St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 419 - January 8 / January 21, 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 8 / January 21, 2007
Sunday after Theophany
No. 419

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

Matthew 14:31

And immediately Jesus stretched out His hand and caught him, and said to him, "O you of little faith, why did you doubt?"

Services This Past Week
January 14
One person came for Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour.
Twenty-seven people came for Divine Liturgy. One communicant
January 15
One person came for Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour.
Three people came for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
January 16
One person came for Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour.
Two people came for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
January 17
One person came for Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour.
Two people came for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
January 18
One person came for Royal Hours.
Five people came for Akathist to the Holy Trinity, Akathist to Jesus Christ and Akathist to St. John the Baptist.
January 19
One person came for Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour.
Seven people came for Divine Liturgy and Great Blessing of the Water. One communicant.
One person came for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
January 20
One person came to St. George Church for Midnight Office and Matins.
Seven people came to the YWCA in Fairmont, West Virginia for the Divine Liturgy.
Four people went to the Monongahela River in Fairmont for the Blessing of the River.
Two people came to St. George Church for Ninth Hour and Vespers.

Services This Coming Week - Always Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule

Divine Liturgy at 10:00 AM. Blessing of Monongahela River at Noon.

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

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday at 4:00 PM. Thursday at 6:30 PM.

Divine Liturgy at 8:00 AM

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

January 26 - Leavetaking of Theophany
January 27 - St. Sava, Archbishop of Serbia
January 28 - St. Sava Program following Divine Liturgy, Covered Dish dinner.
January 29 - Veneration of the Precious Chains of Apostle Peter
January 31 - Sts. Athanasius the Great and Cyril of Alexandria, St. Maxim, Archbishop of Serbia
February 12 - Synaxis of Holy Three Hierarchs.
February 15 - Feast of the Presentation of the Lord

If you are too busy to are too busy!

Parish Life

Come to the Monongahela River blessing today after the Divine Liturgy.

Plan to attend the St. Sava Divine Liturgy on Saturday and the Divine Liturgy and St. Sava dinner and program next Sunday.

The celebration of the Feast of Theophany continues until Friday.

Four people came to Adult Class this past Thursday to discuss the Feast of Theophany. Class again this Thursday at 7:00 PM.

Home blessings have begun.

Prayer for miners and others working in dangerous occupations.

Pray for the men and women in the military and their families.

Pray for the sick, the homebound, those in hospitals, rehab centers, nursing and care homes, jails and prisons, and the staffs and caretakers.

If you listened to the St. George radio program on Sundays or know people that do, please let Father Rodney know.

Read the Bible for the benefit of your soul.

Visitors to the St. George Church are always welcome.

A Thought from St. Gregory of Nyssa

Many of those who receive the mystical baptism, in ignorance of the commandments of the Law, mix the bad leaven of the old life with the new life. Even after crossing the water they bring along the Egyptian army, which still lives with them in their doings.

(The Life of Moses Paulist Press, New York, 1978, p. 84 )

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

To Consider

The waters of baptism.
The honor given St. John the Baptist.
Theophany and new life in Christ.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

January 14 - went to funeral home to pay respects to family of +Theodore Zets.
January 15 - Meeting with Serbian Orthodox priest.
January 17 - Went to Fairmont West Virginia General Hospital to visit patient.
January 18-19 - Went to Morgantown, West Virginia for printing materials in preparation for home blessings.
January 20 - Served Divine Liturgy in Fairmont, West Virginia. Blessed Monongahela River. Blessed one home. Family Slava celebration.

From the Desert Fathers

An old man said, "Even as a tree cannot bear fruit if it be often transplanted, no more can a monk that is often removing from one place to another."

Sunday after Theophany, 2006

Matthew 4:12-17

Now when Jesus heard that John had been put in prison, He departed to Galilee. And leaving Nazareth, He came and dwelt in Capernaum, which is by the sea, in the regions of Zebulun and Naphtali, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Isaiah the prophet, saying: "The land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, by the way of the sea, beyond the Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles. The people who sat in darkness have seen a great light, and upon those who sat in the region and shadow of death light has dawned." From that time Jesus began to preach and to say, "Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand."

John the Baptist was in prison. The Holy Apostles Peter and Paul were in prison. The Lord Jesus Christ was executed between two criminals. Jesus experienced the death penalty of that era.

Imprisonment is a theme in the Last Judgment. The Lord Jesus Christ said to those who would be cursed: "I was a stranger and you did not take Me in, naked and you did not clothe Me, sick and in prison and you did not visit Me." (Mt. 25:31-46)

Christians do well to think about their attitudes toward prisoners. Christians do well to think about the way released prisoners should be treated if coming to a local parish church.

Parish churches located near prisons with sufficient resources do well to think about ways to minister to area imprisoned. Prison ministry is not for everyone.

Prison ministry is not a romantic venture involving inmates ready to "saved." The overwhelming majority of inmates in adult institutions do not have long and healthy relationships with a local church.

Some individuals in prison can benefit from prison ministry. Some individuals in prison will attempt to take advantage of individuals coming to the prison with good intentions.

Soberness is necessary in dealing with the imprisoned. Ojectivity is necessary. The staffs of correctional institutions are paid professionals trained to manage the prison population.

Changes can occur in prisoners. Christ can make a difference in the life a prisoner. Jesus' message: "With God all things are possible" (Mt. 91:26) does not only apply to individuals on the outside of the prison walls and fences.

Churches have a part in crime prevention. Churches have a part in crime control and reduction. Churches can play a part helping men and women being released from incarceration.

The Lord Jesus Christ in the present Gospel said: "Repent for the kingdom of heaven is at hand." Christ's message is applicable to prisoners and non-prisoners.

Repentance applies to every man, woman and child capable of sinning and capable of wanting to stop sinning. The church walls do provide a certain structure to the space set aside for God.

Each person coming through the door of the church, former prisoner or someone with no criminal record still has good reason to repent and seek the kingdom of God.

The so called "Good Thief" turned to Jesus on the Cross and said: "Lord, remember me when You come into Your kingdom." (Lk. 23:42). Jesus replied to the criminal: "Assuredly, I say to you, today you will be with Me in Paradise." (Lk.23:43).

Individuals in jails and prisons, even those having long sentences, even life sentences, have the opportunity to repent. They have the opportunity to have new lives in Christ.

Individuals on the outside who have never committed a crime and who never went to jail and who never will go to jail still have reason to repent and seek the kingdom of God.

God gives each of us talents and resources. God gives each of us gifts. Each person baptized and Chrismated has an obligation, a commitment to honor Christ and live faithfully in ways pleasing to Christ.

Orthodox Christians are considered honorable people. That honor is maintained only if faithfulness to Christ is maintained. That honor is maintained only if faithfulness to the baptismal commitment is maintained.

An inmate in a cell block serious about Christ can turn his or her life around. St. Moses the Ethiopian went from robber to saint. The Holy Apostle Paul went from persecutor of Christians to being a foremost apostle.

Lukewarm Christians are not looked upon with favor. In Revelation we read the message to the Laodiceans: "I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot. I could wish you were cold or hot. So then, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will vomit you out of my mouth." (Rev. 3:15-16)

At baptism we are dedicated completely to the Christian way of life. We are not partially dedicated. We are completely dedicated. Our full bodies are immersed. Our full bodies are anointed. We profess a complete faith when we recite the Nicean-Constantinopolitan Creed.

The Lord Jesus Christ said: "Repent for the kingdom of heaven is at hand." Christ's message is as timely today as it was centuries. Let us take His message to heart and repent.
St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
January 8 / January 21, 2007
Sunday after Theophany

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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