St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 518 - December 8 / December 21, 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
December 8 / December 21, 2008
Twenty-Seventh Sunday after Pentecost
No. 518

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

Jude 19-20

But you beloved, building yourselves up on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit, keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.

Recent Services
December 12
Vespers was read
December 13
Midnight Office, Matins, First Hour was read at St. George Church.
Third and Sixth Hours were read before the Divine Liturgy at Holy Trinity Church in Fairmont, West Virginia. Six people attended.
Ninth Hour and Vespers were held at St. George Church. Three people attended.
December 14
Midnight Office, Matins, First Hour were read.
Third and Sixth Hours were read before the Divine Liturgy.
Thirty-two people came for Divine Liturgy. Six communicants.
December 15
Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour were read.
Ninth Hour and Vespers were read.
December 16
Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour were read.
One person came for the Akathist to Jesus Christ and Akathist to St. Herman of Alaska.
December 17
Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour were read.
Ninth Hour and Vespers were read.
December 18
Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour were read.
Ninth Hour and Vespers were read.
December 19
Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour were read.
Third and Sixth Hours were read before the Divine Liturgy.
Sixteen people came for Divine Liturgy. Six communicants. Three Kolach's blessed together with Koljivo.
December 20
Midnight Office, Matins, First Hour were read.

Services This Coming Week - Always Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule

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

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

Afternoons
Friday at 4:00 PM

Please Note - Next Sunday Father Dimitre will serve only Matins at 8:50 AM. There will be no Divine Liturgy.

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

Today, December 21 - Childrens Day
December 28 - Mothers Day, Beginning of Nativity Retreat at Shadeland
December 30 - Holy Martyrs Deacon Avakum and Hegumen Paisius
December 31 - Holy Martyr Sebastian,
January 4 - Fathers Day, Parish Annual Meeting.
January 6 - Nativity Eve, Burning of Badnjak-Vigil

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

Pray for the Suffering Serbian People Throughout The World

Parish Life

Note the change in the service time for Sunday December 28. The service will start at 8:50 AM.

The Annual Meeting is scheduled for January 4, 2009.

Honor the Nativity Fast until the Divine Liturgy of the Feast.

Dorothy McCloy always remembers the St. George Church.

Melanie Vunjak always remembers the St. George Church.

One person came for Adult Class this past Tuesday.

Michael "Mac" Rogish, Joe Katusa, and Dr. Lou Yancich are among believers having St. Nicholas as their Slava.

Gojko and Anka Arbutina with Maria Djonovich made the more than two hundred and fifty mile roundtrip journey through the heavy rains from French Creek to be here for the Arbutina's Slava.

Niko and Rose Ilich and Andrew and Dr. Linda Sabak came from Fairmont, West Virginia in the heavy rains on St. Nicholas.

Matushka Barbara Olenyik was present when her daughter, two granddaughters and grandson participated in the Divine Liturgy on St. Nicholas.

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.

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

Tell your relatives and friends to listen to the parish radio broadcast on WMBS or on the Internet.

Read your Bible each day.

A Thought from His Grace Bishop Dr. MITROPHAN

In order to realize the divine plan of the All-Holy Trinity concerning the salvation of men in the Church, the Lord gave us the Apostles. He bestowed them with all of the gifts. And just how are they Apostles? In that they function with the apostolic grace, which they received from the Lord. The Lord is the leader in the building of the body of the Church, and they are co-workers and co-laborers.

(The Teachings of Saint Apostle Paul on the Church. Translation Protopresbyter Stefan Zaremba. 2001, p. 54. )

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

To Consider

Caring daily for the soul
Fasting for the benefit of the soul.
Praying extensively throughout each day.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

December 13 - Served Divine Liturgy in Fairmont, West Virginia.
December 13 and December 18 - Visited with various parishioners at their residences.
December 18 - Attended funeral of +Richard McFadden, retired Fayette County Director of Probation and Parole.
December 18 - Visited local parish family

From the Wisdom of Sirach
36-1

Have mercy upon us, O Lord, the God of all, and look upon us and cause the fear of Thee to fall upon all the nations


Twenty-Seventh Sunday after Pentecost 2008
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 Lord Jesus Christ healed the woman with the infirmity that lasted eighteen years. This healing was only one of the glorious acts by the Lord Jesus Christ.

Jesus' healing power continues to the present day. Serious believers are firmly convinced that "Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever." (Heb. 13:8)

The healing power of the Lord Jesus is the promising light in the darkness of a world filled with news of corruption and tragedies. The healing power of the Lord Jesus Christ offers hope in all circumstances.

The healing provided by the Lord Jesus Christ brings peace to the heart, mind and soul. The healing provided by the Lord Jesus Christ is establishes peace in the midst of adversity and great change.

Jesus heals the heart, mind and soul. Believers experience that healing when turning to Christ in faith. Jesus brings peace to the body and soul in times of turmoil.

Jesus brings clarity to the mind and directions for life. Jesus provides love for every person. Jesus forgives and welcomes individuals feeling abandoned and alienated.

The Church is in the midst of the Nativity Fast. This is a time of spiritual preparation for the Feast of the Nativity. Believers faithful to the fast will constantly battle sin and seek unity with Christ.

Holy Confession and Holy Communion bring the healing described in the present Gospel. Holy Confession and Holy Communion unite the believer with Christ and strengthen the believer for daily life.

The woman in the present Gospel suffered for eighteen years. Jesus made a distinct and lasting difference in her life. In every generation, individuals choose Christ and live the Christina life in His Holy Church.

The Lord Jesus Christ is the firmest foundation. The Psalmist said: "Unless the Lord builds the house, they labour in vain who build it. Unless the Lord guards the city, the watchman stays awake in vain." (Ps. 127:1)

Relations with the Lord God determine the present and future. Individuals choose between life with God or destruction of the soul. The soul is destroyed in corruption. The soul is destroyed by ignorance.

Believers have a responsibility to learn and to grow in Christ. God's Holy Church provides for the instruction of believers. The Holy Gospel gives details on how to live the life in Christ.

Individuals choose whether to invest in the life in Christ or to squander the time of life in activities of no benefit to the soul. Prayer and fasting improve the decision making.

Each person at each moment of time defines his or her relationship with Christ. Each person at each moment of time chooses Christ or the life contrary to Christ.

Until their last breath believers are expected to be faithful to Christ. Until their last breath of earthy life and beyond faithful believers will experience the glory of the Lord Jesus Christ.

With spiritual eyes to see and spiritual ears to hear, believers will see Christ at work in daily life. In peace and in adversity in everyday life, true believers see and experience the presence of Christ.

Believers are never left alone. There is always Christ. Christ is always present for each person drawing near in faith. Christ will always listen to the innermost thoughts and heal unrest of the heart.

Christ provides hope when skeptics say there is no hope. Christ provides peace when skeptics are overcome by fear and anxiety. Christ provides joy for believers when many others would expect sorrow.

The Crucified and Resurrected Christ transformed the world. The Cross and Resurrection changed the world forever. Believers draw strength from the love of Christ revealed by the Cross and Resurrection.

Joy comes through the Lord Jesus Christ. Joy may come unexpectedly and after a long period of adversity. The present Gospel shows that even after eighteen years with an infirmity, Christ can bring joy.

We decide each moment whether to love and follow Christ.We decide each moment whether to live with infirmities advanced by sin or be healed by the loving God. The choices we make have lasting results.
St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
December 8 / December 21, 2008
Twenty-Seventh Sunday after Pentecost.
St. Patapius of Thebes.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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