St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 721 - October 29 / November 11, 2012

The Orthodox Faith

Chronicle of St. George Serbian Orthodox Church
296 Old Route 21
Carmichaels, Pennsylvania 15320

No. 721
October 29 / November 11, 2012
Twenty-third Sunday after Pentecost

Diocesan Bishop - His Grace Bishop Dr. MITROPHAN

Parish Priest - Father Rodney Torbic

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

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

I Corinthians 16:13-14

Watch, stand fast in faith, be brave, be strong. Let all that you do be done in love.

Recent Services
November 1
Akathist to Mother of God was read.
Vespers was read.
November 2
Matins and First Hour were read.
Akathist to Mother of God was read.
Vespers was read.
November 3
Matins and First Hour were read at St. George Church.
Eight people came for Divine Liturgy at Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Church in Fairmont, W.Va.
Akathist for the Departed and Pomen was held at St. George Church for all buried under the auspices of St. George Church.
November 4
Matins and First Hour were read.
Third and Sixth Hours were read followed by Divine Liturgy. Seventeen people attended Divine Liturgy.
Pomen held in Millsboro for +Virginia Pataskie.
November 5
Matins and First Hour were read.
Funeral service held for +Virginia Pataskie at St.George Church with burial at Horn Cemetery in Marianna.
Akathist to Mother of God was read.
November 6
Matins and First Hour were read.
One person came for the Akathist to the Mother of God, Joy of All Who Sorrow.
November 7
Matins and First Hour were read.
Akathist to the Mother of God was read at St. George Church.
Six people came to Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Church in Fairmont, W.Va. for the Akathist to the Cross.
November 8
Matins and First Hour were read.
Four people came for Divine Liturgy. Akathist to the Mother of God was read.
November 9
Matins and First Hour were read.
Akathist to Mother of God was read.
Vespers was read.

Services This Coming Week. Always Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule

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

5:30 AM on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday

4:00 PM Vespers on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday

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

Today, November 11 -Choir Slava celebrated. Covered Dish dinner and program.
November 12 - Sts. King Milutin, Teoktist and Mother Jelena, Conf. Varnava of Hvostan
November 16 - Renovation of the Church of St. George. Divine Liturgy at 8:00 AM.
November 21 - Synaxis of Archangel Michael and other Bodiless Powers. Divine Liturgy at 8:00 AM.
November 22 - St. Nectarius of Pentapolis. Divine Liturgy at 8:00 AM.

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 supporting the Choir today and throughout the year.

+Sympathy extended to the family of +Virginia Pataskie recently departed this life.

A picture of the St. George Church and a related article appeared in the Norway newspaper Aftenposten recently.

Veteran’s Day is today. Let us remember and be grateful to all veterans

Two parishioners came for Adult Class on Tuesday. No class this week.

Seven people came to Holy Trinity Church in Fairmont, W.Va. on Wednesday for Adult Class.

His Grace Bishop Dr. MITROPHAN has scheduled a Diocesan Clergy seminar at Shadeland this week focusing on the theme “Marriage Crisis in Today’s Society.” Father Aleksandar Atty, Dean of St. Tikhon’s Seminary will speak.

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.

The Serb National Federation is always seeking new members. Consider joining.

A Thought from St. NIKOLAI (Velimirovic)

A perfect master should be like a perfect servant---this is Saint Sava’s example and testament to the Serbian people. There is no mention of lordliness in connection with him. In both word and deed, from the beginning to the end, he was a servant with the spirit of the household master. He knew that man’s lifespan is brief and that it is given not for the sake of lording it over others but for the sake of serving.

(A Treasury of Serbian Orthodox Spirituality. Translated by Rt. Rev. Todor Mika and Very Rev. Dr. Stevan Scott, The Serbian Orthodox Metropolitanate of New Gracanica, Grayslake, Illinois, 1999, p. 22 )

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

To Consider

The far-reaching effects of the choir singing at the Divine Liturgy.
The impact of the choir on the lives of individuals attending church services.
The comfort the choir brings to family and friends at funerals and memorial services.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

October 29 - Went to Veterans Hospital in Pittsburgh while parishioner had surgery.
November 2 - Went to Morgantown, W.Va. for printing purposes.
November 3 - Went to Fairmont, W.Va. for Divine Liturgy. Local pastoral visit.
November 4 - Pomen in Millsboro.
November 5 - Funeral and burial of +Virginia Pataskie.
November 7 - Akathist in Fairmont, W.Va. Seven people came for Adult Class.
November 8 - Local parish home visit.

Wisdom of Sirach 7:7

Do no evil things and evil will never overtake you. (SAAS)

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.

Jesus brought peace to the demon-possessed man. The man no longer led a tormented life. The man was no longer controlled by the demons. The Lord Jesus Christ prevailed in radically changing the man.

When the man experienced peace, Jesus told the man to “tell what great things God has done for you.” (Lk. 8:39) The healed man was not to keep his healing a secret. He was to publically proclaim the great change that took place.

Contemporary believers finding peace in God can help others by sharing the message of healing. Individuals experiencing Divine healing serve as authentic contemporary witnesses for Christ.

Believers expect to hear clergy speak about the healing power of Christ. Lay individuals having been healed serve as excellent proclaimers of personal changes in their lives due to living in Christ.

Too often the Church is the last place where individuals turn to seek healing in their personal lives. Too often individuals turn to places outside the Church for help with problems in their marriage or with a problematic son or daughter.

Prayer is the place to begin in seeking solutions with personal problems. The services of the Church are sources of healing and direction when addressing personal problems.

The Lord Jesus Christ demonstrated in the present Gospel that He makes a difference in lives overcome by demons. Individuals turning to God in sustained prayer will experience beneficial results.

Parish priests serve as resources to families and individuals experiencing various problems. Christian counseling services exist and are governed by ethics and morals fundamental to the Church.

Certain prayers of the Church and Divine services of the Church address particular behavioral problems including drug and alcohol abuse and emotional conditions.

Helping professionals living the Christian life perform important needed services when personal crises occur in the lives of believers. Christ is shared in the relationship. Christ is the guide, foundation and goal of the relationship.

When a family member or friend is overtaken by demons in his or her personal life, the present Gospel serves as a firm point of reference. Jesus Christ’s power is not limited in bringing personal problems to a satisfactory resolution.

Individuals with very severe personal problems involving demons have been known to turn their lives around when the Lord Jesus Christ becomes the solution. The Holy Gospel offers nourishment and strength to deal with demons.

The Lord Jesus Christ is not deterred in the presence of demons. Affected individuals need clarity of mind to face demons. Turning to Christ is the path to clarity. Personal lifestyles have great bearing on efforts to confront demons.

Individuals need to be willing to change if peace in Christ is to be achieved. The demon-possessed man in the present Gospel met Christ and his life changed completely.

Christ is ever-present. Christ offers the path to peace. Christ offers the hope for personal tranquility. Living the life in Christ faithfully is necessary for internal composure to be sustained. The present Gospel shows peace in Christ is possible.

Individuals healed by Christ continue to experience the healing only as they remain resolute followers of Christ. When an individual departs from the life in Christ, the person is exposed to further and continued torment.

Individuals finding strength in prayer and the Divine services of the Church to deal with drug or alcohol problems are exhorted to sustain the effort. Individuals needing to overcome excessive anxiety do well to delve deeply into Christ.

Turning to Christ in prayer and worship clarifies personal issues and establishes direction toward the Kingdom of God. Personal torment can involve great emotional pain. Turning to Christ brings welcome change.

St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
October 29 / November 11, 2012
The Twenty-third Sunday after Pentecost.
Martyr Anastasia the Roman. St. Abramius.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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