St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 306 - November 1/November 14, 2004

The Orthodox Faith

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 1/November 14, 2004
Twenty-Fourth Sunday after Pentecost
No. 306

Remember to listen to the parish radio broadcast on WMBS, 590 AM, Uniontown at 6:20 this evening.

Galatians 1:23

But they were hearing only, "He who formerly persecuted us now preaches the faith which he once tried to destroy."

Services This Past Week

November 7 - One person came for Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour. Forty people came for Divine Liturgy. A Parastos was held for Sophie Kovach.
November 8 - Three people came for Divine Liturgy.
November 9 - Two people came for Midnight Office. Three people came for Matins and First Hour. Two people came for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
November 10 - Two people came for Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour. Ninth Hour and Vespers were held. Five people came.
November ll - Three people came for Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour. Five people came for the Akathist to Jesus Christ and Akathist to the Cross.
November 12 - One person came for Midnight Office. Two people came for Matins and First Hour. Two people came for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
November 13 - One person came for Midnight Hour. Two persons came for Matins and First Hour to St. George Church. Six people came for Divine Liturgy to Holy Trinity Mission, Fairmont, W.Va.

Services This Coming Week - Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule

Today - Midnight Office, Matins, First Hour. Divine Liturgy.
Mornings - Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday Midnight Office. 6:30 AM Matins and First Hour. Sunday 6:00 AM. Midnight Office, Matins, First Hour.
Tuesday Morning - Divine Liturgy at 6:30 AM.
Afternoons - Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday at 4:30 PM. Ninth Hour and Vespers. Thursday at 6:30 PM Akathist to Jesus Christ and Akathist to the Cross.
Please Note - Next Sunday, November 21 Divine Liturgy will begin at 9:00 AM.

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

Today - St. George Choir Slava Celebration, Dinner following Divine Liturgy.
November 14 - Sts. Cosmas and Damian, Unmercenary Healers.
November 16 - Renovation of St. George the Great Martyr Church, Actual date of Choir Slava.
November 21 - St.Archangel Michael and All Bodiless Powers
November 22 - St. Nectarios
November 24 - St. Stephen of Decani, King of Serbia
November 26 - St. John Chrysostom
November 28 - Nativity Fast Begins
December 4 - Entry of Theotokos into the Temple, Parish Retreat.

If you are too busy to are too busy!

Luke 8:48 - And He said to her, Daughter, be of good cheer; 
your faith has made you well. Go in peace.

Parish Life

We warmly welcome Norma Hickman with her family to the St. George Church.
We warmly welcome Alex Kasich and family to St. George Church.
Today we honor the St. George Choir with Kum Aaron Carson, Director Sonia Janson, Associate Director Andrea Janson, members Anna Mae Knezovich, Djelosh Milosevich, Joseph Katusa, Nadezda Rogish, Paulette Radock, Stefani Kornick,. Anatoli and Maria Pereda, and Fred Glumsic, Dr. Ivko Dimitric.
Thank you to all supporting St. Sava School of Theology.
Seven people attended Adult Class on Thursday, the sixteenth class on the Divine Liturgy. Class again this Thursday at 7:00 PM following the evening service. New attendees welcome each week. Thank you to the weekly faithful attendees - Joe Katusa, Mildred Belch, Mildred Jones, Brother Tom Sommerfield, George Ben Gapen, and Marion Luteran.
Remember the homebound, those in care and nursing homes, rehab centers, hospitals, jails and prisons.
Remember those in the military and their families.
Remember the suffering Serbian People in Kosovo and Metohija.
Congratulations to St. Nicholas Serbian Orthodox Church in Monroeville celebrating ninety-nine years!
Thank you to Joe Katusa, Mildred Belch and Mary Trbovich for coming to church each day!
The parish is blessed with conscientious individuals taking care of parish financial records - Dorothy Bozick, Dolores Zivkovich, Kathryn Sage and Anna Mae Knezovich. Francis Dragich has served on the Audit Board and Andrea Janson is a newcomer to the Audit Board with a banking background. Stan Brozik keeps a watchful eye on expenditures.
Attorney Linda Chambers makes her legal skills available to the parish.
Prayers were said on Veterans Day for living and departed veterans in the parish.

A Thought from St. John Chrysostom

The love of husband and wife is the force that welds society together. Men will take up arms and even sacrifice their lives for the sake of this love. St. Paul would not speak so earnestly about this subject without serious reason; why else would he say, "Wives be subject to your husbands, as to the Lord"? Because when harmony prevails, the children are raised well, the household is kept in order, and neighbors, friends and relatives praise the result. Great benefits, both for families and states, are thus produced. When it is otherwise, everything is thrown into confusion and turned upside down. When the generals of an army are at peace with each other, everything proceeds in an orderly fashion, and when they are not, everything is in disarray. It is the same here.
(St. John Chrysostom. On Marriage and Family Life. Translated by Catherine P. Roth and David Anderson. St. Vladimir's Seminary Press, Crestwood, New York, 1986, p. 44-45. )

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

To Consider

Jesus healing the woman with the issue of blood.
Jesus restoring life to Jairus' daughter.
Jesus performing miracles today.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

November 7 - Visited parishioner.
November 8 - Went to UPMC Hospitals, Pittsburgh.
November 10 - Visited friend of parish.
November ll - Visited parishioner
November 12 - Visited parishioner.

From the Desert fathers

She (Syncleta) also said, 'Just as it is impossible to build a ship unless one has some nails, so it is impossible to be saved without humility.

Twenty-Fourth Sunday after Pentecost, 2004

Luke 8:41-56

And there came a man named Jairus, and he was ruler of the synagogue. And he fell down at Jesus' feet and begged Him to come to his house, for he had an only daughter about twelve years of age, and she was dying. But as He went, the multitudes thronged Him. Now a woman, having an flow of blood for twelve years, who had spent all her livelihood on physicians and could not be healed by any, came from behind and touched the border of His garment. And immediately, her flow of blood stopped. And Jesus said, "Who touched Me?" When all denied it, Peter and those with him said, "Master, the multitudes throng and press You, and You say, "Who touched Me?" But Jesus said, "Somebody touched Me, for I perceived power going out from Me." Now when the woman saw that she was not hidden, she came trembling; and falling down before Him, she declared to Him in the presence of all the people the reason she had touched Him and she was healed immediately. And He said to her, "Daughter, be of good cheer; your faith has made you well. Go in peace." While He was still speaking, someone came from the Ruler of the synagogue's house, saying to him, Your daughter is dead. Do not trouble the Teacher." But when Jesus heard it, He answered him, saying, "Do not be afraid; only believe, and she will be made well. When He came into the house, He permitted no one to go in except Peter, James, and John, and the father and mother of the girl. Now all wept and mourned for her; but He said, "Do not weep; she is not dead, but sleeping." And they ridiculed Him, knowing that she was dead. But He put them all outside, took her by the hand and called, saying, "Little girl, arise." Then her spirit returned, and she arose immediately. And He commanded that she be given something to eat. And her parents were astonished, but He charged them to tell no one what had happened.

Today the Holy Gospel gives an account of two miraculous works by the Lord Jesus Christ. The first was the healing of the woman with an issue of blood. She had the condition for twelve years.

The second was the restoration of life to Jairus' daughter. The healing of a condition existing for twelve years and the restoration of life to a person that is dead exceeds human comprehension.

Only Divine action can restore life where there is no life. Only Divine action can heal a long existing condition to which there seems no end.

We know from the celebration of Pascha that Jesus Christ rose from the tomb. We know from the joy of Pascha that Jesus Christ triumphed over death. The restoration of life to Lazarus was another instance where Jesus demonstrated power over death. (Jn.11:1-44).

The faith we place in Christ is well placed. The love we have for Christ is well directed. The serious efforts we make to grow in Christ are well invested.

We have the benefit of history in viewing the miracles performed by Christ. We have the benefit of scholarly examination of the miracles of Christ. We have the benefit time applied to the accounts of the miracles of Christ.

Men, women and children come to Christ in faith today. They come to Christ bringing their problems. They come to Christ seeking internal peace and fulfillment. They come to Christ pleading for healing.

A careful examination of Holy Scripture will reveal numerous acts of God that restore health and wholeness to the ill and afflicted.

Time attests to the power of God. Time reveals that Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever. (Heb.13:8)

When we turn inward for careful self-examination, we come to see how little we really appreciate Christ. We come to see how little we devote of our daily lives to Christ.

Each day has twenty-four hours. We do well when we analyze the way we use the time of each day. We do well when we examine the amount of time each day devoted to the salvation of our souls.

In the Nicene Constantinopolitan Creed we profess belief in the Second Coming of Christ. We profess belief that Christ will come to judge the living and the dead.

Do we treat each moment of life as a treasure? Do we treat each day as a time to prepare for the Second Coming of Christ? Do we keep a careful account of our lives in readiness for Christ's Second Coming?

The Holy Orthodox Church offers to us Holy Confession. The Holy Orthodox Church offers to us Holy Communion. Holy Confession and Holy Communion enable us to repent and begin anew in Christ. Holy Confession and Communion enable us to be united with Christ, renewed by Christ.

The woman with the issue of blood became new in Christ. Her life was never the same afterwards. Jairus' daughter had reason to be thankful beyond human comprehension.

Christ gives us new life. Christ gives us the opportunity to begin anew each time we sin, each time we fail to be faithful to Christ. A broken and contrite heart, God does not despise (Ps.50/51:17)

To begin anew requires forgiveness. We need to seek forgiveness from God. We need to be forgiving of others. The importance of forgiveness was emphasized when Christ said: "But if you do not forgive, neither will your Father in heaven forgive your trespasses." (Mk.11:26)

The Holy Orthodox Church brings us today's Gospel for our careful consideration. The Holy Orthodox Church brings us today's Gospel for an intended purpose.

The Holy Orthodox Church values the present Gospel lesson to the degree it has been preserved through the centuries and is being presented today to believers throughout the world.

Let us think seriously about the Lord Jesus Christ and the miracles He has performed. Let us give thanks to God for the opportunity for new life. Let us make sound use of the life God gives us each day. To God be glory forever.

St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
November 1/November 14, 2004
Sts. Cosmas and Damian, Unmercenary Healers.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

Back to St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels - Home Page