St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 523 - January 12 / 25, 2009

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 12 / 25, 2009
Sunday after Theophany
No. 523

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

Ephesians 4:4-6

There is one body and on Spirit, just as you were called in one hope of your calling; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all

Recent Services
January 17
Midnight Office, Matins, First Hour read.
One person came for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
January 18
Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour were read.
Twenty-one people came for the Hierarchical Divine Liturgy served by His Grace Bishop Dr. MITROPHAN assisted by Father Deacon Dragoslav Kosic.
Great Blessing of Water and also Blessing of Monongahela River by His Grace.
January 19
Matins read. Eight people came for Divine Liturgy and Great Blessing of Water.
Ninth Hour and Vespers read. Two communicants.
January 20
Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour were read.
One person came for Divine Liturgy. One communicant.
Ninth and Vespers read.

Services This Coming Week - Always Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule

Midnight Office, Matins, First Hour. Third and Sixth Hours followed by Divine Liturgy.

5:30 AM on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday.

4:00 PM

6:30 PM followed by Adult Class at 7:00 PM.

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

Today, January 25 - Parish Annual Meeting
January 27 - St. Sava
January 29 - Chains of St. Peter
January 31 - St. Athanasius the Great, St. Maksim, Archbishop of Serbia.
February 1 - Parish St. Sava Program, Covered Dish.
February 7 - St. Gregory the Theologian
February 12 - Holy Three Hierarchs
February 15 - Presentation of the Lord
February 26 - St. Simeon the Myrrhgusher
February 27-28 - Diocesan Assembly
March 1 - Forgiveness Sunday
March 2 - Great Lent begins
March 8 - Sunday of Orthodoxy
March 15 - Second Sunday of Great Lent
March 22 - Third Sunday of Great Lent

If you are too busy to are too busy!

Remember the Suffering Serbian People in Kosovo and Metohija

Parish Life

Thank you to all attending the Monongahela River blessing.

Thank you to all staying for the Annual Meeting.

Thank you to all making an effort to live the Christian life each day.

Thank you to all supporting the parish church.

Thank you to all praying for the sick, the suffering, those in prison and rehab centers and their staffs and caregivers.

Thank you to all remembering the men and women in the military.

Thank you to all remember those employed in dangerous work, those working criminal justice, police, corrections, probation and parole, those working in mines, firefighters and others working in danger.

Thank you to all serving on the parish Executive Board through the year.

Thank you to all attending Adult Classes through the year.

Thank you to Choir and Kolo members.

Thank you to all listening to the parish radio broadcast.

Read your Bible dayear.

Tell your friends about the parish radio broadcasily.

Every parishioner is a missionary.

Honor the fast days of the Church throughout the year.

Tell your friends about the parish radio broadcast.

A Thought from His Grace Bishop Dr. MITROPHAN

All the Holy Mysteries, and especially the Holy Mystery of the Eucharist, unite all of us in the Church of Christ. We become communicants, of His Body and Blood, true and authentic. Through this Holy Mystery we become Christ's kin.

(The Teachings of Saint Apostle Paul on the Church Translation by Protopresbyter Stefan Zaremba. 2001, pp. 64) )

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

To Consider

Water in the life of a believer.
The use of water in the Church.
The enduring value of water in the Christian life.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

January 17 - Went to Morgantown for printing purposes.
January 20 - Blessed one home as part of family Slava.

From the Wisdom of Sirach

Have regard for your name, since it will remain for you longer than a thousand great stores of gold. The days of a good life are numbered, but a good name endures for ever.

Sunday after Theophany
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."

Jesus spoke about repentance. Repentance involves a willingness to change. Repentance involves an acknowledgement of not living in ways pleasing to God and experiencing fulfillment in God.

The message Jesus spoke centuries ago about repentance is relevant today. Not everyone will heed the message. Individuals heeding the word of the Lord Jesus Christ will greatly benefit.

The benefits of the Christian life far outweigh the benefits of any other practices and life choices. The life in Christ is the most complete. The Triune God confessed in The Nicene-Creed offers the best for life.

Individuals make choices. Some seek fulfillment in other forms of religion. Some seek fulfillment by denying God and denouncing the Christian way. Some give no thought to God at all.

The Holy Apostle Paul said: "He who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully." (2 Cor. 9:6)

We invest in the Kingdom of God when we invest in the Christian life. Jesus said: "Lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal." (Mt. 6:20)

Every person according to his or her ability makes choices about the life in Christ. Each person chooses the degree to nourish the soul. Choices are made throughout the day.

The importance of Christ in each life is measured by the choices made consistent with the life in Christ. Jesus said: "You will know them by their fruits." (Mt. 7:16).

The message of repentance is a message of change. Individuals always have the opportunity to become "new" in Christ. Individuals have the opportunity to say "no" to the "old" ways of life and begin anew.

The Holy Apostle Paul told the Corinthians: "If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new." (2 Cor. 5:17)

Individuals baptized into Christ become new in Christ. Individuals repenting, coming to Holy Confession and Holy Communion become new in Christ.

Individuals are renewed by prayer and fasting. Individuals are renewed by attending the Divine services of the Church. Individuals are renewed by reading the Holy Scriptures.

Individuals continually choose between the path to eternal life or eternal damnation. Each choice takes a person closer towards the end consistent with the decisions made.

Jesus' message of repentance is a call for a change in the course of a person's life before it is too late. Some people have good intentions but never act on them. They die before they repent or make amends.

We never know when our last breath will be taken. We never know when we will become the victim of a crime, an accident fatality or have a fatal illness. We don't know when Jesus will return to judge us.

We need to always care for our souls. We need to heed Jesus' words: "Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour in which the Son of Man is coming." (Mt. 25:13)

Life-taking accidents happen daily. Violent crimes occur daily. Each believer does well to be at peace with God, with family members and with friends. Each believer does well to be living in ways pleasing God,

Believers do well to seek the love and mercy of God. Believers do well to seek fulfillment in God. Believers do well not to live in fear because of failure to repent. Better to repent and experience God's forgiveness.

We are blessed to have centuries of evidence of the love of God and the mercy of God. We are blessed to have centuries of testimony to the life in Christ realized by the saints.

We are blessed to live in an atmosphere where we are able to practice our Christian faith. We deny ourselves the fullness of life when we fail to make choices pleasing to God.

We do not reap the full value of the life in Christ if we do not invest greatly in the Kingdom. Each person does well to evaluate the amount of effort and time invested in the Kingdom of God each day.

Self-evaluation of our Christian beliefs and practices can lead to a better life in Christ. We must act on our faith in Christ if we expect to experience the fullness in Christ.

Jesus said: "Not everyone who says to Me, 'Lord, Lord,' shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven." (Mt. 7:21)
St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
January 12 / 25, 2009
Sunday after Theophany.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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