St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 670 - November 7 / November 20, 2011

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

Phone 724-966-7428
Phone/Fax 724-966-7780
Cellular Phone 412-860-0944

No. 670
November 7 / November 20, 2011
Twenty-Third Sunday after Pentecost

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

Ephesians 6:16

Above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one.

Recent Services
November 11
Akathist to the Mother of God was read.
Vespers was read.
November 12
Matins and First Hour were read at St. George Church.
Sixth Hour was read at Holy Trinity Church in Fairmont, W.Va. followed by Divine Liturgy. Nine people attended in Faimont.
The Akathist to the Mother of God was read at St. George Church.
Two people came to St. George Church for Ninth Hour and Vespers with Litya.
November 13
Matins and First Hour were read.
Third and Sixth Hours were read followed by Divine Liturgy with Blessing of Slava Kolací and Koljivo. Very Rev. Lt. Col. Adam Yonitch came to serve. Seventeen people came for the St. George Choir Slava.
The Akathist to the Mother of God was read
November 14
Matins and First Hour were read.
Akathist to the Mother of God was read.
Vespers was read
November 15
Matins and First Hour were read.
Akathist to the Mother of God was read.
Vespers was read.
November 16
Matins and First Hour were read.
Three people came for Divine Liturgy.
Akathist to the Mother of God was read.
Two people came for the Akathist to St. George.

Services This Coming Week. 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, Thursday, Friday, Saturday.

4:00 PM Vespers on Vespers Tuesday, Friday, Saturday.

8:00 AM Divine Liturgy.

8:00 AM Divine Liturgy.

Akathist of Thanksgiving followed by Adult Class.

8:00 AM Divine Liturgy.

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Thanksgiving

Important Dates

November 21 - Synaxis of Archangel Michael and Other Bodiless Powers
November 22 - St. Nectarios
November 24 - St. Stephan of Decani
November 26 - St. John Chrysostom

If you are too busy to are too busy!

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

Parish Life

Thank you to all coming to celebrate the Choir Slava.

Remember the 78 miners that lost their lives on November 20, 1968 in Farmington, West Virginia. Remember their family members, co-workers and friends.

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

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

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

Applications are available on the Diocesan website for the Winter Nativity Retreat at Shadeland on December 27-30, 2011.

Honor your Slava every year.

Bring a friend or relative to church when you come.

Thank God for the St. George Church and Godís blessings for the parish.

Live every day in ways pleasing to God.

Prepare for Holy Confession and Communion regularly.

Read your Bible daily.

Ask the priest if you have a question about the Church.

Two people came to Adult Class this week.

A Thought from Protopresbyter Stavrofor Rastko Trbuhovich

So this is what the saints tell us: Be courageous. Choose to serve God every day. Donít be afraid. Donít fall for the lie that says ďI wonít have enough time if I pray or go to church.Ē Give Him exclusive time every day in prayer. That is number one.

( The Voice of Saint Stephen Lackawanna, New York, October-December 2011 )

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

To Consider

The angels of God.
The ranks of angels.
Guardian angels.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

November 12 - Went to Fairmont, West Virginia for Divine Liturgy.
November 16 - Visited parishioner in Waynesburg.
November 17-19 - Scheduled for Standing Committee Meetings, Chicago.

Proverbs 1:7

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction.

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 enabled the demon-possessed man to come to his right mind. The man was healed of demon-possession. The Lord Jesus Christ made a decided positive difference in the manís life.

The Lord Jesus Christ can help individuals in contemporary life deal with personal demons and societal stress. The Lord Jesus Christ can help individuals be at peace in the home, the workplace and the community.

The Lord Jesus Christ can help individuals come to terms with their fears and anxieties. Prayer is necessary in making appeals to Jesus to help. Confidence in Christ is necessary.

Firm belief avails the healing process. Just as Jesus healed the demon-possessed man, He can help contemporary believers experiencing personal problems.

Readers of the Holy Scriptures will learn of the value of strong faith in facing situations of great stress. The demon-possessed manís situation was extreme. When Jesus intervened in the manís life, the change was radical.

Readers of the lives of the saints will learn of extreme sinners becoming saints due to commitment to following Christ. Readers of the Holy Scriptures and history of the Church will learn of great healings taking place due to faith in Christ.

When individuals find themselves in dire circumstances due to personal sin, repentance is the first step. Drawing closer to Christ enables Christ to begin making a difference.

Christ transformed the life of the demon-possessed man from disorder to order. Christ enabled the manís life to become more controlled. The wildness was gone.

The demons were no match for Christ. Individuals choosing to conquer drug or alcohol problems will find help in Christ. Individuals choosing to conquer anxiety and stress in life will find help in Christ.

Peace is possible through Christ. The history of the Church documents accounts of martyrs at peace in horrific circumstance. The martyrs draw their strength and maintain their composure due to Christ in their lives.

The way to benefit from the power and peace of Christ in personal life is to invest in the Kingdom of God. When individuals seriously follow Christ and seek His Kingdom, life changes substantially.

Being nourished by the Holy Gospel is a way to experience Christ in personal life. Seriously attending the Divine services of the Church is a way to learn more about Christ and experience Christ.

Prayer is a way to directly experience Christ. Holy Confession and Holy Communion are ways to personally experience Christ. The desire to change and experience Christ in personal life is important.

Individuals wanting to remain in sin are not serious about the life in Christ. The life in Christ involves a total commitment to Christ. The whole person is committed to Christ at baptism.

The baptized person is expected to live fully for Christ during the remaining days of life. Christ is expected to be honored throughout life. Baptism intends a life-long experience with Christ.

Demonic behavior and dominance need not be a part of life. Following Christ is constructive action in bringing demonic behavior under control and eradicating it. Healthy change in life comes through Christ.

The present Gospel message is proof that Jesus can restore order to life. Jesus demonstrated His love for each person when He voluntarily went to the Cross and rose from the tomb.

Now is the time to turn to Christ to ensure personal life is lived consistent with the ways of Christ. Now is the time to fully experience life as Christ would have life experienced.

St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
November 7 / November 20, 2011
Twenty-Third Sunday after Pentecost.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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