St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 626 - January 3 / January 16, 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
January 3 / January 16, 2011
The Sunday before the Feast of Theophany
No. 626

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

I Timothy 3:8-9

Likewise deacons must be reverent, not double-tounged, not given to much wine, not greedy for money, holding the mystery of the faith with a pure conscience.

Recent Services
January 5
Matins and First Hour were read.
Two people came for the reading of Vespers.
January 6
Morning: Thirteen people came for Divine Liturgy. Ten communicants.
Approximatley 100 people came for the Blessing of the Badnjak.
Sixty-four people attended the Vigil service.
January 7
Twenty nine people came for the Divine Liturgy on Christmas. Seven communicants.
January 8
Eight people came for Divine Liturgy. Seven communicants.
January 9
Thirteen people came for Divine Liturgy.
January 10
Matins and First Hour were read.
Vespers was read.
January 11
Matins and First Hour were read.
Vespers was read.
Pomen was held for Michael Rogish in Masontown at the funeral home.
January 12
Funeral service was held for Michael Rogish at the St. George Church with burial in the parish cemetery.
Vespers was read in late afternoon.

Services This Coming Week. Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule

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

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

4:00 PM on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday,

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

8:00 AM-Divine Liturgy. Blessing of Holy Water.

8:00 AM Divine Liturgy.

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

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

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

Sympathy extended to John and Susan Ralich Quick of Morgantown, Susan's father +Nick Ralich of Aliquippa having recently departed this life.

Sympathy extended to the family of +Jule Bobik of Pittsburgh recently departed this life.

Sympathy extended to the family of +Michael Mac Rogish recently departed this life.

Father Milan Sturgis wrote from Kabul, Afghanistan to express respect and his memories of +Mac Rogish.

Diane Trbovich follows the progress of the St. George Church with great care.

The attendance on Christmas Eve appeared to be a record high number.

It was good to see many, many children on Christmas Eve.

Dustin Menhart is preparing to begin his new position at West Point. He expects to be promoted to the rank of Major in February.

The St. George Church has been well represented in the United States Armed Forces.

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.

Many members of the Hunchuck Family were here from Florida for Christmas.

Mildred Zorman makes a determined effort to attend the Divine Liturgy regularly.

The St. George Choir provides important comfort at funerals and memorial services.

A Thought from Proto Radovan Milkovich

So, as far as God is concerned, as Our Lord Jesus is concerned, he does not accept second place in our life, in our heart, in our soul. Not the second, and still less the last! And that is the place left for him more often than we care to admit.

( 1978 Calendar of the Serbian Orthodox Church in the United States of America and Canada. )

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

To Consider

The baptism of Jesus in the Jordan.
The manifestation of the Holy Trinity.
The Church's celebration of Jesus' baptism.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

January 5 - Went to Morgantown for printing purposes.
January 5 - Visited parishioner in Uniontown.
January 7 - Visited parishioner in Fairchance.
January 9 - Served pomen at Jefferson Memorial Funeral Home, Pleasant Hills for +Jules Bobik.
January 10 - Attended funeral for +Nick Ralich at St. Elijah Church, Aliquippa.
January 11 - Served pomen for +Michael Rogish in funeral home.
January 12 - Funeral service and burial of +Michael Rogish.

Psalm 95/96:1-2

Oh, sing to the Lord a new song! Sing to the Lord all the earth. Sing to the Lord, bless, bless His name; Proclaim the good news of His salvation from day to day.

The Sunday Before Theophany

Mark 1:1-8

The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. As it is written in the Prophets: 'Behold I send My messenger before Your face. Who will prepare Your way before You." The voice of one crying in the wilderness: ' Prepare the way of the Lord: Make His pathways straight.'" John came baptizing in the wilderness and preaching a baptism of repentance for the remission of sins. Then all the land of Judea, and those from Jerusalem, went out to him and were all baptized by him in the Jordan River, confessing their sins. Now John was clothed with camel's hair and with a leather belt around his waist, and he ate locusts and wild honey. And he preached saying, "There comes One after me who is mightier than I, whose sandal strap I am not worthy to stoop down and loose. I indeed baptized you with water, but He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit."

We prepare at this time for the forthcoming Feast of Theophany. The baptizing of Jesus in the Jordan is a major feast in the Holy Orthodox Church. The Church sets aside a definite period of time for the Feast of Theophany. The Divine services of the Church reveal the Church's understanding of the Feast. Believers benefit from taking time to attend the Divine Liturgy of the Feast and to be present for Great Blessing of Water. The world is renewed with the Great Blessing of Water. The world is viewed differently. Christians view the world as Christ would have the world viewed. The Christian view of the world may differ from prevailing views in certain cultures and communities. Nations and communities exist which have less than a favorable view of Christianity. Christians suffer today as they did in centuries past in certain communities where belief in Christ results in persecution of the believer.

Individuals in America have reason to give thanks to God for the freedom of worship in parish churches and should make maximum use of this freedom. Pray for believers suffering in other countries where freedom of religion does not exist.

Consider the commitment to Christ of St. John the Baptist. Consider the fervency of belief in St. John the Baptist. Believers do well to measure the fervency of personal belief in Christ and the fervency of practice of faith. Being lukewarm as a Christian is dangerous. In Revelation we read of the dangers of being lukewarm. Revelation 3:16 states: "Because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will vomit you out of My mouth." Fervency of faith increases a person's experience with Christ. Fervency in faith increases a person's growth in Christ.

Each person determines the degree to which he or she is committed to the way of Christ. St. John the Baptist knew the value of repentance and expressed the need for repentance. The need for repentance is not commonly expressed in contemporary society. Contemporary society would benefit immensely if more people took the need for repentance seriously.

Repentance is recognition of how far our personal lives deviate from the way God would have us to live them. Repentance is recognition that our values do not conform to the values set forth by God. Repentance is recognition that our personal relationships do not measure up to the standards set by God. A review of the Ten Commandments and the teachings of Christ will quickly reveal personal shortcomings of each person. An examination of the fervency of belief in the lives of saints and martyrs will quickly reveal the shallowness of our personal faith. A review of personal reasons for not attending Divine services of major feasts will expose personal priorities and how much we value God. A time study of daily use of time will quickly reveal how much time is given to God and how much time is given to matters that do not pertain to God.

The Nativity of Christ is a time of great joy. The baptism of Christ in the Jordan is a time of great joy. Drawing near to Christ and remaining fervent in Christ is reason for great joy. The joy of Christ is available to all making the decisions to freely follow the way of Christ. Believers adopting values set forth by Christ will attempt to seriously live in ways pleasing to Christ. The Cross always has a place in the Christian life. The resolute Christian will always cling to the hope set forth by Christ's Resurrection when enduring pain identified with the Cross.

The love of God was manifested on the Cross and shown forth in the Resurrection. Repentance enables believers to cast behind ways that lead to a lasting death. Repentance enables believers to embrace the way of Christ and seek eternal life.

St. John the Baptist had a relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ that no other person would have. Baptizing Jesus certainly would have a definitive effect on St. John. One cannot measure the depth of the impact of upon St. John. The relationship with Jesus is personal for each person. Though we celebrate together in the Church and are united as believers, our relationship with Jesus is specific to each of us. Each of us has a particular set of circumstances and needs. Each of us has a certain degree of faith and belief which is unique.

We are at the beginning of a new year. We are at a period of renewal in Christ. This is an opportune moment to increase our commitment to Christ and our practice of the faith as Jesus would have us do. This is an opportune moment to begin the year with a seriousness that will enable extensive growth in Christ. Individuals are limited in growth in Christ only to the extent that faith and trust are put in Christ. Saints and martyrs put unlimited faith and trust in Christ and experience unlimited growth. Saints and martyrs provide the continuing proof that putting faith and trust in Christ is beneficial.

St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
January 3 / January 16, 2011
Sunday before Theophany.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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