St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 878 - November 2 / 15, 2015

The Orthodox Faith

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

No. 878
November 2 / 15, 2015
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.

Luke 8:48

And he said unto her, Daughter, be of good comfort: thy faith hath made thee whole; go in peace.

Recent Services
November 7
Third and Sixth Hours were followed by Divine Liturgy at Holy Trinity Mission in Fairmont, W.Va. Twelve people attended. One communicant.
One person came for Great Vespers, blessing of Slava Kolací and Koljivo.
November 8
Matins was read. Third and Sixth Hours were read followed by Divine Liturgy. Twenty-eight people attended. One communicant.
November 9
Matins was read.
November 11
Matins was read.
Four people came to Waynesburg University for Akathist to Archangel Michael.
Five people came to the chapel in Fairmont, W.Va. for Vespers and class.
November 12
Matins was read.
Two people came for the Akathist.
November 13
Matins was read.

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 on Tuesday, Friday, Saturday.

8:00 AM Divine Liturgy. Dedication of the Church of Greatmartyr George.

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. Divine Liturgy in Fairmont, W.Va. at 10:00 AM.
November 22 - Choir Slava celebrated. Covered dish dinner and program.
November 24 - St. Stephen of Dechani
November 26 - St. John Chrysostom
November 28 - Beginning of Nativity Fast

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

Stan and Karen Brozik attended the Marine Corp Birthday celebration in Fairmont, W.Va. organized by Wayne Kirby of Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Mission.

Sonia Janson, Dorothy Smargie, Mildred Bezjak, Anna Mae Knezovich, Dianna Brozich, Felecia Williamson, Alaina Brozik, Vanessa Lasobek, Thekla Spens came to bake on Wednesday

Paulette Radock, Mildred Bezjak and Felecia Williamson came to class on Thursday. Ministering to prisoners was discussed. Mildred Bezjak shared her experiences with Pennsylvania Prison Society.

Ron Wise and Anthony Karlowics helped Milosh Serb Krewasky close the picnic grounds for the winter.

Remember the 78 miners that lost their lives in Farmington #9 Mine Disaster on November 20, 1968.

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

1. The importance of faith and hope in daily life.
2. Constant remembrance of Christ Crucifixion and Resurrection.
3. Always preparing for Christís Return for the Final Judgment.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

November 7 - Went to Fairmont, W.Va. for Divine Liturgy. Stopped in Morgantown for printing.
November 10 - Went to Fairmont, W.Va. for U.S. Marine Corps Birthday Celebration.
November 11 - Went to Waynesburg University for Akathist.
November 11 - Went to Fairmont, W.Va. for Vespers and class. Five people attended.

From the Wisdom of Sirach 42:15

I shall now remember the works of the Lord, and by the words of the Lord I shall describe His works that I see.

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

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; pratrouble 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. (KJV)

Jairus and the woman with the issue of blood both fell down before the Lord Jesus Christ. Jairus and the woman with the issue of blood exhibited greatest respect in their demeanor for the Lord Jesus Christ.

In the services of the Church, we often say: ďCome let us worship and fall down before Christ our King and our God.Ē When Christ is fully in our minds, our thoughts give way to Christ as King and as God

Christ is more than we will ever be able to imagine and comprehend. We benefit when we submit ourselves to Christ seeking mercy and healing. Christ nourishes and heals us when we look to Christ for wisdom and forgiveness

Jesus restored life to the dead daughter of Jairus. Jesus healed the woman from her longstanding condition. We invest our lives wisely when we think carefully of the healing of the woman and the giving of life to Jairusí daughter.

Christís ability to heal longstanding physical conditions and to restore life to the dead is compelling. There is no better place to focus our minds and direct our hearts than to Christ the Healer and Giver of Life.

No societal figure of any age measures to the stature of Christ the Healer and Restorer of Life. We improve our lives when we immerse our hearts and minds in Christ the Healer and Restorer of Life.

The current Gospel offers hope for every person. Every person has the opportunity to benefit from turning to Christ. Every person has times in life of wanting to begin anew.

Jairus saw in the Christ the reason to have hope for his ailing daughter. The woman with the issue of blood reached out in hope to touch the hem of Christís garment.

Hope in Christ empowers believers. Hope in Christ enables believers not to give into thoughts of despair. Hope in Christ allows believers to rise from the depths of depression.

Christ offers joy and peace. Christ overcomes the limits of death. Christ fills the hearts and minds of believers resting their lives in Him. Believers improve when realizing their sinfulness and the need for purity in Christ.

The Gospel is new each time it is proclaimed. The Gospel has a fresh message for each person each time it is heard. The healing of the woman with the issue of blood and the restoring of life to Jairusí daughter is always new.

The Gospel is to be heard with open hearts and minds each time it is proclaimed. Each person is at a new point in life when the Gospel is proclaimed. Newness in Christ is realized when hearts and minds receive the Gospel with joy.

The life in Christ is for every moment of life for every day of life. Christ makes a constant difference in the lives of individuals following Him in faith. Return to Christ is necessary for every believer.

Every believer fails to completely follow Christ. Every believer does, says or thinks in ways not pleasing to Christ. Failing to acknowledge personal sin and repent is perilous.

Hearing the present Gospel is a God-afforded basis to begin anew. The joy in Christ is within reach of each person choosing to repent. Persons repenting experience Christís immeasurable mercy and forgiveness.

Christís love penetrates hard hearts and closed minds. Christ Ďs love eases anxiety and uneasiness. Christís love is the believerís foundation for daily life. Christís love is exceeding joy.

St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
November 2 / 15, 2015
Twenty-Fourth Sunday after Pentecost
Holy Martyrs Acindynus, Pegasius and Others.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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