St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 459 - October 22 / November 04, 2007


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
October 22 / November 04, 2007
Twenty-Third Sunday after Pentecost
No. 459

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

Philippians 1:25

And being confident of this, I know that I shall remain and continue with you all for your progress and joy of faith.

Recent Services
October 28
Eighteen people came. Father Dimitre Dimitrov served.
October 29
Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour were read.
Two people came for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
October 30
Two people came for Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour.
Two people came for Akathist to Jesus Christ and St. Panteleimon.
October 31
One person came for Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour.
The Vespers service was read.
November 1
One person came for Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour.
November 2
One person came for Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour.
November 3
One person came for Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour at St.George Church.
Five people came to Holy Trinity Mission in Fairmont, W.Va. for Divine Liturgy.
Two people came to St. George Church for Ninth Hour and Vespers.

Services This Coming Week - Always Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule

Today
Midnight Office, Matins, First Hour. Divine Liturgy.

Mornings
5:30 AM Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday

Afternoons
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday at 4:00 PM

Thursday
Divine Liturgy at 8:30 AM.
6:30 PM followed by class at 7:00 PM

Saturday
Divine Liturgy 10:00 AM, Holy Trinity Mission, Fairmont, W.Va.

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

Today - Parish Anniversary Banquet
November 8 - St. Demetrius
November 16 - Choir Slava
November 21 - St. Archangel Michael
November 22 - St. Nectarios
November 24 - St. Stefan of Decani
November 26 - St. John Chrysostom
November 28 - Nativity Fast begins
December 4 - Entry of the Theotokos into the Temple
December 13 - St. Andrew the First-Called

If you are too busy to pray...you are too busy!

Parish Life

Sympathy extended to the family of +Albert George and Lenore Rodavich. May God give strength and comfort to family and friends at this time.

Thank you to all helping with and supporting the Parish Anniversary today.

A warm welcome to Father Deacon Dragoslav Kosic, Diocesan Secretary, serving today.

Two people came to Adult Class this past Tuesday. Class again this Thursday.

Pray for individuals with mental illness and their families.

Remember the miners and others employed in dangerous occupations including law enforcement, correctional officers and parole officers.

Remember the sick, the suffering, the imprisoned, those in care homes, hospitals, the homebound and the caretakers and staffs.

Remember the men and women in the military and their families..

When making donations, please use a check or signed envelope to ensure proper credit.

Remember the suffering Serbian People in Kosovo and Metohija

Sunday radio broadcasts may be at 6:15 PM when the Steelers have home games.

Read your Bible for the benefit of your soul.

If you do not observe your Slava, it is time to begin.

Last Sunday's collection was for St. Sava School of Theology. Thank you to all donors.

From Proverbs 29:2-6

When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice; But when a wicked man rule, the people groan.
Whoever loves wisdom makes his father rejoice, but a companion of harlots wastes his wealth.
The king establishes the land by justice, but he who receives bribes overthrows it.
A man who flatters his neighbor spreads a net for his feet.
By transgression an evil man is snared, but the righteous sings and rejoices.

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

To Consider

The importance of each day of life.
Earthly life is time limited.
Making good use of time is wise use of time.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

October 27 - Attended Kolo Slava Anniversary at St. Elijah Church, Aliquippa, Pa.
October 27-28 - Attended 90th Anniversary celebration, St. Stephen Church, Lackawanna, N.Y.
October 30 - Visited parishioner in Uniontown Hospital.
October 31 - Went to Diocesan Center, Mars.
November 3 - Attended Non-Profit Management Classes on Program Design and Evaluation and Networking and Collaboration held by West Virginia University in Clarksburg, W.Va.
November 3 - Pastoral visit to home of parishioners.
November 4 - Served Divine Liturgy in Fairmont, W.Va. Pastoral visit to parish home.

From the Desert Fathers

He (Abba Poemen) also said, 'A man who stays in his place in life will not be troubled.'


The Twenty-Third Sunday After Pentecost 2007

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 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 brings sanity to individuals. The Lord Jesus Christ brings peace of mind and peace to the soul. The Lord Jesus Christ brings peace to the heart.

The parish church is where individuals can learn to deal with the problems of life. The parish church is where individuals learn of the ethical standards established by God.

Individuals experience God in the parish church. Individuals experience God-centered relationships in the parish church. Individuals are renewed in Christ in the parish church.

The Holy Gospel lifts the hearts and minds to heights beyond imagination. The Holy Gospel reaches to the depths of the soul beyond human comprehension.

Partaking of the Precious Body and Blood makes a believer new in Christ. Partaking of the Precious Body and Blood strengthens a person in Christ.

Joy is found in the parish church. Joy is found in the Divine services of the Church. Individuals work out their salvation in the parish church. Individuals learn the teachings of Christ in the parish church.

The parish church is a university for the advancement of the soul for those caring to be serious students. The parish church is a fortress against the wiles of the devil for those choosing to learn about Christ.

When questions about God arise in the minds of individuals, the parish church is the place to go in search of answers. The parish church is the appropriate destination those seeking the Kingdom of God.

Children raised in the parish church are exposed to learning that will endure. Children raised in the parish church are nourished in soul and body. The mind is exposed to fundamental and lasting lessons in the parish church.

When a person senses hunger in the soul, the first steps to address the hunger need to be in the parish church. When a person seeks nourishment of the soul, the Holy Gospel and the Holy Chalice provide lasting and transforming nourishment.

Giving thanks to God on a regular basis for the parish church is very appropriate. The existence of a parish church can be taken for granted. Every community is not blessed with a parish church.

Every community having a parish church is to be commended for supporting the church. Every community having a parish church needs to be vigorous in support of the church that it may continue.

Support for the church is not limited to financial support. Support comes through prayer, through attendance at Divine services, through a willingness to help throughout the year.

Following the fasts of the church, living according to the liturgical cycle of the Church, continually renewing the mind in Christ, are ways to support and contribute to the parish church.

The parish church is where the believer can come to prepare for the future and to learn to deal with the present. The parish church is where the individual Is cleansed of sins and can begin anew.

The world is different when viewed from the context of the parish church. There are many places a person can choose to go on any give day. Choosing to go to the parish church is always a healthy and wise choice.

The parish church is where life begins anew with each visit.
St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
October 22 / November 04, 2007
Holy Equal to the Apostls Abercius.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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