St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 622 - December 6 / December 19, 2010

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
December 6 / December 19, 2010
St. Nicholas Day
No. 622

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

I Timothy 6:10-12

For the love of money is the root of all kinds of evil, for which some have strayed from the faith in their greediness, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows. But you, O man of God, flee these things and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, gentleness. Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, to which you were also called and have confessed the good confession in the presence of many witnesses.

Recent Services
December 9
Ninth Hour and Vespers were read. One person came.
December 10
Matins and First Hour were read.
December 11
Matins and First Hour were read.
Three people came for Ninth Hour and Great Vespers with Litya.
December 12
Matins and First Hour were read.
Third and Sixth Hours were read followed by Divine Liturgy. Twenty-two people attended. Seven communicants.

Services This Coming Week - Always Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule

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

5:30 AM Matins and First Hour on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday.

4:00 PM Ninth Hour and Vespers on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday.

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

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

December 19 - St. Nicholas, Children's Day
December 20 - St. Ambrose; St. Grigorije of Gornjak
December 26 - St. Gavrilo; St.Nikodim of Serbian, Mother's Day
December 27-30 - Youth Retreat at Shadeland
December 30-January 1 - Clergy Gathering at Shadeland
December 30 - Deacon Avakum, Martyr.
December 31 - St. Sebastian and Companions; St. Modestus
January 2 - St. Ignatius of Antioch, St. Daniel III of Serbia, Father's Day
January 5 - St. Nahum of Ohrid
January 6 - Christmas Eve
January 7 - Feast of the Nativity of the Lord Jesus Christ
January 8 - Synaxis of the Most Holy Theotokos

If you are too busy to are too busy!

Remember the Suffering Serbian People in Kosovo and Metohijia and All Suffering People Everywhere

Parish Life

Christina Sivak has completed another semester of study at the University of Pittsburgh towards becoming a nurse anesthetist. Congratulations to Steven Majstorovich and Tess Meinert in completing another semester of studies at West Virginia University. Congratulations to Peter Shlosky in completing another semester of studies at Penn State University.

Congratulations to Stoycho Rumenov Stoychev and parents Very Reverend Rumen and Matushka Katya Stoychev. Stoycho affectionately known as Tony, is graduating from Indiana University of Pennsylvania today with a major in criminal justice.

Remember the sick, the suffering, the imprisoned, those in rehab centers, the homebound, the mentally ill, their caretakers and the institution staffs.

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

Remember the workers in mines, law-enforcement, corrections, probation and parole and firefighters, all working in dangerous occupations.

Thank you to the faithful St. George Kolo members and friends helping to bake rolls.

Honor the Nativity Fast until the Feast of the Nativity on January 7.

Tell your friends and relatives to listen to the St. George radio broadcast each week.

Bring a friend to church when you come.

Prepare for Holy Confession and Communion during the Nativity Fast.

A Thought from St. John Chrysostom

When we teach our children to be good, to be gentle, to be forgiving (all these are attributes of God), to be generous, to love their fellow men, to regard this present age as nothing, we instill virtue in their souls, and reveal the image of God within them. This, then, is our task: to educate both ourselves and our children in godliness; otherwise what answer will we have before Christ's judgment-seat?

(On Marriage and Family Life Translated by Catherine P. Roth and David Anderson. St. Vladimir's Seminary Press, Crestwood, New York, 2003 )

To Consider

The enduring impact of St. Nicholas.
The shining example of the Christian life in St. Nicholas.
The many men and women named in honor of St. Nicholas.

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

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

December 10 - Went to Hopwood for pomen for +Henry Lehning at funeral home. Attended burial the next day at St. George Cemetery.
December 10 - Attended ethics class at Fairmont University' Gasper Caperton Center in Clarksburg, W.Va. sponsored by West Virginia University Division of Social Work.
December 11 - Went to Morgantown, W.Va. for printing purposes.
December 13 - Attended Divine Liturgy at Holy Trinity Orthodox Church, State College, Pennsylvania.

Psalm 91/92:1

It is a good thing to give thanks to the Lord, and to sing praises unto Thy name, O Most High.

St. Nicholas Day

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 you reward is great in heaven, for in like manner their fathers did to the prophets.

Believers come to the Lord Jesus Christ for healing, for nourishment and for direction. The Gospel for St. Nicholas speaks of the healing power of the Lord Jesus Christ. The Gospel describes the power going forth from the Lord Jesus Christ. Christ attracted the multitude's interest in being healed. Christ attracted the multitude's interest in hearing Him. The message of Christ is proclaimed in churches throughout the world. Serious believers seek to hear the word of God regularly and attempt to live by it.

Today we celebrate St. Nicholas whose life in Christ continues to be an example. St. Nicholas demonstrated his love for Christ by the way he lived. His love for Christ radiates through the centuries and inspires believers. Believers of each century seeking to learn about Christ do well to study the lives of the saints and martyrs. Saints and martyrs are believers taking their baptismal commitment seriously. Saints and martyrs put Christ first in their lives to a degree that leaves no doubt they were serious about Christ. Saints and martyrs find completeness in Christ. They find peace and joy in Christ.

Every individual has to determine how to experience peace in daily life. Every person is in need of love. Christ provides lasting peace. Christ provides immeasurable love. Christ going to the Cross is lasting evidence of His love. Christ rising from the dead shows that no barrier prevents the love of Christ from triumphing.

Often stories are told of men or women who have been prisoners of war or have been lost in the wilderness. These individuals in the most trying of circumstances maintained resolute hope in Christ. They kept their faith in Christ. The believed they survived because of Christ. St. Bishop NIKOLAI (Velimirovic) was part of a memorable celebration on Pascha at the Dachau concentration camp. The Paschal celebration in 1945 on St. George's Day bears testimony to the faith of believers living under the most adverse circumstances. 1

Modern life with many conveniences and attractions can distract individuals from being concerned about the Christian life. A person can be overcome by the multitude of choices and decisions that need to be made each day. The soul is always hungry and requires nourishment from Christ. Consistent effort must be made that daily demands of life do not obscure the necessity of following Christ and being true to Christ. Christ enables believers to put life in the best perspective.

Joy is associated with the love of St. Nicholas. This joy is Christ shining forth through the life of St. Nicholas. Individuals healed by Christ experience joy. Individuals knowing they are loved by Christ experience joy. Individuals partaking of the Precious Body and Blood of Christ know of the joy of Christ. Reading the Holy Gospel is a source of joy.

The Christian life is a life of joy. Constant adherence to Christ is necessary. Faithful walking the path of Christ is necessary. The way of the Cross is necessary. The joy of Pascha follows the darkness of Holy Friday. Many individuals and families today celebrate St. Nicholas as their patron saint. These believers celebrate St. Nicholas as their Krsna Slava and trace their Christian identity to this feast day. All believers are placed under the sign of the Cross at Holy Baptism. Believers rise with Christ from the waters of Baptism.

The Christ identity is complete and fulfilling. On Pascha the Gospel of St. John is read. These words are proclaimed: "The Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth." (Jn. 1:14)

Believers of every century find healing, nourishment and completeness in Christ. The commemoration of St. Nicholas every Thursday throughout the year and every December is a strong reminder to inspire the faithful in Christ. The world is better today because of St. Nicholas and countless other saints and martyrs living true to Christ. Every century benefits from the saints and martyrs of the past. Every century needs new saints and martyrs to address contemporary ills and to witness to the living Christ.

Parents have strong influence on their children. When speaking to children about who to emulate, parents do well to point their children toward Christ, His Most Holy Mother and all the saints and martyrs. Children need to come to church regularly to learn about St. Nicholas and all the saints and martyrs having committed their lives to Christ. The life that endures is the life that rests in Christ. Parents wanting to prepare their children for the future will teach them about Christ. Parents wanting to ensure their future and their children's future will live the life of Christ.

1Internet posting on the site of "Wake Up from Your Slumber" of an article originally published in Again Magazine, Spring 2004

St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
December 6 / December 19, 2010
Thirtieth Sunday after Pentecost.
St. Nicholas

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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