St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 463 - November 19 / December 2, 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
November 19 / December 2, 2007
Twenty-Seventh Sunday after Pentecost
No. 463

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

James 1:6

But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind.

Recent Services
November 25
Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour were read.
Twenty-two people came for Divine Liturgy.
November 26
One person came for Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour.
Two people came for Divine Liturgy. One communicant.
One person came for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
November 27
One person came for Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour.
Three people came for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
November 28
Midnight Office, Matins, First Hour were read.
One person came for Akathist to the Cross, Akathist to Mother of God, Joy of All Who Sorrow and Akathist to St. Panteleimon.
One person came for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
November 29
Midnight Office, Matins, First Hour were read. Akathist to Jesus Christ was done in the home of parishioners.
Three people came for Akathist to Jesus Christ and four people were present for Akathist to St. George. Father Dimitre came to concelebrate.
November 30
One person came for Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour.
One person came for reading of Ninth Hour and Vespers.
December 1
One person came to St. George Church for Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour.
Four people came to Holy Trinity Mission in Fairmont, West Virginia for Divine Liturgy.
One person 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
4:00 PM-Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday.

Tuesday Morning
Divine Liturgy at 8:00 AM

Thursday
Akathists at 6:30 PM Adult Class at 7:00 PM.

Friday
6:30 PM.

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

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

December 4 - Feast of the Entry of the Theotokos into the Temple
December 6 - Robena Mine Memorial
December 8 - Leave-taking of Entry of the Theotokos into the Temple
December 13 - Holy Apostle Andrew the First Called.
December 19 - St. Nicholas
December 23 - Children's Day

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

Parish Life

Thank you to all individuals helping bake.

Tom Hunter's maintenance of the website continues to be helpful to individuals interested in St. George Church.

Dorothy McCloy always remembers the St. George Church.

Diane Trbovich always remembers the St. George Church.

Thursday is the 100th Anniversary of the Monongah Mine Disaster.

Thursday is the anniversary of the 1962 Robena Mine Disaster.

Use checks or envelopes with your name on to get proper credit for donations,

Honor the Nativity Fast until the Feast in January.

A Nativity Fast Retreat for youths ages 10-18 is being held at Shadeland beginning December 26 and concluding December 29, 2007. See Father Rodney for details.

Mildred Bezjak is collecting donations for flowers for the Church for Christmas.

Mildred Bezjak is coordinating a project to purchase small Christmas gifts for parishioners unable to attend church. See Mildred for details if you want to help.

The last three Adult Classes focused on ministering to prisoners. Three people came this past Thursday. Father Dimitre participated. Class again this Thursday at 7:00.

Sympathy extended to the family of Petar and Gordana Kodic, an aunt departing this life this week.

Psalm 2

Why do the nations rage, and the people plot a vain thing? The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together against the Lord and against His Anointed, saying, 'Let us break Their bonds in pieces and cast away Their cords from us." He who sits in the heaven shall laugh; The Lord shall hold them in derision. Then He shall speak to them in His wrath, and distress them in His deep displeasure: "Yet I have set My King on My holy hill of Zion." I will declare the decree: The Lord has said to Me, You are My Son, Today I have begotten You. Ask of Me and will give You the nations for Your inheritance, and the ends of the earth for Your possession You shall break them with a rod of iron; You shall dash them to pieces like a potter's vessel." Now therefore, be wise, O kings. Be instructed, you judges of the earth. Serve the Lord with fear, and rejoice with trembling. Kiss the Son, lest He be angry, and you perish in the way. When His wrath is kindled but a little, blessed are all those who put their trust in Him

(Orthodox Study Bible, pp. 637-638 )

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

To Consider

The healing power of Jesus Christ.
The freedom that comes with being healed.
The responsibility that comes with being healed.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

November 29 - Visited parish family.
November 29 - Attended continuing education class at West Virginia University, Morgantown, W.Va. on "Building a Positive Climate in the Workplace."
December 1 - Served Divine Liturgy in Fairmont, W.Va

From the Desert Fathers

Abba Or said to his disciple Paul, 'Be careful never to let an irrelevant word come into his cell.'


Twenty-Seventh Sunday after Pentecost 2007

Luke 13:10-17

Now He was teaching in one of the synagogues on the Sabbath. And behold, there was a woman who had spirit of infirmity eighteen years, and was bent over and could in no way raise herself up. But when Jesus saw her, He called her to Him and said to her, "Woman, you are loosed from your infirmity." And He laid His hands on her, and immediately she was made straight, and glorified God. But the ruler of the synagogue answered with indignation, because Jesus had healed on the Sabbath; and he said to the crowd, "There are six days on which men ought to work; therefore come and be healed on them, and not on the Sabbath day." The Lord then answered him and said, "Hypocrite! does not each one of you on the Sabbath loose his ox or donkey from the stall, and lead it away to water it? So ought not this woman, being a daughter of Abraham, whom Satan has bound-think of it-for eighteen years, be loosed from this bond on the Sabbath?" And when He said these things, all His adversaries were put to shame; and all the multitude rejoiced for all the glorious things that were done by Him.

The multitude rejoiced for the glorious things Jesus did. Jesus continues to do glorious things. Rejoicing in the Lord Jesus Christ is always timely.

Jesus healed the woman with the infirmity that had lasted for eighteen years. Jesus heals people today. Jesus offers hope for the depressed. Jesus offers hope for those wanting to begin life anew.

Jesus offers joy through the forgiveness of sins. Jesus offers joy to those partaking of His Precious Body and Blood. Jesus offers joy to the newly baptized and the newly married.

The Cross revealed the power of God. The Cross revealed the humility of Christ. The Cross revealed the Divinity of Christ. Believers find new life in the Cross. Believers find strength in the Cross.

Jesus' healing of the woman with the infirmity was considered by the ruler of the synagogue to be untimely and out of order.

Jesus determines the prevailing order of the day. Jesus' actions do not always conform to what is expected.

Jesus' virgin birth did not conform to expectations. Jesus' turning water into wine did not conform to expectations. Jesus' transfiguration on the mountain did not conform to expectations.

St. John said: "There are also many other things that Jesus did, which if they were written one by one, I suppose that even the world itself could not contain the books that would be written." (Jn. 21:25)

The healing of the woman with the infirmity for eighteen years shows that even when conditions seem permanently bleak Jesus can change the situation radically.

Jesus can bring radical change for the better to a life. Consider the dramatic change in the life of the Holy Apostle Paul. The Holy Apostle Paul went from being a persecutor of Christians to being a leading Apostle. (Gal. 1:23)

Savor the joy in Christ. Savor the life in Christ. Savor the opportunity for new life in Christ. Believers are sinners and must constantly begin anew to remain faithful to Christ.

The present Gospel offers hope to believers that eventually the life in sin may be defeated. The present Gospel offers hope to believers that the shackles of sin may be overcome.

Jesus saw the woman's condition and healed her. Jesus sees our infirmities and will heal us if we let Him. Jesus will heal us if we are open to Him, if we love Him and draw near to Him.

We put ourselves in peril if we take the attitude of the ruler of synagogue. We put ourselves in peril if we do not credit Christ with healing. We put ourselves in peril if we believe we can live without Christ.

Nourishment exists in Christ. Fulfillment exists in Christ. Talents and gifts are revealed as one matures in Christ. God gives new freedom in healing the infirm.

Freedom brings with it responsibility. The woman healed after an eighteen year condition of infirmity was free to pursue a new way of life. She also had a responsibility to say "thank You" to the Lord Jesus Christ.

Giving thanks to God for each day, for each breath, for each heartbeat is totally appropriate. We cannot move our fingers without God. We cannot move our legs without God.

We cannot laugh without God. We cannot cry without God. We cannot utter words without God. We have no strength in our bodies without God.

The Nativity Fast has started. Believers do well to use the fast to be renewed in Christ. Believers do well to prepare for Holy Confession and Holy Communion at this time.

The healing power of the Lord Jesus Christ is present in Holy Confession and Holy Communion. Believers repenting of sins and seeking Christ's forgiveness experience healing and wholeness.

Believers partaking of Christ's Precious Body and Blood experience the healing power of Christ.

Believers do well to give thanks to God throughout each day. We never know when our last breath will be. We never know when Christ will return to judge the living and the dead.

Time moves forward. Wise individuals value time as a gift from God. Wise individuals take time to thank God and be united with God.
St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
November 19 / December 2, 2007
Twenty-Seventh Sunday after Pentecost.
Holy Prophet Obadiah.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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