St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 826 - November 3 / November 16, 2014

The Orthodox Faith

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

No. 826
November 3 / November 16, 2014
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.

James 1:6

But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed.

Recent Services
November 8
Third and Sixth Hours were read followed by Divine Liturgy. Two Slava Kolacs were blessed. Six people attended.
Vespers were read.
November 9
Third and Sixth Hours were read followed by Divine Liturgy. Twenty-five people attended. One communicant.
The Akathist to Jesus Christ was read at the home of a parishioner.

Services This Coming Week. Call to Confirm Weekday Times.

Third and Sixth Hour followed by Divine Liturgy. Blessing of Slava Kolac and Koljivo.

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

4:00 PM on Monday, Tuesday.

3:30 PM Akathist followed by Adult Class.
Vespers at 5:00 PM.

8:00 AM Divine Liturgy, St. Nectarios.


Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

November 21 - Synaxsis of Archangel Michael. (No services this day.)
November 22 - St. Nectarios. Divine Liturgy. Eastern Diocese KSS Federation meeting at St. George Church.
November 22 - St. Stefan of Decani
November 26 - St. John Chrysostom. Divine Liturgy at 8:00 AM.
November 27 - St. Philip, Apostle. Thanksgiving Day. Service at 8:00 AM.
November 28 - Beginning of Nativity Fast
November 29 - St. Matthew Apostle and Evangelist
December 4 - Entrance of Most Holy Theotokos
December 8 - Apodasis of the Entrance
December 13 - St. Andrew the First Called Apostle

If you are too busy to pray, you are too busy

Remember the Suffering Serbian People in Kosovo and Metohijia and All Suffering People

Parish Life

Thank you to St. George Choir for singing faithfully and inspirationally throughout the year: Sonia Janson-Director; Andrea Janson, Djelosh Jerry Milosevich, Paulette Radock, Anna Mae Knezovich, Mildred Bezjak, Ludwig Miscovich and Frank Menhart.

Thank you to supporters of the Choir today and throughout the year.

St. George Kolo will host the KSS Federation meeting of the Eastern Diocese on November 22.

Join the St. George Kolo if you are not a member. Offer to help if you are a member.

Honor your Slava every year.

Have an icon of you patron saint/patronal feast in your home.

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

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

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

If you want your home blessed, contact the priest.

If you want your marriage blessed in the Orthodox Church, talk to the priest.

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

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

To Consider

The hearts and souls affected by the St. George Choir.
The comfort given at funerals and memorial servicea by the singing of the choir.
The joy communicated by the St. George Choir at the Divine services.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

November 8 - Went to parishioner’s home for Slava.
November 8 - Went to Morgantown for printing.
November 12 - Attended funeral of James Jackson Jr, retired Harrisburg area District Director of the Pennsylvania Board of Probation and Parole.

A Poem by Dr. Richard Romanos Pierce


Primarily the dragnet:
a massive web suspended between two lines—
the top, corked and floating;
the bottom, weighted with tethered stones—
circled out in open water by a pair of boats
or towed from shore by one
and brought back in a bellied crescent;
gathered, that invisible, inescapable
wall traps every swimming thing.
Ashore, roughly calling men
quickly sort the catch.

The Twenty-Third Sunday After Pentecost

Lk. 8:26-39

And He said unto them, Where is your faith? And they being afraid wondered, saying one to another, What manner of man is this! for He commandeth even the winds and water, and they obey Him. 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. (KJV)

The Renovation of the Church of St. George

Lk. 21:12-19

But before all these, they shall lay their hands on you, and persecute you, delivering you up to the synagogues, and into prisons, being brought before kings and rulers for my name's sake. And it shall turn to you for a testimony. Settle it therefore in your hearts, not to meditate before what ye shall answer: For I will give you a mouth and wisdom, which all your adversaries shall not be able to gainsay nor resist. And ye shall be betrayed both by parents, and brethren, and kinsfolks, and friends; and some of you shall they cause to be put to death. And ye shall be hated of all men for My name's sake. But there shall not an hair of your head perish. In your patience possess ye your souls. (KJV)

The Gospel of St. Luke contains the important words of the Lord Jesus Christ:” In your patience possess ye your souls.” (Lk. 21:19) Patience in the words of the Lord Jesus Christ is mandatory for the protection of the soul.

Patience is the guard against debilitating anger being expressed. Patience is the guard against the harmful words coming forth from the mouth. Patience is founded in faith and hope that a better way exists. The better ways is the way of Christ.

Christ does not disappoint those who follow Him and believe in Him. Followers of Christ trust in His words. Followers of Christ live by His words. Followers of Christ cherish His words and dwell on them.

Followers of Christ face adversaries. Followers of Christ experience difficulties. Christ protects and assures His followers. He said: “For I will give you a mouth and wisdom, which all your adversaries shall not be able to gainsay nor resist.” (Lk. 21:16)

Seekers of peace of mind and a peaceful heart find them in Christ. Christ is the incomparable source for peace of mind and a peaceful heart. Christ is the certain goal for believers seeking retention of peace of mind and heart.

The Gospel of St. Luke describes the power of Christ to remove demons from the life of an individual. The same Gospel message details the man with demons being healed, in peace and restored to his right mind. (Lk. 8:26-39)

Demons abound in contemporary life. Individuals regularly face the challenge of dealing with personal demons. Following Christ empowers individuals to face personal demons. Following Christ strengthens individuals facing adversaries perilous to the soul.

The peace of Christ occurs when individuals turn to Him in faith. Drawing near to Christ in prayer and in the Divine services affords the person the experience of peace.

Hearts and minds opened to Christ, founded in repentance and repudiation of sin, come to know the peace of Christ. Hearts and minds nourished regularly with the Gospel of Christ and the Precious Body and Blood of Christ know the joy and peace in Christ.

The man afflicted with demons in the Gospel of St. Luke had his life changed dramatically. The healed man’s experience has been recounted through the centuries. Countless followers of Christ have overcome demons by turning to Christ in faith.

Drugs and alcohol and other forms of addiction can be overcome by turning to Christ in faith. Dangerous anger and temptations of the devil can be overcome by Christ. Anxiety, fear and depression fueled by the devil can be overcome by Christ.

Individuals seeking to overcome the demons in their lives must be willing to submit to Christ and the way of Christ. Individuals must be willing to die to the sin in their lives to find the peace and joy in Christ.

Christ endured the Cross because of the joy that was set before Him. (Heb. 12:2) Followers of Christ need to follow Christ’s example and take up their crosses and follow Him. (Mt. 16:24)

Believers in Christ draw strength from Christ to face demons. We read in the Epistle of St. John the words “greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.” (I John 4:4) Christ is the source of strength when facing demons and adversaries to the soul

Christ is the path when certainty and security are life’s goals. Christ is the path for lasting joy. Christ is the path for life and eternal life. The Lord Jesus Christ said: “I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly. (Jn. 10:10)

St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
November 3 / November 16, 2014
Twenty-Third Sunday after Pentecost.
Renovation of the Church of St. George.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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