St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 827 - November 10 / November 23, 2014

The Orthodox Faith

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

No. 827
November 10 / November 23, 2014
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.

2 Timothy-2:22

Flee also youthful lusts: but follow righteousness, faith, charity, peace, with them that call on the Lord out of a pure heart.

Recent Services
November 15
Third and Sixth Hours were read followed by Divine Liturgy at Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Church in Fairmont, W.Va. Ten people attended. Two communicants.
Vespers were read at St. George Church.
November 16
Matins was read. Third and Sixth Hours were read followed by Divine Liturgy with Blessing of the Slava Kolac and Koljivo. Twenty-three people attended.
November 17
Vespers was read.
November 18
Six people came for Vespers and Class at Holy Trinity Church in Fairmont, W.Va.
November 19
Two people came for the Akathist of Thanks at Waynesburg University.
Pomen was held in Aliquippa for +Nadine Robins.
November 20
Pomen and Funeral Service was held in Aliquippa for +Nadine Robbins with burial in St. Elijah Cemetery.
November 21
Matins Canon was read.

Services This Coming Week. Call to Confirm Weekday Times.

Third and Sixth Hour followed by Divine Liturgy.

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

4:00 PM on Monday, Tuesday.

8:00 AM Divine Liturgy, St. John Chrysostom.


Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

November 24 - 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

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

Sympathy extended to the family and friends of +Nadine Brdar Robbins newly departed this life.

Thank you to all helping the St. George Kolo to host the Eastern Diocese Federation KSS meeting.

Thank you to all participating and supporting the St.George Choir for the Choir Slava.

Speakers and readers at the Choir Slava included: Sonia Janson, Stan Brozik, John Williamson, Andrea Janson, Milosh Serb Krewasky, Maria Djonovich, John Ice, Aaron Carson, Mildred Bezjak, Djelosh Milosevich, Frank Menhart and Paulette Radock.

The St. George Church will host the Pittsburgh Deanery Meeting on Christian Education on December 13, 2014.

Remember the 78 miners that lost their lives in 1968 in the Farmington No.9 disaster.

Frank Snyder is a strong presence and voice for workers in Pennsylvania.

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

Thank God for His abundant mercy.
Thank God for His attentiveness to prayer.
Thank God for healing personal afflictions.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

November 15 - Went to Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Mission in Fairmont, W.Va. for Divine Liturgy. Stopped in Morgantown for printing purposes.
November 18 - Went Morgantown for printing and then to Fairmont for Vespers and class.
November 19 - Went to Waynesburg University of the Akathist of Thanks.
November 19 - Went to Aliquippa for pomen and on the 20th for pomen and funeral.
November 21 - Went to Diocesan Center in Mars.

From Sirach 51:30

Do your work before the appointed time, and in Godís time he will give you your reward.

( The New Oxford Annotated Bible Oxford University Press, 1977 )

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. (RSV)

The present Gospel describes the healing power of Jesus Christ and the power of the Lord Jesus Christ to restore the dead to life. Jesus healed the women with the issue of blood. She had suffered for twelve years and Jesus healed her.

Jesus restored life to the daughter of Jairus. The daughter was dead before Jesus came to her. The daughter arose when Jesus said: ďMaid arise.Ē The healing power of Christ and Christís ability to restore life to the dead deserves constant thought.

Individuals benefit by looking carefully to Christ for understanding life and illness, death and healing. Individuals benefit by turning to Christ in prayer for greater understanding on how to deal with illnesses and death.

The healing of the woman with the issue of blood and the raising to life of Jairusí daughter need incorporated into personal world views. When long standing afflictions are faced with hope, Jesus makes a difference.

When death occurs, Jesus will put the death into perspective. Individuals benefit by learning healthy ways to deal with afflictions and death. Christ offers lasting lessons for dealing with afflictions and death.

Christ is the reservoir of hope in all circumstances. Christ is the direction to follow throughout life. Christ is the healer for all situations in life. Individuals will not exhaust themselves in turning to Christ.

Christ provides nourishment for persons turning to Him in faith. Christ provides depth of assistance for individuals in great need. Christ opens doors for individuals seeking ways of out emotional entrapment.

Jairus had his life changed completely when his daughter came alive. The daughter had a new way of looking at life. She had reason to be eternally thankful to Christ. Contemporary believers do well to thank Christ for answering their prayers.

Contemporary believers do well to think about the strong faith of the woman with the long standing issue of blood. How shallow is our faith in comparison to this woman? This woman still had hope after suffering for twelve years.

In this contemporary world, exercising great patience is not a common trait. The woman with the issue of blood had great patience. She had her patience rewarded when she touched Christ.

Jairus had his life changed and his daughterís life changed when he turned to Christ for help. Turning to Christ for help brings results. Individuals do well to study the Holy Gospel and learn of Christís willingness to listen and improve lives.

Christ offers help that benefits not only this life. Christ offers a way of life that has eternal benefits. Individuals are tested in this life as to their personal values and goals. Stressful moments reveal the depth of faith in individuals.

Individuals placing full confidence in Christ face stressful circumstances with optimism. Death or serious illnesses take on a different perspective when faced according to the teaching of Christ and when the person is united with Christ.

The Cross was a source of pain but lead to the immeasurable joy of the Resurrection. Jairusí daughterís death would be a source of pain and sorrow if she had remained dead. Christ changed her death to life. Sorrow and pain were replaced with joy.

Christ changes the lives of sick and afflicted who turn to Him in faith. Christís death and resurrection put death and life in perspective. Christís teachings, actions and healings make a difference in the lives of persons taking Christ seriously.

Being a Christian carries the expectation that seriousness about Christ applies throughout life. Being a Christian requires more than a casual following of Christ. Christ affects life and death. Christ makes judgments of lasting significance.

The Second Coming of Christ and the final judgment will have lasting determinations. Believers do well to prepare for Christís Second Coming and the final judgment.

Individuals heeding the lessons of the current Gospel will draw closer to Christ and change their lives to conform to the teachings of Christ.

St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
November 10 / November 23, 2014
Twenty-Fourth Sunday after Pentecost.
Sts. Olympias, Erastus, Rodion and Companions, Apostles.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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