St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 680 - January 16 / January 29, 2012

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

Phone 724-966-7428
Phone/Fax 724-966-7780
Cellular Phone 412-860-0944

No. 680
January 16 / January 29, 2012
Zacchaeus Sunday / Chains of St. Peter

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

I John 5:4

For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.

Recent Services
January 20
Matins and First Hour.
Divine Liturgy. Three people attended Divine Liturgy.
Akathist to the Mother of God was read.
January 21
Midnight Office was read at St.George Church.
Eight people came for Divine Liturgy in Fairmont, W.Va.
Two people for Great Vespers at St. George Church.
January 22
Matins and First Hour were read.
Third and Sixth Hours were read.
Thirty-six people came for Divine Liturgy.Four communicants.
Parostos was held.
Akathist to Mother of God was read.

Services This Coming Week. Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule

Matins and First Hour.
Third and Sixth Hour followed by Divine Liturgy.
Blessing of the Kolach and Koljivo.

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

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

3:00 Akathist followed by Adult Class.

Alkathists and Prayers for Special Needs held on request during the week.

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Thanksgiving

Important Dates

January 29 - St. Sava Program and Covered Dish Dinner. Chains of Holy Apostle Peter.
January 31 - St. Athanasius the Great
February 5 - Sunday of the Publican and Pharisee
February 12 - Holy Three Hierarchs. Sunday of the Prodigal Son.
February 15 - Presentation of the Lord
February 18 - Pittsburgh Deanery Meeting on Christian Education
February 19 - Meatfare Sunday, Sunday of the Last Judgment
February 22 - Apodosis of the Presentation
February 24-25 - Diocesan Assembly
February 26 - Simeon the Myrrhgusher, Cheesefare Sunday / Forgiveness Sunday.
February 27 - Beginning of Great Lent
March 3 - Theodore Saturday

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

A warm welcome to all visitors.

Thank you to everyone staying for the St. Sava Program and Dinner.

Thank God for the blessings of the St. George Church.

Thank God for the faithful parishioners, friends and supporters of the St. George Church.

Thank God for the St. George Executive Board, Choir and Kolo.

Adult Class is scheduled for Wednesday afternoon. Plan to attend.

Ask the priest if you have questions about Church practices or teachings.

Watch the twenty videos about the St. George Church on You Tube.

Listen to the St. George radio broadcast on WMBS or the internet.

Thank you to all baking this week.

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

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

Prepare for Holy Confession and Communion regularly.

Let the love of Christ guide all decisions and activities.

Bring a friend or relative the next time you come to church.

Honor your Slava each year.

A Thought from St. Nikolai Velimirovic

The people felt in Savaís person a true friend and shepherd of their very own. They readily believed and obeyed him because they saw him doing what he was teaching. ďThe people were fed by his words as by honey.Ē They loved his simplicity and his sincerity. For he went among the plain people with simplicity as one of them and yet with the unobtrusive superiority of an apostle. Moreover God confirmed him as His own messenger by many miracles he wrought on the sick by prayers.

( The Life of St. Sava. Serbian Eastern Orthodox Diocese for the United States and Canada, Libertyville, Illinois, 1951, p. 83 )

To Consider

The life of St. Sava
The continued impact of St. Sava.
The joy of learning from St. Sava.

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

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

January 20 - Went to Hermitage, Pennsylvania.
January 21 - Served Divine Liturgy in Fairmont, W.Va. Blessed the Monongahela River.
January 21 - Went to parish familyís Slava celebration.
January 22 - Blessed Monongahela River. Went to parish familyís Slava celebration.
January 23 - Went to Washington D.C. for the March for Life.

Proverbs 11:3

The integrity of the upright shall guide them: but the perverseness of transgressors shall destroy them.

Zacchaeus Sunday

Luke 19:1-10

Then Jesus entered and passed through Jericho. Now behold, there was a man named Zacchaeus who was a chief tax collector, and he was rich. And he sought to see who Jesus was, but could not because of the crowd, for he was short of stature. So he ran ahead and climbed up into a sycamore tree to see Him for He was going to pass that way. And when Jesus came to the place, He looked up and saw him and said to him, 'Zacchaeus, make haste and come down, for today I must stay at your house' So he made haste and came down, and received Him joyfully. But when they saw it, they all complained saying, "He has gone to be a guest with a man who is a sinner.' Then Zacchaeus stood and said to the Lord, "Look, Lord, I give half of my goods to the poor; and if I have taken anything from anyone by false accusation, I restore fourfold." And Jesus said to him, "Today salvation has come to this house, because he also is a son of Abraham; for the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost."

Zacchaeus was willing to put forth effort to draw near to the Lord Jesus Christ. Zacchaeus was serious about putting his life in order. He ran and climbed a tree to get a view of the Lord Jesus Christ. He was active.

Zacchaeus not only wanted to draw closer to Jesus, He wanted his life put in order regarding individuals he defrauded. He restored fourfold that which he obtained improperly. He was generous to the poor.

Zacchaeus set an example of sacrifice in his willingness to be near the Lord Jesus Christ and in putting his life in order. Zacchaeus Sunday begins the movement of the Church toward the arrival of Great Lent.

Believers are expected to seek transformation of their lives. With the arrival of Zacchaeus Sunday, increased attentiveness to the condition of the soul is expected. Increased commitment to the life in Christ is expected.

The personal battle against sin requires daily vigilance. The mind and heart must be protected. Sin cannot be permitted to take firm root. The Gospel for Zacchaeus Sunday reminds believers of the need for renewal.

Focusing on Christ is a year-round expectation. Believers need to be disciplined not to stray from the path to the Kindgom of God. Every moment of our lives is to be devoted to the Lord Jesus Christ.

The arrival of Zacchaeus Sunday sets in motion the intended process of renewal. Christ is the basis for renewal. Christ is the nourishment, the way and foundation for renewal.

The way of sin is firmly and officially rejected at Holy Baptism. The life in Christ is firmly and fully embraced at Holy Baptism. Believers often become less disciplined and less firmly focused on Christ after Baptism.

Great Lent provides a formal structure for increased commitment to Christ and renewal in Christ. Great Lent provides formal structure for battling and rejecting the way of sin.

The periods in the Church devoted to the Nativity of Christ and Theophany are concluded. Zacchaeus Sunday delivers the message to begin preparing for Great Lent, Holy Week and the Feast of Feasts, Pascha.

Believers are expected to work on themselves in the renewal process. Christ washes away sins. Christ forgives sins. Christ brings new life. Believers are to increase in activity for the benefit of the soul.

Being a Christian carries the great and full responsibility to actively live in accord with Christís teaching and expectations. Christ drew near to Zacchaeus and Zacchaeus also took initiative to draw near to Christ.

Christ visited Zacchaeusís house and Zacchaeus had taken initiative to put his personal life in order. The period between Zacchaeus Sunday and the arrival of Pascha summons believers to repent and live fully in Christ.

Christ welcomes sinners choosing to repent. Christ is ever-present for sinners willing to repent. Christ did not avoid Zacchaeus because he had previously sinned. Christ drew near to Zacchaeus who wanted to do better.

Believers can be certain only of the immediate moment in the time of life. Believers have no guarantee of life beyond the immediate moment in which they are living.

Now is the time to repent of sins. Now is the time to draw near to Christ. Now is the time to realize the nearness of Christ and the value of living fully in Christ.

Zacchaeus had salvation come to his house because he desired salvation and was willing to do what was necessary to seek salvation. Jesus perceived that Zacchaeus wanted his life changed for the better.

Jesus realized Zacchaeus was taking the necessary steps to begin life anew in a more honorable way. Believers can take steps today toward the Kingdom of God.

Believers can begin rejecting sinful thoughts and sinful actions at this moment. Believers can appeal to Christ in prayer for the strength to live in ways pleasing to Christ.

Godís Holy Church provides nourishment, refuge and protection for individuals seeking new life in Christ. Godís Holy Church provides structure for the learning process.

Believers need not feel alone in a life of sin and in the struggle to escape from sin. Believers need not feel powerless in battling tendencies to sin. Christ provides the strength and is immediately present to help.

The joy of Baptism can be recaptured at this time. The joy of Baptism can be experienced anew. The life in Christ is for everyday of life.

St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
January 16 / January 29, 2012
Zacchaeus Sunday / Chains of St. Peter

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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