St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 569 - November 30 / December 13, 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 30 / December 13, 2009
Twenty-Seventh Sunday after Pentecost
No. 569

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

Galatians 5:5

For we through the Spirit eagerly wait for the hope of righteousness by faith.

Services Recently
December 5
Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour were read.
One person came for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
December 6
Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour were read.
Third and Sixth Hours were read followed by Divine Liturgy and Parastos.
Thirty-eight people attended the Divine Liturgy and Parastos. Nine communicants.
December 7
Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour were read.
Ninth Hour and Vespers were read.
December 8
Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour were read.
Ninth Hour and Vespers were read.
December 9
Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour were read.
Father Dimitrov came to concelebrate The Akathist to Jesus Christ. One additional person came for the Akathist.
December 11
Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour were read.
Ninth Hour and Vespers 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.

Saturday
5:30 AM Midnight Office, Matins, and First Hour.
9:00 AM Divine Liturgy

No weekday services scheduled. Call for time when Vespers will be held on Friday.

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

December 13 - St. Andrew the First Called Apostle, Parish Annual Assembly
December 18 - St. Sabbas the Sanctified
December 19 - St. Nicholas
December 20 - Children's Day (Detinjci)
December 27 - Mother's Day
December 27-30 - Youth Retreat at Shadeland
December 30 - Deacon Avakum and Abbot Paisius
December 31 - St. Sebastian
January 3 - Father's Day
January 6 - Christmas Eve
January 7 - Feast of the Nativity of the Lord Jesus Christ

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

Remember the Serbian People in Kosovo and All Suffering People.

Parish Life

Executive Board President Stan Brozik was recently honored at a large gathering of family and friends for reaching a milestone in his life.

Sonia Janson, Melva Hunchuck, Mildred Bezjak, Dianna Brozich and Irene Yancich worked hard this past week baking rolls.

Sonia Janson and Sandy Rantovich were among a group from the Uniontown Flower Club recently recognized for planting a tree in memory of firefighters.

It was good to have four experienced altar servers last Sunday: Dr. Ivko Dimitric, Aaron Carson, Nathan Klingensmith and John Buffalini.

Three people came to Adult Class this past week. No class this week.

As St. Nicholas approaches remember the miners who lost their lives on December 6/19 in the Darr Mine (1907) and Dilberg Mine (1984).

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.\

Prepare for Holy Confession and Communion during the Nativity Fast.

Listen to the parish radio program each week.

Honor the Nativity Fast until the Feast of the Nativity on January 7.

A Thought from His Grace Bishop Dr. MITROPHAN

Every member of the Church works on the growth of the Body of Christ, and this can be done only if one first builds the Church of God and a place of love for his neighbor in himself. Not only that, one must also work on one's own growth. From the beginning and until the end of his life, man is a collaborator with God. The Divine synergism will not cease even in the next life. An example of such Theandric cooperation is given in the Lord Jesus Christ. Synergism is given in the Church and through the Church.

(The Teachings of Saint Apostle Paul on the Church Translation Protopresbyter Stefan Zaremba. 2001, p. 59. )

To Consider

The celebration of St. Nicholas Day.
The many lives continuing to be influenced by St. Nicholas
The Christian love manifested in the life of St. Nicholas.

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

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

December 3 - Visited WVU student in Morgantown, W.Va.
December 6 - Participated in Robena Mine Memorial. Became honorary member of United Mine Workers Local 1980.
December 7 - Attended a meeting to bring an end to Black Lung held in Washington, Pa.
December 10 - Attended class in Non-Profit Management Continuing Education Certificate Program, Division of Social Work, West Virginia University, held in Charleston, W.Va.
December 11 - Visited family of parishioner.

Psalm 37:3

Trust in the Lord, and do good; so you will dwell in the land, and enjoy security.


Twenty-Seventh Sunday after Pentecost

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.

Healing comes from the Lord Jesus Christ. The healing power of the Lord Jesus Christ is proclaimed throughout the centuries. Not everyone heeds the message. Too many people suffer needlessly as a result.

Too many people ignore the healing power of the Lord Jesus Christ. Too many people engage in frivolous pursuits. Too many people waste much of their lives in activities with little or no lasting benefit to the soul.

The Lord Jesus Christ said: "Where your treasure is, there will your heart be also." (Mt. 6:21) Believers do well to measure and assess the use of time each day. Believers do well to consider carefully their use of time.

Life is a precious gift from God. Life is to be invested in the Kingdom of God. Believers are to be good stewards of the time of life. The time of earthly life is limited and has a beginning and ending point.

The way believers use the time of earthly life will influence the Last Judgment that will occur when the Lord Jesus Christ returns. Parents will need to answer regarding the way they let their children spend their time.

Husbands and wives will need to answer as to whether they spend sufficient time invested in making their marriages conform to ways pleasing to God.

Employees will need to answer as to whether they were conscientious in the performance of their duties. Employers will need to answer as to whether they invested sufficient time caring for their employees.

Fathers and mothers will need to answer as to whether they spend sufficient time with their sons and daughters teaching them about God and God's Holy Church.

Fathers and mothers will need to answer as to whether they were good Christian models for their sons and daughters and whether they accompanied them to church services on a regular basis.

Individuals will need to answer if they used their time wisely in being good stewards of the talents they received from God. A person may be very gifted by God with a particular talent.

If a person does not develop his or her special gift from God and does not employ the talent in God-pleasing ways, the person will face Christ at the Final Judgment and be held accountable.

The woman in the present Gospel healed by the Lord Jesus Christ became new in Christ. She had the opportunity to tell others of the wonderful power and love of the Lord Jesus Christ.

Believers in every century healed by Christ have the opportunity to show their appreciation to Christ by confessing Christ in the way they live. Actions need to accompany a believer's profession of faith.

At Holy Baptism and at each Divine Liturgy, believers recite the Nicene-Constantinopolitan Creed. The extent to which believers make The Creed an integral part of their lives will be reflected in the way they live.

If the commitment to The Creed is shallow, sooner or later it will be evident. If the commitment to The Creed is serious, this too, sooner or later will be evident.

The woman in the present Gospel suffered for eighteen years with her infirmity. Jesus changed her life dramatically. Contemporary believers may feel they have suffered long. They may feel they have suffered too long.

Jesus can change a person's circumstances radically and unexpectedly. The change can bring great joy. Certainly after eighteen years the woman healed in the present Gospel experienced great joy.

The healing power of the Lord Jesus Christ is unlimited. Individuals turning to Christ with a conscientious commitment will experience healing in many different ways.

Healing by Christ can change a person's physical capabilities. Healing by Christ can change the way a person feels about his or her physical capabilities.

Healing by Christ can lift the burden of the weight of sin carried for many years in the unconscious. Healing by Christ can repair relationships between family members or friends.

Healing by Christ can enable a person to refrain from criminal behavior or other forms of self-destructive behavior. Healing by Christ will transform individuals.

Joy due to healing by the Lord Jesus Christ is unlimited for believers turning to Him in faith and love.
St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
November 30 / December 13, 2009
Twenty-Seventh Sunday after Pentecost.
St. Andrew the First-Called.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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