St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 460 - October 29 / November 11, 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 29 / November 11, 2007
Twenty-Fourth Sunday after Pentecost
No. 460

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

Romans 14:22

Do you have faith? Have it to yourself before God. Happy is he who does not condemn himself in what he approves.

Recent Services
November 4
One person came for Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour.
Sixty-two people came for Divine Liturgy. Four communicants.
Pomen at funeral home for Albert George and Lenore Rodavich.
November 5
Two people came for Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour.
Four people came for Akathist to Jesus Christ and Akathist to St. Panteliemon.
November 6
Two people came for Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour.
November 7
Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour were read.
One person came for Ninth Hour and Vespers
November 8
One person came for Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour.
Four people came for Divine Liturgy. One communicant.
Six people came for Akathist to Jesus Christ and Akathist to St. George.
Father Dimitre came to service.
November 9
Two people came for Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour.
Three people came for Ninth Hour and Vespers. Pomen held.
November 10
One person came for Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour at St. George Church.
Ten people came to Holy Trinity Mission in Fairmont, W.Va. for Divine Liturgy.
Four people came for Ninth Hour and Vespers at St. George Church. Pomen held.

Services This Coming Week - Always Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule

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

Mornings
Today, Monday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday at 5:30 AM

Afternoons
Monday at 3:00 PM. Friday and Saturday at 4:00 PM

Thursday
Thursday at 6:30 PM followed by class at 7:00 PM.

Friday
Divine Liturgy at 8:30 AM

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

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

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

Parish Life

Sympathy extended to the family and friends of +Dorothy Bozick.

In slightly more than a month, a number of deaths have occurred that have directly affected the parish.

Each day of life is a gift from God to be lived carefully.

Adult class this Thursday. Four people attended this past Thursday in addition to Father Dimitre.

Come to Divine Liturgy on Friday in support of the St. George Choir Slava.

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..

Use a check or signed envelope to ensure proper credit when making donations.

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.

From Proverbs 30:5-6

Every word of God is pure:
He is a shield to those who put their trust in Him.
Do not add to His words, Lest He rebuke you, and you be found a liar.

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

To Consider

The power of Christ to change circumstances.
The power of Christ to heal the hurt.
The power of Christ to bring peace to the soul.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

November 4 - Attended Parish Anniversary Banquet.
November 4 - Served Pomen for Albert George and Lenore Rodavich
November 6 - Attended funeral services for Albert George and Lenore Rodavich.
November 7 - Visited parishioner. Talked with person coming to church grounds. Recorded December radio broadcasts.
November 8 - Went to home of parishioner.
November 9 - Went to Diocesan Center, Mars, Pa.
November 10 - Served Divine Liturgy in Fairmont, W.Va.

From the Desert Fathers

He (Pambo) was greater than many others in that if he was asked to interpret part of the Scriptures or a spiritual saying, he would not reply immediately, but he would say he did not know that saying. If he was asked again, he would say no more.


The Twenty-Fourth Sunday After Pentecost 2007

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.

God can radically change circumstances for the better. When situations in life seem dire, God can make them completely different. God can change fear and concern into joy and peace.

Jairus came to Jesus in desperation. His only daughter was dying. Jairus came seeking help from Jesus. The twelve year old girl was not going to live and her father prostrated himself before Jesus with pleas for help.

Jairus' daughter died before Jesus' arrived at the house. The situation could not be bleaker. But Jesus changed the grief to joy. Jesus changed death to life. Jesus told the girl to arise and her spirit returned. The girl lived.

In the second healing in the present Gospel, Jesus healed the woman with the issue of blood. The woman's condition was long-standing. Physicians did not heal the woman's condition. Jesus made the difference.

Jesus makes a difference in each life. Millions and millions of people in each generation are sensitive to the difference Jesus makes in their lives. Millions and millions of people live in Christ in each generation.

Jairus had faith in Christ. Jairus believed Jesus could make a difference. The woman with the issue of blood believed in Jesus. Jesus recognized the woman's faith. The woman's faith made her well.

Contemporary life can be stressful. War exists and the threat of a larger war is possible. The economy is changing rapidly. The news is replete with cultural changes and news of different types of crime.

Individuals are required to adjust to changes in life. The Church offers a constancy. The Lord Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever. (Heb. 13:8)

Jesus offers hope. Jesus offers strength. Jesus offers direction. Jesus offers certainty. The Psalmist said: "The mercy of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting on those who fear Him." (Ps. 102/103:17).

Believers turning to the Lord Jesus Christ in confidence and in faith are never disappointed. God is always very reassuring. The Psalmist said the Lord forgives your iniquities, heals your diseases and redeems your life from destruction." (Ps. 102/103:3).

The Lord Jesus Christ brought joy to Jairus and his daughter. The Lord Jesus Christ brought joy to the woman with the issue of blood. Healing is cause for joy. The love of Christ is cause for joy.

Believers experience hope in Christ and have reason to hope even in the darkest moments. Darkness was on the earth when Christ was crucified. (Lk. 23:45). The Resurrection replaced the darkness.

Holy Scripture gives account after account of dire moments being changed into moments of joy. Abraham was going to sacrifice Isaac. It appeared Isaac would be killed and Abraham would lose his beloved son. At the right moment, God provided and spared Isaac. (Gen. 22:1-14)

The three youths were put in the fiery furnace by Nebuchadnezzar and the fire had no power. (Daniel 3:1-30) Trust in God is always well placed trust.

The wise person is always careful about investments made in life. The wise person invests in the Kingdom of God. The Lord Jesus Christ said: "Lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal." (Mt. 6:20)

Jairus turned to Jesus in faith. The woman with the issue of blood had her faith rewarded. Everyday believers realize their faith in God is faith well placed. Everyday believers realize God is a good and merciful God.

Jesus went to the Cross. Believers know the Cross is part of life. Believers know the Cross revealed the Divinity of Christ and the power of Christ over death.

Jesus turned the Cross from an instrument of death to an instrument of life. Face each moment when circumstances are dire as a moment for rebirth in Christ. Face each dire moment as an opportunity to see Christ on the Cross and the Empty Tomb shining forth.

Throughout out the year remember the joyous words: "Christ is Risen! Indeed He is Risen!" Never despair. Never let gloom and hopeless capture the heart, the mind or the soul.

St. John in his First Epistle said: "You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world." (Jn. 4:4)
St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
October 29 / November 11, 2007
Holy Martyr Anastasia the Roman.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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