge is to open our hearts to Him and to keep them open. Our challenge is to keep our minds on Christ. We must open our eyes and be sensitive to Christ’s presence wherever we are.

Now is the time to consider our relationship with Jesus Christ. It is always time to consider our relationship with Him. Time is measured according to Christ’s birth. It behooves us to measure each moment of time as a golden opportunity to be with Jesus Christ.


St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
October 16 / 29, 2017
The Twenty-First Sunday after Pentecost.
Holy Martyr Longinus the Centurion.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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