St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 877 - October 26 / November 8, 2015

The Orthodox Faith

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

No. 877
October 26 / November 8, 2015
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.

Ephesians 3:17

That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love,

Recent Services
October 31
Vespers was read.
November 1
Matins was read.
Third and Sixth Hours were read followed by Divine Liturgy. Mitered Archpriest Stephan Romanchak came to serve. Sixty-four people attended. Six communicants
November 2
Matins was read.
November 3
Matins was read.
Pomen was done in funeral home in Jefferson for +Dorothy Bochnak
November 4
Matins was read.
Funeral service for +Dorothy Bochnak was served with burial in Greene County Memorial Cemetery.
Five people came to Waynesburg University for the Akathist of Thanks.
Nine people came to Holy Trinity Mission in Fairmont, W.Va. for Vespers and class.
November 5
Matins was read.
Three people came for the Akathist to the Mother of God, Joy of All Who Sorrow and for class.

Services This Week. Always call to Confirm Weekday Schedule.

Third and Sixth Hours followed by Divine Liturgy.

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

4:00 PM Vespers on Friday, Saturday.

3:30 PM Akathist at Waynesburg University
6:30 PM Vespers and class in Fairmont, W.Va.

3:00 PM Akathist followed by Adult Class.

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

November 21 - St. Archangel Michael
November 22 - Choir Slava celebrated. Covered dish dinner and program.

If You Are Too Busy To Pray, You Are Too Busy

Remember the Suffering Serbian People in Kosovo and Metohijia and All Suffering People throughout the world.

Parish Life

Thank you to all participating in the anniversary celebration. More than seventy people attended the dinner.

All persons buried under the auspices of St. George Church were remembered by name at the Divine Liturgy last Sunday.

Note the Divine Liturgy starts at 9:30 next Sunday.

Sympathy extended to the family of Kenneth Gray. Ken’s sister Marjorie departed this life recently.

Sympathy extended to the family, kumovi and friends of +Dorothy Bochnak, newly departed this life.

Sonia Janson, Felecia Williamson and Subdeacon Anthony Miralles came to class this week. Ministering to prisoners was discussed.

If you want your home blessed, ask the priest.

If you want your marriage blessed in the Orthodox Church, ask the priest

Place canned goods or non-perishable food items in the box in the church hall for the Greene County Food Bank. Thank you to all helping to feed the hungry in our area.

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

Remember the St. Sava School of Theology in Libertyville with prayers and contributions.
St. Sava School of Theology has helped greatly to fill the continuing need for priests in established and new parishes.

To Consider

Turning to Christ for peace in the midst of turmoil.
Seeking personal peace in today’s world.
Clinging to Christ in prayer for a healthy perspective in life.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

October 31 - Went to area cemetery.
November 2 - Blessed one home in Fayette County.
November 3 - Visited family in Buckhannon, W.Va.
November 3 - Went to Jefferson for pomen for +Dorothy Bochnak.
November 4 - Went to Jefferson and Fredericktown in connection with funeral for +Dorothy Bochnak. Later went to Waynesburg University and Fairmont, W. Va.
November 6 - Went to Antiochian Village in Bolivar, Pennsylvania for Orthodox Christian Education Meeting.

From the Wisdom of Sirach 41:13

The days of a good life are numbered, but a good name will remain forever.

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

The Twenty-Third Sunday after Pentecost

Lk. 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. (KJV)

St. Demetrius the Greatmartyr

John 15:17-16:2

These things I command you, that ye love one another. If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you. If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you. Remember the word that I said unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept my saying, they will keep yours also. But all these things will they do unto you for my name's sake, because they know not him that sent me. If I had not come and spoken unto them, they had not had sin: but now they have no cloak for their sin. He that hateth me hateth my Father also. If I had not done among them the works which none other man did, they had not had sin: but now have they both seen and hated both me and my Father. But this cometh to pass, that the word might be fulfilled that is written in their law, They hated me without a cause. But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father, he shall testify of me: And ye also shall bear witness, because ye have been with me from the beginning. These things have I spoken unto you, that ye should not be offended.They shall put you out of the synagogues: yea, the time cometh, that whosoever killeth you will think that he doeth God service. (KJV)

The Lord Jesus Christ drove the demons from the tormented man. After Jesus acted, the man was found in his right mind. The present Gospel is a lesson for individuals feeling tormented and desiring personal peace.

Distressed persons benefit by turning to Christ to change their lives. Jesus Christ in the Gospel of St. Luke demonstrated He could bring peace to the tormented man.

People often look outside the Church for help in bringing order to their lives. Too often people look to other than Christ to find peace in their personal lives. Turning prayerfully to Christ the Church is the best way to receive help.

Christ is the greatest healer. Christ is the greatest restorer of peace. Serious readers of the Gospel find peace in the reading. Christ changes lives for the better every day.

The Gospel read in every Divine Liturgy consistently changes lives for the better. The Gospel provides words of nourishment and strength. Attentive listeners to the Holy Gospel take the message to heart and improve their lives.

Unity with Christ is experienced in the Divine Liturgy. Partaking of Holy Communion provides complete unity. The Divine Liturgy welcomes believers to participate in Christ’s joy.

Christ wanted His disciples to love one another. (Jn. 15:17) Christ values love in human relationships. Christ expected love among His disciples. He expects current believers to love one another.

The Epistle of St. John states: “ Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God.” (I Jn. 4:7) Personal action is necessary for love to exist in human relationships.

The Christian life requires constant vigilance. Mental action is consistently necessary to pray and repel ungodly thoughts. Vigilance is necessary to maintain personal peace and to see Christ in every aspect of daily life.

In the Gospel of St. John Christ describes His followers would face difficulties because of their association with Him. Christians have faced difficulties and dangers from the earliest times to the present.

Being fully attentive to Christ and resolutely following Christ enables believers to remain on the path to the Kingdom of God. The path to the Kingdom is fraught with difficulties and requires complete faithfulness. (Mt. 7:13-14)

Today the Church celebrates St. Demetrius the Greatmartyr, St. Demetrius is an inspiring example of trueness to Christ until death. Believers still travel to Thessalonica to draw strength from St. Demetrius centuries after his death.

Death did not bring an end to the lasting lessons of St. Demetrius’ witness and love of Christ. Believers do well to have the same depth of commitment to Christ as did St.Demetrius and all the saints and martyrs of the Church.

St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
October 26 / November 8, 2015
Twenty-Third Sunday after Pentecost
St. Demetrius the Greatmartyr.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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