St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 566 - November 9 / November 22, 2009

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 9 / November 22, 2009
Twenty-Fourth Sunday after Pentecost / St.Nectarios
No. 566

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."

Services Recently
November 13
Vespers was read.
November 14
Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour were read at St. George Church.
Third and Sixth Hours were read at Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Church in Fairmont, W.Va. Four people attended the Divine Liturgy. A fifth person attended the dinner.
One person came to St. George Church for the Ninth Hour and Vespers with Lityja.
November 15
Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour were read.
Thirty-six people came for Divine Liturgy. Five communicants.
November 16
Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour were read.
Four people came for Divine Liturgy. One communicant.
Ninth Hour and Vespers were read.
November 17
Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour were read.
Ninth Hour and Vespers were read.
November 18
Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour were read.
Father Dimitrov came for the Akathist to Jesus Christ and for Pomen of +His Holiness Patriarch PAVLE.
November 19
Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour were read.

Services This Coming Week - Always Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule

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

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

4:00 PM on Monday and Wednesday.

8:00 AM Divine Liturgy

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

November 22 - St .Nectarios
November 24 - Holy Martyr Stephen of Decani, King of Serbia
November 26 - St. John Chrysostom
November 27 - Holy Apostle Philip, Nativity Fast begins.
November 29 - Holy Apostle and Evangelist Matthew
December 3 - Forefeast of the Enty of the Theotokos into the Temple
December 4 - Entry of the Theotokos into the Temple
December 6 - Robena Mine Memorial

If you are too busy to are too busy!

Remember the Serbian People in Kosovo and All Suffering People.

Parish Life

+His Holiness Patriarch PAVLE has made a profound difference in the world.

Thank you to everyone helping the Choir celebrate its Slava.

No Adult Class this week. One person came for class this past week.

The Parish Annual Meeting is scheduled for December 13, 2009.

Paul and Carol Adams delivered four beautiful icons stands to the church this past week. Paul made the stands as a donation. They were a labor of love.

Remember the sick, the suffering, the imprisoned, those in rehab centers, the homebound, the mentally ill, their caretakers and the institution staffs.

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

Remember the workers in mines, law-enforcement, corrections, probation and parole and firefighters, all working in dangerous occupations.

If you have a question about the services or the Church, ask Father Rodney.

Each parishioner should take time to observe his or her Slava.

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

Listen to the parish radio program each week.

Invite a relative, friend or neighbor to come to the St.George Church.

On Friday, November 20, 1968, 78 miners who lost their lives in Farmington, West Virginia. Continue to remember the miners, their families and friends.

A Thought from His Grace Bishop Dr. MITROPHAN.

Through the Holy Apostles we have learned what the Lord Jesus Christ taught and how the Church taught from the earliest times. This is recorded in the Holy Gospel and Epistles. They understood His teaching only after His resurrection, when their minds were opened to understand Scripture" (Lk. 24:44-46).

(The Teachings of Saint Apostle Paul on the Church. Translation Protopresbyter Stefan Zaremba. 2001, p. 57 )

To Consider

Giving Thanks to God.
Recognizing the blessings of God.
Showing appreciation to God.

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

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

November 14 - Served Divine Liturgy in Fairmont, W.Va. Visited patient in Mon General Hospital in Morgantown, W.Va.

Psalm 35:20

For they do not speak peace, but they devise deceitful matters against the quiet ones in the land.

Twenty-Fourth Sunday after Pentecost

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.

Everyone needs healing from God. Everyone injures his or herself through sin. Everyone injures his or herself through saying or doing something unintended but perhaps hurtful towards others.

Everyone thinks thoughts not pleasing to God or to others. Everyone could do a little more to help others. Everyone could do a little more to be prayerful and helpful in God's Holy Church.

The healing power of God is evident in the present Gospel. With the death of Jairus' daughter, a reasonable person might think there was no reason to hope for her return to life. Jesus made a difference.

When the circumstances in life seem the gloomiest, Jesus can make a difference. When circumstances seem bleak and darkness seems to overtaking a person's view of life, Jesus can make a difference.

When a person feels he or she is at the "end of their the end of their rope" and suicide or harm to self or others is being considered, Jesus can make a difference.

The present Gospel provides reassuring hope and healing. The present Gospel has rich meaning for parents feeling that a son or daughter is lost to this life. Turning to Christ always brings direct and immediate results.

Time may need to pass before a person turning to Christ appreciates the healing nature of Christ. Time may need to pass before person discovers in retrospect the actions taken by Christ are in direct response to prayer.

The woman touching Jesus with the longstanding problem of the flow of blood was healed immediately. She had to contend with her problem for twelve years but she did not relinquish her faith.

Present day society emphasizes the immediacy of solutions and personal satisfaction. Patience is necessary in the Christian life. The Second Epistle of Peter states: "But, beloved, do not forget this one thing, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day." (II Pet. 3:8)

The present Gospel reveals the love of God for the suffering and the grieving. The present Gospel reveals the love of God for individuals having patience, faith and hope.

Physical afflictions, accidents and financial reversals may cause consternation. Frustrations in the workplace, in family relations or in the neighborhood can lead individuals to question their relationship with God.

The Lord Jesus Christ said when afflictions arise: "He who endures to the end will be saved." (Mt. 10:22) Faith in God is intended to be enduring. Faith in God is expected to be maintained under all circumstances.

Abraham took Isaac to the mountain top, bound him and drew the knife to slay him in obedience to God. What can be more wrenching of the heart than being ready to slay your only son?

God spared Isaac. God spared Abraham further consternation and heartache. God provided a resolution and blessed Abraham. (Gen. 22:1-18) The love and joy of God are ever present for the attentive believer to see and to feel.

The love and joy of God are communicated throughout the day for the observer to see. St. Nicholai (Velimirovic) in his Prayers by the Lake spoke eloquently about the presence of God in his natural surroundings.

St.Nikolai said of the Lord: "All creation is merely a story about Him. The mighty suns in the heavens and the smallest drops of water in the lake carry in themselves one part of the story about Him." 1

Jairus had reason for abundant joy when his daughter was returned to life. The woman with the longstanding issue of blood had reason for abundant joy when she was healed by touching the Lord Jesus Christ.

Every person reaching out in faith and in confidence to Christ can experience abundant joy in their heart, mind and soul. On this day when the Holy Orthodox Church commemorates St. Nectarios, a saint known for helping those with cancer, let us all reach out to Christ with great joy.

1Prayers by the Lake. Translated by Rt. Rev. Archimandrite Todor Mika and Very Rev. Dr. Stevan Scott The Free Serbian Orthodox Diocese of the United States of America and Canada, Grayslake, Illinois, p. 23.

St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
November 9 / November 22, 2009
Twenty-Third Sunday after Pentecost.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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