St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 209 - December 23, 2002/January 5, 2003

Chronicle of St. George Serbian Orthodox Church
Diocesan Bishop - His Grace Bishop Dr. MITROPHAN
Parish Priest - Fr. Rodney Torbic
296 Old Route 21
Carmichaels, Pennsylvania 15320

December 23, 2002/January 5, 2003
Sunday of Holy Fathers
No. 209

Matthew 21:21
So Jesus answered and said to them, "Assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith and do not doubt you will not only do what was done to the fig tree, but also if you say to this mountain, 'Be removed and be cast into the sea,' it will be done. And whatever things you ask in prayer, believing, you will receive.

Services This Past Week

December 29 - Thirty six people attended Divine Liturgy.
December 30 - Two people came for the Akathist to St. Sava and Prayer Service to St. Sava.
January 2 - Two people came for the Matins and First Hour. Two people came for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
January 3 - Two people came for Matins and First Hour. Two people came for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
January 4 - Five people came to Holy Trinity Mission in Fairmont for Divine Liturgy. Two people came to St.George Church for Ninth Hour and Vespers

Services This Week - Call to Confirm Schedule for Friday.

Today - Divine Liturgy.
Monday - 7:00 PM - Akathist to St. Sava and Prayer Service to St. Sava
Thursday - Matins and First Hour - 8:30 AM. Ninth Hour and Vespers - 4:30 PM
Friday - Matins and First Hour - 8:30 AM. Ninth Hour and Vespers - 4:30 PM.
Saturday - Divine Liturgy - Holy Trinity-Fairmont - 10:00 AM. Vespers at St. George Church at 3:00 PM.

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Important Dates

Today - Divine Liturgy.
Monday - Nativity Eve - Divine Liturgy - 8:30 AM.
Nativity Eve - Blessing of Badnjak - 7:30 PM. Vigil to follow.
Tuesday - Feast of Nativity - Divine Liturgy - 10:00 AM.
Wednesday - Synaxis of the All - holy Theotokos. Service-9:00 AM.
Thursday - Holy Protomartyr and Archdeacon Stephen - Divine Liturgy - 9:00AM.
Friday - Morning Service - 8:30 AM.

If you are too busy to are too busy!

Parish Life

1. Poinsettas have been purchased in honor of Kolo members and are marked by name. They may be taken home when timely.
2. One person came to Adult Class on Thursday.
3. Remember homebound parishioners and those in personal care homes, hospitals, jails or prison at this time of year.
4. Remember the unemployed and underemployed and pray they can support their families.
5. Remember the suffering Serbian People in Kosovo.

A Thought From Radovan Jakovljevic*

Even though we live in this modern and diverse society, where much of the Christian values have been forgotten and "forbidden", we must stay committed to our Orthodox tradition, based on Christ's teachings and the faith of the Holy Fathers. We must be aware of the dangerous innovations into our Christ lives and beliefs, and we must try to preserve that sense of zealousness, which has been inherited and given to us through the teaching of our Orthodox Church.
*(January Newsletter, St. Luke Serbian Orthodox Church, Washington.)

Remember The Students at St. Sava School of Theology in Libertyville

To Consider

1. Jesus Christ taking on human flesh as a newborn child.
2. The honor bestowed upon Mary, the Mother of God.
3. The centuries passing since Christ's birth.
4. The centuries preceding Christ's birth.
5. The genealogy of Jesus Christ (Mt.1.1)
6. The blessed ones who saw Jesus Christ when He walked the earth.
7. The amount of time Jesus was in human flesh.
8. The location Jesus chose to take on flesh.
9. The time Jesus chose to take on human flesh.
10. The people Jesus chose to reveal Himself to.

Activities of the Parish Priest

1. Went to Diocesan Center in Mars on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.
2. Served Divine Liturgy in Fairmont on Saturday.
3. Took Communion to homebound parishioner on Friday.

From the Desert fathers

He (Nilus) also said, 'Prayer is the seed of gentleness and the absence of anger.'

Sunday of the Holy Fathers

Sunday before the Nativity
Matthews 1:1-25

The book of the genealogy of Jesus Christ, the Son of David, the Son of Abraham. Abraham begot Isaac, Isaac begot Jacob, and Jacob begot Judah and his brothers. Judah begot Perez and Zerah by Tamar, Perez begot Hezron, and Hezron begot Ram. Ram begot Amminadab, Amminadab begot Nahshon, and Nahshon begot Salmon. Salmon begot Boaz by Rahab, Boaz begot Obed by Ruth, Obed begot Jesse, and Jesse begot David the king. David the king begot Solomon by her who had been the wife of Uriah. Solomon begot Rehoboam, Rehoboam begot Abijah, and Abija begot Asa. Asa begot Jehoshaphat, Jeshoshaphat begot Joram, and Joram begot Uzziah. Uzziah begot Jotham, Jotham begot Ahaz, and Ahaz begot Hezekiah. Hezekiah begot Manasseh, Manasseh begot Amon, and Amon begot Josiah. Josiah begot Jeconiah and his brothers about the time they were carried away to Babylon. And after they were brought to Babylon, Jeconiah begot Shealtiel, and Shealtiel begot Zerubbabel. Zerubbabel begot Abiud, Abiud begot Eliakim, and Eliakim begot Azor. Azor begot Zadok, Zadok begot Achim, and Achim begot Eliud. Eliud begot Eleazar, Eleazar begot Matthan, and Matthan begot Jacob. And Jacob begot Joseph the husband of Mary of whom was born Jesus who is called Christ. So all the generations from Abraham to David are fourteen generations, from David until the captivity in Babylon are fourteen generations, and from the captivity in Babylon until the Christ are fourteen generations. Now the birth of Jesus Christ was as follows: After His mother Mary was betrothed to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Spirit. Then Joseph her husband. Being a just man, and not wanting to make her a public example, was minded to put her away secretly. But while he thought about these things, behold an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, "Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take to you Mary your wife, for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit. And she will bring forth a Son, and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins. So all this was done that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the Lord through the prophet saying: "Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel," which is translated, "God with us." Then Joseph, being aroused from sleep, did as the angel of the Lord commanded him and took him his wife, and did not know her till she had brought forth after her firstborn Son. And he called His name Jesus.

The Evangelist St. Matthew records the long list of names described as the genealogy of Jesus Christ. The list of names is reason to consider the passage of centuries prior to the birth of Jesus Christ and the lives of each individual mentioned in the genealogy.

It is difficult to project thoughts back centuries to a different time in a different culture. It is difficult to think with accuracy about the way life was in each of the time periods represented by the names in the genealogy.

Serious believers will consider each of the persons mentioned in the genealogy. Serious believers think carefully about the birth of Jesus Christ.

The divine taking on human flesh is a one-time occurrence. The celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ continues to attract the attention of millions of people.

Believers look to Jesus Christ as the Son of God. Believers look to Jesus Christ as being born of the Virgin Mary. Believers think about the Holy Spirit each time the birth of Jesus Christ is considered.

The Holy Orthodox Church wants believers to hear the genealogy of Jesus Christ each year. The Holy Orthodox Church wants believers to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ each year.

The birth of Jesus Christ and the meaning for each person, for each community, for the world-at-large, these are points to consider carefully.

Theologians, serious thinkers, historians and believers everywhere take time to think about Jesus Christ.

Everyone who has heard about Jesus Christ makes a decision to learn more about Christ or to invest time in other pursuits. The choices we make about Jesus Christ accumulate. They have a cumulative effect on our lives.

Our relationship with Jesus Christ is deserving of continuous review. We do not want to become stagnant. We do not want to lessen our commitment to Jesus Christ.

The Holy Gospel sets standards for our lives. We learn about the life and teachings of Jesus Christ in the Gospel. Reading the Holy Scriptures is intended to be a continuous practice.

Joy is found in Jesus Christ. Believers around the globe and through the centuries do not exhaust the abilities of Jesus Christ. Each prayer has a place with Jesus Christ.

Our prayers take on order when directed to Jesus Christ. Prayers are the medium of believers in relating to Jesus Christ. Prayers pass through time and space.

Prayers are often directed to God. Prayers, at times, will be directed to intercessors with God.

Prayers can be vocal or silent. Prayers are offered in as many languages as exist. Prayers are expressed at all hours of the day and night.

Being a Christian is at once simple and complex. God is always accessible. God is always attentive.

We come to understand the present through the life of Jesus Christ. We come to understand our place in life when we consider the teachings and life of Jesus Christ. Our expectations for life can be refined through Jesus Christ.

The Holy Gospel is not long in length. There is no adequate substitute for reading the Holy Gospel, for reading the Holy Scriptures.

The birth of Jesus Christ forces us to think about when Jesus was not in human form. The birth of Jesus Christ causes us to think about Jesus before and after the Virgin birth.

Our life changes when it is given to Jesus Christ. We rest in Christ. We are nourished in Christ. We grow in Christ. The Feast of the Nativity of Jesus Christ is the opportune time to be with Jesus Christ.

St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania. December 23, 2002/January 5, 2003.
Holy Ten Martyrs of Crete.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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