St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 625 - December 27, 2010 / January 9, 2011

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 27, 2010 / January 9, 2011
The Sunday after the Feast of the Nativity
No. 625

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

Mir Bozji Hristos se Rodi - Divine Peace Christ is Born!

Recent Services
January 2
Third and Sixth Hours were read followed by the Divine Liturgy. Thirty people attended. Four communicants.
January 3
Matins and First Hour were read. One person attended.
Vespers was read.
January 4
Matins and First Hour were read

Services This Coming Week - Please Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule

5:30 AM Matins and First Hour.
10:00 AM Divine Liturgy.

5:30 AM on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday.

4:00 PM on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday.

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

January 9 - St. Stephen, Protomartyr and Archdeacon
January 13 - Apodasis of Nativity
January 14 - Circumcision of the Lord. St. Basil the Great. New Year.
January 16 - Parish Annual Assembly
January 18 - Feast of Holy Cross
January 19 - Theophany
January 20 - Synaxis of St. John, Prophet, Forerunner and Baptist
January 23 - Blessing of the Monongahela River
January 26 - Apodasis of Theophany
January 27 - St. Sava, First Serbian Archbishop
January 29- - Chains of St. Peter
January 30 - St. Sava Program
January 31 - St. Maxim of Serbia. St.Athanasius the Great
February 12 - Holy Three Hierarchs
February 13 - Sunday of the Publican and the Pharisee
February 15 - Presentation of the Lord
February 18-19 - Diocesan Assembly, Clearwater, Florida.
February 20 - Sunday of the Prodigal Son
February 26 - Memorial Saturday
February 27 - Meatfare Sunday

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

Thank you to all coming to church for the Feast of the Nativity and helping with the celebration.

The St. George Choir under the direction of Sonia Janson via radio and internet proclaim the birth of Christ to listeners in many different locations near and far.

Melva and Mitzie Hunchuck through parish mailings provide for the message of Christ's birth to go into homes in many different locations near and far.

Norma Hickman, Phil and Christina Sivak were active in preparing for the Blessing of the Badjnak.

It is good to have Lud Miscovich back in church again. He brought a Christmas tree with him on return.

Happy Slava to all celebrating St.Stephen the Protomartyr and Archdeacon.

Thank you to all honoring the Nativity Fast with due seriousness.

Remember the twelve Sago Miners who lost their lives near French Creek, West Virginia on January 2, 2006. Remember their friends and families.

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.

The Parish Annual Meeting is scheduled for January 16 after the Divine Liturgy.

Honor the birth of Christ in your heart, soul and mind throughout the year.

Remember Christians being persecuted in various parts of the world.

The St. George Church has touched many lives in the past fifty six years.

+Father Nikodim (Pribojan)'s "In a Tiny Country Village" continues to proclaim Christ's birth.

A Thought from St. Athanasius the Great

The Word of God thus acted consistently in assuming a body and using a human instrument to vitalize the body. He was consistent in working through man to reveal Himself everywhere, as well as through the other parts of His creation, so that nothing was left void of His Divinity and knowledge

(On the Incarnation St. Vladimit's Orthodox Theological Seminary Press, Crestwood, New York, 1953 )

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

To Consider

Christ taking on human flesh.
The time and place of Christ's birth.
The continued celebrations of Christ's birth.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

January 3 - Went to Morgantown for printing purposes.

Psalm 94/95:1

Oh come, let us sing to the Lord! Let us shout joyfully to the Rock of our salvation.

Sunday after Nativity

Matthew 2:13-23

Now when they had departed, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream, saying, 'Arise, take the young Child and His mother, flee to Egypt, and stay there until I bring you word; for Herod will seek the young Child to destroy Him. "When he arose, he took the young Child and His mother by night and departed for Egypt, and was there until the death of Herod, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the Lord through the prophet, saying, "Out of Egypt I called My Son." Then Herod, when he saw that he was deceived by the wise men, was exceeding angry; and he sent forth and put to death all the male children who were in Bethlehem and in all its districts, from two years old and under, according to the time which he had determined from the wise men. Then was fulfilled what was spoken by Jeremiah the prophet saying: 'A voice was heard in Ramah, lamentation, weeping for her children, refusing to be comforted, because they are no more." Now when Herod was dead, behold, an angel of he Lord appeared in a dream to Joseph in Egypt, saying, "Arise, take the young Child and His mother, and go to the land of Israel, for those who sought the young Child's life are dead." Then he arose, took the young Child and His mother, and came into the land of Israel. But when he heard that Archelaus was reigning over Judea instead of his father Herod, he was afraid to go there. And being warned by God in a dream, he turned aside into the region of Galilee. And he came and dwelt in a city called Nazareth, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophets, "He shall be called a Nazarene.

Violence occurred at the time of Christ's birth. Violence continues to occur in the present. Individuals choose whether to heed the message and way of Christ or whether to heed the way of death. Every decision a person makes either leads to the life in Christ or to the way of death. Christ took on human flesh to lead believers from the depths of sin to the heights of glorifying God.

Christ took on human flesh to provide new life to individuals serious about their present and their future. The Holy Apostle Paul told the Romans: "The wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord." (Rom. 6:23)

Today the Holy Orthodox Church remembers St. Stephen the Protomartyr and Archdeacon. St. Stephen stood firm for Christ to the point of death. When persecuted he was eloquent about God through the ages. He was forgiving of his persecutors. (Acts 6:8-7:6) Today believers benefit from the Holy Scriptures in governing their lives. Today believers are enriched by the saints.

The birth of Christ is central to the lives of contemporary believers. Serious believers honor the message of Christ's birth in their lives and seek to shape their lives to be in conformity with the ways of Christ. Serious believers honor St.Stephen the Protomartyr and Archdeacon in their lives. Not only those who celebrate St.Stephen as their patron saint benefit from him. Every Christian benefits from the defining witness of St. Stephen. Every deacon has St. Stephen as a model of service and commitment to Christ. Every Christian is called to be servant of Christ and a witness for Christ.

The Church continues to celebrate the Feast of the Nativity Christ and will do so for many more days. The birth of Christ deserves considerable contemplation. Each person benefits from reviewing his or her personal commitment to Christ. Each person benefits from being continuously grateful to Christ for taking on human flesh.

Life would be very depressing if new life in Christ were not possible. Life would be gloomy if a person could never repent and seek forgiveness of sins. The birth of Christ ushered in a hope that endures. The birth of Christ ushered in a restructured worldview that leads to eternal life.

The Feast of the Nativity of Christ is a time to assess personal goals and priorities. The Feast of the Nativity of Christ is a time to assess personal values and use of time. Christ gave Himself completely for our salvation. We benefit by determining how much we give Christ each day. We benefit by determining how much we give Christ each year. Do we give Christ an hour a day in prayer and good works? Do we give Christ more than one hour per week in church? Do we give Christ our thoughts throughout the day? Do we give television or computers or other personal activities more time each day than we give Christ?

When we consider the condition of our souls, do we take time to nourish our souls with the joy of the newborn Christ? The proclamation of Christ's birth is reason for joy to be proclaimed throughout the world. Our hearts, minds and souls will be altered greatly if we accept the full message of Christ's birth.

When our worldview is centered in Christ and Christ is our goal we will experience the peace that comes from Christ. We will experience the nourishment that comes from Christ. We will experience the completeness that is in Christ.

When we are fed by Christ, we are united with Christ. When we listen attentively to the Holy Gospel and take it to heart, our lives change. When we partake of the Precious Body and Blood of Christ, our lives change. When we cast sin behind and cling to Christ for dear life, we experience the life in Christ and there is no equal to the life in Christ.

Peace coming from the birth of Christ rises to the heights summoning believers to reach for Christ and to remain with Him throughout life.

St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
December 27, 2010 / January 9, 2011
Sunday of the Holy Fathers.
Sunday after the Nativity.
St. Stephen the Protomartyr and Archdeacon

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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