St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 615 - October 18 / October 31, 2010

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
October 18 / October 31, 2010
Twenty-Third Sunday after Pentecost
No. 615

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

Galatians 2:20

I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.

Recent Services
October 21
Ninth Hour and Vespers were read.
October 22
Matins and First Hour were read. Ninth Hour and Vespers were read.
October 23
Matins and First Hour were read.
October 24
Matins and First Hour were read.
Third and Sixth Hours were read followed by Divine Liturgy. Sixteen people came for Divine Liturgy.
October 25
Matins and First Hour were read.
Ninth Hour and Vespers were read.
October 26
Matins and First Hour were read.

Services This Coming Week - Always Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule

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

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

4:00 PM on Monday, Friday, Saturday.

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

10:00 AM Divine Liturgy at Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Church, Fairmont, West Virginia
(Tenative-Confirm before attending).

Akathists and Prayers for special needs scheduled on request.

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

October 31 - Parish Anniversary Celebration and Banquet
November 6 - Memorial Saturday
November 8 - St. Demetrius the Great Martyr
November 10 - St. Arsenius
November 14 - Celebration of Choir Slava, Covered Dish Dinner
November 16 - Translation of the Relics of Greatmartyr George.
November 21 - Synaxis of Archangel Michael and Other Bodiless Powers
November 22 - St. Nectarios
November 24 - St. Stephen of Decani
November 26 - St. John Chrysostom
November 27 - Holy Apostle Philip
November 28 - Nativity Fast Begins

If you are too busy to are too busy!

Remember the Suffering Serbian People in Kosovo and Metohijia and All Suffering People Everywhere

Parish Life

Thank you to all attending and helping with the Anniversary celebration today.

Come to Adult Class this Tuesday and learn more about the Holy Gospel.

Maria Djonovich holds the record for the longest regular commute to attend church services. She drives approximately 125 miles each way to attend each service.

Gojko and Anka Arbutina are required to travel the same distance as Maria Djonovich to attend church services.

Check the postings in the church hall each week for interesting events in the area.

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 practices of the Church and want to learn more, ask the priest. Come to Adult Class on Tuesday at 7:00 PM. Learn more about the Holy Gospel.

If your home has not been blessed and you want it blessed, contact the priest.

The parish radio broadcast will be after 6:00 PM when the Steelers play on Sunday afternoon. Invite your friends and relatives to listen with you.

Honor your Slava each year.

Read the Church calendar to learn about the feasts, saints and fasts.

Today's collection in church will benefit the St. Sava School of Theology in Libertyville.

A Thought from the 1975 Calendar of the Serbian Orthodox Church in the United States of America and Canada

As faith and prayer are indispensable for the living, prayers of the Church could be beneficial to departed souls. This practice of praying to God for the dead in commemorations is consistent with divine justice and sanctification, although the human mind cannot comprehend how these prayers help. These prayers of the living for their departed ones are beneficial to both the living and the dead; it strengthens the living in their faith in God and their communion with life beyond death.

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

To Consider

The consecration of a parish church.
Faithfulness to the consecration of the church.
The impact of a parish church in the community.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

October 21 and 22 - Went to Morgantown for printing purposes.
October 23 - Went to French Creek, W.Va.

Psalm 84:85:7

Show us Your mercy, Lord, and grant us Your salvation.

The Twenty-Third Sunday after Pentecost

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 Lord Jesus Christ can heal us of the demons we face during our earthly existence. We need to be amenable to being healed. We need to be willing to acknowledge the existence of demons in our lives. Lack of patience, inordinate anger, and speaking ill of others can be the result of demons taking over in our lives. The Lord Jesus Christ is the purveyor of peace. The Lord Jesus Christ is peace incarnate. The Lord Jesus Christ restores personal wholeness and spiritual health to individuals even when debilitating illness may be present. Personal wholeness and spiritual health are evidence of Christ's triumph when a person is healed of torment and despair.

When facing demons, it is important to turn to Christ and appeal to His healing power. Demons in our lives are roadblocks to peace and Christian growth. Consistently yielding to demons will cause our lives to descend in the abyss of sin and torment. When demons control our actions, they will destroy any hope of our entering the Kingdom of God and experiencing the salvation of our souls. Our souls become tarnished and are placed in peril when demons are dominant and Christ is absent from our hearts and minds.

The present Gospel directs our attention to torments that appear in life. We may find torments in the workplace, in the home or in the neighborhood. We may find torments in our minds and in our hearts. Old sins may torment our souls. Peace in Christ is desirable at all times and in all circumstances. Peace in Christ does not come without repentance and commitment to Christ. Nourishment by the Holy Gospel is armor against torment and unrest.

Our relationship with Christ is personal. We repent and confess as individuals. We partake of Holy Communion as individuals. We share our relationship with Christ with others in the Church. In the end, we will be judged as individuals. When Christ returns at His glorious Second Coming, each of us will be examined. Christ will know if we have turned to Him in faith to battle demons that would derail our journey to the Kingdom of God. Christ will know if we are serious about avoiding a life of sin and in seeking constant unity with Him.

The present Gospel challenges the minds to think about Christ and His encounter with the demon-possessed man. Unless we have led sheltered lives, we have all met individuals who were overcome by demons. We all have heard about individuals who have committed tragic offenses or experienced personal tragedy due to demons controlling their actions. At times unusual homicides are caused by individuals overcome by demons. At times alcohol or drugs will be the demon that destroys a person, a marriage and a family.

Too often individuals fail to heed the advice to turn to Christ in combating the demons in their lives. Too often husbands or wives and children suffer when alcohol or drugs rule a family member. Christ can make a difference in the life of the alcoholic or drug abuser. Christ can make a difference in the family member having trouble controlling his or her anger.

The road to peace in the family home is paved by prayers to the Lord Jesus Christ. The present Gospel illustrates the healing power of Christ over demons. Individuals and families interested in achieving peace and overcoming torment will heed the present Gospel and believe firmly in the healing power of Christ.

The greatness of Christ is revealed in the present Gospel. Christ can be frightening to individuals choosing the life of sin and not wanting to repent. Christ offers joy, love and peace for those coming to Him in faith. Believers do well to consider their relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ and take any steps necessary to experience full unity with Christ. Demons will not thwart the lives of faithful Christians. The present Gospel lesson is an enduring lesson. Generation after generation of believers have benefited from knowing Christ healed the demon-possessed man and brought peace to him. In the current world, peace is elusive to many people. Individuals centering their lives in Christ will experience peace.

St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
October 18 / October 31, 2010
The Holy Apostle Luke.
Twenty-Third Sunday after Pentecost.
St. Peter of Cetinje.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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