St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 515 - November 17 / November 30, 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 17 / November 30, 2008
Twenty-Fourth Sunday after Pentecost
No. 515

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

Luke 8:48

And He said to her, "Daughter be of good cheer, your faith has made you well. Go in peace."

Recent Services
November 21
Midnight Office, Matins, First Hour were read.
Three people came for Divine Liturgy and blessing of Kolach. One communicant.
November 22
Midnight Office, Matins, First Hour were read. Vespers was read.
November 23
Midnight Office, Matins, First Hour were read.
Twenty-one people came for Divine Liturgy. Two communicants.
November 24
Midnight Office, Matins, First Hour were read.
One person came for the reading of the Akathist to the All-Holy and Life-Creating Spirit.
Akathist to Icon of the Theotokos, "The Deliverance of Those Who Suffer from Misfortunes" and the Akathist to Our Venerable Father Ambrose of Optina.
Ninth Hour and Vespers were read.
Ninth and Vespers were read.
November 25
Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour were read. One person came for the Akathist to Jesus Christ and Akathist to St. George. A Panahida was served.
November 26
Midnight Office was read. Ninth Hour was read.
November 27
Akathist of Thanks was read. Vespers was read.
November 28
Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour was read. Ninth Hour and Vespers was read.

Services This Coming Week - Always Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule

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

5:30 AM Midnight Office, Matins, First Hour-Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday.

4:00 PM on Monday, Friday, Ninth Hour and Vespers.

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

8:00 AM- Divine Liturgy

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

December 3 - Forefeast of the Entry of the Theotokos into the Temple.
December 4 - Feast of the Entry of the Theotokos into the Temple
December 6 - Robena Mine Memorial
December 8 - Leave-taking of Feast of Entry of Theotokos into the Temple
December 13 - Holy Apostle Andrew the First-Called.
December 19 - St. Nicholas the Wonderworker of Myra in Lycia.
December 28 - Mothers Day, Beginning of Nativity Retreat, Shadeland

If you are too busy to are too busy!

Pray for the Suffering Serbian People Throughout The World

Parish Life

December 6 is the Anniversary of the 1962 Robena Mine Disaster. It is also the Anniversary of the 1907 Monongah W.Va. Mine Disaster. The Anniversary of the 1968 Farmington, W.Va. Mine Disaster was on November 20. It is important we take time to remember these miners and their families and all miners and their families.

May God give comfort and peace to all affected by the tragic shooting in Allison 1 that resulted in the loss of life of twelve year old Michael Muha III.

May God give comfort to the family of James King, father of Eileen King Zivkovich.

May God give comfort to the family of Cecilia Jean Medved Borsodi.

One person came for Adult Class this past Tuesday. Class again this Wednesday.

The Nativity Fast began on November 28 and continues until the Divine Liturgy on the Feast of the Nativity, January 7. Please honor the complete fast.

Prepare for Holy Confession and Holy Communion during the Nativity Fast.

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.

Remember and honor your Slava every year.

November is Stewardship Month in the Serbian Orthodox Church.

A Thought from His Grace Bishop Dr. MITROPHAN

This world is the abode of various spirits, but they can be classified in two groups: those from God and those from the devil, or better said into two spirits: the Holy Spirit of God and the spirit of the devil. The Holy Spirit confesses that the Lord Jesus Christ was and always will be the only Savior of this world in His Church. But the satanic spirit tries to contest this and to prove there is no God, no incarnation, no Church, no salvation.

(The Teachings of Saint Apostle Paul on the Church. Translation Protopresbyter Stefan Zaremba. 2001, p. 26. )

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

To Consider

The relationship between the Church and the culture.
The impact of the parish church on the local community.
The impact of the local community on the parish church.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

November 22 - Attended Pittsburgh Deanery Meeting on Christian Education at Holy Trinity Cathedral. Went to Morgantown, W.Va. for printing purposes.
November 25 - Went to funeral home in Point Marion to convey sympathy.
November 26 - Attended funeral of James King in Allison Park, Pa.
November 29 - Went to home of parishioner. Read Akathist of Christ's Passion at the home.

From the Wisdom of Sirach

No evil will befall the man who fears the Lord, but in trial He will deliver him again and again.

Twenty-Fourth Sunday after Pentecost 2008
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.

The present Gospel lesson describes two miracles. The first miracle is the healing of the woman with the history of the twelve year issue of blood. The second miracle is the raising of Jairus' daughter from the dead.

Both miracles speak of changes in the extreme. If a physical condition lasts twelve years, most people would consider the condition as permanent. The woman was healed by touching Jesus. The healing gives hope to all with lengthy problems.

The raising of Jairus' daughter from the dead is a stronger message of hope.. Jairus' daughter was dead and the Lord Jesus Christ restored her life. Many individuals have long lasting conditions that seem irreversible.

The Lord Jesus Christ can bring healing and change to individuals with conditions appearing to be permanent. Hope is never to be relinquished. Jesus Christ is reason for continued hope in all circumstances.

The restoring of life to Jairus' daughter gives reason for hope in the direst of circumstances. Even when physical ailments are permanent, even when earthly death is not reversed, the Lord Jesus Christ can make a difference.

Jesus Christ can help a person with a permanent physical ailment to make the best of life. A person with a substantial physical ailment when renewed in Christ, can become a living example of faith and source of inspiration for others.

Even when a family member or dear friend departs this life, surviving loved ones can be renewed in Christ and look forward to Jesus' glorious Second Coming.

St. Paul's Epistle to the Thessalonians speaks about the resurrection of the dead. (I Thess. 4:13-17). The Resurrected Christ provides hope for contemporary believers. The Resurrected Christ provides comfort for surviving family members having had a loved one depart this life.

When Jesus restored life to Jairus' daughter, it was a foreshadowing in a sense of His own Resurrection. Believers of every century have reason to hope under all circumstances.

The miracles of the Lord Jesus Christ serve as the basis for enduring hope. Jesus' Resurrections serves as the basis for enduring hope. Jesus brings hope to every circumstance.

The Holy Apostle Paul told the Corinthians "If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men the most pitiable." (I Cor. 15:19) In Christ, people find solutions to problems that seem capable of not being solved.

The woman with the twelve year issue of blood did not relinquish her hope or her faith. She reached out and touched Jesus after a twelve year wait and she was healed.

Jairus turned to Jesus when his daughter's condition was worsening. Death was imminent. Death occurred. Jesus turned the seemingly hopeless situation into a moment of joy. The daughter was raised from the dead.

Jesus brings joy to individuals reaching out to Him. Jesus brings healing to individuals reaching out to Him. Jesus brings life to individuals reaching out to Him. Jesus restores spiritual health to individuals reaching out to Him.

Faith remains important more than twenty centuries after Jairus fell down at Jesus' feet. Faith remains important more than twenty centuries after the woman with the issue of blood reached out and touched Jesus.

Believers of this century and until the time of Jesus' Second Coming do well to maintain their faith in the Resurrected Christ. Believers do well to reach out to Jesus in faith.

The Crucified and Risen Lord still heals hearts and gives new life to those who seek Him in faith. While time remains in this earthly life, let us use every ounce of energy to seek God's Kingdom.

Let us honor the Nativity Fast and make a new beginning in Christ. Let us face any lingering and long standing problems with the firmest of faith and hope in Christ.

Jesus healed the woman with the issue of blood and restored life to Jairus's daughter. Jesus will work miracles with each of us, if we turn to Him in faith.
St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
November 17 / November 30, 2008
Twenty-Fourth Sunday after Pentecost.
St. Gregory the Wonderworker.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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