St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 882 - November 30 / December 13, 2015

The Orthodox Faith

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

No. 882
November 30 / December 13, 2015
Twenty-Eighth 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.

I Corinthians 2:5

That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God.

Recent Services
December 5
Midnight Office was read.
Divine Liturgy and Parastos were served in Fairmont, W.Va. Eight people came.
Vespers was read at St. George Church.
December 6
Matins was read.
Third and Sixth Hours were read followed by Divine Liturgy. Thirty-four people came. Five communicants.
December 7
Matins was read.
Vespers was read.
December 8
Vespers was read.
December 9
Matins was read.
Four people came for Akathist at Waynesburg University.
Seven people came for Vespers at Holy Trinity Mission in Fairmont. Four people stayed for class.
December 10
Matins was read.
Three people came for the Akathist and class.
December 11
Matins was read.
An Akathist was read at Monastery Marcha.
December 12
Midnight Office was read.

Services This Week. Always call to Confirm Weekday Schedule.

Third and Sixth Hours followed by Divine Liturgy.

No weekday services Monday to Friday morning.

6:00 PM Great Vespers at Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Mission, Fairmont.

Divine Liturgy at 8:00 AM.

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

Today, December 13 - St. Andrew the First Called Apostle.
December 15 - St. Tsar Uros, Ven. Joanikije of Devic, St. Habakkuk, Prophet.
December 16 - Registration deadline for Youth Retreat at Shadeland.
December 17 - St. Barbara, Greatmartyr
December 18 - St. Sabbas the Sanctified, St. Nektarije of Bitolj
December 19 - St. Nichola. Divine Liturgy at 8:00 AM.
December 20 - St. Ambrose, Ven. Grigorije of Gornjak. Children’s Day
December 20 - Annual Parish Assembly.
July 15-17, 2016 - SNF Three Day Weekend.

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

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

Parish Life

The Annual Parish Assembly is rescheduled to December 20.

Honor the Nativity Fast until the Feast of the Nativity on January 7.

Sympathy extended to family and friends of +Bernard Luketich newly departed this life.

Sympathy extended to family and friends of +Paul Meosky newly departed this life.

Congratulations to Elizabeth Klingensmith for her academic and athletic accomplishments.

Maryland is a safer state because of the dedication of Joseph Romanchak.

Stan Brozik attended a Central Church Council meeting in Chicago, Illinois this week.

Sonia Janson went to Monastery Marcha on December 11, 2015.

Mildred Bezjak, Paulette Radock and Felecia Williamson attended class on Thursday.

Linda Porter is accepting donations for flowers to decorate the church for Christmas.

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

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

Continuously being thankful to God.
Always remembering the blessings of God.
Always thanking God for listening to prayers and requests.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

December 5 - Went to Fairmont for Divine Liturgy and Parastos. Stopped in Morgantown for printing.
December 6 - Participated in Robena Mine Memorial service and dinner.
December 7 - Went to funeral for +Rade Kuklj at Holy Trinity Cathedral in Pittsburgh
December 8 - Went to UPMC Presby while parishioner had surgery.
December 9 - Went to St. Sava Church in Mckeesport of meeting of Clergy Brotherhood.
December 9 - Went to Waynesburg University for Akathist. Four people attended.
December 9 - Went to Fairmont , W.Va for Vespers and class
December 10 - Went to United Hospital Center in Clarksburg, W.Va. to talk to hospital chaplains.
December 11 - Went to Monastery Marcha, Richfield, Ohio.

From the Wisdom of Sirach 51:1

I will give thanks to You, O Lord and King, and I will praise You as my God and Savior.

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

The Twenty-Eighth Sunday after Pentecost

Luke 17:12-19

And as he entered into a certain village, there met him ten men that were lepers, which stood afar off: And they lifted up their voices, and said, Jesus, Master, have mercy on us. And when he saw them, he said unto them, Go shew yourselves unto the priests. And it came to pass, that, as they went, they were cleansed. And one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, and with a loud voice glorified God, And fell down on his face at his feet, giving him thanks: and he was a Samaritan. And Jesus answering said, Were there not ten cleansed? but where are the nine? There are not found that returned to give glory to God, save this stranger. And he said unto him, Arise, go thy way: thy faith hath made thee whole. (KJV)

At every moment of every day, multiple individuals turn to the Lord God in prayer. Individuals pray to the Lord God constantly. Taking time to thank God for listening is equally important.

The Lord Jesus Christ recognized the one leper in the current Gospel that took time to glorify God in appreciation. God heals individuals at every moment. God offers every person at every moment the opportunity to be healed.

Healings are physical. Healings are spiritual. When the heart, the mind and the soul are healed, the body is affected. Forgiveness of sins results in spiritual healing and has a physical effect.

Medical facilities are commonly used for physical healings. God gives skills to medical personnel. God gives the wealth and physical material for hospitals to come into existence.

God listens to the prayers for healing that come at all times of the day and night. God gives the air needed for life to continue. God creates the blood flowing through the body.

God keeps life in the body until time for departure from this life arrives. God gives the mind consciousness of life. God gives individuals the opportunity to express appreciation and gratefulness.

Nine lepers cleansed in the current Gospel failed to give thanks and glory to God. How often does God hear expressions of appreciation for the forgiveness of sins and corresponding healing?

How often does God hear appreciation because of a person being spared from dangers and relieved of fears? Does every person undergoing successful surgery take time to give thanks and glory to God?

Many people take time to come to church to pray when difficulties arise in the life. Do the same people return regularly to give thanks and glory to God when the difficulties are resolved satisfactorily?

Giving thanks to God continually strengthens the relationship with God. Giving thanks to God are opportunities to draw closer to God. Give thanks and glory to God are ways of recognizing more about God.

Difficulties arising in life are not always as they appear. Difficulties can have beneficial results if the person affected draws closer to God and improves the personal relationship with God.

Alcoholics and drug users appealing to God for help can turn their lives for the better when God grants the help. Individuals afflicted with cancer or heart ailments may glorify God in the remaining days of their lives.

Each person makes choices when difficulties and afflictions arise in life. The Holy Apostle Paul wrote to the Thessalonians: “In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.” (I Thess. 5:18)

When afflictions and difficulties arise in life, turning to the Lord God for guidance is the best action. The Lord Jesus Christ is immediately accessible in prayer. The Lord Jesus Christ provides immediate relief and comfort.

The lone leper taking time to give thanks was conscious of the improvement in his life. He realized his life improved due to Jesus. Every life improves due to Jesus. Every life has the opportunity for further improvement through Jesus.

Divine services of God’s Holy Church are filled with pleas for the Lord to have mercy. The Lord deserves words of thanksgiving equal in number to the pleas for mercy.

The Lord Jesus Christ specifically recognized the leper giving glory to God. The Lord Jesus Christ solidified the healing. The leper giving thanks was strengthened by Christ.

Prayer is direction communication. Prayer travels from the person unhindered. Prayer emanates from the depth of the person. Ten lepers reached out in prayer to Jesus as their Master.

The ten lepers experienced cleansing. The lepers’ lives were changed dramatically. Christ changes lives dramatically. Individuals choose whether to value Christ in their lives.

Too often individuals do not give Christ first place in their lives. Too often individuals have treasures in their lives that have nothing to do with Christ. Too often individuals pursue goals far from the Kingdom of God.

The daily use of time reveals personal treasures and goals. The daily use of time determines and expresses highly held personal values. The Lord Jesus Christ said: “For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also” (Mt.6:21)

Every person has reason to give thanks to God. Every person has innumerable reasons to glorify God. Wise individuals give continuous thanks to God for blessings known and unknown.

St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
November 30 / December 13, 2015
Twenty-Eighth Sunday after Pentecost
St. Andrew the First Called, Apostle.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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