St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 725 - November 26 / December 9, 2012

The Orthodox Faith

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

No. 725
November 26 / December 9, 2012
The Twenty-Seventh 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.

Jude 3

Beloved, while I was very diligent to write to you concerning our common salvation, I found it necessary to write to you to contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all delivered to the saints.

Recent Services
December 1
Matins and First Hour were read at St. George Church.
Third and Sixth Hour were read at Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Church, W.Va. followed by Divine Liturgy. Two communicants. Twelve people attended Divine Liturgy.
Akathist to the Mother of God was read at St. George Church.
Vespers was read.
December 2
Matins and First Hour were read.
Thirty-two people came for Divine Liturgy. Seven communicants.
Akathist to the Mother of God was read.
December 3
Matins and First Hour were read.
Akathist to Mother of God was read.
Parastus was held.
Vespers was read.
December 4
Matins and First Hour were read.
Three people came for Divine Liturgy. One communicant.
Vespers was read.
December 5
Matins and First Hour were read.
Two people came for Akathist to the Mother of God.
December 6
Matins and First Hour were read.
Akathist to the Mother of God was read. Vespers was read.
December 7
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 Thursday, Friday, Saturday.

4:00 PM on Thursday, Friday, Saturday.

3:00 PM Akathist followed by Adult Class.

Akathists and prayers for special needs held on Request during the Week.

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

December 13 - Holy Apostle Andrew
December 16 - Annual Parish Assembly
December 19 - St. Nicholas the Wonderworker
December 23 - Serbian Childrenís Day
December 26-29 - Diocesan Winter Retreat at St. Sava Camp, Shadeland
December 30 - Serbian Mothersí Day
January 6 - Serbian Fathersí Day. Christmas Eve.
January 7 - The Feast of the Nativity of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ
January 8 - Synaxis of the Most Holy Theotokos

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

The Annual Parish Assembly is scheduled for December 16 following Divine Liturgy.

The parish Annual Assembly is important as a time to review the year in the parish and look forward to the forthcoming year. Make an effort to attend.

The Church Executive Board works hard throughout the year to serve the parish.

The Audit Board does important and necessary work each year.

The Choir and Kolo report on their activities at the Annual Assembly.

The Kolo needs help with baking in the forthcoming days. Please volunteer.

Rich Porter and Milosh ďSerbĒ Krewasky attended the Fiftieth Anniversary of the Robena Mine Memorial organized by the United Mine Workers of America. The UMWA is faithful to the departed miners and their families remembered each year on December 6.

Stan and Karen Brozik and their staff graciously accommodated the large attendance at their restaurant for the dinner held in conjunction with the Robena Memorial.

St. George Church was built largely by miners and their families.

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 the 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.

Four people came to Adult Class last week. Class again this week on Wednesday.

A Thought from St. NIKOLAI (Velimirovic)

Q. What is Holy Chrismation?
A. It is a divine Mystery through which a baptized person is armed by the Holy Spirit with strength and wisdom and other gifts to keep the right faith and live a holy life.

(The Faith of the Saints Seraphim Press, Chicago, Illinois, 2005. P. 59 )

To Consider

Fasting each day until the Feast of the Nativity.
Thinking about the meaning of Christís birth for each of us each day.
Praying for Christ to dwell in our hearts, minds and souls each day.

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

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

November 30 - Went to Morgantown, W.Va. for printing purposes.
December 1 - Served Divine Liturgy in Fairmont, W.Va.
December 3 - Went to Diocesan Center, Mars, Pa.
December 6 - Participated in the Fiftieth Anniversary Memorial of the Robena Mine Disaster.

Sirach 11:1

Do not praise a man for his good looks, nor loathe a man because of his appearance.

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 Lord Jesus Christ healed the woman with the infirmity of eighteen years. Jesus healed the woman on His own initiative. The woman was within eyesight of Jesus and Jesus healed her.

Throughout the day and night individuals benefit from the love and care of Christ. Jesus sees the needs of individuals throughout the world every day and He heals them. Healings are in differing degrees and kinds.

Healings taking place every day may not be as dramatic as the healing in the current Gospel. Healings taking place may not always be knowingly attributed to Christ.

Individuals feel the warmth of the sun each day but do not always vocalize that the warmth comes from God. The stars and moon brighten the darkness of night but God does not always get the credit.

The present Gospel identifies adversaries of Jesus. The world today has individuals unwilling to acknowledge the healing power of God. The world today has individuals denying the divinity of Christ.

Jesus was not deterred by adversaries in the present Gospel. Jesus healed the woman with the long-standing condition. The woman was freed from the affliction that was eighteen years in duration.

The woman achieved peace through Christ. The woman achieved a new freedom through Christ. There was no doubt in the womanís mind as to Jesus being the source of her healing. She glorified God.

Individuals consciously experiencing the healing power of God are living witnesses to the truth. Individuals benefitting from the healing power of Holy Confession experience the weight lifted from their conscience. Men and women finding peace in Christ personally know the lasting effects.

Jesus reaches out and heals individuals in surprising ways. Healings are not always anticipated or expected. Jesus brings joy at times when joy is least expected.

Today is the day to give thanks to God for the miracles that occur daily. Today is the day to open our hearts and minds and see God at work all around us.

God is ever-present and at work in our lives. As lungs take in the air, as the blood flows through our veins, as thoughts circulate in our minds, let us think about the love of God giving us life today.

The woman healed of the eighteen year affliction gave glory to God. The remaining days of the womanís life would be totally different. Jesus was the decided difference in giving her newness of life.

In the remaining days of our lives, let us be consistently and fervently thankful for the daily blessings and miracles of God. In the remaining days of our lives, let us recognize and attribute the goodness in our lives to God.

When we realize that our lives depend on God and the goodness in our lives comes from God, our lives need to constantly reflect love for God. Godís goodness and mercy come to us freely, abundantly and without fail.

We sin far more than we give thanks to God. We fail to acknowledge the goodness and mercy of God far more than we take time to glorify and give thanks to God.

God is with us throughout the day and the night. We give too much time to frivolous pursuits and activities and too little time seeking the Kingdom of God.

God provides for us throughout the day and night. We give very little time to God in prayer. We give God at most a few hours per week in church. God gives us twenty-four hours of life each day.

We can never give back to God in appreciation all God has given to us. We can never fully appreciate Christ taking on human flesh, voluntarily ascending the Cross and rising from the tomb.

We can take greater responsibility as Christians. We can attempt living in greater conformity to ways of Christ set forth in the Holy Gospel. We can fully honor and adhere to our baptismal commitment to Christ.

The present Gospel reveals the love of Christ and the resultant joy Christ brings to human lives. We need to awaken more readily to the daily love, mercy and goodness of God and change our lives accordingly.

Christ loves and heals us each day. The joy of Christís love and healing needs to be more evident in the way we live each day.

St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
November 26 / December 9, 2012
Twenty-Seventh Sunday after Pentecost.
Venerable Father Alypius the Stylite

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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