St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 210 - December 30, 2002/January 12, 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 30, 2002/January 12, 2003
Sunday after Nativity / before Theophany
No. 210

Acts 3:16
And His name, through faith in His name, has made this man strong, whom you see and know. Yes, the faith which comes through Him has given him this perfect soundness in the presence of you all.

Services This Past Week

January 5 - Thirty people attended Divine Liturgy. Four communicants.
January 6 - Two people attended Divine Liturgy. Forty five people were present for the Blessing and Burning of the Badnjak and Compline and Matins.
January 7 - Forty people were present for the Festal Divine Liturgy.
January 8 - Two people were present for the Divine Liturgy. One person was present for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
January 9 - Six people were present for the Divine Liturgy. One Kolac. Two people were present for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
January ll - Two people were present for Matins and First Hour. Two people were present for Ninth Hour and Vespers.

Services This Coming Week - Call to Confirm Thursday-Friday Schedule

Today - Divine Liturgy
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday Evenings - 7:00 PM.
Thursday, Friday, Saturday evenings - 4:30 PM
Thursday, Friday morning - 8:30 AM
Saturday - Divine Liturgy - Holy Trinity - Fairmont-10:00 AM.
Saturday - Blessing of Monongahela River - 3:00 PM.

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

January 14 - St. Basil the Great. Circumcision of our Lord. New Year's Day
January 18 - Feast of the Holy Cross
January 19 - Feast of Theophany.
January 20 - St. John the Baptist.
January 26 - St. Sava Program - Covered Dish Dinner
January 27 - St. Sava
January 29 - Chains of St. Peter
February 12 - Holy Three Hierarchs

If you are too busy to are too busy!

Parish Life

1. Congratulations to the newly elected officers of the Parish Executive Board for the year 2003 - President - Stanko Stan Brozik, Vice-President - Dr.Ivko Dimitric, Secretary - Millicent Mitzie Hunchuck, Treasurer - Dorothy Bozick, Financial Secretary - Dolores Zivkovich, Audit Board - Kathryn Sage, Anna Mae Knezevich and Francis Dragich. Delegate - Sonia Janson. Tutors - Pete Smargie and Mike Rogish.
2. Adult Class will be held on Thursday following the morning service.
3. Thank you to all attending the services for the Feast of the Nativity.

A Thought From Father Stephen Zaremba*

Just like His first disciples, our Lord Jesus Christ is calling you and me. He's calling us to return from all our wanderings, the multitude of responsibilities in our daily routine, our own selfishness or whatever else serves to distract or lure us from Him. He is calling us to turn our attention from the world to Him, that we may also hear the divine voice of life, love and healing and experience His Passion, Death, Resurrection and Ascension.
*(The Lazarica - Autumn 1997)

To Consider

1. The Year 2002 is coming to an end.
2. The Year 2003 begins this week.
3. Each day is a gift from God.
4. We have reason to thank God for many blessings in 2002.
5. Opportunities to serve God will be present in 2003.
6. Each person will decide if he or she will be closer to God in 2003.
7. Each person living will have the opportunity to pray more in 2003.
8. Each person living will decide if he or she will serve the Church in 2003.
9. Each person living will decide if he or she will sin less in 2003.
10. Each person living will have opportunities for charitable acts in 2003.

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

Activities of the Parish Priest

1. Visited with representatives of the Pennsylvania Prison Society - January 8.
Mickey Bezjak is the local representative of the Prison Society.
2. Attended funeral of Mary Adams - St. George Church - Midland - January 10.
3. Attended retirement dinner of Nell Lampich - Church School Superintendent at St. Elijah Church - Aliquippa. Mrs. Lampich had more than fifty years service.
4. Visited resident at SCI-Greene-Jan ll. Visited two residents - Rolling Meadows. Jan ll.

From the Desert fathers

Isadore the Priest said "It is impossible for you to live according to God if you love pleasures and money."

Sunday After Nativity
Sunday Before Theophany
Matthews 1:1-25

Now when they had departed, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream, saying, 'Arise, take the young Child and His mother, flee to Egypt, and stay there until I bring you word; for Herod will seek the young Child to destroy Him.' When he arose, he took the young Child and His mother by night and departed for Egypt, and was there until the death of Herod, that it might be fulfilled which was spoke by the Lord through the prophet, saying, 'Out of Egypt I called My Son.' Then Herod, when he saw that he was deceived by the wise men, was exceedingly angry; and he sent forth and put death all the male children who were in Bethlehem and in all its districts, from two years old and under, according to the time which he had determined from from the wise men. Then was fulfilled what was spoken by Jeremiah the prophet, saying: 'A voice was heard in Ramah, lamentation, weeping, and great mourning, Rachael weeping for her children, refusing to be comforted, because they are no more.' Now when Herod was dead, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared in a dream to Joseph in Egypt, saying, 'Arise, take the young Child and His mother, and go to the land of Israel, for those who sought the young Child's life are dead.' Then he arose, took the young Child and His mother, and came into the land of Israel. But when he heard that Archaelaus was reigning over Judea instead of his father Herod, he was afraid to go there. And being warned by God in a dream, he turned aside into the region of Galilee. And he came and dwelt in a city called Nazareth, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophets, "He shall be called a Nazarene."

The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. As it is written in the Prophets: "Behold, I send My messenger before Your face, Who will prepare Your way before You. The voice of one crying in the wilderness: Prepare the way of the Lord; Make His paths straight." John came baptizing in the wilderness and preaching a baptism of repentance for the remission of sins. Then all the land of Judea and those from Jerusalem, went out to him and were all baptized by him in the Jordan River, confessing their sins. Now John was clothed with camel's hair and with a leather belt around his waist, and he ate locusts and wild honey. And he preached, saying, 'There comes One after me who is mightier than I, whose sandal strap I am not worthy to stoop down and loose. I indeed baptized you with water, but He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit."

The Holy Orthodox Church is still in the midst of the celebration of the Nativity of Jesus Christ. The joy of the Nativity of Christ rests in the hearts and minds and lives of believers.

Jesus Christ gives believers reasons to hope when circumstances in life become difficult. Jesus Christ gives believers reasons to be optimistic when seemingly bad things occur. Jesus Christ gives believers reasons to continue when the going gets difficult.

We are celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ. We know in our hearts and minds that the Christ-Child grew. We know that Jesus Christ, the Son of God, went to the Cross, suffered, died and was buried. We know He rose from the grave and ascended into heaven.

Death did not contain Christ. The grave did not contain Christ. Centuries have not contained Christ. Critics, opponents, skeptics and unbelievers have not defeated Christ.

The proclamation of the Christ-Child's birth gave rise to the suffering and death of many male children at the command of Herod. We hear about the needless dying of these young innocents in the Holy Gospel today.

We know that terror and wickedness have existed in each century. We also know that martyrs and saints and believers have found comfort, strength and peace in the Lord Jesus Christ in all different types of circumstances.

Present day believers do well to learn about the many different ways believers have found comfort and strength in Christ through the centuries. Believers today do well to learn about the men, women and children who have professed Christ under many different forms of opposition and attacks.

The devil is always at work. Believers have a responsibility to be active and serious as Orthodox Christians. We here in America live in relative comfort.

The wealth we experience can benefit others in need. The relative peace we experience can be a basis for prayerful support of those living in areas of stress and turmoil.

John the Baptist preached repentance. He preached Jesus Christ. He gave his life for Jesus Christ.

We do well to ponder the complete sacrifice of John the Baptist. We do well to ponder the sacrifices of the martyrs. We do well to think about the witness of Orthodox believers in Kosovo and in the Middle East under the most difficult of circumstances.

If we take time to read our Bibles, we will find many accounts of individuals who held to their faith in God in peace and confidence when they were tested greatly. We learn of Abraham, of Joseph, of Noah, of Daniel, of the three youths in the fiery furnace, of Stephen the Archdeacon and many others.

God supercedes all. God is in control of the world. God created the world. God gives life to each person. God provides peace in times of uncertainty. God provides hope in times of distress. God provides comfort in times of grief.

When we entered the baptismal waters, we put our trust in God. We arose from those waters a new person. Each time we partake of the Body and Blood of Christ, we become new.

When we are anointed with the Holy Oil at the Sacrament of Holy Unction, we are restored to health.

God gives us life. God gives us new life in Christ. With repentant hearts, we are accepted by the loving and forgiving God. With repentant hearts, we can begin anew.

Now is the time to renew our trust in God. Now is the time to draw near to God, to follow the way of God.

St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
Sunday after Nativity/before Theophany
December 30, 2002/January 12, 2003.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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