St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 418 - January 1 / January 14, 2007


The Orthodox Faith


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
January 1 / January 14, 2007
Circumcision of the Lord / St. Basil the Great
No. 418

Remember to listen to the parish radio broadcast each Sunday afternoon at 12:15 on WMBS, 590 AM, Uniontown.

Romans 4:16

Therefore it is of faith that it might be according to grace, so that the promise might be sure to all the seed, not only to those who are of the law, but also to those who are of the faith of Abraham, who is the father of us all.

Services This Past Week
January 6
Approximately seventy people came for the Blessing of the Badnjak and Vigil.
Father Dimitre came from Nativity of Blessed Virgin Mary Orthodox Church to celebrate the Feast with us.
January 7
Feast of Nativity, Sixty-three people came for Divine Liturgy. Seven communicants.
January 8
Four people came for Divine Liturgy.
Four people came for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
January 9
One person came for Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour.
Four people came for Divine Liturgy. One communicant.
Three people came for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
January 10
One person came for Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour.
Four people came for Ninth Hour and Vespers
January 11
One person came for Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour.
Four people came for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
January 12
One person came for Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour.
Four people came for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
January 13
One person came to St. George Church for Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour.
Nine people came to the YWCA in Fairmont, West Virginia for Divine Liturgy.
Four people came to St. George Church for Ninth Hour and Vespers.

Services This Coming Week - Always Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule

Mornings
Today, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday at 5:30 AM. Saturday at 5:00 AM.

Afternoons
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday at 4:00 PM. Thursday at 6:00 PM

Friday
Divine Liturgy Feast of Theophany at 10:00 AM.

Saturday
YWCA, Fairmont, W.Va. at 9:30 AM

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

January 14 - Circumcision of the our Lord Jesus Christ. St. Basil the Great. (New Year)
January 18 - Feast of the Holy Cross
January 19 - Theophany
January 20 - Synaxis of St. John the Baptist
January 27 - St. Sava, Archbishop of Serbia

If you are too busy to pray...you are too busy!

Parish Life

If you listened to the radio rebroadcast of the Divine Liturgy or know people who listened on Christmas night, please let Father Rodney know so we can attempt to measure the amount of people listening.

George Relic did a feature story on the St. George Church in the current issue of the Masontown Telegraph, the new newspaper in Masontown.

Prayer for miners, living and departed.

Sympathy extended to Zorka Zets, her son Theodore having departed this life at a relatively young age. Theodore was a retired police officer and court employee.

Adult Class on Thursday at 7:00 PM.

Remember the sick, the suffering, those in prison, the homebound, those in hospitals and rehab centers. Remember the people caring for them. Remember crime victims.

Read your Bible daily for the benefit of your soul.

Remember those grieving for family members and friends.

Individuals giving donations to the church should use a check or a marked envelope in order get appropriate credit for the contribution.

Happy New Year to all parishioners and friends of the parish.

Our St. Sava celebration will be on Sunday, January 28, covered dish dinner.

Happy Slava to all celebrating today for St. Basil.

A Thought from St. Basil the Great

The Holy Spirit is one, and we speak of Him as unique, since through the one Son He is joined to the Father. He completed the all-praised and blessed Trinity. He is not ranked with the plurality of creation, but is described in the singular; this is sufficient evidence of His intimacy with the Father and the Son. He is not one of many but one only: just as there is one Father and one Son, there is one Holy Spirit. Reason demands that the singular is separated from the plural or compound; therefore He does not share created nature. He is united to the Father and the Son as unit dwells with unit.

(On the Holy Spirit. St. Vladimir's Seminary Press, Crestwood, New York, 1980, pp. 72-73 )

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

To Consider

The continued contributions of St. Basil the Great.
St. Basil the Great, St. Gregory the Theologian and St. John Chrysostom.
The Divine Liturgy of St. Basil the Great.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

January 8 - Went to Magee Hospital in Pittsburgh to see a patient having surgery.
January 9 - Went to Presbyterian Care Home in Washington to a resident.
January 10 - Went to Clarksburg, West Virginia Rehab Center to see a resident.
January 11 - Went to Diocesan Center in Mars.
January 13 - Went to Fairmont, West Virginia to serve Divine Liturgy.

From the Desert Fathers

She (Syncleta) also said, "My children, we all want to be saved, but because of our habit of negligence, we swerve away from salvation."


Thirty-First Sunday after Pentecost
Circumcision of Our Lord
St. Basil the Great

Luke 2:20-21, 40-52

Then the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told them. And when eight days were completed for the circumcision of the Child, His name was called JESUS, the name given by the angel before He was conceived in the womb. And the Child grew and became strong in spirit, filled with wisdom, and the grace of God was upon Him, His parents went to Jerusalem every year at the Feast of the Passover. And when He was twelve years old, they went up to Jerusalem according to the custom of the feast. When they had finished the days, as they returned, the Boy Jesus lingered behind in Jerusalem. And Joseph and His mother did not know it; but supposing Him to have been in the company, they went a day's journey and sought Him among their relatives and acquaintances. So when they did not find Him, they returned to Jerusalem, seeking Him. Now so it was that after three days they found Him in the temple sitting in the midst of the teachers, both listening to them and asking them questions. And all who heard Him, they were amazed; and His mother said to Him, "Son, why have You done this to us? Look. Your father and I have sought You anxiously." And He said to them, "Why did you seek Me? Did you not know that I must be about My Father's business?" But they did not understand the statement which He spoke to them. Then He went down with them and came to Nazareth, and was subject to them, but His mother kept all these things in her heart. And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men

Luke 6:17-23

And He came down with them and stood on a level place with a crowd of His disciples and a great multitude of people from all Judea and Jerusalem and from the seacoast of Tyre and Sidon, who came to hear Him and be healed of their diseases, as well as those who were tormented with unclean spirits. And they were healed. And the whole multitude sought to touch Him for power went out from Him and healed them all. Then He lifted up His eyes toward His disciples, and said, "Blessed are you poor, for yours is the kingdom of God. Blessed are you who hunger now, for you shall be filled. Blessed are you who weep now, for you shall laugh. Blessed are you when men hate you, and when they exclude you, and revile you, and cast out your name as evil, for the Son of Man's sake. Rejoice in that day and leap for joy! For indeed your reward is great in heaven. For in like manner their fathers did to the prophets.

A new year has arrived. Each believer will determine whether he or she will end the year closer to God than at present. Each believer will determine whether the Year 2007 will be dedicated to God.

Each person has the same amount of time during the coming year. Only those departing this life before the end of the year will have less. Each person has twenty four hours per day.

God gives us time. God gives us life. We determine how much of the time given by God is devoted to pleasing God. The decisions believers make either are pleasing to God or are contrary to the ways of God.

In the present Gospel, when Jesus was twelve years of age, Jesus spent considerable time in the temple. How much time will the average believer spend in church during the Year 2007? In comparison how much time will the average believer spend watching television during the Year 2007?

How much time will the average believer spend reading the newspaper during the Year 2007? In comparison, how much time will the average believer spend reading the Bible during the Year 2007?

During each twenty four day in 2007, it would be interesting to do a time study of believers to determine the amount of time in daily prayer compared with the amount of time in other activities.

If God gives us twenty four hours, how much of the twenty four hours is devoted to God? How much of each day is devoted to the work of the Church? How much of each day is devoted to prayer and/or worship?

The Holy Orthodox Church asks each believer to fast approximately half the year. How many days out of the next 365 days will the average believer fast? Being an Orthodox Christian requires discipline. Being an Orthodox Christian involves working to adhere to the teachings of the Church.

We learn about God when we invest time in learning about God. We experience God when we consciously draw near to God and look for God in our lives.

We deny ourselves the fullness of life, we deny ourselves the richness of life when God is not an integral part of each day of our lives. Being in church all day everyday is not something believers are expected to do. Being conscious of the presence of God throughout the day is something believers can strive to do. Being conscious of Church throughout each day is something the believer can strive to do.

For those believers desiring it, God will help them make good use of the time throughout 2007. Each believer must do all he or she can to draw near to God and live in ways pleasing to God throughout the year.

By turning to God in prayer with consciousness of heart and mind, the believer can experience God-filled time throughout the coming year. The Beatitudes come alive in God-filled time.

When time is viewed as God would have time viewed, each day takes on new meaning. Each moment takes on new meaning. One day devoted to God can transform a life. One day devoted to God can transform a family.

Each day is important in reinforcing the commitment to God. Each day is important for the experience with God. Orthodox believers have extensive opportunities to learn about God. Effort is necessary to realize those opportunities.

When time is wasted, it is not regained. Time wasted is lost time. Time with family and friend is necessary. Time with God is necessary.
St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
January 1 / January 14, 2007

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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