Volume 48; Number 49 December 2, 2012
The Holy Prophet Obadiah
Obadiah was born in the village of Betharam in the region of Shechem. He lived at the court of King Ahab, but when the king turned away from true worship and bowed down to idols, Obadiah did not follow the king, but continued to serve the one, true God. When the evil Queen Jezebel, in her hatred of Elias, raised a persecution against all the prophets of God, Obadiah gathered a hundred of them, hid them in two caves, and fed them to the end of the persecution (I Kings 18:4). A contemporary of the great Prophet Elias, Obadiah revered him greatly and served him in all things, as his follower and disciple. He lived nine hundred years before Christ and entered peacefully into rest. Holy Bishop Nicholai
Sv. Prorok Avdija.
Rodom iz sela Vitaharamska od predela Sihemskih. Živeo na dvoru cara Ahava; ali kada car odstupi od pravog bogopoštovanja i pokloni se idolima, Avdije ne posledova primeru carevom, nego produži služiti Bogu jedinome istinome. A kada opaka carica Jezavelja zbog Ilije diže hajku na sve proroke Božje, Avdija sabra stotinu njih, sakri ih u dve peštere i hranjaše ih do kraja (I. Car. 18, 4). Savremenik velikog proroka Ilije Avdija poštovaše Iliju veoma i slušaše ga u svemu kao sledbenik i učenik njegov. Živeo na 900 godina pre Hrista i upokojio se mirno. Sveti Vladika Nikolai, Ohridski Prolog
READINGS FOR Today 25th Sunday/ Holy Prophet Obadiah
Epistle: Eph. 5:8-19 Reader: Brennan Hughes Gospel: St. Luke 12:16-21
Twenty Sixth Sunday After Pentecost.
Having spoken the parable about the man who became rich and planned to just eat, drink and be merry, and for this was struck with death, not remaining alive for the supposed pleasures, the Lord concluded: So is he that layeth up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God. “So”—that is, such occurs, or such a lot befalls both these and others. Those who become rich and forget about God only think about pleasures of the flesh. Let those who desire to avoid this bitter lot “lay up” not “unto themselves, but be rich only toward God.” Since riches come from God, then devote them to God when they flow, and holy riches will come of it. Divide all surplus with the needy: this will be the same as returning to God what was given by God. He who gives to a poor person gives to God. Seemingly exhausting his riches, such a person becomes truly rich—rich through good deeds, rich for God. In pleasing Him he becomes rich in God, and by attracting His good will, he becomes rich from God, Who makes one who is faithful over a few things, ruler over many things. He becomes rich toward God, and not toward himself, for he does not consider himself to be master of the house, but only a steward and accountant, whose entire concern consists of satisfying all who come to him in need. But he fears spending anything in particular on himself, considering it to be an improper usage of property entrusted to him.
NEDELJA DVADESET ŠESTA PO DUHOVIMA
Ispričavši o bogatašu koji je nameravao samo da jede, pije i veseli se, a zatim bio poražen smrću, ne doživevši naslade koje je očekivao, Gospod je zaključio: Tako biva onome koji sebi teče blago, a ne bogati se Bogom (Lk.12,21). Takav udeo njih postiže. Oni koji se bogate bogozaboravom, misle samo o telesnim utehama. Oni, pak, koji žele da izbegnu taj gorki udeo, neka se potrude da ne stiču za sebe, već neka se bogate samo Bogom. Svo bogatstvo je od Boga. Ukoliko ga stekneš, posveti ga Bogu i proisteći će sveto bogatstvo. Sve viškove deli sa onima koji imaju potrebu. Tako ćeš vratiti Bogu ono što ti je dao. Ko daje bednome, Bogu daje. Onaj ko tako troši bogatstvo, istinski se bogati. Bogateći se dobrim delima, on se bogati radi Boga, sa namerom da mu ugodi; on se bogati Bogom, privlačeći Njegov blagoslov; on se bogati od Boga, koji vernoga u malome postavlja nad mnogim; on se bogati kod Boga, a ne sam za sebe, budući da sebe ne smatra gospodarem, nego samo pristavom i računovođom, čija se sva briga sastoji u tome da namiri sve koji mu dolaze sa potrebama. On se boji da bilo šta utroši na sebe samog, jer smatra da bi neispravno upotrebio imanje koje mu je povereno.
READINGS FOR NEXT SUNDAY: Epistle: Eph. 6:10-17 Gospel: St. Luke 13:10-17
Remembered at the Litany for the Departed today are ROBERT TASSEFF (requested by the Tasseff family); BRANKO DAMJANOVIC (requested by the family); and the victims of the Hurricane Sandy, and the recent victims of all natural disasters, violence and wars. May their memory be eternal!
Fr. Rastko will be in Chicago for a Central Council meeting from December 5 to December 8. If you need a priest during that time Popadija Vickie will contact one for you.
The ANNUAL ASSEMBLY is next week. Invitations have been sent to all the Stewards of the parish. Copy on the bulletin board.
QUALIFICATIONS FOR HOLDING OFFICE include being a baptized Orthodox Christian, a regular communicant, married and children baptized in the Orthodox Church, and a current Steward.
REMEMBER THE DATE: December 29, 10 AM: CHURCH CLEANING
WINTER RETREAT The Shadeland Winter Retreat will be held December 26 to 29. Applications are available. See information at http://www.easterndiocese.org/ or contact Fr. Rastko for information.
LITTLE FALCONS A new issue of Little Falcons on JESUS’ NATIVITY is available at the Tutor’s Stand. Only $2 per issue. Get it for your children.
BAKE SALE DECEMBER 8 Volunteers are needed for the workshops this afternoon and Wednesday 6 PM. This is an all-parish event. Volunteer and show your support for our parish. Please see Kata Pajic or Karen Kovacevic for volunteers.
NUT, POPPY & TORTA ROLLS are still available every Sunday. See Karen or Kata.
PLEASE KEEP THE FOLLOWING SOLDIERS IN YOUR PRAYERS: Thomas Vukcevic; Benjamin Pappas; Michael Rapasky; Brady Sexton, Jeffrey Izo, Michael Greenwood, James Koch, Jacob Monnin, Adam Paich, John Stanz, Peter Mrvos, Michael Antecki, Matthew Ross. These soldiers are remembered at the Proskomedia (Service of Preparation) before every Divine Liturgy. If you have names to contribute to this list of servicemen serving overseas, please share them with Father.
MEN’S CLUB NEWS Volunteers are needed for ongoing projects. See Mike Munich or Vaso Pavlovic. All men are invited to join this on-going effort.
COMMUNITY CALENDAR: Week of SUNDAY, December 2 through SUNDAY, December 9, 2012
During the Christmas Fast every day is a fasting day.
Sunday Divine Liturgy 10 AM;
Monday Vespers 5:30; Tammies & Dancers 6 PM; Parish Council meeting 7 PM
Tuesday Entrance of the Theotokos into Temple (Vavedenje) Liturgy 10 AM
Wednesday Thumbprints workshop 6 PM;
Saturday Holiday Bake Sale 10 AM; Vespers & Confessions 6 PM;
Sunday Divine Liturgy 10 AM; Annual Assembly
December 12 Orthodoxy 101: Lecture # 4 by Steven Gjurich on the Divine Liturgy
December 16 St. Nicholas Celebration & Badnjak Search
December 29 Church Cleaning 10 AM
CHRIST IS IN OUR MIDST— HE IS AND SHALL BE
ХРИСТОС ЈЕ ПОСРЕД НАС — И ЈЕСТЕ И БИЋЕ
Isaiah 58:6-9 – helping the poor is pleasing to God
6 “Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen:
to loose the chains of injustice
and untie the cords of the yoke,
to set the oppressed free
and break every yoke?
7 Is it not to share your food with the hungry
and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter
when you see the naked, to clothe them,
and not to turn away from your own flesh and blood?
8 Then your light will break forth like the dawn,
and your healing will quickly appear;
then your righteousness[a] will go before you,
and the glory of the Lord will be your rear guard.
9 Then you will call, and the Lord will answer;
you will cry for help, and he will say: Here am I.
St. Theophan the Recluse – An example…
Let’s take an example: A beggar comes up to you; it is God who brought him. What should you do? You must help him. God has brought the beggar, of course, desiring you to act towards this beggar in a manner pleasing to Him, and He watches to see what you will actually do …If you do what is pleasing to God, you will be taking a step toward the ultimate goal, the inheritance of Heaven.
Stewardship, and how we use our Time, Talents and Treasures, is one of the positive steps that we can take for our personal Salvation!
ST. PANTELEIMON COMMITTEE Please pray for the health of all our ailing brothers and sisters. Litany of Fervent Supplication: EDMUND BIGGS (surgery Tuesday); BRANKO TOMIC (surgery Wednesday); DOROTHEA DEVRNJA (Iowa); MIROSLAV & GORDANA NENADOVIC (Baltimore); SHIRLEY MONDICH; STACY MARZULO; SCOTT PERICH (MD); JOHN LABOVSKY (CA); HELEN & FRED PARKER (Weinberg); PETER MAGARIS (Roswell); PAULA HUGHES; CONRAD TOEPFER; BRANKO GUSKIC; DONALD MILOSEVIC (HighPt); DANIEL METZ; STOJAN KOSOVAC (Hamilton); HENRY DARMSTEDTER; MARYELLEN D’ELIA (PA); ANNABELLE SAUER; GEORGENE STEVANOFF; ANNA TONARELY (FL); CARLY SERRA; MILENKO ZDJELAR; NEVENKA MALINOWSKI; ERIKA TIEM (Germany); CARL HEINZ BLASHKE (Germany); LAUREN TASSEFF; DUSAN CURUVIJA; KELLY PAVICH; MARY ANNE HANEY; ROSA DAMJANOVIC; JACQUELINE FUELLHART (PA); PATRICIA MOLL; FRANK STEPNICK; CHRISTINE KMITCH (FL); DAN BOLAM; MARSHA YUNKE.
Proskomedia: MYRON BOGAN; MELANIE ROZWOOD; KIM HENSLEY; ZORICA MARIJANAC; GREGORY KORBUT; STOJAN (CHARLES) SMILANICH; MILOVAN TUCO; VLADIMIR JOVIC; PETER BARUSIC; STEVO SIMIC; KATHERINE LIPPARD; NANCY HEALY; GEORGE & CAROL KOVACEVIC (NC); DONALD SOBASZEK (NC); LINDA MORAN (MN); ELIZABETH TABONE; PATRICIA WILSON; MAURIE & JAMES JACHIMIAK; DON BIVOLCIC (AR); JOHN & JOAN MUNICH; JOANN RADITIC; JOANN PANEK; VERA & MARK MARKOFF; MATTHEW BARUSIC; VUKICA STOJANOVIC; MILENA CORHASANOVIC; PETAR TUCO; IRENE FRUHAUF; DALE HAUSER; GLADYS HODYNSKI; NICHOLAS KOKOT (FrBakerMan); NADA RAKIC; MOTHER ANA; DUSAN MAJSTOROVIC; BASIL KORBUT; JOHN STANZ; LYDIA SALEH; VIDOSAVA TOSKOVIC; LORRAINE ROWLEY; WADE (VLADIMIR) McFARLAND; MISS MARY KORACH (FrBakerMan); YUBA BELICH; MARTIN DARMSTEDTER; LEISELOTTE SILJEGOVIC; JULIA PERSON (CA); DRAGANA SALOM (IL); ROBERT SETTER; CHRISANTE GASSETT; ZARKA POPOVIC (CA);ROBERT BOLLER; THOMAS JOUSMA; MARGE SPANO, ANTHONY DIPIANO; JEANETTE STANLEY; MARY KAROLEWSKI; MARIJA TRBOJEVIC (IL); GALE MAUS (FL); ROSANN TEDEROUS; ISO BJELANOVIC; DUSAN SAMARDZIJA; DRAZEN JOKANOVIC; MARY PARILLO (MA); WYATT LAMB; CAROL MAGARIS; KATHY HANNY (FL); JANE GLASS (Hamburg); ANNAME GRACER; DANIEL DiCIOCCIO; JOANNE HAMILTON; CHRISTINE MADEJ (MA); JOEL THOMAS; LEISA WHEELER; DIANE & RONALD KUKAVIC; MILJAN VANOVAC; MIKI STIPANOVICH (IN); RICHARD WYSE; DANYL OUSS (OrchardBrooke); ARLENE SCHMITZ; PETER MITICH; DUSKO VANOVAC; KATHRYN FREDERICK; ANASTASIA HILES (PA); CATHY SMILJANIC; OLGA YANDRICH (Pgh); BRADLEY FREDERICK; STEPHEN ENGLE; ANNA SREMCEVIC; DOROTHY BARON (PA)O; DANIELLE WILLIAMS; PATRICIA MALETICH (OH); ROCHARD CARNEY; JENNIFER POPOVICH; DAVID DONALD (PA); LJUBICA JEVTIC; MARY BETH BUNTICH (NM); FR. SRBOLJUB BULICH (Belgrade); FR. MILAN ZOBENICA; FR. HERMAN SCHICK; FR. MILADIN GARICH; FR. MICHAEL ZAPARYNIUK (FL); FR. DENNIS PAVICHEVICH; JOANNE MARKEY; JOSEPH ROZWOOD Jr; ROSE GARDINA; ELAINE DAMINSKI; PAULA RUSSIAN (FL); GREGORY SMITH (DC); DAN NEARY; MARGARET NIGRELLI; ADAM BREVNER(LI); RICHARDLOCKWOOD; CHRISTINE MARX (IL); ARTHUR REIS; VERA SREDANOVIC (CA); RONALD BEDE (OH); MARY LOU BREMMER; ARLENE BOGUCKI; HELEN TANNER (FrBakerMan); and any ill or hospitalized parishioners we may have missed.