St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 471 - January 14 / January 27, 2008


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 14 / January 27, 2008
St. Sava
No. 471

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

I Timothy 6:20-21

O Timothy! Guard what was committed to your trust, avoiding the profane and idle babblings and contradictions of what is falsely called knowledge-by professing it some have strayed concerning the faith. Grace be with you. Amen.

Recent Services
January 20
Midnight Office, Matins, First Hour were read.
Twenty-five people came for Divine Liturgy One communicant.
Blessing of Monongahela River followed Divine Liturgy. Two Slava celebrations.
January 21
Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour were read.
Three people came for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
January 22
One person came for Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour.
One person came for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
January 23
One person came for Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour.
One person came for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
January 24
Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour were read.
Two people came for Akathist to Jesus Christ and Akathist to St. John the Baptist.
January 25
Midnight Office, Matins, and First Hour were read.
One person came of Ninth Hour, Akathist to Jesus Christ and Akathist to St. John the Baptist.
January 26
Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour were read at St. George Church.
Divine Liturgy was served at the Holy Trinity Mission in Fairmont, W.Va. Seven people came.
The Monongahela River was blessed in Fairmont. A Kolach was blessed for St. Sava.
Ninth Hour and Vespers were read at St. George Church.

Services This Coming Week - Always Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule

Today
Midnight Office, Matins, First Hour. Divine Liturgy.

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

Thursday
6:30 PM followed by class at 7:00 PM.

Friday
3:00 PM.

Saturday
4:00 PM.

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

January 27 - St. Sava Day, Covered dish dinner and program.
January 29 - Veneration of Precious Chains of St. Peter
January 31 - St. Athanasius the Great

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

Parish Life

Congratulations to Phil and Christina Sivak and to the grandparents of new daughter Ksenije.

Congratulations to Linda Chambers recently sworn in for another term as First Assistant District Attorney in Greene County.

Congratulations to Paige Shlosky recently named to the Dean's List at Baldwin Wallace College.

Thank you to everyone supporting and participating in the St. Sava program today.

The Uniontown Herald Standard has been very good to the St. George Church in publishing church announcements and activities.

The Masontown Telegraph has been very good to the St. George Church in publishing church related articles.

Radio Station WMBS has been very good to the St. George Church in the broadcasts appearing on the station.

Tom Hunter devotes a lot of time preparing the radio broadcasts and in maintaining the parish website to ensure the highest quality.

Two people came to Adult Class this past Thursday. Class again this coming week at 7:00 PM.

Remember the men and women working in dangerous occupations including those in the mines and criminal justice agencies, the police, correctional officers and parole agents.

Remember the sick, the suffering, the imprisoned, those in rehab centers, nursing homes, jails and prisons.

Remember the Suffering Serbian People in Kosovo and Metohija.

Remember the men and women serving in the military and their families.

If you do not celebrate you family Slava, it is time to begin.

If you have not been to Holy Confession and Holy Communion, please prepare yourself.

When making funeral arrangements, please talk to the parish priest to ensure the arrangements are consistent with the practices of the Holy Orthodox Church.

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

To Consider

The love of and for St. Sava.
The continuing influence of St.Sava on daily life.
St. Sava's life in Christ.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

January 20 and January 25 - Blessed one home each day.
January 23 - Went to Morgantown , W.Va. for printing purposes.
January 24 - Went to Diocesan Center.
January 26 - Went to Fairmont, West Virginia.

From the Desert Fathers

Abba Poemen said, "In Abba Pambo we see three bodily activities; abstinence from food until the evening every day, silence, and much manual work.


Thirty-Fifth Sunday after Pentecost

John 20:19-31

Then, the same day at evening, being the first day of the week, when the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled, for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood in the midst and said to them, "Peace be with you." When He had said this, He showed them His hands and His side. Then the disciples were glad when they saw the Lord. So Jesus said to them, again, "Peace to you! As the Father has sent Me, I also send you." And when he had said this, He breathed on them, and said to them, "Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained." Now Thomas, called the Twin, one of the twelve, was not with them when Jesus came. The other disciples therefore said to him, "We have seen the Lord." So he said to them, "Unless I see in His hands the print of the nails, and put my hand in His side, I will not believe." And after eight days His disciples were again inside, and Thomas with them. Jesus came, the doors being shut, and stood in the midst, and said, "Peace to you!" Then He said to Thomas, "Reach your finger here, and look at My hands; and reach your hand here, and put it into My side. Do not be unbelieving, but believing." And Thomas answered and said to Him, My Lord and My God." Jesus said to him, "Thomas, because you have seen Me, you have believed. Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed."

St. Sava

John 10:9-16

"I am the door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture. The thief does not come except to steal and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly. I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd gives His life for the sheep. But a hireling, he who is not the shepherd, one who does not own the sheep, sees the wolf coming and leaves the sheep and flees; and the wolf catches the sheep and scatters them. The hireling flees because he is a hireling and does not care about the sheep. I am the good shepherd; and I know My sheep, and am known by My own. As the Father knows Me, even so I know the Father; and I lay down My life for the sheep. And other sheep I have which are not of this fold; them also I must bring, and they will hear My voice; and there will be one flock and one shepherd.

Today is Sunday. The Holy Orthodox Church celebrates the Resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ each Sunday. The joy of the Resurrection radiates through the centuries.

The joy of the Resurrection has a place in the life of each believer. Jesus Christ's Resurrection provides permanent hope for believers in every circumstance.

The Holy Apostle Peter wrote centuries ago: "Sanctify the Lord God in your hearts, and always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear;" (I Peter 3:15)

Christ keeps this hope alive in His Holy Church. Christ does not permit the flame of hope to be extinguished by any force.

Believers in the worst of circumstances, believers in the worst depressions can hope in Christ and experience a better life. Pain and tragedy can hurt to the depths of a being. Turning to Christ will bring an improvement.

The loss of a loved one, strained relationships, or devastating illness in a family can test the limits of endurance. Faith in God never goes unrewarded. Faith in God is the soundest investment.

Today the Holy Orthodox Church celebrates St. Sava the First Serbian Archbishop. Serbian Orthodox Christians' love for St. Sava is magnified with the passing of centuries.

Serbian Orthodox Christians honor St. Sava in many different ways. Children are named Sava. Churches are named in honor of St. Sava. St. Sava programs are held throughout the world. Believers pray to St. Sava.

Peace and love are identified with St. Sava. St. Sava is known as an educator, a man of prayer, and a peacemaker.

St. Sava gave up the promises of wealth and riches for the life in Christ. St. Sava determined the value of eternal life, the value of the life of prayer outweighed all other choices available to him.

On Holy Mt. Athos, monks continue in prayer in Monastery Hilandar and in the small chapel of St. Sava in Karye. Centuries pass and the monastic life on the Holy Mountain benefits the world day after day.

In America and elsewhere changes take place in worldly life. Violence and the decline of morality are common news items. Orthodox monastics take a different path. They take the path of Christ.

St. Sava chose the way of Christ. The Serbian Orthodox Church teaches the way of Christ as has been the practice since the time of St. Sava. The Lord Jesus Christ said: "I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it." (Mt.16:18)

Individuals interested in eternal life, individuals interested in eternal values, individuals interested in the salvation of the soul, choose the way of Christ. St. Sava chose the way of Christ.

Everyday is a day to give thanks to God for the opportunity to choose. Everyday is a day to give thanks to St. Sava for having made the choice he made. Before St. Sava and afterwards, martyrs and saints and steadfast believers have been faithful to Christ.

St. Sava strengthened the worldwide commitment to Christ by his enduring example. Many have followed in his footsteps. Each person does well to travel the same path. Always seek to learn of Christ, to foster peace and be at prayer.
St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
January 14 / January 27, 2008
St. Sava Day.
Thirty-Fifth Sunday after Pentecost.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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