St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 722 - November 5 / November 18, 2012

The Orthodox Faith

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

No. 722
November 5 / November 18, 2012
The Twenty-Fourth 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 13:2

And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing.

Recent Services
November 10
Matins and First Hour were read.
Akathist to the Mother of God was read.
One person came for Ninth Hour and Great Vespers
November 11
Matins and First Hour were read.
Third and Sixth Hours were read followed by Divine Liturgy, blessing of Slava Kolach and Koljivo. Twenty-eight people came for Divine Liturgy. Two communicants.
Akathist to the Mother of God was read.
November 12
Matins and First Hour were read.
November 14
Matins and First Hour were read.
Akathist to the Mother of God 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.

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, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday

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

3:00 PM Akathist followed by Adult Class at 3:30 PM.

Wednesday and Thursday
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 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.
November 24 - St. Stephen of Decani, King of Serbia
November 26 - St. John Chrysostom
November 28 - Beginning of Nativity Fast
November 29 - Holy Apostle and Evangelist Matthew
December 4 - The Entry of the Theotokos into the Temple
December 8 - Apodosis of the Entry into the Temple
December 13 - Holy Apostle Andrew the First Called.

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 St. George Choir Slava last Sunday.

Sonia Janson and Martha Springborn from St. Nicholas Serbian Orthodox Church in Monroeville helped at the Annual Diocesan Clergy Seminar at Shadeland.

Congratulations to Father Milan Medakovic ordained as a presbyter this past Tuesday at the Most Holy Mother of God Monastery Church during the Clergy Seminar.

Congratulations to coal miner Dave Rodavich on his recent retirement.

Remember the 78 miners who lost their lives at Farmington, W.Va. on December 20, 1968.

Adult class will be held this Tuesday afternoon.

Make a point to attend the Divine services at the church during the week.

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.

If you have a question about the teachings or services of the Church, ask the priest.

Honor the fast days and feasts of the Church.

Become familiar with the daily calendar of the Church.

Read the Bible daily.

A Thought from St. NIKOLAI (Velimirovic)

Do not care only about keeping the bodies of your children safe, for even foxes do the same for their foxlings. But care about God in your children. Once God is cared for He will take care of all the rest. And what you have been accumulating for your children so strenuously, He will effortlessly gather for them quickly and easily.

(Prayers by the Lake. Translated by Rt. Rev. Todor Mika and Very Rev. Dr. Stevan Scott, The Serbian Orthodox Metropolitanate of New Gracanica and Midwest America, Grayslake, Illinois, 2010, p. 189 )

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

To Consider

The Holy Archangel Michael and All the Bodily Powers
God’s order in the world for all to see.
Opening our eyes to see God’s presence everywhere.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

November 10 - Went to Morgantown for printing purposes.
November 11 - Visited parishioner at Rolling Meadows Nursing Home, Waynesburg.
November 12-13 - Attended Diocesan Clergy Seminar at Most Holy Mother of God Monastery, Shadeland Camp, Springboro, Pa.
November 13 - Visited resident at Donnell House in Washington, Pa.
November 14 - Went to Bridgeport, W.Va.

Wisdom of Sirach 8:7

Do not rejoice over any one’s death; remember that we all must die.

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 present Gospel describes two miracles. The woman with the longstanding flow of blood was healed. She had the condition for twelve years and physicians were unable to cure her condition.

The woman with the flow of blood reached out and touched the Lord Jesus Christ and she was healed. The power of healing went forth from the Lord Jesus Christ. The Lord Jesus Christ changed the woman’s life completely.

The second miracle resulted in Jairus’ daughter being restored to life after she had died. Jairus appealed to Jesus for help with his severely ailing daughter. Jairus’ appeal was successful.

Both miracles involved strong faith. Jesus told the woman: “Daughter, be of good cheer, you faith has made you well.” When told that Jairus’ daughter was dead, Jesus said: “Do not be afraid. Only believe, and she will be made well.”

Strong faith is necessary for Christians to face the adversities of life. Crises arise in life unexpectedly. Crises can be extreme in impact. The woman with the issue of blood did not have an acute crisis. She had a long-standing condition.

The woman had great patience and hope. She continued to look for a cure for her condition. She did not give up in frustration. She did not withdraw in a state of despondency and depression. She was persistent in searching for the cure.

Jesus was the cure for the woman’s condition. Jesus is the cure for individuals seeking peace of mind and contentment in life. Jesus is the source for personal fulfillment and authentic nourishment of the soul.

Jairus turned to Jesus in hope. Jairus sought out Jesus so that his daughter’s condition could be improved. Too often Christians fail to seek the healing power of the Lord Jesus Christ.

Too often Christians turn to non-Christian sources in an attempt to find remedies for problems in their lives. Too often individuals suffer from a lack of personal peace of mind, heart and soul.

The Lord Jesus Christ is capable of bringing peace to the mind, heart and soul. The Lord Jesus Christ is capable of helping individuals view bodily conditions much differently. Christ is able to offer a new outlook on life.

No day was darker in history than the day Jesus died upon the Cross. The darkness of the first Great and Holy Friday was not a permanent darkness. When Jesus died on the Cross, the darkness was great and lasting in remembrance.

The outlook for life appears dark when serious illness occurs or a dramatic change in personal relationships or employment takes place. The Resurrection of Christ is the supreme source of light and hope for every moment of darkness.

Whenever life seems overwhelming and gloomy, the Resurrected Christ gives hope and lights the path to the Kingdom of God. The Resurrected Christ always lights the path enabling individuals to seek safety and personal peace.

The Gospel readings at each Divine Liturgy nourish and enrich believers. The Gospel readings give necessary strength and direction for daily life. The Gospel readings reach to the depths of the soul and make a difference.

Gospel readings are repeated each year, year after year. The lessons are lasting lessons. The nourishment replenishes the souls of attentive believers. Each reading of the Gospel offers newness for life.

Faith and hope are necessary throughout the Christian life. Christ is always stronger than any adversary. Christ is always the source of hope in all circumstances of life. Christ’s love is enduring and plentiful.

Death was not able to defeat Christ. Christ defeated death. Christ showed His power over death in the current Gospel. He showed His power over death when He rose from the tomb.

Christians need to be resolute in faith in times of adversity. Christians need to cherish and act on the hope firmly established by the Resurrection of Christ. Christ’s Resurrection provides everlasting light and joy.

St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
November 5 / November 18, 2012
The Twenty-Fourth Sunday after Pentecost.
Holy Galacteon and Epistemis; Holy Apostles Patrobus, Hermas and Others.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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