St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 929 - October 24 / November 6, 2016


The Orthodox Faith


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


No. 929
October 24 / November 6, 2016
Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost


Diocesan Bishop - His Grace Bishop IRINEJ


Parish Priest - Father Rodney Torbic

Phone 724-966-7428
Phone/Fax 724-966-7780
Cellular Phone 412-860-0944



James 2:14

What doth it profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath faith, and have not works? Can faith save him?

Recent Services
October 28
Matins was read.
Vespers was read
October 29
Midnight Office was read.
Vespers was read.
October 30
Matins was read.
Third and Sixth Hours were read followed by Divine Liturgy. Fifty-eight people attended. Twelve communicants. The names of all persons buried under auspices of the church were read.
October 31
Matins was read.
Two people came for Divine Liturgy.
November 1
Matins was read.
Vespers was read
November 2
Matins was read.
Three people came to Waynesburg University for the Akathist of Thanks.
Seven people came to Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Mission in Fairmont, W.Va. for Vespers. Six people attended class
November 3
Matins was read.
Three people came for Akathist to St. Sava and class

Services this Coming Week. Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule.

Today
Matins, Divine Liturgy.

Mornings
5:30 AM on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday. Saturday.

Afternoons
4:00 PM on Monday, Friday.

Monday
8:00 AM Divine Liturgy. St. Luke.

Wednesday
8:00 AM Divine Liturgy
3:30 PM Akathist at Waynesburg University
6:30 PM Vespers and Class at Holy Trinity Mission in Fairmont, W.Va

Thursday
3:00 PM Akathist and class.

Akathists and Prayers for Special Needs held on Request. Ask the Priest.

Remember St. Mark Monastery and Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

November 8 - St. Demetrius the Greatmartyr. Divine Liturgy at 8:00 AM.
November 10 - St. Arsenius of Srem, Archbishop of Serbia
November 12 - Sts. King Milutin, Teoktist and Mother Jelena, Con. Varnava of Hvosno.
November 13 - Choir Slava. Covered Dish Dinner and Program.
November 16 - Renovation of Church of St. George. Divine Liturgy at 8:00 AM.
November 20 - Sunday Divine Liturgy will start at 9:30 AM.
November 21 - Synaxis of Holy Archangel Michael. Divine Liturgy at 8:00 AM.

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


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

Parish Life

Thank you to all participating in the Anniversary celebration last Sunday.

Anniversary speakers and readers included: Stan Brozik, John and Felecia Williamson, Sonia and Andrea Janson, Millicent Mitzie Hunchuck, Linda Chambers, Very Reverend Rumen Stoychev, Mary Jo Krivitsky, Mildred Bezjak, Paulette Radock, Dr. Scott and Sara Newton, Rodney, Darren, Ryan, Kyle and Jesse Torbic, Milosh Serb Krewasky, Lt. Col. Willie Spens, Dr. Richard Romanos and Blinda Pierce, and Stojan Raulic.

Bring your children each Sunday for Divine Liturgy and church school

Thank you to Dr. Ezekiel Olagoke and Dr. Richard Romanos Pierce and their students from Waynesburg University that came to work at the church on October 29, 2016.

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

If you want your house blessed, ask the priest.

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

Pray for the miners and steel workers losing their jobs at a high rate. Pray fn thor their families. Pray for and support workers having their pensions and benefits threatened.

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 questions about the services or teachings of the Church, ask the priest.

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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.
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Consider

The ability of Christ to restore life to the dead.
Christ as hope for people who are dead in sin to become alive in Christ.
Christ as the hope and opportunity for sinners to repent and begin anew.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

October 27 - Visited patient at Ruby Memorial Hospital
October 28 - Went to Morgantown, W.Va. for seminar at Mon General Hospital and for printing.
October 29 - Went to Houston, Pennsylvania in behalf of parish family.
November 1 - Went to McMurray, Pennsylvania for funeral of +Walter Carson.
November 1 - Went to Washington, Pennsylvania to visit parishioner at Evergreen Care Center.
November 2 - Went to Waynesburg University for Akathist. Went to Fairmont, W.Va. for Vespers and class.

Wisdom of Solomon 17:8

For those who promised to drive away the fears and troubles of a sick soul were themselves sick with an absurd timidity.

( The New Oxford Annotated Bible with the Apocrypha. New York, Oxford University Press, 1977 )


The Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost

Luke 7:11-16

And it came to pass the day after, that He went into a city called Nain; and many of His disciples went with Him, and much people. Now when He came nigh to the gate of the city, behold, there was a dead man carried out, the only son of his mother, and she was a widow: and much people of the city was with her. And when the Lord saw her, He had compassion on her, and said unto her, Weep not. And He came and touched the bier: and they that bare him stood still. And He said, Young man, I say unto thee, Arise. And he that was dead sat up, and began to speak. And He delivered him to his mother. And there came a fear on all: and they glorified God, saying, That a great prophet is risen up among us; and, That God hath visited His people. (KJV)

Let us give thanks to God for the opportunity to hear the Holy Gospel today. Let us thank God for this celebration of the Divine Liturgy in this beautiful church. Let us ever be mindful of God in our lives.

Let us thank God for the opportunity to pray in peace and tranquility, to draw closer to God and to experience the presence of God. Let us thank God for His mercy, love and willingness to allow us to enter His Holy Church.

Too often we are distracted in life. Too often we fail to take time to draw near to God in prayer. Too often we fail to be attentive to the teachings and lessons of the Holy Gospel.

Too often the blessings of God are overlooked. Too often the blessings of God are taken for granted. Too often we are not appreciative of all that we have and receive from God.

The widow in the current Gospel had lost her only son. She knew what it was like to lose a husband and now her only son. She had no other children. We can only imagine the thoughts going through her mind and the feelings in her heart.

We cannot take hearing the Gospel for granted. We cannot take celebrating the Divine Liturgy in the parish church for granted. We cannot take the people near and dear to us in our lives for granted.

We do well to thank God for the continuous blessings in our lives. We do well to value greatly the opportunity to hear the Gospel and to have the parish church to celebrate the Divine Liturgy.

We do well to be continuously grateful for the dear people in our lives. Too often changes occur that are unexpected and heart-wrenching. The widow in the current Gospel had experienced the loss of her husband.

The woman in the current Gospel suffered from the death of her only son. Her feelings of devastation are beyond measure. Fortunately, the Lord Jesus Christ changed her circumstances.

Unexpectedly and to her benefit, the Lord Jesus Christ made the widowís life better. Her life became better at a point when life seemed most difficult. The Lord Jesus Christ returned the widowís son to life.

The Lord Jesus Christ showed His love for the woman. The Lord Jesus Christ revealed His healing power. Christ who would later be crucified and rise from the grave showed that He had power over death to grant life to this son.

When we are at our lowest point in life, let us remember this Gospel. Let us remember Christ is stronger than death. Let us remember that Christ can make things better in our life. Let us pray with the greatest fervor and hope.

Exceeding joy replaced any sense of sorrow this woman felt. St. Nikolai Velimirovic once wrote:ď Believing Christians should not despair over even the greatest loss.Ē 1

The current Gospel is a message of hope for individuals in the direst circumstances. The present Gospel verifies the value of looking to the Lord Jesus Christ to make a difference in personal life.

The Lord Jesus Christ changed the life of the woman in the current Gospel. Christ changed the life of the son that that was dead and became alive. Individuals that witnessed the miracle and hear of it through the centuries are affected.

This is a Gospel lesson about faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. The current Gospel serves to strengthen the faith of the attentive. The current Gospel teaches clearly and directly about the power of Christ over death.

We may not always understand immediate happenings in life. With patience, faith and hope in God, Godís goodness and mercy may be revealed at a later time. The present Gospel reminds us God is present even in our darkest hours.

Centuries ago when Abraham went to the mountain with Isaac, it seemed like he would be killing his only son in obedience to God. God saw Abrahamís faith and spared Isaac. (Gen. 22:1-18)

Every day is an opportunity to strengthen faith in God. Every day is a day to experience the love of God and the willingness of God to listen. Godís love for each person exceeds human understanding.

Christ on the Cross deserves attention and consideration throughout life. Christís power over death demonstrated in the current Gospel, the raising of Lazarus (Jn.11:1-44) and at Pascha (Mt. 28:6) merits daily consideration.

Our love and appreciation of God are embarrassingly minute in comparison to Godís love and mercy for each of us. Let us thank God every remaining moment of life for His love, mercy and goodness.

1 St. Nikolai Velimirovic. The Prologue of Ohrid. Volume Two. Translated by Fr. T. Timothy Tepsic. Serbian Orthodox Diocese of Western America, Alhambra, California, 2002. p. 453


St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
October 24 / November 6, 2016
Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost.
St. Arethas, Greatmartyr.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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