St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 411 - November 13 / November 26, 2006

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 13 / November 26, 2006
Twenty-Fourth Sunday after Pentecost
No. 411

Remember to listen to the parish radio broadcast each Sunday afternoon at 12:15 on WMBS, 590 AM, Uniontown.

Luke 8:48

And He said to her, "Daughter, be of good cheer; your faith has made you well. Go in peace."

Services This Past Week
November 19
One person came for Midnight Office, Matins, and First Hour.
Forty-nine people came for Divine Liturgy including blessing of Kolac and Kolijvo.
November 20
One person came for Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour.
Three people came for Akathist to Archangel Michael and Vespers.
November 21
One person came for Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour.
Six people came for Divine Liturgy. Four communicants. One Kolac.
November 22
One person came for Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour.
Three people came for Divine Liturgy.
One person came for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
November 23
Two people came for Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour.
Ten people came for Akathist to Holy Trinity and Akathist of Thanks.
November 24
Midnight Office and Matins were read.
Three people came for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
November 25
One person came for Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour.
Three people came for Ninth Hour and Vespers.

Services This Coming Week - Always Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule

Midnight Office, Matins, First Hour, Divine Liturgy.

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday at 5:30 AM. Thursday at 4:00 AM.

Monday, Wednesday, Friday at 4:00 PM. Tuesday and Thursday at 6:30 PM.

10:00 AM, Divine Liturg, YWCA, Fairmont, W.Va.

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

November 27 - Apostle Philip. St. Gregory Palamas.
November 28 - Beginning of Nativity Fast
November 29 - Holy Apostle and Evangelist Matthew
December 4 - Entry into the Temple of the Theotokos
December 6 - Robena Mine Memorial Program
December 13 - Holy Apostle Andrew

If you are too busy to are too busy!

Parish Life

Thank you to all helping with the Choir Slava. Thank God for our Choir.

Executive Board President Stan Brozik announced the Annual Assembly will be on December 10.

Sympathy extended to the family of +Louise Levato of Ambridge, Pennsylvania, family members being friends of St. George Church.

It was good to Dr. Rade Dimitric back at St. George Church last Sunday.

It was good to see many visitors last Sunday for the Choir Slava.

The Nativity Fast begins on Tuesday and continues until the Divine Liturgy on January 7.

The Nativity Fast is for all Orthodox Christians.

Every Orthodox Christian should made a serious effort to honor the fast as best he or she can.

Fasting is a joyful exercise to draw closer to God and an essential part of the Orthodox Christian life.

We continue to pray for those serving in the military and their families.

Pray for miners, living and departed and their families. Remember the Farmington Mine Disaster of November 1968.

The St. George radio broadcast is 6:20 PM when the Steelers play early on Sunday afternoons.

Remember the sick, the suffering, those in prison, the homebound, those in hospitals and rehab centers. Remember the people caring for them. Remember crime victims.

Remember those who are grieving for departed family members and friends.

Read your Bible daily for the benefit of your soul.

Adult Class this Thursday evening at 7:00 PM.

A Thought from St. John Chrysostom

See what an admirable foundation St. Paul lays for a virtuous life: honor and respect for one's parents. This is the first good practice commanded us in the Scriptures, because before all others, except God, our parents are the authors of our life, and they deserve to be the first ones to receive the fruits of our good deeds. Only after we honor our parents can we do anything good for the rest of mankind. IF a man does not honor his parents, he will never treat other people with kindness.

( St. John Chrysostom on Marriage and Family Life. Translated by Catharine P. Roth and David Anderson. St. Vladimir's Seminary Press, Crestwood, New York, 1986, p. 66 )

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

To Consider

The sermons of St. John Chrysostom
The writings on Holy Scripture by St. John Chrysostom.
The impact on others of St. John Chrysostom.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

November 20 - Went to Diocesan Center, Mars, Pa
November 25 - Visited three residents at Rolling Meadows Nursing Home.

From the Desert Fathers

He (Abboa Poemen) also said: "Men speak to perfection but they do precious little about it."

The Twenty-Fourth Sunday After Pentecost 2006

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.

John 10:9-16

I am the door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture. The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, andthat they may have it more abundantly. I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd give His life for the sheep. But a hireling, he who is not the shepherd, one who does not own the sheep, sees the wolf coming and leaves the sheep and flees; and the wolf catches the sheep and scatters them. The hireling flees because he is a hireling and does not care about the sheep. I am the good shepherd; and I know My sheep, and am known by My own. As the Father knows Me, even so I know the Father; and I lay down My life for the sheep. And other sheep I have which are not of this fold; them also I must bring, and they will hear My voice; and there will be one flock and one shepherd.

Today the Holy Orthodox Church celebrates the Twenty Fourth Sunday after Pentecost. The Holy Orthodox Church simultaneously commemorates St. John Chrysostom.

The Divine Liturgy being celebrated today bears the name of St. John Chrysostom. Volumes of books written about the Holy Scriptures and other topics important to the Church are attributed to St. John Chrysostom.

The life of St. John Chrysostom reveals a worthy of attention and consideration through the centuries. The wisdom of St. John Chrysostom continues to be mined by contemporary theologians.

The dedication and faithfulness of St. John Chrysostom to the Holy Scriptures inspires any person caring to examine his written works.

Contemporary society often discards products shortly after they are produced. The works of St. John Chrysostom endure centuries and merit examination in seminaries, universities and patristic societies.

St. John Chrysostom's life was grounded in God. One quickly notices the commitment to God by studying the words of St. John Chrysostom. The volumes of written works attributed to St. John are convincing and irrefutable evidence of his love for and interest in God.

St. John Chrysostom's reputation for eloquence in giving sermons is an additional dimension of his love for and grounding in God. Read or listen to one of St. John's sermons and notice the continue relevance for today's world.

Read St. John's treatise on the priesthood and see why every priest should read and reread the words of Read St. John's advice to the widow and see why everyone who has lost a husband or wife can find meaning in the words of St. John.

Read St. John's treatise on marriage and family life and be better prepared to deal with contemporary life. Centuries have passed and the words of St. John Chrysostom hold meaning for willing listeners.

St. John Chrysostom stands out with the passing of centuries. Contemporary believers do well to consider their personal commitment to God. Contemporary believers do well to consider the degree to which they think about God and the way of God.

Every believer need not attempt to emulate St. John Chrysostom in being a profound student of Holy Scripture. Every believer need not attempt to emulate St. John Chrysostom speaking profoundly of God with golden eloquence.

Every believer can learn from St. John and benefit from increasing his or her commitment to learning more about God and living a life pleasing to God.

Everyone is not given the talents of St. John Chrysostom. Each person is given a certain amount of talent. It is for each person to use his or her talent fully for the glory of God and the salvation of the soul.

No doubt exists that St. John received much from God. At the same time, no doubt exists that St. John used his many talents for the glory of God.We are not to bury our talents (Mt. 25:15-29) or hide our lights under a bushel (Mt. 5:15).

God has given each of us an earthly life for a definitive period of time. We have this life only once. It is for each of us to use of earthly lives responsibly. It is for each of us to use our earthly lives reflecting appreciation to God for life.

We need to be true to ourselves having been baptized into Christ and put on Christ. We need to be true to the commitment to Christ as King and as God. We need to honor the seal of the gift of the Holy Spirit received at Chrismation.

Time and opportunities cannot be replaced. Each moment of life is to be used fully. St. John Chrysostom made full use of his life. It is for each of us to make full use of our lives for the glory of God and salvation of our souls.

Our Lord Jesus Christ said "You will know them by their fruits...every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit." (Mt. 76-17) May our lives reflect the love and commitment to God made at Holy Baptism and Chrismation.
St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
November 13 / November 26, 2006
Twenty-Fourth Sunday after Pentecost.
St. John Chrysostom.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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