St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 627 - January 10 / January 23, 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 10 / January 23, 2011
The Sunday after the Feast of Theophany
No. 627

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 one 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. (NKJV)

Recent Services
January 14
Two people came for Divine Liturgy.
January 15
Eleven people came to Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Church in Fairmont, W.Va. for Divine Liturgy.
One person came for Ninth Hour and Vespers to St. George Church.
January 16
Twenty-five people came to St. George Church for Divine Liturgy. Four communicants.
January 18
Two people came for reading from the Akathist to Jesus Christ.
January 19
Six people came for Divine Liturgy and Great Blessing of Water.
January 20
Two people came for Divine Liturgy.

Services This Coming Week. Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule

Third and Sixth Hours followed by Divine Liturgy. Blessing of Monongahela River.

Thursday, January 27
8:00 AM Divine Liturgy, St. Sava Day.

5:30 AM Matins and First Hour.
4:00 PM Vespers.

5:30 AM Matins and First Hour.

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

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 - nnual Meeting
February 6 - St. Sava Program
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 27 - Meatfare Sunday
March 6 - Cheesefare 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

Several St. George parishioners celebrate St. John (Jan 20) as their Slava.

News was received that +Wilbur Hubley, a retired dedicated public servant for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania departed this life.

Please be attentive to the Church calendar each day.

Make an effort to come to the Divine Liturgies scheduled during the week.

It is time for home blessings to begin.

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.

Adult classes will resume on February 1.

If you have questions regarding the practices of the Church, ask Father Rodney.

If you or a family member are hospitalized and want the priest to visit, please ask.

Bring a friend or relative to church when you come.

Tell your friends and relatives to listen to the parish radio broadcast.

Thank God for the many continued blessings for the St. George Church.

Thank God for the many friends of the St. George Church.

A Thought from Father Aleksa Micich

My dear brothers and sisters, our life on this earth is shorter than we often think it is. It is never too early to consider our place in eternity and what we can do to improve ourselves to maintain that image of God in which we were created. What a wonder! We were created in the image of the almighty One! For such a great blessing, much is expected of us, and therefore, we cannot sleep. Another great wonder is that for all of our shortfalls, we are promised a chance at redemption. Let us grasp it."

(St. Luke Newsletter March 2010. Washington D.C. )

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

To Consider

The continued celebration of the Feast of Theophany
The approach of the Feast of St. Sava
Daily attentiveness to God at work in our lives.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

January 14 - Went to Morgantown for printing purposes.
January 15 - Served Divine Liturgy in Fairmont, W.Va. Blessed one home in area of Fairmont.
January 20 - Went to Ruby Memorial Hospital, Morgantown, W.Va. for pastoral visit.

Psalm 97/98: 4

Shout joyfully to the Lord, all the earth; break forth in song, rejoice, and sing praises.

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."

Each Gospel message is a proclamation of the Church. The same Gospel message is read in all parishes and monasteries. The Church considers each Gospel reading of sufficient merit to be proclaimed in all the various locations. Every person hearing the Gospel is unique with particular needs, interests and problems. The Gospel will reach each attentive listener in ways that will be nourishing to the soul.

Each person is at a different state of Christian development. Ages and mental abilities vary among individuals attending church and listening to the Gospel. Concentration skills differ. The degree of interest in the Gospel is not the same for each person. Some individuals are very intent, listening with great care to every word. Others are less attentive. Change is expected by the Church with each reading of the Gospel. The Church expects believers to benefit from the hearing of the Holy Gospel. Lives are expected to change as a result.

In the current Gospel, Jesus preached and proclaimed the need for repentance. Every believer is not willing to accept the need for change. Every believer is not accepting of having personal sin. When accepting the existence of personal sin and desiring the purity that comes with being serious about Christ, the need for repentance becomes more obvious.

The battle against sin and darkness is a daily battle for the believer. Christ provides the way of light. He provides the way of purity. Jesus said: "I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life." (Jn. 8:12). Jesus offers a bright future for those choosing to follow Him and live in ways pleasing to Him. Introspection will reveal the goals of individuals. Every person's personal goals and interests eventually become known. Individuals sincerely interested in the way of Christ do not remain hidden. We read in the lives of the saints even those who lived as hermits and continued to remove themselves to the wilderness became known as individuals sought them out for prayer and healing.

Jesus said: "You will know them by their fruits." (Mt. 7:16). Each person will be known by his or her fruits. If we are not satisfied with our fruits, it is time to turn to Christ and to repent. It is time to plant different seeds. It is time to let the message of the Gospel grow in our hearts, minds and lives. We cannot always go back and make right the wrongs we have already committed. We can be sorry for wrongs committed and resolve to do better with the help of God. Confession helps believers to begin anew. Communion provides strength and unity with Christ that is the best new beginning.

Jesus took on human flesh. He deigned to be born in a cave. He deigned to be baptized by John in the Jordan. Jesus set the standard for humility. He set the greatest example of humility. Each believer does well to turn to God with humbleness of mind and heart, seeking direction for the remaining days of life. Jesus offers a life that is full beyond expectations. At this time when the blessing of Holy Water and the blessing of homes is are on the minds of believers, let us consider the memorable words of Jesus. Jesus told the Samaritan woman at the well: "Whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst. But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life." (Jn. 4:14)

Jesus provides nourishment that gives the believer the fullness of life. When entering into the Christian life, the total life of the believer is dedicated to Christ. Christ continues to enrich and illumine the life of the believer faithfully following Him. The Holy Gospel is a form of nourishment by Christ. The Precious Body and Blood are a form of nourishment by Christ. Jesus said: "I am the bread of life. He who comes to Me shall never hunger, and he who believes in Me shall never thirst." (Jn. 6:35)

Believers awake each morning to a new day. Decisions are made throughout the day as to whether to honor and follow Christ. We were not partially dedicated to Christ at baptism. We were totally dedicated to Christ. Each day is a day to be totally dedicated to God. Christ is the common link for believers each day. Each day believers benefit by living in ways that please Christ. Not everyone is called to live the same each day. The Holy Apostle Paul spoke of differences when he said: "We have many members in one body, but all members do not have the same function." (Rom. 12:4-8). Each person has different gifts and blessings from God. Utilizing the gifts and blessings from God for the glory of God is the determining factor for each person.

The way we get along with each other is a measurement of our seriousness about the Christian life. Christians are expected to get along with others. This does not mean compromising beliefs or principles. This does not mean being accommodating of practices which dilute belief in Christ. It means simply to be at peace whenever possible with all who we meet in daily life. St. John wrote: If we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from sin." (I Jn. 1:7).

St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
January 10 / January 23, 2011
Sunday after Theophany.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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