St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 514 - November 10 / November 23, 2008

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 10 / November 23, 2008
Twenty-Third Sunday after Pentecost
No. 514

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

Luke 8:25

But He said to them, "Where is your faith?" And they were afraid, and marveled, saying to one another: "Who can this be? For He commands even the winds and water, and they obey Him!"

Recent Services
November 10
One person came for Three Akathists.
November 14
Vespers was read.
November 15
Midnight Office was read. Vespers was read.
November 16
Midnight Office, Matins and First hour were read.
Third and Sixth Hour were read before Divine Liturgy.
Thirty-eight people came for Divine Liturgy, Blessing of Kolach and Koljivo. Four communicants.
November 17
Ninth and Vespers were read.
November 18
Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour were read.
Pomen at Funeral Home in Masontown for Stephen J.Bearden.
Two people came for Akathist to Jesus Christ and Akathist to St. George. Pomen held.
November 19
Midnight Offfice, Matins and First Hour were read. November 20
Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour were read. Ninth Hour and Vespers were read.

Services This Coming Week - Always Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule

Midnight Office, Matins, First Hour. Third and Sixth Hours followed by Divine Liturgy.

5:30 AM on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday.

4:00 PM on Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday.

6:30 PM followed by Adult Class at 7:00 PM.

8:00 AM Divine Liturgy

10:00 AM-Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Church, Faimont, W.Va.-Divine Liturgy.

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

November 24 - St. Stevan of Decani.
November 26 - St. John Chrysostom
November 27 - Holy and All Praised Apostle Philip, St. Gregory Palamas
November 28 - Beginning of Nativity Fast
November 29 - Holy Apostle and Evangelist Matthew

If you are too busy to are too busy!

Pray for the Suffering Serbian People Throughout The World

Parish Life

Berta and John Decovich, and Swetko Davidovich maintain their identification with the St. George Church as do nearby residents Andrew and Mildred Basista.

Sarah Pasquini and son Andrew from Brownsville keep contact with the St. George Church.

Two people came for Adult Class this past Tuesday. Class again this Tuesday.

Thank you to Kolo members and friends of the Kolo helping with the baking of rolls.

Remember the men and women working in dangerous occupations including those in the mines and criminal justice agencies, the police, correctional officers and parole agents.

Remember the sick, the suffering, the imprisoned, those in rehab centers, nursing homes, jails and prisons. Remember the staff members and caretakers.

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

Every parishioner is a missionary for the St.George Church.

Make sure you honor and celebrate your Slava each year.

November is designated as Stewardship Month. Be a good steward of the Church.

If you have not been to Holy Confess and Communion recently, it is time to prepare.

Tell your friends and family about the parish website and radio broadcast.

Invite a friend or family member to come to church.

Help the parish by honoring the feasts and fasts of the Church.

A Thought from His Grace Bishop Dr. MITROPHAN

When we define the Church as the fullness, by it we encompass her entire essence rather than expressing one aspect of her being, her constant process of growth in the entire Body and in every member with the help of the Lord. Christ fills her with His grace, perfects and fashions the entire inner life of her members. Some interpreters describe the fullness of the Church in the sense of the fulfilling of Christ by the Church as the Savior and Redeemer of the world. Saint John Chrysostom is of this opinion and those who later concurred with him are Blessed Theophylactus, Robinson, et. al.

(The Teachings of Saint Apostle Paul on the Church. Translation Protopresbyter Stefan Zaremba. 2001, p. 17. )

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

To Consider

The cumulative writings and contributions of St. John Chrysostom.
St. John Chrysostom's knowledge of the Holy Scriptures.
St. John Chrysostom's love of the Lord Jesus Christ.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

November 14 - Attended WVU sponsored class at Fairmont State University site in Clarksburg on the topic of Social Work Burnout.
November 15 - Attended Cleveland Deanery Meeting on Christian Education in Youngstown, Ohio.
November 16 - Attended Choir Slava dinner and program.
November 18 - Pomen for +Stephen J. Bearden.
November 19 - Funeral Service and burial of +Stephen J. Bearden.
November 19 - Served Vespers at Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Church, Fairmont, W.Va.
November 20 - Went to Diocesan Center, Mars, Pa.

From the Wisdom of Sirach

Do nothing without deliberation; and when you have acted, do not regret it.

The Twenty-Third Sunday After Pentecost 2008
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 had 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 Church proclaims this Gospel message each year. This Gospel message establishes the healing power of the Lord Jesus. It describes the ability of Jesus to bring peace to the hearts and minds of individuals who are tormented.

Too few individuals in the present society turn to the Lord Jesus Christ to find personal peace. Too few individuals seek Jesus on a daily basis and pray to Him with great fervor.

Too many individuals turn to alcohol and drugs to escape the demands and pressures of daily life. Too many individuals look to places other than the Church in futile searches for personal meaning, purpose and peace.

Too many individuals are unwilling to make the necessary efforts and sacrifices necessary for peace in Christ. Too many people suffer from physical ailments and social ills as a result of living habits that are in conflict with the teachings of the Church.

Too many individuals end up in hospitals, in jails and prisons, in rehab centers and on the streets because of the choices they make. Too few people follow Christ and find the peace that passes all understanding. (Phil. 4:7)

Jesus told the man in the present Gospel to tell what great things God had done for him. The demons were expelled from the tormented man and he came to his right mind.

Tormented individuals turning to the Lord Jesus Christ in faith will find peace of mind, peace of heart, peace of soul. Tormented individuals will find peace in Christ.

Peace comes through prayer. Peace comes through faith. Peace comes with fasting and attending the Divine Liturgy. Peace comes from Holy Confession and Holy Communion. Peace comes through anointing at the service of Holy Unction.

The peace given by Christ exceeds the human mind to fully comprehend. The Holy Scriptures speak of the peace from God passing all understanding. (Phil. 4:7) Humans need only know to turn to God in faith.

In this world of turmoil, coming into the quiet of the church provides the opportunity for peace. In this world of turmoil, shutting off the radio and television, setting aside the telephone and contemplating God before the holy icons brings peace.

Immersing one's self in the reading of the Holy Scriptures brings peace. Individuals determined to find peace will find it in Christ. There are many roads to choose from in the journey of life.

The Lord Jesus Christ cautions individuals to choose the narrow gate. Jesus said: "enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it." (Mt. 7:13)

Abuse of alcohol and drugs, over-eating , and suffering from torment due to illegal or unethical behavior can be brought under control. Individuals turning to Christ in faith can change their lives.

Individuals desiring change can see the demons purged from their lives. Major changes come when a person turns to Christ with complete heart, mind and soul. Jesus said: "If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes." (Mk. 9:23)

Families experiencing conflict in the home can find peace by turning to Christ. Husbands and wives experiencing conflict with each other can find peace by turning to Christ.

Individuals experiencing conflict on the job or in school can find peace by turning to Christ. No demons, no conflict is immune from the healing power of the Lord Jesus Christ.

Each person chooses how to address the turmoil they face. Individuals choosing Christ find ways to experience peace even in the midst of adversity. Finding peace is not always easy. Finding peace in Christ does not necessary come immediately. Peace comes with the serious relationship with Christ.

Peace comes in Holy Confession and Holy Communion. Peace comes in repentance. Peace comes when individuals take steps to rectify wrongs from sins of the past. Peace comes when individuals live for Christ every day.

The lives of saints and martyrs show that even the threat of death cannot separate them from the love of Christ and the peace in Christ. Let us learn from their convincing witnessing. Let us seek lasting peace in Christ.
St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
November 10 / November 23, 2008
Twenty-Third Sunday after Pentecost.
Holy Apostles Olympas, Erastus, Herodion and Sosipater.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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