St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 830 - December 1 / December 14, 2014

The Orthodox Faith

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

No. 830
December 1 / December 14, 2014
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.

Mark 4:40

And he said unto them, Why are ye so fearful? how is it that ye have no faith?

Recent Services
December 5
Matins was read.
Vespers was read.
December 6
Two people came for Great Vespers with Litya.
December 7
Matins was read.
Third and Sixth Hours were read followed by Divine Liturgy. Thirty-two people attended. Two communicants.
December 8
Matins was read.
December 10
Two people came for the Akathist of Thanks at Waynesburg University.
Six people came to Holy Trinity Mission in Fairmont, W.Va. for Vespers and class.

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

4:00 PM on Monday, Tuesday

3:00 PM Akathist followed by Adult Class.

8:00 AM Divine Liturgy


Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

December 19 - St. Nicholas. Divine Liturgy at 8:00 AM.
December 21 - Serbian Children’s Day
December 26-29 - Nativity Retreat for Youths at St. Sava Camp, Shadeland
December 28 - Serbian Mother’s Day
December 30 - Holy Deacon Avvacum and Hegumen Paisius
January 4 - Serbian Father’s Day
January 6 - Nativity Eve. Divine Liturgy at 8:00 AM.
January 6 - Christmas Eve. Blessing and Burning of Badjnak at 7:30 PM. Christmas Vigil to follow.
January 7 - Feast of the Nativity. Divine Liturgy 10:00 AM.

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

Stan Bozik attended the Central Church Council meeting in Chicago, Illinois on December 5-6, 2014.

Anja, Ksenije and Maxim Sivak attended class last Sunday.

Thank you to Sonia Janson, Paulette Radock, Mildred Bezjak, Felecia Williamson, Diana Brozik and Norma Hickman for baking this past Wednesday.

Thank you to all attending and helping with the Christian Education Deanery meeting.

Sympathy extended to the family and friends of +Kathleen Petrovich recently departed.

Sympathy extended to the family and friends of +Tina Rebich recently departed.

Honor the Nativity Fast each day until the Feast of the Nativity.

Thank you to John and Felecia Williamson for the new bulletin board in the church hall.

Remember the 239 miners that died in the Darr Mine in Van Meter, Pa, on Dec. 19, 1907.

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 benefits of honoring the Nativity Fast.
Experiencing God during the Nativity Fast.
Keeping the focus on the Nativity of Christ during the Nativity Fast.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

December 6 - Participated in the Robena Mine Memorial held by the UMWA.
December 6 - Went to Morgantown, W.Va for printing purposes.
December 7 - Went to Holy Ascension Serbian Orthodox Church in Youngwood for the Kolo Slava.
December 8 - Went to St. Nicholas Serbian Orthodox Church in Monroeville for funeral of Kathleen Petrovich and on December 9 went to St.Nicholas Serbian Orthodox Church in Monroeville for the funeral of Tina Krewasky Rebich.
December 10 - Went to Waynesburg University for Akathist of Thanks. \ Went to Holy Trinity Mission in Fairmont, W.Va. for Vespers and class.
December 11 - Visited parishioner in residential facility.

From the Wisdom of Sirach 43:30

Glorify the Lord and exalt Him as much as you are able, for He will surpass even that. And when you exalt Him, put forth all your strength; Do not grow weary, for you cannot exalt Him enough.

( The Orthodox Study Bible St. Athanasius Academy of Orthodox Theology, 2008. )

The Twenty-Seventh Sunday after Pentecost

Luke 13:10-17

And he was teaching in one of the synagogues on the sabbath. And, behold, there was a woman which had a spirit of infirmity eighteen years, and was bowed together, and could in no wise lift up herself. And when Jesus saw her, he called her to him, and said unto her, Woman, thou art loosed from thine infirmity. And he laid his hands on her: and immediately she was made straight, and glorified God. And the ruler of the synagogue answered with indignation, because that Jesus had healed on the sabbath day, and said unto the people, There are six days in which men ought to work: in them therefore come and be healed, and not on the sabbath day. The Lord then answered him, and said, Thou hypocrite, doth not each one of you on the sabbath loose his ox or his ass from the stall, and lead him away to watering? And ought not this woman, being a daughter of Abraham, whom Satan hath bound, lo, these eighteen years, be loosed from this bond on the sabbath day? And when he had said these things, all his adversaries were ashamed: and all the people rejoiced for all the glorious things that were done by him. (KJV)

The Lord Jesus Christ emphasized the full worth of the woman with the infirmity of eighteen years. The Lord Jesus Christ healed the woman with the long lasting infirmity.

The Lord Jesus Christ established there is reason for hope even in times when infirmities are long lasting. The Lord Jesus Christ is the basis for hope in times when the possibility of hope seems rare or non-existent. The Lord Jesus Christ makes a difference in all circumstances. The Lord Jesus Christ makes a difference in the most difficult of circumstances. Turning to Jesus Christ in prayer changes personal understanding.

Prayer is the way to put life and the circumstances of life in the best perspective. Prayer is the way to view life in ways pleasing to God. Prayer is the way to discern the will of God.

Individuals bring their thoughts and actions into accord with the will of God by turning to God in prayer. Individuals disobedient to the way and teachings of God experience unnecessary personal discomfort and hardship.

The Lord Jesus Christ made a life-changing healing in the life of the woman with the long-standing infirmity. The woman’s life would be completely different. Jesus gave her health and freedom from her infirmity.

Following her healing, the woman glorified God. She was greatly appreciative. She expressed her appreciation. She did not forget the source of her healing.

Individuals are healed and spared certain hardships each day. Not everyone attributes these healings to the goodness of God. Not everyone takes time to give thanks to God and to glorify God.

The Holy Apostle Paul told the Thessalonians: “In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.” (I Thess. 5:18) Merit exists in adopting the attitude of the Holy Apostle Paul.

The Gospel of St. Luke has an account of Jesus healing ten lepers. Only one of the lepers took time to give thanks for the healing. (Lk. 17:12-18) Too often the goodness and mercy of God are forgotten in personal life.

Too often the goodness and mercy of God are ignored and unappreciated. The ruler of the synagogue in the present Gospel showed no appreciation for the healing that took place.

How often in daily life do the goodness and mercy of God get obscured? How often do the trappings of daily life place God far from the forefront of the mind?

How often do the activities and priorities of daily life replace time with God and gratefulness to God? Good health is often taken for granted. Successful medical procedures are often taken for granted.

Large medical complexes have arisen in the contemporary world. Are these modern medical giants operating in the spirit of Christ expressed in the current Gospel?

The woman in the current Gospel is clearly valued by Christ. Do individuals with infirmities seeking healing in the current large medical complexes experience the same sense of worth shown by Christ in the Gospel?

Why are astronomical medical complex salaries and pharmaceutical profits part of the healing process in today’s world? Why does competitiveness in the medical industry ring hollow for the ill and suffering?

Jesus healed the woman out of love and concern for her. Jesus healed her without cost. He healed her without fanfare. He changed her life forever. Is Jesus dominant in the lives of those in the healing professions today?

When a person is ill and suffering and turns to healing professionals for help, does the person experience the compassion and love demonstrated by Christ in the current Gospel?

Too often stories are told of individuals facing complexities in seeking healing from medical facilities. Too often we hear of individuals having their healthcare benefits threatened after they have worked for many years.

Are contemporary Christians following the way of Christ as demonstrated the present Gospel? Are contemporary Christians demonstrating compassion and love for the infirm and long-standing ill?

Are contemporary Christians taking the initiative to help those known to be ill and suffering? Are contemporary Christians fervent in giving thanks to God for continued goodness and love?

St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
December 1 / December 14, 2014
Twenty-Seventh Sunday after Pentecost.
Holy Prophet Nahum.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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