St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 776 - November 18 / December 1, 2013

The Orthodox Faith

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

No. 776
November 18 / December 1, 2013
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.

Acts 16:5 - And so were the churches established in the faith, and increased in number daily.

Recent Services
November 23
Matins was read.
Vespers was read.
November 24
Matins was read.
Third and Sixth Hours were read followed by Divine Liturgy. Thirty people came for Divine Liturgy. Three communicants.
Akathist to Mother of God was read
November 25
Matins was read.
Akathist to Mother of God was read.
Vespers was read.
November 26
Matins Canon was read.
Two people came for Divine Liturgy.
November 27
Matins was read.
One person came for the Akathist of Thanks.
November 28
Matins was read.
Six people came for Divine Liturgy.

Services This Coming Week. Always Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule

First, Third and Sixth Hours followed by Divine Liturgy.

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

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

Akathists, Prayers for Special Needs and Home Blessings scheduled on request.

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

December 4 - Entrance of the Most Holy Theotokos. Divine Liturgy at 8:00 AM.
December 7 - Holy Greatmartyr Catherine of Alexandria
December 8 - Apodasis of the Entrance
December 13 - Holy Apostle Andrew the First-Called
December 15 - St. Urosh, King of Serbia; Ven. Joannicius of Devich
December 17 - Holy Great Martyr Barbara
December 18 - St. Sabbas the Sanctified
December 19 - St. Nicholas the Wonderworker
December 22 - Conception of the Righteous Ann. Serbian Children’s Day.
December 25 - St. Spyridon, Bishop of Tremithus
December 26-29 - Diocesan Youth Winter Retreat at St. Sava Camp, Shadeland.
December 27 - Holy Martyrs Thyrsus, Leucius, Philemon and those with them.

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

Sympathy extended to the family and friends of +Joseph Katusa departed this life this past Tuesday. When he was healthy, Joe was in church every day.

Thank you to Kolo members and helpers baking this past week: Sonia Janson, Mildred Mickey Bezjak, Melva and Millicent Mitzie Hunchuck, Dorothy Smargie, Felicia Williamson, Norma Hickman, Marsha Pataskie, Anna Mae Knezovich, Dianna Bozic and Pam Ponteraro.

Choir members regularly climbing the steps to sing to the glory of God include: Sonia Janson, Andrea Janson, Paulette Radock, Djelosh Jerry Milosevich, Anna Mae Knezovich, Mildred Mickey Bezjak, Lud Miscovich, Frank Menhart

Dorothy McCloy always remembers the St. George Church.

Willie Spens finds time to come to services at St. George Church.

From far away Louisiana, Mileva Medin still has a strong interest in St. George Church.

Remember the Hatfield Power plant employees having recently lost their jobs and all the people negatively affected by the plant closing.

Remember all people out of work and seeking employment. Remember their families.

Remember the 37 Robena miners that lost their lives on December 6, 1962. Remember the 361 miners from Monongah, West Virginia that lost their lives on December 6, 1907. Remember their families.

Remember the sick, the suffering, the imprisoned, those in rehab centers, the homebound, the mentally ill, their caretakers and institution staffs.

Remember the workers in the mines, law-enforcement, corrections, probation and parole, firefighters, all working in dangerous occupations.

Remember the men and women serving in the military and their families.

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

From the Holy Apostle Paul’s Epistle to the Galatians 1:3-5

Grace be to you and peace from God the Father, and from our Lord Jesus Christ, Who gave Himself for our sins, that He might deliver us from this present evil world, according to the will of God and our Father: To whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.

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

To Consider

Being thankful to God throughout each day.
Beholding the goodness and mercy of God each day.
Experiencing and sharing the love of God each day.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

November 23 - Went to Morgantown, W.Va. for printing purposes.
November 26 - Went to United Hospital Center, Clarksburg, W.Va. area while patient had surgery.

A Thought from His Grace Bishop Dr. MITROPHAN

Thanks to the Holy Spirit who abides in the Church, and who is the “soul of the Church,” each Christian can become a temple of the Holy Spirit, a small Church of God, if he becomes a member of the body of Christ, the Church (Eph. 2:19-22, 3:5-6). With the Mystery of Baptism man is clothed in Christ (Gal. 3:27) and becomes the temple of the living God (2 Cor 6:16). Whether or not man will receive the Holy Spirit depends on him himself.

( The Teachings of Saint Apostle Paul on the Church. Translation Protopresbyter Stefan Zaremba. Sremski Karlovac 2001, p. 61. )

The Twenty-Third Sunday after Pentecost

Luke 8:26-39

And they arrived at the country of the Gadarenes, which is over against Galilee. And when He went forth to land, there met Him out of the city a certain man, which had devils long time, and ware no clothes, neither abode in any house, but in the tombs. When he saw Jesus, he cried out, and fell down before Him, and with a loud voice said, What have I to do with Thee, Jesus, Thou Son of God most high? I beseech Thee, torment me not. (For He had commanded the unclean spirit to come out of the man. For oftentimes it had caught him: and he was kept bound with chains and in fetters; and he brake the bands, and was driven of the devil into the wilderness.) And Jesus asked him, saying, What is thy name? And he said, Legion: because many devils were entered into him. And they besought Him that He would not command them to go out into the deep. And there was there an herd of many swine feeding on the mountain: and they besought Him that he would suffer them to enter into them. And He suffered them. Then went the devils out of the man, and entered into the swine: and the herd ran violently down a steep place into the lake, and were choked. When they that fed them saw what was done, they fled, and went and told it in the city and in the country. Then they went out to see what was done; and came to Jesus, and found the man, out of whom the devils were departed, sitting at the feet of Jesus, clothed, and in his right mind: and they were afraid. They also which saw it told them by what means he that was possessed of the devils was healed. Then the whole multitude of the country of the Gadarenes round about besought Him to depart from them; for they were taken with great fear: and He went up into the ship, and returned back again. Now the man out of whom the devils were departed besought Him that he might be with Him: but Jesus sent him away, saying, Return to thine own house, and shew how great things God hath done unto thee. And he went his way, and published throughout the whole city how great things Jesus had done unto him.

The tormented man in the present Gospel came to his right mind due to the actions of the Lord Jesus Christ. The Lord Jesus Christ continues to bring peace and rightness to the minds of those who place their faith and trust in Him.

The Holy Apostle Paul’s Epistle to Timothy states: “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.” (II Tim. 1:7) The believer needs to firmly hold on to the rightness of mind found in God. Displacement of the devil and temptations of the devil comes through the believer keeping God firmly in the mind, the heart and the soul. Focusing the mind on God is the path to peace. (Is. 26:3)

This is the time of the Nativity Fast. The Nativity Fast annually affords believers the opportunity to begin anew in Christ. Too often believers yield to temptations, to saying and doing things contrary to the ways of Christ.

When believers depart from the ways approved by Christ, the mind becomes tormented. The conscience evokes haunting thoughts. Repentance and Holy Confession restore the believer to rightness of mind.

Christ drove the demons from the man in the country of the Gadarenes. Christ has the power to drive the demons from the minds of believers today. Believers determine whether to allow Christ to dominate their minds.

A believer determines if he or she will seek Christ with all the heart, mind and strength. A believer determines if Christ is the primary interest in life. Demons and temptations may obstruct the paths of believers. Christ can open the paths.

The present Gospel shows that Christ can radically change a human life beset by demons. Individuals faced with the demons of drug and alcohol can seek Christ as the source of strength to conquer the demons.

Individuals plagued by strong feelings of depression, fear and anxiety benefit by turning to Christ to overcome these feelings. The Holy Apostle Paul said:” I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me. “ (Phil. 4:13)

The man in the present Gospel had his life changed forever by the Lord Jesus Christ. The man was appreciative. He wanted to remain with Christ. The man knew that Christ made the difference in His life.

Too often individuals forget when Christ has improved their lives. Too often individuals forget when Christ has answered their prayers. Too often individuals become too busy to thank God for the blessings they have received.

Too often non-soul beneficial interests take over a person’s life and God gets set aside. Too often families forget about God. Too often commercial interests and greed dominate the paths of a person’s life.

The man in the present Gospel suffered greatly until Christ entered his life. The man probably evoked fear in others who saw him while he remained demon-possessed. Christ’s actions also caused fear to arise in those who saw the change.

Witnesses to lives changed by Christ can become fearful as recorded in the present Gospel. Witnesses to the power of Christ in the lives of others may not be comfortable with their own lives. They may not be ready to fully embrace Christ.

Christ is reassuring and welcoming to individuals choosing to embrace Him. Christ rejoices when individuals repent of their sins and draw near to Him. Christ is forgiving and loving towards believers seeking health and wholeness in Him.

Jesus offers the invitation: “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.” (Mt. 11:28-29)

The present Gospel is a life-changing Gospel for individuals heeding the words of Christ. The present Gospel has the power to change the lives of individuals seeking to rid the demons from their hearts and minds.

The power of God to change lives remains firm today. Lives change when the way of the devil is rejected and the way of Christ is embraced. The devil is rejected at baptism and Christ is embraced as King and as God.

The rejection of the devil needs to be reaffirmed throughout life. The embracement of Christ as King and as God needs reaffirmed throughout life.

St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
November 18 / December 1, 2013
Twenty-Third Sunday after Pentecost.
Sts. Platon, Romanus and Barulus, Martyrs.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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