St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 255 - November 10/November 23, 2003

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 10/November 23, 2003
Twenty-Third Sunday after Pentecost
No. 255

Hebrews 12:2

Looking to Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.

Services This Past Week

November 16 - Forty people came for the Divine Liturgy, Blessing of the Kolach and Kolivo. Two Communicants.
November 17 - Three people came for Matins and First Hour. Three people came for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
November 18 - Three people came for Matins and First Hour. Three people came for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
November 19 - Three people came for Matins and First Hour. Three people came for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
November 20 - Two people came for Matins and First Hour. Nine people came for the Akathist to Archangel Michael. Parastos held for Dora Ponterero and Milan Dimitric.
November 21 - Seven people came for Divine Liturgy. One Kolach blessed. One communicant. One person came for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
November 22 - Three people came for Divine Liturgy. Two people came for Ninth Hour and Vespers.

Services This Coming Week - Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule

Divine Liturgy today and each Sunday at 10:00 AM except on Pascha when it is earlier.
Morning services - Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday (Divine Liturgy), Friday, Saturday (Divine Liturgy) - 6:30 AM. Thursday - 9:00 AM.
Afternoon services - Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday - 3:00 PM. Friday-7:00 PM.
Monday - 10:00 AM - Holy Trinity Mission, Fairmont. Divine Liturgy.

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

November 24 - St. Stephen of Decani, King of Serbia
November 26 - St. John Chrysostom
November 27 - St. Philip the Apostle
November 28 - Nativity Fast Begins - Honor the Fast until the Feast of the Nativity - January 7.
November 29 - St. Matthew the Apostle and Evangelist.
December 4 - Entrance of Most Holy Theotokos into the Temple - Parish Retreat
December 13 - St. Andrew the First - Called Among the Apostles.
December-14 - Parish Annual Meeting
December 19 - St. Nicholas the Wonderworker, Archbishop of Myra in Lycia.
December 27 - Sts. Thyrsus, Leucius, and Callinicus of Apollonia. Sts. Appolonius, Philemon, Arianus and Theoctychus of Alexandria.

If you are too busy to are too busy!

Parish Life

Thank you to all celebrating with the Choir last Sunday. Thank you to Choir members going to the choral workshop on November 22.
Eight people came for Adult Class this past Thursday to discuss Archangel Michael.
Thank you to Jack Rose for hanging the icon of the Feast of Pentecost.
Thank you to Tom Hunter for installing the new P.A. System and to the Kolo for obtaining it.
The parish will benefit if each parishioner honors the entire Nativity Fast.
Thank you to all helping with the Kolo baking project.
Thank you to all contributing to St. Sava School of Theology, Libertyville.
Remember the many people suffering flood damage this past week.
Executive Board Meeting today.

A Thought From Very Reverend Stavrofor Dr. Nedeljko Grgurevich *

The Lord Jesus Christ is not a ordinary sacrifice offered on Golgotha, rather He is the Divine sacrifice which Christ bore witness to by His resurrection, ascension, and by the descent of the Holy Spirit. By His redemptive action, He become the great sacrifice for the human race. This great sacrifice gives fullness and meaning to every Eucharist; and to separate one from another would mean the negation of the salvational effect of the eucharistic sacrifice.
*(The Eucharist As Sacrifice Published by Serbian Orthodox Diocese of Eastern America, 1993, p.19 )

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

To Consider

The healing of the demon-possessed man.
The many people suffering in their fight with demons.
Jesus Christ as the healer of the demon-possessed.
Jesus Christ as the restorer of peace and tranquility.
Jesus Christ as the source of joy.
Jesus Christ helping all coming to Him in faith.
Jesus Christ attentive to each individual in each century on each continent.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

November 17 - Visited parishioner at home. Visited parishioner of Mt. St. Macrina Manor.
November 18 - Went to Monroeville to meet with Father Dragoljub Malich.
November 19 - Visited home-bound parishioner.
November 21 - Visited hospitalized patient.
November 21 - Went to Morgantown, West Virginia to bless Kolach and home.

From the Desert fathers

A brother asked Abba Sisoes, 'Did Satan pursue them like this in the early days?' The old man said to him, 'He does this more at the present time, because his time is nearly finished and he is enraged.'

Twenty Third-Sunday After Pentecost - 2003

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 Lord Jesus Christ encountered a demon-possessed man and healed him. Each person must deal with demons. Demons detract us from the life in Christ. Demons cause us to lose our tempers or self-control.

Demons derail us from the path to the Kingdom of God. Demons come in the form of obsessions leading to different types of addictions. Demons come in the form of torments which may lead to mental problems.

Jesus Christ is not threatened by demon-possessed individuals. Jesus Christ helps when demons appear in life. Jesus Christ provides peace when demons threaten personal tranquility.

Jesus Christ's love is therapeutic for individuals seeking relief from the demons of life. Jesus Christ is protection from the torments of life.

At times demons may overpower an individual. Certain adverse or unusual behaviors may be manifested in the extreme. The present Gospel message is evidence Jesus can change circumstances for the better

Prayer is the road to peace and tranquility. Saying the Jesus Prayer with concentration provides for internal strength and direction to travel from turmoil to tranquility.

Turning to Jesus Christ gives order, definition and purpose to life. Jesus Christ reduces mental torment to manageable size. Jesus Christ enables individuals to overcome road blocks to mental health.

A firm commitment to and belief in Jesus Christ is necessary for the individual seeking the fullness of life. Life comes from God. Fullness of life is experienced when one lives in concert with the way of God.

Jesus Christ said: "I am the way, the truth and the life." (Jn.14:6) Jesus Christ provides the way in times of overwhelming stress.

Jesus Christ provides the truth when a person wants to understand the dilemmas of life. Jesus Christ is the life superceding all others.

Our Lord Jesus Christ said: "I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly." (Jn.10:10) To experience the life in Christ, we must invest in the way of Christ.

We must invest time. We must invest effort. We must invest thought. We must invest our hearts. We experience the abundant life in Jesus Christ when we live in Christ each day.

Prayer and love and forgiveness help us to focus on Jesus Christ and to live in Christ. Attentiveness to prayer is necessary. Regular and consistent prayer is necessary.

"Lord Jesus Christ Son of God, have mercy on me a sinner" is a simple prayer we can use at all times.

Demons are always present to separate and attempt to distract us from the way of Christ. Christ stands at the doorway to life, to life eternal. The doorway is narrow and there are few who find it (Mt.7:14)

Christ invites each person to lasting rest. Our Lord said: "Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest." (Mt.ll:28) When the daily problems of life seem too great, take them to Jesus Christ.

Trusting in God is fundamental for Orthodox believers. Perhaps we do not remind ourselves enough that we need to trust in God. God is trustworthy above all others.

Readers of Deuteronomy are familiar with the words: "Know therefore that the Lord thy God, He is God, the faithful God, which keepeth covenant and mercy with them that love Him and keep His commandments to a thousand generations." (Deut.7:9)

We appreciate life when we realize life is a gift from God. We learn how best to live our lives when we turn to God for directions. The present Gospel message is a map to personal peace. Peace comes through Jesus Christ.

Let us not waste our lives in frivolous pursuits and activities serving no useful purpose. Let us seek to experience the incomparable joy in Christ.

Jesus Christ lifts the believer from the mire of demon-possession to the summit of peace. Jesus Christ stills the advancing armies of demons and repels them with the sword of divine love
St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
November 10/November 23, 2003
Sts. Olympas, Erastus, Herodian, Sosipater, Quartus and Tertius of the Seventy.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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