St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 881 - November 23 / December 6, 2015

The Orthodox Faith

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

No. 881
November 23 / December 6, 2015
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.

Philippians 1:27

Only let your conversation be as it becometh the gospel of Christ: that whether I come and see you, or else be absent,
I may hear of your affairs, that ye stand fast in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel;

Recent Services
November 28
Midnight Office was read.
Vespers was read.
November 29
Matins was read.
Third and Sixth Hours were read followed by Divine Liturgy. Thirty-eight people attended. Sixth communicants.
November 30
Matins was read.
Vespers was read.
December 1
Matins was read.
Vespers was read.
December 2
Matins was read.
Four people came for Akathist at Waynesburg University.
Eleven people came for the Akathist, Vespers and class at Holy Trinity Mission in Fairmontt, West Virginia.
December 3
Matins was read.
One person came for the Akathist and class
December 4
Matins was read.
Nine people came for Divine Liturgy. Three communicants.

Services This Week. Always call to Confirm Weekday Schedule.

Third and Sixth Hours followed by Divine Liturgy.

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

4:00 PM on Tuesday, Friday, Saturday.

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

3:00 PM Akathist and Class

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

December 8 - Apodasis of the Feast of the Entrance
December 13 - St. Andrew the First Called Apostle. Annual Meeting.
December 19 - St. Nicholas

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

Sympathy extended to Shawn and Melissa Miciotto. Melissa’s aunt Margaret departed this life.

Sympathy extended to the family and friends of Rade Kuklj newly departed this life.

Colonel Richard, Kesa and Brittany Menhart attend St. George Church when they are in the area. Colonel Menhart represents the best in the U.S. military.

Congratulations to Dr. Richard Romanos Pearce for having three new poems published.

Rich Porter attended the Farmington Mine Memorial on Novermber 15 and plans to attend the Robena Memorial today.

Remember the 37 Robena miners that lost their lives on December 6, 1962.

Remember the 367 Monongah, W.Va. miners that lost their lives on December 6, 1907.

Paulette Radock came for Adult Class.

Honor the Nativity Fast until the feast of the Nativity.

Plan to come to confession during the week or on Saturdays unless you live far distant.

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

Pray regularly each day.
Honor the fast days of the Church.
Learn from the daily calendar of the Church

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

November 24 - Delivered food to the Greene County Food Bank.
November 28 - Went to Morgantown for printing.
December 2 - Went to Waynesburg University for Akathist and to Fairmont, W.Va. for Akathist, Vespers and class.

From the Wisdom of Sirach 50:22

And now bless the God of all, Who does great things in every way, Who exalts our days from our birth and deals with us according to His mercy.

( 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 demonstrated He could release a person from the bonds of Satan. The Lord Jesus Christ can free a person from the bonds of sin. Christ has power to heal .and release a person to new found freedom.

Christ frees individuals captivated in unhealthy living. Christ teaches ways leading to the Kingdom of God. He was teaching in the current Gospel when He paused to heal the woman that was present.

Christ reached out and touched the woman. The woman was made straight after having been afflicted for eighteen years. The current Gospel communicates hope to persons having been bound by Satan for long periods of time.

New life in Christ is possible for individuals at any age. New life in Christ needs to occur while faculty of mind exists and life remains in the body.Believers’ souls are in peril when they fail to repent and unite consciously with Christ.

Conscious unity with Christ occurs at Holy Baptism. Conscious unity with Christ continues through prayer. Participation in the Holy Mysteries enables growth and unity with Christ.

The woman in the current Gospel experienced life differently after having been healed. She had greater mobility and a different view of the world. The Lord Jesus Christ made a decided difference in her life.

The woman in the current Gospel had a life-changing personal experience with the Lord Jesus Christ. Every person has a life-changing experience with Christ at Holy Baptism.

Every person with faculty of mind has the capability and opportunity to have life-changing experiences with Christ. Persons long bound by sin no longer have to remain in sin.

Christ offers the healing necessary for healthy minds, hearts and souls.. Regardless of the condition of the body, when faculty of mind exists, persons benefit by drawing near to Christ and consciously experiencing Christ.

Joy comes through Christ. Christ heals in different ways. He has the power to heal physically. He has the power to release a person from the bonds of sin. Christ offers enduring hope.

Christ is within reach of each person. Prayer immediately connects the person with Christ. Each person determines whether the connection with Christ remains firm and lasting.

Christ welcomes sinners desiring to repent. Christ welcomes sinners legitimately seeking the Kingdom of God. Christ welcomes persons desiring eternal life.

The way a person lives reflects his or her personal goals and values. The Gospel of St. Matthew states: “For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.” (Mt. 6:21)

Constant vigilance is necessary to remain on the road to the Kingdom of God. Learning from Christ keeps the person informed of the enduring necessities of life.

Christ is the authoritative source of learning. Christ is the authoritative measure for all thoughts and actions. Christ provides the desired directions and foundation for all life’s decisions and actions.

Christ reached out unexpectedly to the woman in the current Gospel. Christ taught others by example when He healed the woman. The current Gospel lesson has been proclaimed through the centuries.

The current Gospel lesson has new power each time it is heard. Every person benefits by being receptive to Christ’s healing power and presence. Christ is everywhere and always capable of healing hearts, hurts and souls.

The life with Christ offers constant nourishment. Christ is the basis for hope in all circumstances. Christ loves believers in ways that are encompassing. Christ heals individuals living in all kinds of circumstances.

Whether a person is in a prison cell, a hospital bed, or in a coal mine, Christ can make a difference. Office workers, educators and scientists benefit from Christ.

Every person benefits from Christ regardless if they are conscious of Christ. Being conscious of Christ increases the joy and appreciation of Christ. Every person receives blessings and is indebted to Christ.

During this Nativity Fast, let us give thanks for consciousness of Christ’s presence. Let us appreciate the healing we experience knowingly and unknowingly from Christ. Let us constantly thank Christ.

St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
November 23 / December 6, 2015
Twenty-Seventh Sunday after Pentecost
St. Amphilochius, St. Gregory; St. Alexandar of the Neva.
St. Metrophanes of Voronezh.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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