St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 221 - March 17/March 30, 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

March 17/March 30, 2003
Third Sunday of Lent
No. 221

Romans 1:16-17
For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek. For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, 'The just shall live by faith.'

Services This Past Week

March 23 - Divine Liturgy-Forty people attended. Three communicants.
March 24 - Three people came for Compline. Pomen for Victims of NATO Bombing
March 25 - Three people came for Akathist to the Cross and Compline.
March 26 - Four people came for Akathist to the Cross and Compline.
March 27 - Thursday-The First and Third Hours were read. Three people came for Ninth Hour and Akathist to the Cross.
March 28 - Seven people came for the Liturgy of Presanctified Gifts. Five communicants. Three people came for Akathist to the Cross and Compline.
March 29 - Five people were present for Matins and First Hour. Parastos held for Pete Krivosky.

Services This Coming Week - Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule

Today - Divine Liturgy - Warmest welcome to Serb Wings!
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday evening - 7:00 PM.
Thursday and Friday morning - 8:30 AM. (Friday morning will be Liturgy of Presanctified Gifts)
Thursday, Friday and Saturday evening - 4:30 PM
Saturday morning - Holy Trinity Mission - Fairmont - 10:00 AM Divine Liturgy.

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

Today - Please Stay for luncheon after Divine Liturgy and for program by Serb Wings.
March 30 - Lenten Vespers - St.George Serbian Orthodox Church - Midland - 5:30 PM.
April 6 - Service at St. Nicholas Serbian Orthodox Church - Monroeville - 5:30 PM.
April 7 - Feast of Annunciation
April 9 - Nativity of Virgin Mary Church-Clairton - 5:30PM
April 11 - Akathist - St. Elijah Serbian Orthodox Church - Aliquippa - 6:30 PM.
April 13 - Lenten Vespers - St. George Serbian Orthodox Church - Carmichaels - 5:30 PM.
April 16 - Clergy Confession - St.Nikodim Chapel-Mars. Liturgy of Presanctified Gifts.
April 19 - Lazarus Saturday
April 20 - Feast of Christ's Entry into Jerusalem - Vespers - Holy Resurrection Church - Steubenville - 5:30 PM.
April 21 - Great and Holy Monday
April 2 and April 9 - Liturgy of Presanctified Gifts - St.Nikodim Chapel - Mars

If you are too busy to are too busy!

Parish Life

1. Thank you to Serb Wings for coming to St. George Church and for your good missionary work throughout the year in behalf of Monastery Marcha.
2. Thank you to all from St. George Church coming to greet and support the visit from Serb Wings. Thank you to St. George Kolo and Choir and to Stan and Karen Brozik of Dolfi's.
3. Thank you to Aaron Carson, Sonia Janson, Kathryn Sage and Milosh "Serb" Krewasky accompanied by Josephine, for going to St. Sava Church, Mckeesport for Vespers last Sunday.
4. Thank you to Sonia Janson, Kathryn Sage and Mary Trbovich for helping at the parish house.
5. Thank you to George Rodovich with friend Gary for the carpentry work.
6. Thank you to Tom Hunter for continuing to do work for the church.
7. Thank you to the Kolo for continuing to bake.
8. Thank you to all honoring and keeping the Fast, increasing in prayer and almsgiving. The fast continues until the Paschal Divine Liturgy.
9. Remember Betty Mogush, Martha Maddich and Mike Kotch in your prayers.
10. Adult Class this Thursday morning following the morning service.
11. Congratulations to Eric Rose for being chosen for the Greene County Band.

A Thought From Father Stephen Zaremba *

The choice between growth or stagnation, between life and death, is before us. If we continue along the same path as many of us have too often trod until now---and rest assured that any attempt to grow by trying various external programs alone, without personal(internal) growth and renewal, is indeed the same path in a different disguise-then our stagnation will remain. We will, rightfully, slowly decline and fade away while God raises up others to do what we have failed to do. But if we choose to rededicate our lives to Christ, Who is the source of life, renewal and growth; if we make not just an effort but the right effort-which may be humble, but must be true and decisive-then that which we think is impossible, true rebirth and growth is not only achievable but certain.
*(The Path of Orthodoxy. March-April, 2003 )

Remember the Students at St. Sava School of Theology - Libertyville

To Consider

1. The Cross of Jesus Christ.
2. The cross in each person's life.
3. "Signing" ourselves with the Cross.
4. The Sign of the Cross over the newly baptized.
5. The Cross on the top of the church building.
6. The "Sign of the Cross" in the Holy Sacraments.
7. "The Cross used in blessing the Holy Water on Theophany.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

1. March 23 - Attended Vespers - St. Sava Church Mckeesport.
2. March 24, 25, 26 - Went to Diocesan Center in Mars.
3. March 26 - Met with person interested in becoming Orthodox.
4. March 27 - Visited resident of SCI - Greene. Visited patient at Washington Hospital. Blessed two homes.
5. March 28 - Served Sixth Hour at Serb National Federation - Pittsburgh - Four people attended.

From the Desert fathers

He(Poeman) also said, 'What is the good of giving oneself to a trade without seeking to learn it.'

Third Sunday of Great Lent - Veneration of the Holy Cross
Mark 8:34-9:1

When He had called the people to Himself, with His disciples also, He said to them, "Whoever desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me. For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake and the gospel's will save it. For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul? For whoever is ashamed of Me and My words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of him the Son of Man also will be ashamed when He comes in the glory of His Father with the holy angels. And He said to them, "Assuredly, I say to you that there are some standing here who will not taste death till they see the kingdom of God present with power.

The Cross of Jesus Christ is the center of attention today. The Cross is the center of attention throughout this week. Indeed, we should think about the Cross of Jesus Christ everyday of our lives.
Jesus suffered extensively on the Cross. Jesus Christ suffered to the point of death.
We are indebted to Jesus Christ beyond our ability to fully comprehend. Jesus Christ went to the Cross voluntarily. He took upon Himself the sins of the world. He suffered a horrible death. He was put to death as a criminal among criminals. He was and is the Son of God. He is the same yesterday, today and forever. (Heb.13:8)
We are blessed beyond our imagination to be called Christian. We are blessed beyond our imagination to be able to experience Christ. We are blessed beyond our ability to comprehend to partake of Jesus Christ's precious Body and Blood.
The goodness of God exceeds the cruelness symbolized in the Cross. The goodness of God is manifested for everyone. The sun shines on everyone. The days and nights come and go with regularity. The seasons change in perfect order. All inhabitants of the world depend on the consistency of God.
The Cross reveals how cruel certain humans can be in certain circumstances. The Cross reveals the greatness of God. By the Cross, Jesus experienced death and over that death Jesus triumphed. He rose from the grave and gave the whole world hope.
When we are in the darkest moments of our lives, the brightness of the Cruficified Christ rising from the tomb can lift our hopes and give us direction. When we are thoroughly depressed and feel we have no where to turn, the Crucified and Risen Christ provides the light than cannot be extinguished.
The darkness of Holy Friday is documented in Holy Scripture (Lk.23:44) The joy of the resurrection is proclaimed in Holy Scripture. The words went out from the white angel at the tomb: "You seek Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He is risen! He is not here. See the place where they laid Him." (Mk.16:6)
We consider the Cross liturgically every Wednesday and Friday. We consider the Cross on the Feast of the Elevation of the Cross in September. We consider the Cross in mid-Lent. We consider the Cross on Holy Friday.
If we look at the liturgical texts of the Church, we will quickly realize the Church wants the Cross remembered throughout the year. We cannot separate Jesus' death on the Cross from His victory over death.
Jesus Christ tells us in the present Gospel that if we want to be called "Christian", we are to confess Christ with our lives. In the present Gospel, Christ denounced those who were ashamed of Him.
The Evangelist and Theologian John wrote centuries ago: "Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God." (I John 4:15) We confess Jesus is the Son of God with our lips. We confess that Jesus is the Son of God with our actions. We confess Jesus Christ with our hearts and minds.
If we truly believe Jesus is the Son of God, our lives will reflect this belief. We are serious about Jesus Christ when we believe He is the Son of God. We are serious about Jesus Christ when we devote great attention to His death on the Cross and the meaning of His Resurrection.
Being serious about Jesus Christ means being serious over an extended period of time. While our minds continue to function well, while our bodies continue to function well, if we live in Christ, our lives will unfold in the direction of God's Kingdom. Our lives will reflect the goal of God's Kingdom by the way we make use of time, by the way we live our lives.
When we feed the hungry, when we visit the sick and imprisioned, when we give clothes to the naked, when we welcome the stranger, we serve Jesus Christ (Mt.25:31-46)
The Psalmist tells us: "Be still, and know that I am God." (Ps.46:10) It is good to consider the words of the Psalmist when we consider the Cross of Christ. It is good to consider the words of the Psalmist when we consider the pain and suffering experienced by Christ. It is good to consider the words of the Psalmist when we think about the Son of God hanging between two thieves, nailed to a Cross.
The love of God demonstrated completely on the Cross is manifested through the centuries. In our small minds, let us contemplate the greatness of God. Let us give thanks and pray to God. The Cross is the ladder to heaven. The Cross is the sign for the Kingdom. The Cross is the instrument of death that reveals the Light of the world. In Christ, let us rejoice and be glad!
St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
March 17/March 30, 2003.
Venerable Alexis, Man of God. St. Ambrose, deacon and disciple of St. Didymus the Blind.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

Back to St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels - Home Page