St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 464 - November 26 / December 9, 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 26 / December 9, 2007
Twenty-Eighth Sunday after Pentecost
No. 464

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

James 5:15

And the prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven.

Recent Services
December 2
One person came for Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour.
Twenty-four people came for Divine Liturgy. Two communicants.
December 3
Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour were read.
Two people came for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
December 4
One person came for Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour.
Three people came for Divine Liturgy. Two communicants.
One person came for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
December 5
Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour were read.
Two people came for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
December 6
Midnight Office, Matins, First Hour were read.
Akathist for Jesus Christ and Akathist for St. George were served.
One person came of Akathist for St.George.
December 7
Midnight Office, Matins, First Hour were read.
Two people came for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
December 8
Midnight Office, Matins, First Hour were read at St. George Church.
Twelve people came to Holy Trinity Mission for Divine Liturgy. Four communicants.
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

No daily services are scheduled for this week. No Adult Class this week.

Next Sunday
Midnight Office, Matins, and First Hour-5:30 AM Divine Liturgy-10:00 AM.

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

December 13 - Holy Apostle Andrew the First Called.
December 19 - St. Nicholas
December 23 - Rescheduled date for Parish Annual Assembly
December 23 - Children's Day, St. John of Serbia.
December 26 - Hieromartyr Gavrilo of Serbia
December 26-29 - Youth Retreat at Shadeland
December 26 - Holy Martyrs Thursus, Leucius, Philemon, Appollonius and those with them.
December 30 - Holy Martyrs Deacon Avakum and Hegumen Paisius

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

Parish Life

The Parish Annual Assembly is rescheduled to December 23, 2007.

Sympathy extended to the family of Very Reverend George Yatkso. His mother +Daisy fell asleep in the Lord. The funeral service is tomorrow.

Two people came to Adult Class this past Thursday.

Please use envelopes with your name on or use checks to get appropriate credit for contributions.

Mildred Bezjak is collecting contributions for flowers for the church for Christmas.

Mildred Bezjak is coordinating a gift project for individuals who are homebound. Please see Mildred if you want to participate. Gift cost is $10.00.

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.

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.

Remember the suffering Serbian People in Kosovo and Metohija

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

Pray for the friends of the St. George Church.

Melanie Vunjak always remembers the St. George Church.

Niko and Rose Illich always remember the St. George Church.

Gojko and Anka Arbutina are far away in W.Va., but remember the St. George Church.

Psalm 3

Lord how they have increased who trouble me! Many are they who rise up against me. Many are them who say of me, "There is no help for him in God." But You, O Lord, are a shield for me. My glory and the One who lifts up my head. I cried to the Lord with my voice, and He heard me from His holy hill. I lay down and slept; I awoke, for the Lord sustained me. I will not be afraid of ten thousands of people who have set themselves against me all around. Arise, O Lord; Save me, O my God! For You have struck all my enemies on the cheekbone; You have broken the teeth of the ungodly. Salvation belongs to the Lord. Your blessing is upon Your people.

(NKJV. Thomas Nelson. )

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

To Consider

The presence of a parish church in a community.
The impact of the parish church on the community.
The friends of a parish church in a community

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

December 6 - Opening and Closing Prayers at Robena Mine Memorial
December 7 - Attended West Virginia University lecture on Foundations of Non-Profit Agencies, Clarksburg, W.Va.
December 8 - Served Divine Liturgy in Fairmont, W.Va.

From the Desert Fathers

The same abba said, 'A man who is angry, even if he were to raise the dead, is not acceptable to God.'


Twenty-Eighth Sunday after Pentecost 2007

Luke 18:35-43

Then it happened, as He was coming near Jericho, that a certain blind man sat by the road begging. And hearing a multitude passing by, he asked what it meant. So they told him that Jesus of Nazareth was passing by. And he cried out, saying, "Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!" Then those who went before warned him that he should be quiet; but he cried out all the more, "Son of David, have mercy on me!" So Jesus stood still and commanded him to be brought to Him. And when he had come near, He asked him saying, "What do you want Me to do for you?" He said, "Lord, that I may receive my sight." Then Jesus said to him, "Receive your sight; your faith has made you well." And immediately he received his sight, and followed Him, glorifying God. And all the people, when they saw it, gave praise to God.

Wellness comes through Jesus Christ. Wholeness comes through Jesus Christ. Completeness in life is found in Jesus Christ. Direction comes from Jesus Christ. Our very lives are founded in and need to be directed always toward Jesus Christ.

We cannot think too much about Jesus Christ. We cannot exert ourselves too much regarding Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ has a place in our hearts. He deserves to have first place in our hearts. He needs to permeate our hearts.

Jesus Christ deserves first place in our minds. Jesus Christ needs to permeate our minds. Jesus Christ needs to be dominant in our souls. Jesus Christ needs to be the content of our souls.

Everything in our hearts, minds and souls unpleasing to Christ, needs to be expelled. We are in the Nativity Fast. This is a time to prepare for the Feast of the Nativity.

This is a time of fasting and prayerful preparation. This is a time to consider the very meaning of Jesus taking on human flesh. This is a time to consider Jesus humbling Himself. This is a time to think about Jesus being crucified, buried and resurrecting.

Believers need to think seriously about Jesus' becoming a newborn Child, growing to adulthood to be crucified, buried and resurrected. The blind man in the present Gospel wanted to receive his sight. Each person needs to pray to Jesus Christ for proper insight.

Believers need to be able to decipher daily the important steps to take towards God's Kingdom. Subtle differences may exist among choices confronting believers. God is needed for believers to consider choices and to make them correctly.

The blind man was told to be quiet when he pled for mercy to Jesus. He would not be silenced. The blind man had hope and confidence in Christ. The man was not disappointed. Jesus never disappoints those who turn to Him in faith.

Jesus told the blind man directly: "Receive your sight; your faith has made you well." The blind man's faith led to a better life for him. The blind man certainly had a different understanding of Jesus Christ after the healing.

How often do we think about the times Jesus' has healed us of different conditions? Perhaps the healings have not been as dramatic as receiving physical sight as described in the present Gospel.

Healing can mean having a new outlook in life due to having faith and confidence in Jesus Christ. Healing can mean coming to terms with an illness in a way that the illness may not change but the attitude toward the illness might change.

Healing can mean an alleviation of anger and the development of a sense of peace. Healing can mean accepting certain conditions in life knowing that Christ wants you to be at a certain place or to be doing a certain thing.

In the Gospel of St. John, there is a description of Jesus healing a blind man. Jesus said the man was born blind not because he or his parents sinned, but in order "that the works of God should be revealed in him." (Jn. 9:3)

We may experience certain illnesses, ailments or conditions. We may face these in order for the glory of God to be revealed. It is important to make decisions consistent with ways pleasing to God.

To live in ways pleasing to God, we must think about God. We must pray to God. We must live God-centered lives. We must read the Holy Bible and other writings to nourish our hearts, minds and souls.

The only way we can fill the hunger of our souls properly is to draw near to God and to be nourished by God. When we partake of Christ's Precious Body and Blood, we nourish our hearts, minds and souls.

We find completeness in receiving the Precious Body and Blood of Christ. We have new insight. We have new sight. The Holy Apostle Paul said: "If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things become new." (2 Cor. 5:17)

We become new in Christ at Holy Baptism. We become new in Christ in Holy Confession. We become new in Christ in Holy Communion. The world is viewed differently when viewed through Christ.

We live differently, we act differently, when we are true to Christ. We take different roads when we follow Christ. The Lord said: "Narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it." (Mt. 7:14).

Let us do everything we can each day that we may hear the words of Jesus Christ: "Your faith has made you well."
St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
November 26 / December 9, 2007
Twenty-Eighth Sunday after Pentecost.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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