St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 204 - November 18/December 1, 2002

Chronicle of St. George Serbian Orthodox Church
Diocesan Bishop - His Grace Bishop Dr. MITROPHAN
Parish Priest - Fr. Rodney Torbic
296 Old Route 21
Carmichaels, Pennsylvania 15320

November 18/December 1, 2002
Twenty-Third Sunday after Pentecost
No. 204

I Thessalonians 1:2-3
We give thanks to God always for you all, making mention of you in our prayers, remembering without ceasing your work of faith, labor of love, and patience of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ in the sight of our God and Father, knowing, beloved brethren, your election by God.

Services This Past Week

November 24 - Thirty two people came for Divine Liturgy. Three communicants.
November 28 - Eight people came for the Third and Sixth Hours and the Service of Thanksgiving.
November 29 - One person came for Matins and the First Hour. One person came for the Ninth Hour and Vespers.
November 30 - The Vesper service was read.

Services This Week - Call to Verify Weekday Schedule

Today - Divine Liturgy.
December 5 - Matins and First Hour-8:30 AM. Ninth Hour and Vespers-4:30 PM.
December 6 - Matins and First Hour-8:30 AM.
December 7 - Divine Liturgy-Holy Trinity Mission-Fairmont. Ninth Hour and Vespers-4:30 PM.

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

Today - Executive Board Meeting scheduled for today will be rescheduled.
December 8 - Parish Annual Meeting
December 4 - Entrance of Most Holy Theotokos into the Temple
December 13 - St.Andrew the First-called Apostle
December 21 - Pittsburgh Deanery Meeting on Christian Education-To be held in Youngwood.
December 22 - Children's Day
December 27 - Parish Retreat
December 29 - Sunday of the Holy Forefathers
January 5 - Sunday before Nativity
January 6 - Eve of the Nativity
January 7 - Feast of the Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ
January 8 - Synaxis of Most Holy Theotokos

If you are too busy to are too busy!

Parish Life

1. Thank you to all attending church today.
2. Thank you to all observing the Nativity Fast each day.
3. Thank you to individuals coming to services during the week.
4. Thank you to bakers helping each week.
5. Thank you to all praying for those in nursing homes, hospitals, jails and prisons.
6. Remember the 40th Anniversary of the Robena tragedy. Memorial program on Friday at ll:00 AM. at the Robena Memorial on Rt.21.
7. Pray for the miners and their families from Dillworth Mine.
8. Remember the 362 miners who lost their lives in Monongah, West Virginia on December 6, 1907. Remember the 34 miners who lost their lives in Naomi Mine, Fayette City, December 1, 1907.
9. Honor the Nativity Fast each day until the Feast of the Nativity.

A Thought From Very Reverend Protos Stavrofor Vojislav Dosenovich*

This feeling of the love of the Holy Trinity will give us the strength to elevate ourselves to the understanding of the sacrifice of Christ, Son of God, for us. He became man out of love for us, and this becomes the basis for the change of bread and wine into His Body and Blood for the communion; in order to open for us the Kingdom of Heaven, the Kingdom of the Holy Trinity being prepared.
.*(On the Divine Liturgy of St.John Chrysostom.).

Remember the Students at St. Sava School of Theology - Libertyville

To Consider

1. Jesus Christ is the source of strength for human life.
2. Jesus Christ is the definer of human life.
3. Jesus Christ is the source of understanding for human life.
4. Jesus Christ is the salvation of human life.
5. Jesus Christ is the way to eternal life.
6. Jesus Christ is the source of new life.
7. Jesus Christ is the forgiver of sins.
8. Jesus Christ is the feeder of the hungry.
9. Jesus Christ is the redeemer of the repentant.
10. Jesus Christ is the hope of the hopeless.

Activities of the Parish Priest

1. Went to the Diocesan Center in Mars on November 25, 26, and 27th.
2. Visited parishioner in Mercy Hospital on November 28th.
3 .Attended Shadeland Camp meeting at Diocesan Center on November 30th.

From the Desert fathers

Abba Gregory said, 'These three things God requires of all the baptized: right faith in the heart, truth in the tongue, temperance in the body.

Twenty-Third Sunday after Pentecost

Luke 8:26-39

Then they sailed to the country of the Gadarenes, which is opposite Galilee. And when He stepped out on the land, there met Him a certain man from the city who had demons for a long time. And he wore no clothes, nor did he live in a house but in the tombs. When he saw Jesus, he cried out, fell down before Him, and with a loud voice said, "What have I to do with You Jesus, Son of the Most High God? I beg You, do not torment me!" For he had commanded the unclean spirit to come out of the man. For it had often seized him, and he was kept under guard, bound with chains and shackles; and he broke the bonds and was driven by the demon into the wilderness. Jesus asked him, saying, "What is your name?" And he said, "Legion," because many demons had entered him. And they begged Him that He would not command them to go out into the abyss. Now a herd of many swine was feeding there on the mountain. So they begged Him that He would permit them to enter them. And He permitted them. Then the demons went out of the man and entered the swine, and the herd ran violently down the steep place into the lake and drowned. When those who fed them saw what had happened, they fled and told it in the city and in the country. Then they went out to see what had happened, and came to Jesus, and found the man from whom the demons had departed, sitting at the feet of Jesus, clothed and in his right mind. And they were afraid. They also who had seen it told them by what means he who had been demon-possessed was healed. Then the whole multitude of the surrounding region of the Gadarenes asked Him to depart from them, for they were seized with great fear. And He got into the boat and returned. Now the man from whom the demons had departed begged Him that he might be with Him. But Jesus sent him away, saying, "Return to your own house, and tell what great things God has done for you." And he went his way and proclaimed throughout the whole city what great things Jesus had done for him.

The Nativity Fast of the Holy Orthodox Church has begun. The Fast continues until the Divine Liturgy of the Feast of the Nativity. When we treat the Fast with the seriousness due, we participate in the Fast as best we can throughout each day, for the full period of time.

The Nativity Fast is to be greeted as an integral part of the Orthodox Christian life. The Nativity Fast is to be treated as an essential part of Orthodox Christian life. We benefit from the Fast to the degree we participate according to intent of the Fast. We become better Orthodox Christians when we fast and pray as Jesus would have us fast and pray. We are more effective in battling sin and in following Jesus Christ when we fast and pray.

The devil is always present and always at work. The devil is hard at work when we fast. Our minds must be employed for the glory of God. Our minds must be directed to the way of God if we are to succeed as Christians.

Pride has no place in fasting. Seeking recognition has no place in fasting and prayer. The Kingdom of God is the goal of the Christian. The salvation of the soul is the goal of the Christian.

One needs to read the Holy Scriptures to begin to see the greatness of God. One needs to ponder the wonders of the world to begin to see the greatness of God. One needs to look to the heart and mind with honesty and compare the view against the teachings of Christ to see the sinfulness present.

The Gospel message for today gives evidence of Jesus Christ casting out demons and restoring the rightness of mind to the demon-possessed man. The Nativity Fast is an opportunity for us to draw near to Jesus Christ and seek His help in the battling the demons of our lives.

The Holy Apostle Paul told the Philippians: "The peace of God which surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and minds through Jesus Christ."( Phil.4:7)

We can only expect Jesus Christ to guard our hearts and minds, if we welcome Jesus Christ into our hearts and minds. We can only expect Jesus Christ to guard our hearts and minds if we devote our hearts and minds to Jesus Christ.

Discipline is necessary for our hearts and minds to be devoted to God. We cannot fill our hearts and minds with gossip, with images which are contrary to the teachings of Jesus Christ and with thoughts that are in conflict with God and then expect Jesus to come to the rescue.

Every day we need to nourish our hearts and minds with the teachings of Jesus Christ. Every day we need to nourish our hearts and minds with the prayers known to God. Every day, we need to keep our bodies in check from gluttony and sloth and other acts contrary to Godly ways if we expect God to help us.

We must always do our best for God. We must always give our best to God. God wants a cheerful giver. The Holy Apostle Paul told the Corinthians: "So let everyone give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity; for God loves a cheerful giver." (II Cor.9:7)

When we give our hearts, our minds and our bodies to God, let us do so willingly, freely, and joyfully. God gave us life. God gives us life daily. Let us give back to Him in thanksgiving in appreciation for all that He has given and continuously gives to us.

The present Gospel message is a lesson that we are in our right minds when we are with Jesus Christ. The present Gospel message is a lesson in the greatness of God. The present Gospel message is a lesson in the power of Jesus Christ over the demons of life.

Self-examination according to the life and teachings of Jesus Christ is a constant effort for the serious Orthodox Christian. We grow in Jesus Christ only when we are faithful to Jesus Christ.

We belong to God (I Cor.6:20). Our total bodies were dedicated to God at Holy Baptism. When we live to God, we are consistent with our baptismal commitment, we are honoring and fulfilling our baptismal commitment.

Love replaces fear when God is dominant in our hearts and minds. The Holy Apostle and Evangelist John states fear involves torment.(I Jn.4:18) Torment was cast aside by Christ as described in today's Gospel.

May the Nativity Fast help us to sense more fully and completely the love of Jesus Christ. May we come to know even better why Jesus Christ took on flesh and dwelt among humanity. May we come to know even better why He voluntarily ascended the Cross, suffered, died and was buried.

This Nativity Fast is an opportune time for us to live better as Orthodox Christians This is a time to contemplate the Nativity of Jesus Christ, to honor His supreme sacrifice on the Cross and remain steadfast in hope because of His Holy Resurrection.

St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania. November 18/December 1, 2002.
Sts. Plato, Roman, and Barulus, Martyrs.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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