St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 671 - November 14 / November 27, 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. 671
November 14 / November 27, 2011
Twenty Fourth Sunday after Pentecost

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

I Timothy 5:8

If any one does not provide for his relatives, and especially for his own family, he has disowned the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.

Recent Services
November 17
Matins and First Hour were read. Akathist to the Mother of God was read.
November 20
Matins and First Hour were read.
Third and Sixth Hours were read followed by the Divine Liturgy and Pomen. Thirty-one people attended. Five communicants.
Akathist to the Mother of God was read.
November 21
Matins and First Hour were read.
Five people came for the Divine Liturgy. Three communicants. One Slava Kolach was blessed.
Akathist to the Mother of God was read.
November 22
The Complete Gospel of St.Mark was read.
The Akathist to the Mother of God was read.
November 23
Matins and First Hour were read.
One person was present for the Akathist to the Mother of God, Joy of All Who Sorrow.
The Akathist of Thanksgiving was read.
The Akathist to the Mother of God was read.
November 24
The Complete Gospel of St. Mark was read.
Akathist to the Mother of God was read.
November 25
Matins and First Hour were read.
Two people came for Divine Liturgy.

Services This Coming Week. Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule

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

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

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

3:00 PM Adult Class

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Thanksgiving

Important Dates

November 26 - St. John Chrysostom
November 28 - Nativity Fast Begins
December 4 - The Feast of the Entry of the Theotokos into the Temple
December 6 - Robena Mine Memorial
December 8 - Apodasis of the Entry of the Theotokos into the Temple
December 17 - Holy Greatmartyr Barbara. St. John Damascene
December 18 - Serbian Children’s Day, St. Sabbas the Sanctified
December 25 - St. Spyridon, Serbian Mothers’ Day
December 30 - Holy Prophet Daniel. Holy Martyrs Deacon Avvacum and Hegumen Paisius

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 expressions of sympathy and words of condolence at the departure from this life of +Priscilla Torbic.

Marcy Brozik Park recently appeared in the newspaper for her involvement in community charitable work.

Christiana Sivak is closing on her final months of preparation to be a Nurse Anesthetist.

Thank God for the new people attending the Divine Liturgy.

Thank God for the sounds of young children in church.

Thank God for the faithful parishioners coming to church throughout the year.

Thank God for the friends and supporters of St. George Church everywhere.

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 the Nativity Fast.

Listen to the weekly St. George radio broadcast WMBS in Uniontown each Sunday or on the parish website throughout the week.

Adult Class will be held on Wednesdays at 3:00 PM.

A Thought from +Proto Stavrofor Milan Savich

Here we should mention that fasting in the Orthodox Church has two aspects: physical and spiritual. The first one implies abstinence from rich food, such as dairy products, eggs and all kinds of meat. Spiritual fasting consists in abstinence from evil thought, desires, and deeds. The main purpose of fasting is to gain mastery over oneself from dependence on the things of this world in order to concentrate on the things of the Kingdom of God. It is to give power to the soul so that it would not yield to temptation and sin.

( 1988 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

The importance of the Nativity Fast
The value to each person of the Nativity Fast
Experiencing the love of God during the Nativity Fast

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

November 19 - Visited parishioner in Waynesburg.
November 21 - Attended pomen for +Priscilla Torbic
November 22 - Attended funeral of +Priscilla Torbic

Proverbs 2:6

For the Lord gives wisdom; from His mouth come knowledge and understanding.

The 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.

The Cross and Resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ are central in the Christian life. In the current Gospel, the woman with the issue of blood suffered for twelve years with her affliction.

Twelve years of suffering did not destroy the woman’s hope. Twelve years of suffering did not drive the woman to give up on life. The woman with the issue of blood searched relentlessly for a cure. She found the healing in Jesus Christ.

Many people suffer from different afflictions. Many people suffer from emotional problems and stress. Turning to the Lord Jesus Christ in firmness of faith makes a difference in each life.

The Holy Divine Liturgy makes a difference in the lives of individuals drawing near in faith. The Precious Body and Blood of Christ heal suffering hearts, minds and souls. The Precious Body and Blood transform the faithful.

The woman with the issue of blood was healed immediately when she touched Jesus. Individuals repenting of their sins and reaching out in faith to Christ begin the healing process immediately.

Sinfulness is a disease of the soul. Christ is the certain healer. Sinfulness results in death. Christ provides life for believers choosing to repent. The Lord Jesus Christ said: “Repent and believe in the gospel.” (Mk. 1:15)

The Nativity Fast provides structure for intensified interest in the Lord Jesus Christ. The Nativity Fast summons believers to focus on the Lord Jesus Christ and to contemplate the meaning of Jesus taking on human flesh.

Believers know that Christ entered the earthly world as a new born babe. Believers know that Christ suffered death on the Cross and rose from the grave in defeat of death. The Risen Christ provides enduring hope for believers in all circumstances.

Jairus’ young daughter died even as Jairus was turning to Christ for help. Jairus’ appeal to Christ was not in vain. Jesus was able to reverse the tragic circumstance for Jairus. Jesus can heal broken hearts and broken lives.

The road from the baptismal fount to departure from this life can include many difficult and trying circumstances. Hope and faith in God are tested as a person goes through life. Jesus said: “He who endures to the end will be saved.” (Mt. 24:13)

Jairus and his daughter experienced the end of life together as they knew it. Jesus gave them new life in a wonderful way that would exceed their imagination. The Holy Apostle Paul said: “If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation.” (II Cor. 5:17)

The present Gospel is a source of joy. Joy is found in the Lord Jesus Christ. Joy can be found in suffering. Joy can be found in death. Christ transforms experiences for the faithful. Christ provides hope for the faithful.

The woman with the issue of blood was not disappointed when she turned to Christ. The woman was healed and would live in a new and different way. Jairus was not disappointed when he turned to Christ in faith. Jairus and his daughter would have a new appreciation and understanding of life. Jairus and his daughter would have reason to be forever grateful to the Lord Jesus Christ.

Turning to Christ and remaining firm in faith is possible for each person. Coming to church regularly and partaking of the Precious Body and Blood of Christ keeps the believer united with Christ.

Now is the time to repent of sins. Now is the time to be renewed in Christ. The Nativity Fast summons believers to focus on their relationship with Christ. The Nativity Fast summons believers to contemplate seriously about Christ.

Christ is the joy of life. Christ is the fulfillment of life. Christ is the way of life. Choosing Christ and the way of Christ is a free and voluntary decision. No one is coerced to live in Christ. Jairus chose to turn to Christ. The woman with the issue of blood reached out to touch Christ. Christ is ever-present. Each moment we decide whether to rest our hearts in Christ.

During this Nativity Fast let us be firmly united with Christ. Let us be grateful for all that Christ does and has done for us. Let us live in ways that show appreciation for Christ with firm conviction that He is our life.

St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
November 14 / November 27, 2011
Twenty Fourth Sunday after Pentecost.
Holy Apostle Philip.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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