St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 674 - December 5 / December 18, 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. 674
December 5 / December 18, 2011
Twenty-Seventh Sunday after Pentecost

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

Hebrews 11:39-40

And all these, having obtained a good testimony through faith, did not receive the promise, God having provided something better for us, that they should not be made perfect apart from us.

Recent Services
December 11
Matins and First Hour were read.
Third and Sixth Hour were read followed by Divine Liturgy and Parastos. Twenty-three people came for Divine Liturgy. Three communicants.
Akathist to the Theotokos was read.
December 12
Matins and First Hour were read.
Akathist to Theotokos was read.
Vespers was read.
December 13
The full Gospel of St. Mark was read.
Akathist to Theotokos was read.
Vespers was read.
December 14
Matins and First Hour were read.
Two people came for the Akathist to St. Nicholas.
Akathist to the Theotokos was read.
Vespers was read.
December 15
Matins and First Hour were read.
Akathist to Theotokos was read.
Vespers was read.
December 16
Matins and First Hour were read.
Akathist to Theotokos was read.
Pomen for +Stella Shlosky at funeral home.

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 Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday.

Akathists and Prayers for Special Needs Scheduled on Request during the Week

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Thanksgiving

Important Dates

December 18 - Ven. Sabbas the Sanctified. Serbian Childrenís Day.
December 19 - St. Nicholas the Wonderworker
December 25 - St. Spyridon. Serbian Motherís Day.
December 27-30 - Winter Youth Retreat at St. Sava Camp, Shadeland
December 30 - Holy Martyrs Deacon Avvacum and Hegumen Paisius
December 31 - St. Sebastian

If you are too busy to are too busy!

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

Parish Life

Sympathy extended to the family and friends of +Stella Shlosky newly departed this life.

Happy St. Nicholas Slava to those celebrating this day.

Bob Milanovich often is in Florida but he keeps contact with St. George Church.

Listen to the St. George weekly radio broadcast on the Uniontown station or the parish website. Watch videos of St. George Church on You Tube.

Listen to one year of previous parish radio broadcasts on the parish website.

Tell your friends and family members about the parish radio broadcast.

Remember the 239 Darr miners that lost their lives on December 19, 1907 near Van Meter, Pa. Remember the more than 95,000 miners departed this life in mining accidents.

Remember the workers in mines, law-enforcement, corrections, probation and parole and 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.

Four people came to Adult Class this past Wednesday. Classes will resume in January.

Honor the Nativity Fast until the Feast of the Nativity.

Bring family members and friends to church each time you come.

It is wonderful to hear and see young children in church.

Honor your Slava each year.

A Thought from Protinica Victoria Trbuhovich

What we sometimes forget is that when we are making choices for our children, we usually only get once change to ďget it right.Ē They grow up, go off on their own, and there is no returning to childhood. The spiritual experiences we plan and provide for our children are all they have. Yes, the Church plans them, the priest schedules them, but if we donít participate, if we donít make that effort to include our children in these spiritual plans, they are lost for our family.

( Path of Orthodoxy March, 2006 )

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

To Consider

The continued remembrance of St. Nicholas.
The miracles attributed to St. Nicholas.
The love of St. Nicholas

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

December 10 - Went to Morgantown for printing purposes.
December 12 - Visited parishioner in Waynesburg.
December 13 - Pastoral visits.
December 16 - Went to Diocesan Center in Mars.
December 16 - Pomen at funeral home for +Stella Shlosky

Proverbs 5:21

For the ways of man are before the eyes of the Lord, and He ponders all his paths.

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.

The Feast of the Nativity of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ is fast approaching. The arrival of each new day advances the calendar closer to the Feast.

Godís Holy Church prepares believers for the Nativity Feast. Godís Holy Church is mindful of the necessities of believers and provides for those necessities in Orthodox worship and preparation.

The Nativity Fast is a dedicated period of time in advance of the Feast to be used for spiritual preparation. The body, the mind and the soul have a place in the preparation.

Change is expected in the preparation and celebration of each major feast. Each major feast is reason for believers to grow in Christ and to take characteristics conforming more to the teachings and life of Christ.

Each major feast is a reason to particularly be united with Christ in the festal Divine Liturgy. Godís parish churches and monasteries should be filled with believers on each major feast regardless of the day of the week.

The content of the Divine services leading to the celebration of the Feast of the Nativity inform, instruct and inspire believers. Believers do well to be attentive to the content of the services leading to the celebration of a feast and services for the day of the feast itself.

The celebration of each major feast makes a change in the world. Believers taking a feast seriously are transformed by the celebration. The transformed believers impact the lives of others as they depart the Divine Liturgy alive with the joy of the feast in their hearts, minds and souls.

The Nativity of Christ changed the world forever. His Virgin Birth has no equal. The Divine taking on human flesh has no equal. The humility shown by Christ has no equal.

Preparing to celebrate the Feast of Christ and to welcome the newborn Christ into the heart and home deserves great and immediate attention. Believers do well not to be overcome by the commercialization and secularization prominent in todayís culture.

The focus on Christ is proper to every day of the year. The amazing and beautiful occurrence of Christís Nativity deserves extended consideration and celebration.

The love of Christ for each person is a lasting love. The love of Christ for each person is all encompassing and all enduring. The Nativity Fast is a time to consider Christís love and Christ humility.

The Nativity Fast is a time to think about the joy Christ brings to the hearts that welcome Him. The Nativity Fast is a time to share the love of Christ with others in our daily lives.

We share the joy of Christ by making sure Christ is first in our hearts, our homes and our lives. We share the love of Christ by making sure love is the foundation and nature of all that we do in life.

Gentleness and patience are part of the Christian life. The hustle and bustle taking place in the current culture driven by commercial interests needs to be tempered with remembrance of Christ and the daily practice of Christian love.

Gentleness and patience are fruit of the Holy Spirit. (Gal. 5:22-23) The Holy Spirit was active in the birth of Christ. The Holy Spirit helps us as we go forth in daily life.

Honoring the Nativity Fast draws attention to the blessings and goodness of God manifested in immeasurable ways. The Nativity Fast is a specific period of time in the Church. The Nativity Fast focuses on the immeasurable goodness of God.

Hunger for God, hunger for internal peace, and hunger for the soul are satisfied in the life in Christ. The life in Christ is experienced through heeding Christís teachings, abiding by them and partaking of His Precious Body and Blood.

Repentance and confession have important places in the life in Christ. The Cross of Christ is ever-present in the Christian life. The Cross of Christ is the pre-eminent guide for the believer.

Christians prepare for the Feast of the Nativity of Christ at this time knowing also that there will be the time of the Cross and the time to celebrate the Resurrection.

The life in Christ is a life offering opportunities of immeasurable growth and gladness. Christians serious about the life in Christ devote each day to living in ways pleasing to Christ and in being nurtured by Christ.

When Christ enters and is united with the person through prayer, through the Holy Gospel, through the precious Body and Blood, the believer is renewed and transformed. The believer experiences new life in Christ.

The life in Christ offers wholeness and health known only in and through Christ. Even in times of hardship and tragedy, Christ makes a difference and has the power to establish peace and joy in the heart, mind and soul.

This Nativity Fast is all about Christ and all the truths of Christ. The Nativity Fast is about all the love of Christ. The birth of Christ is worthy of daily contemplation.

Each day be peaceful and contemplative. Take time each day to pray and to meditate about the wonderful coming of the Lord Jesus Christ in human flesh. Give thanks and glory to God. Resolve to live in ways pleasing to God.

St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
December 5 / December 18, 2011
The Twenty-Seventh Sunday after Pentecost.
Venerable Sabbas the Sanctified. St. Nectarius of Bitola.
Serbian Childrenís Day.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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