St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 731 - January 7 / January 20, 2013

The Orthodox Faith

Chronicle of St. George Serbian Orthodox Church
296 Old Route 21
Carmichaels, Pennsylvania 15320

No. 731
January 7 / January 20, 2013
Synaxis of St. John the Baptist

Diocesan Bishop - His Grace Bishop Dr. MITROPHAN

Parish Priest - Father Rodney Torbic

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

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

I John 5:4

For whatever is born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith. (NKJV)

Recent Services
January 11
Midnight Office was read.
Akathist to Mother of God was read.
Vespers was read.
January 12
Matins and First Hour were read at St. George Church.
Third and Sixth Hours were read at Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Church in Fairmont, W.Va followed by Divine Liturgy. Fifteen people attended Divine Liturgy.
Vespers was read.
January 13
Matins and First Hour were read.
Third and Sixth Hour were read followed by Divine Liturgy. Thirty people attended Divine Liturgy. Two communicants.
Akathist to Mother of God was read.
January 14
Matins and First Hour were read.
Three people came for Divine Liturgy.
January 17
Akathist to Mother of God was read.

Services This Coming Week. Always Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule

Matins and First Hour.
Third and Sixth Hour followed by Divine Liturgy.
River Blessing

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

4:00 PM on Monday, Tuesday, Saturday.

3:00 PM Akathist followed by Adult Class.

Akathists and prayers for special needs held on request during the Week.

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

Today - Synaxis of St. John the Baptist.
January 26 - Apodasis of Theophany
January 27 - St. Sava, Program and Covered Dish Dinner.
January 29 - Veneration of the Chains of St. Peter. Ven. Romilus of Ravanica
January 31 - St. Athanasius the Great. St. Maximus, Archbishop of Serbia

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

Happy New Year to all parishioners and friends of St. George Church.

Happy Slava to all celebrating today as their Slava.

Plans to stay for the Monongahela River blessing today after Divine Liturgy.

Plan to come for the St. Sava Day Program and Covered Dish Dinner.

If you listened to the Christmas radio broadcast, please let us know.

We have heard from some listeners to the Christmas Eve and Christmas broadcast.

Fifteen members of the extended Pataski Family were in attendance for the burning of the Badnjak.

Philip Sivak and Dennis Hickman are conscientious in building the fire.

Norma Hickman and Christina Sivak are conscientious in preparing Badnjak cuttings.

Mileva Medin is far from St. George Church but remains connected in spirit.

The Niketic Family is far from St. George Church and remains mindful of the parish.

Frank Snyder lives a distance from St. George Church and wants to see the church grow.

Jim and Linda Riggs are consistent in remembering the St. George Church.

Sandra Krause is attentive to the St. George Church via the weekly bulletin.

Darlene Dowler appreciates receiving the weekly bulletin.

The next scheduled Adult Class is for January 23. Plan to attend.

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

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

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

The Serb National Federation is always seeking new members. Consider joining.

If you have a question about the teachings or services of the Church, ask the priest.

From the Gospel of St. Luke 7:28

“For I say unto you, among those born of women there is not a greater prophet than John the Baptist; but he who is least in the kingdom of God is greater than he.” (NKJV)

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

To Consider

Jesus baptized in the Jordan.
The singular position in history of St. John the Baptist.
The Christian renewal takings place at this time of Theophany.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

January 11 - Went to Morgantown for printing purposes.
January 12 - Went to Holy Trinity Mission parish in Fairmont, W.Va. for Divine Liturgy.
January 12 - Visited with a local parish family.

Sirach 17:29

How great is the mercy of the Lord, and His forgiveness for those who turn to Him. (RSV)

The Sunday after Theophany
The Synaxis of St. John the Baptist

Matthew 4:12-17 (NKJV)

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.”

John 1:29-34 (NKJV)

The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, “Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world! This is He of whom I said, ‘After me comes a Man who is preferred before me, for He was before me.’ I did not know Him; but that He should be revealed to Israel, therefore I came baptizing with water.” And John bore witness, saying, “I saw the Spirit descending from heaven like a dove, and He remained upon Him. I did not know Him, but He who sent me to baptize with water said to me, ‘Upon whom you see the Spirit descending, and remaining on Him, this is He who baptizes with the Holy Spirit.’ And I have seen and testified that this is the Son of God.”

The Holy Gospel is full of the power of God. The Holy Gospel changes lives. Attentive readers and listeners to the Holy Gospel are enriched beyond measure. The Holy Gospel is a constant source of nourishment.

Jesus is referred to in the Gospel of St. Matthew as Light. Individuals living in darkness do well to follow the light of Christ. We know at the time of the Nativity that the star shown over the place where the young Child was. (Mt .2:9)

Christ lights the way for individuals to follow to the Kingdom of God. Christ’s words, teachings and life in the Holy Gospel provide the nourishment for individuals with hungry souls searching for authenticity in life.

Following and learning about Christ in the Holy Gospel is the secure path in God’s Holy Church. Each Divine Liturgy provides for the proclamation of the Holy Gospel.

Attentive readers and listeners to the Holy Gospel experience the difference the Holy Gospel makes in their personal lives. Joy is found in and through the Gospel. Peace is found in and through the Gospel.

Believers experience Christ in and through the Gospel. The Gospel nourishes and leads to further nourishment in Christ. A believer can never exhaust the learning about Christ in the Holy Gospel.

The Holy Gospel is ever- new and ever-relevant. The Holy Gospel provides Christ’s teachings which last beyond individual lifetimes. The Holy Gospel establishes standards for living that cannot be eroded.

The current reading from the Gospel of St. Matthew includes Jesus’ words encouraging repentance. Repentance is an on-going necessity for individuals seeking the Kingdom of God.

Too often individuals fall into sin. Too often individuals depart far from the path to the Kingdom of God. Too often individuals fail to live up to the standards established by Christ.

Repentance is necessary for being reunited with Christ. Repentance is necessary for each new beginning. Repentance leads to forgiveness and the freedom and strength to begin anew in Christ.

John the Baptist was blessed to see the Lord Jesus Christ in person. John the Baptist testified Jesus was the Son of God. John the Baptist’s life would forever be different. John the Baptist has a lasting place in history.

Each person united with Christ and consciously experiencing Christ becomes new and different. Each person’s life is enriched to the degree the person is united with Christ. Renewal takes place in Christ.

Sin gets washed away by Christ. Christ makes individuals whole and spiritually healthy. Christ provides hope that cannot be defeated. Christ provides power for individuals to overcome personal difficulties and problems.

John the Baptist stands out in history through the centuries because of his complete identification with Christ. John the Baptist knew his place with Christ. John the Baptist knew Christ to be far superior. John knew the Son of God.

Too often individuals in this world forget about Christ. Too often individuals in this world attribute their blessings and gifts from God to not be from God but of personal origin. Too often God is forgotten. Too often Christ is ignored.

John the Baptist recognized the divinity of Christ. John the Baptist knew his personal standing in relationship with Christ. John the Baptist was very observant of his experiences with Christ. He experienced the manifestation of the Holy Spirit.

Too often individuals fail to acknowledge Christ at work in their personal lives. Too often individuals turn to Christ only in times of crisis and need. Too often individuals fail to give thanks to God for blessings received.

Each Gospel reading is a new and lasting lesson to be learned. While the mind functions, individuals can learn more about Christ. The soul experiences peace when Christ is the primary interest. The heart and mind are at ease in Christ.

Guilty consciences are relieved when confession and repentance occur. Broken hearts are capable of being mended by Christ. Heavy burdens weighing on minds are lifted by Christ.

Through the prayers of St. John the Baptist, let us heed the Holy Gospel during the remaining days of our lives. Let us seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness. (Mt. 6:33).

St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
January 7 / January 20, 2013
Sunday after Theophany.
Synaxis of St. John the Baptist.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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