St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 619 - November 15 / November 28, 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
November 15 / November 28, 2010
Twenty-Seventh Sunday after Pentecost
No. 619

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

Acts 15:8-9

So God, who knows the heart, acknowledged them by giving them the Holy Spirit, just as He did to us, and made no distinction between us and them, purifying their hearts by faith.

Recent Services
November 18
Ninth Hour and Vespers were read.
November 19
Matins and First Hour were read.
One person came for reading of Ninth Hour and Vespers.
Pomen held.
November 20
Matins and First Hour read at St. George Church.
Third and Sixth Hours were read followed by Divine Liturgy at Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Church in Fairmont, W.Va. Ten people came to the Divine Liturgy.
Two people came to St. George Church for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
November 21
Matins and First Hour were read.
Third and Sixth Hour were read followed by Divine Liturgy and Blessing of Kolach. Thirty people were in attendance. Three communicants.
November 22
One person came for Matins and First Hour.
Akathist to St. Nectarios was read in the afternoon.
November 23
One person came for reading of Matins and First Hour.
One person came for the Akathist of Thanksgiving.
November 24
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 and Parastos.

5:30 AM Matins and First Hour on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday.

4:00 PM Vespers on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday.

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

5:00 PM Vespers at Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Church, Fairmont, W.Va.

8:00 AM Divine Liturgy.

Akathists and Prayers for special needs scheduled during the week on request.

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

November 28 - Nativity Fast Begins
November 29 - St. Matthew, Apostle and Evangelist.
December 3 - 5:00 PM Vespers at Holy Trinity Church, Fairmont, W.Va.
December 4 - Entrance of Theotokos into the Temple.
December 6 - Robena Mine Menorial

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

Sophie Krivosky's daughter Rosemary Lewis from Clarion always visits the St. George Church when she is in the area.

Congratulations to Dick Tady for being considered for multiple musical awards. Dick is appreciative of the work of the St. George Kolo.

Aaron Carson, Fran Dragich and Myra Bernhart come the greatest distance to church from the northwest area of the parish. They are from the Washington County area.

Kathryn Sage knows Rt.166 very well as she travels to church from Brownsville.

Djelosh, Grulja and Wilma Milosevich are the most regular attendees from the eastern section of the parish.

Applications are on the Diocesan website for the Winter Retreat at Shadeland.

Donations will be taken until December 10, 2010 for the suffering Serbian people in Kraljevo hurt by the recent earthquake and may be given to Sonia Janson.

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.

Adult Class next Tuesday night at 7:00 PM following the 6:30 PM Akathist to St. George. Learn from St. John Chrysostom, St. Cyril of Alexandria and Blessed Theophylact! Four people participated in the class this past Tuesday. Join the class next week.

Randy Francisco of the Sierra Club and Mark Schmerling, Envionmental Activist visited the St. George Church recently.

Prepare for Holy Confession and Communion during the Nativity Fast.

A Thought from +Jovan Bratich

All attempts of men to establish brotherhood in the world without God have failed, ending in slavery and tyranny. Christian brotherhood is compartable to the mystical union of the Holy Trinity: three Persons, but one God, with each preserving their own individuality and freedom. Likewise, being brothers in Christ preserves the personal freedom of the men involved in the union of Jesus Christ. Therefore, godless brotherhood leads to the death of human individuality and the creation of an anthill in which there is not a personal life.

(J.Bratich. 1974 Calendar of the Serbian Orthodox Church in the United States of America and Canada.) )

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

To Consider

Giving thanks to God at all times and for all things.
Being grateful to God for the gift of life.
Being grateful to God for opportunities to repent.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

November 19 - Visited patient in hospital in Waynesburg. Went to Morgantown for printing to purposes.

Psalm 88/89:52

Blessed be the Lord forevermore!. Amen. Amen.

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.

With the arrival of each Sunday, believers enter the Divine Liturgy with expectations of listening to the Holy Gospel. The Holy Gospel provides nourishment for the heart, mind and soul. The Holy Gospel promises believers words from the Lord Jesus Christ and understanding regarding the Lord Jesus Christ. Reading and listening to the Holy Gospel is an uplifting experience. The Holy Gospel is different than all other written proclamations. The Holy Gospel stands alone in a category by itself.

The present reading from the Holy Gospel communicates the healing power of the Lord Jesus Christ. Everyone is in need of healing as everyone sins. Sin impairs our movement. Sin impairs our functioning. Sin impairs our thinking and wellness. The woman in the current Gospel had an infirmity for eighteen years. Though her condition existed such a long time and appeared it would last forever, the Lord Jesus Christ healed her.

Healing creates a great sense of joyfulness. The ruler of the synagogue did not share in this great joy. He opposed the action of the Lord Jesus Christ on the Sabbath. The ruler of the synagogue was shortsighted and narrow in his thinking. Jesus corrected the ruler of the synagogue. Jesus put the healing into perspective and convinced the observing multitudes. Present day believers will find nourishment in this Gospel message. The healing power of Christ is evident and is available to the openhearted and attentive. Which of us would not find joy in being loosed from the shackles of Satan? Which of us would not find joy in being freed from sinful infirmities?

The honest person will examine his or herself carefully and will acknowledge the restrictive power and influence of sin. Remaining faithful to Christ each day requires concentration and commitment. Willingness to focus on the narrow gate (Mt. 7:13-14) as the way to the Kingdom must exceed all other interests. Temptations and attractions will appear each day that will lead to peril for the soul. Believers need to think constantly about the icon of the Ladder of Divine Ascent to see that falling to the depths of the abyss is possible regardless of how far advanced a person is spiritually. Faithfulness to Christ is necessary until departure from this life. Pride and overconfidence can deceive a believer and lead to unintended destruction of the soul.

With the arrival of each Divine Liturgy, believers do well to focus the mind on the Kingdom of God. Joyful anticipation has a place in preparing for each Divine Liturgy. The Gospel message of each Divine Liturgy is rooted in the centuries of God's Holy Church. The Gospel message in each Divine Liturgy is forever new yet unchanging. Each proclamation of the Gospel defines existing conditions and sets a change in motion. Centuries are shaped and judged by the Holy Gospel. Lives are changed by the proclamation of the Holy Gospel.

The healing of the woman in the present Gospel is an inspirational account. The healing power of the Lord Jesus Christ continues in full force today. The continued uninterrupted healing power of Christ through the centuries is testimony and evidence of the Divinity of Christ. As exclaimed by the man born blind in the Gospel of St. John: "If this Man were not from God, He could do nothing." (Jn. 9:33) The healing power of Jesus pushes away restrictive thinking and opens new vistas for the believer. The healing power of Jesus inspires hope.

Individuals with illness and afflictions hearing the present Gospel will find hope in the Lord Jesus Christ. Prayers will be directed to Christ as a result of the present Gospel. People wanting to be healed will come to Christ and prostrate themselves before Him as a result of the present Gospel. Jesus does not disappoint believers. Serious believers know from personal experience that the Lord Jesus Christ is always kind and helpful, attentive and patient.

Jesus healed the woman in the present Gospel at an unexpected and an unannounced time in her life. There is no indication the woman had foreknowledge the healing would occur. There is no indication anyone other than Jesus knew the healing would occur. Just as the lives of the Holy Apostles changed when Jesus entered their lives, so did the life of this woman afflicted for eighteen years change.

Rejoice always in the healing power of the Lord Jesus Christ. People are healed everyday and everywhere by the Lord Jesus Christ.

St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
November 15 / November 28, 2010
Holy Martyrs and Confessors, Gurias, Samonas, and Abibus.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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