St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 777 - November 25 / December 8, 2013

The Orthodox Faith

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

No. 777
November 25 / December 8, 2013
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 Timothy 1:5 - Now the end of the commandment is charity out of a pure heart, and of a good conscience, and of faith unfeigned.

Recent Services
November 29
The complete Gospel of St. Mark was read.
Akathist to the Mother of God was read.
November 30
Matins was read.
Funeral service was held for +Joseph Katusa.
Vespers was read.
December 1
Matins was read.
Third and Sixth Hours were read followed by the Divine Liturgy.
Akathist to the Mother of God was read.
December 2
Matins was read.
Akathist to the Mother of God was read.
Vespers was read.
December 3
Matins was read.
Four people came for the Akathist to the Mother of God.
December 4
Matins canon was read.
Three people came for Divine Liturgy.
Vespers was read.
December 5
Matins was read.
Vespers was read.
December 6
Matins was read.
Akathist to Mother of God was read.

Services This Coming Week. Always Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule

Third and Sixth Hours followed by Divine Liturgy.

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

4:00 PM on Monday, Tuesday.

3:30 PM Akathist followed by Adult Class.

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

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

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 Childrenís Day. Parish Annual Meeting.
December 25 - St. Spyridon, Bishop of Tremithus

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 parishioners coming for the funeral of +Joseph Katusa, singing, reading, being present and helping in any way serving as a source of comfort.

Sympathy extended to the family and friends of +Lazo Trbovich recently departed this life.

Sympathy extended to the family and friends of +Anna Harkins recently departed this life.

Sympathy extended to Donnie Samms and family. Donnieís sister recently departed this life.

Kathleens Waters keeps the St. George Church in mind even when traveling to Europe.

George, Bea, Dale and Brian Vula have the St. George Church in their thoughts.

Kevin and Amy Cyr were in class on Tuesday. Keven Jr and Jenna Cyr were with them.

Ryan Dates was in class last Sunday.

Sonia Janson, Dorothy Smargie, Mildred Mickey Bezak, Pam Ponteraro, Felicia Williamson, Paulette Radock, Norma Hickman, Amy Cyr, Marsha Pataskie, Dianna Bozic and Frank Menhart helped bake rolls on Thursday.

Pennsylvania lost a most dedicated and effective criminal justice professional when Greensburg state Parole office supervisor Don Green departed this life this past week.

Milosh Serb Krewasky and Rich Porter attended the Robena Mine Memorial on Dec.6.

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 Paulís Epistle to the Galatians 2:20

I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave Himself for me.

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

To Consider

Christ showing His love by going to the Cross.
Christ showing His love by healing the afflicted.
Christ showing His love by establishing hope for the ill.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

November 29 - Went to Morgantown for printing purpose.
November 30 - Funeral and burial service for +Joseph Katusa.
December 4 - Went to Diocesan Center.
December 5 - Attended viewing for +Pa. Parole Supervisor Don Green in West Newton.
December 6 - Participated in 51st Annual Robena Mine Memorial.

A Thought from Protopresbyter Stephen Zaremba

The Nativity Fast is a time in which we prepare for the coming of a most dear guest, the Christ-child. Since there is no other guest, no other man like the God-man, we need surely prepare.

( From a recent sermon at St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Church, St. Petersburg, Florida )

The Twenty-Fourth Sunday after Pentecost

Luke 8:41-56

And, behold, there came a man named Jairus, and he was a ruler of the synagogue: and he fell down at Jesus' feet, and besought Him that He would come into his house: For he had one only daughter, about twelve years of age, and she lay a dying. But as He went the people thronged Him. And a woman having an issue of blood twelve years, which had spent all her living upon physicians, neither could be healed of any, Came behind Him, and touched the border of His garment: and immediately her issue of blood stanched. And Jesus said, Who touched Me? When all denied, Peter and they that were with Him said, Master, the multitude throng Thee and press thee, and sayest thou, Who touched Me? And Jesus said, Somebody hath touched Me: for I perceive that virtue is gone out of Me. And when the woman saw that she was not hid, she came trembling, and falling down before Him, she declared unto Him before all the people for what cause she had touched Him, and how she was healed immediately. And He said unto her, Daughter, be of good comfort: thy faith hath made thee whole; go in peace. While He yet spake, there cometh one from the ruler of the synagogue's house, saying to him, thy daughter is dead; trouble not the Master. But when Jesus heard it, He answered him, saying, Fear not: believe only, and she shall be made whole. And when He came into the house, He suffered no man to go in, save Peter, and James, and John, and the father and the mother of the maiden. And all wept, and bewailed her: but He said, Weep not; she is not dead, but sleepeth. And they laughed Him to scorn, knowing that she was dead. And He put them all out, and took her by the hand, and called, saying, Maid, arise. And her spirit came again, and she arose straightway: and He commanded to give her meat. And her parents were astonished: but He charged them that they should tell no man what was done.

The Leave-taking of the Feast of the Entry of the Theotokos

Luke 10:38-42, 11:27-28

Now it came to pass, as they went, that He entered into a certain village: and a certain woman named Martha received Him into her house. And she had a sister called Mary, which also sat at Jesus' feet, and heard His word. But Martha was cumbered about much serving, and came to Him, and said, Lord, dost thou not care that my sister hath left me to serve alone? bid her therefore that she help me. And Jesus answered and said unto her, Martha, Martha, thou art careful and troubled about many things: But one thing is needful: and Mary hath chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her. And it came to pass, as He spake these things, a certain woman of the company lifted up her voice, and said unto Him, Blessed is the womb that bare thee, and the paps which thou hast sucked. But He said, Yea rather, blessed are they that hear the word of God, and keep it.

The Lord Jesus Christ healed the woman with the long-standing issue of blood. The woman did not find the cure for her problem with physicians. She found the solution to her long standing problem by drawing near to the Lord Jesus Christ.

The Lord Jesus Christ made a decided and lasting difference in the womanís life. The woman was healed. Jesus recognized the womanís faith. Jesus credited the womanís faith for the healing having taken place.

In contemporary society, faith is not spoken of much. The popular media does not give much attention to faith. Not many best-selling-books deal with faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.

Bibles are the best books on faith. Individuals need to make greater use of their Bibles. Believers need to commit to reading their Bibles regularly. The authoritative life and words of Christ are best found in the Bible.

Believers need to become familiar with the life and words of Christ. Time invested in reading the Holy Bible is time well invested. Believers need to regularly assess where the daily use of their time is leading them.

Jesus not only healed the woman with the issue of blood. Jesus restored life to the daughter of Jairus after she died. Jesus revealed He had power over death. Jesusí Resurrection is lasting proof of His power over death.

The miracles performed by Christ when taken to heart will result in believers changing the way they live. When the miracles of Christ are central to the faith of believers, believers organize and govern their lives according to the way of Christ.

Christ is on the minds and in the hearts of believers putting utmost value in the miracles He performed. Christ is the goal, the foundation and the path for believers seeking to be fully united with Christ.

The love of Christ is evident in the miracles He performs. The love of Christ is not limited by time or space. The love of Christ melts hardened hearts. The love of Christ heals broken hearts.

While Martha was busy, Mary took time to sit at Jesusí feet and listen. Many people are too busy in todayís world. They are too busy for members of their family. They are too busy to take time to know their neighbors.

Many people are too busy to go to church. They are too busy to pray. The words of Jesus take on great meaning when a person pauses and listens. The words of Jesus are life-changing when a person applies them personally.

Jesus said in the current Gospel of St. Luke, blessed are those that hear the word of God and keep it. Value exists in hearing the word of God. The value increases when the word of God is applied to personal life.

Coming to church has great value. Taking the lessons learned in church and applying them in the home, the workplace and the community increases the value. The joy in Christ increases the closer a person draws near to Christ.

Peace in Christ is realized when Christ is the dominant interest in life. The woman with the issue of blood found new life in Christ. Jairus and his daughter experienced new life in Christ.

Every person taking Christ to heart finds new life in Christ. The faith of the woman with the issue of blood made a decided difference in her life. Every person placing sincere faith in Christ will experience a decided difference in life.

St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
November 25 / December 8, 2013
Twenty-Fouth Sunday after Pentecost.
Leave-taking of the Entry of the Theotokos.
St. Clement, Hieromartyr.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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