St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 932 - November 14 / 27, 2016

The Orthodox Faith

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

No. 932
November 14 / 27, 2016
Twenty-Third 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

Matthew 21:21

Jesus answered and said unto them, Verily I say unto you, If ye have faith, and doubt not, ye shall not only do this which is done to the fig tree, but also if ye shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; it shall be done.

Recent Services
November 18
Vespers was read.
November 19
Midnight Office was read.
Third and Sixth Hours were read followed by Divine Liturgy at Holy Trinity Mission in Fairmont, W.Va. Nine people attended.
Vespers was read at St. George Church.
November 20
Matins was read.
Third and Sixth Hours were read followed by Divine Liturgy. Five communicants. Thirty people attended.
November 21
Matins was read.
Six people attended Divine Liturgy with blessing of one Slava Kolach. One communicant.
Vespers was read.
November 22
Matins was read.
Two people came for Divine Liturgy.
Eight people came to Holy Trinity Mission in Fairmont,W.Va. for the Akathist of Thanks.
November 23
Matins was read.
November 24
Matins was read.
Two people came for Divine Liturgy.
November 25
Matins was read.

Services This Week. Always Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule.

Matins, Divine Liturgy.

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

4:00 PM on Monday, Friday.

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

3:00 PM Akathist and class at St. George Church.

10:00 AM Divine Liturgy in Fairmont,W.Va.

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 27 - St. Philip, Apostle
November 28 - Beginning of Nativity Fast. Honor the Fast until Christmas, January 7.
November 29 - St. Matthew, Apostle and Evangelist. Divine Liturgy at 8:00 AM.
December 4 - Entrance of the Theotokos

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

Parish Nurse Practitioner Millicent Mitzie Hunchuck was among supporters of the Choir Slava.

Aaron Carson and Arthur John Chambers are conscientious in ensuring the parish bulletin is distributed each week.

Sympathy extended to the family, friends and colleagues of Nicholas Bruich recently departed this life. Nick was an exemplary law enforcement professional.

The Nativity Fast begins tomorrow for all Orthodox Christians.

Use the Nativity Fast as intended by the Church to spiritually prepare for Feast.

Increase church attendance during the Nativity Fast.

Prepare for Holy Confession and Communion.

Bring personal life into conformity with the teachings and standards of Christ.

Remember the 34 miners that died at Naomi Mine in Fayette City, Pa, Dec.1, 1907.

Thank you for all continuing to donate food for the Greene County food bank.

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 and promised benefits.

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 any questions about the teachings and practices 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.


Turning to Christ for peace in personal life.
Turning to Christ for joy in life.
Turning to Christ for direction in life.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

November 18 - Went to Morgantown,W.Va. for printing.
November 19 - Went to Fairmont, W.Va. for Divine Liturgy.
November 20 - Went to Mannington, W.Va. for the Memorial of Farmington #9 Mine Disaster.
November 23 - Went to Fairmont, W.Va. for Akathist of Thanks and class.

Wisdom of Sirach 1:1

All wisdom comes from the Lord and is with Him forever.

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

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)

Serious Orthodox Christians welcome the arrival of the Nativity Fast. The Fast is a time to bring personal life into conformity with the teachings and standards of the Lord Jesus Christ.

At Holy Baptism, believers commit their lives to Christ. Each moment of time following Holy Baptism is to be lived in fully in Christ. Repentance and beginning anew are in order when personal sin occurs.

Christ is ever-present to welcome the return of sinners. Christ is ever-present to guide the believer away from sin and towards the Kingdom of God.

Change of heart and the rejection of sin are part of the process of repentance. Redirection of life is necessary for believers beginning anew. Joy in Christ is possible for each person.

The Nativity Fast directs the believerís attention toward the coming Feast of Christís Nativity. The Feast of the Christís Nativity is worthy of serious contemplation.

Christ offers eternal life. Christ offers more of lasting value than any material desires or possessions. Christ offers nourishment, hope and love for individuals in all circumstances.

Too often individuals let the devil take hold of their lives. Too often individuals look outside of the Church for a solid foundation to build a good personal life.

Christ is the most solid foundation for life. The Church offers the direction necessary for travelers seeking the Kingdom of God. The Precious Body and Blood of Christ are lifeís supreme nourishment.

Christ brought peace to the man in the current Gospel. The man had been greatly affected by devils. Christ made a difference. Men and women often struggle with various ill thoughts and temptations.

Many persons struggle in daily life with despondency, despair and frustrations. Christ improved the life of the man in the current Gospel. Christ is ever present to day to change lives for the better.

Christ will make a decided difference in each person turning to Him in faith. The Church offers Divine services and instruction to guide and an enrich individuals seeking healing of the heart, mind and soul.

When God makes a difference in personal life, share this with others that they may benefit. Share Godís healing power with others in ways that are not imposing but in ways that are kind and helpful.

The Lord Jesus Christ told the man that experienced peace in the current Gospel to tell it to his own house. One family member devoted to Christ in a kind and loving way will benefit others in the family.

Coercion has no place in the Christian life. Christís love is the governing principle for all relationships. Let us learn from the current Gospel the healing power of Christ bringing peace to personal life.

St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
November 14 / 27, 2016
Twenty-Third Sunday after Pentecost.
St. Apostle Philip.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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