St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 732 - January 14 / January 27, 2013

The Orthodox Faith

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

No. 732
January 14 / January 27, 2013
St. Sava Day

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.

James 1:2-4

My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing. (KJV)

Recent Services
January 18
Royal Hours were read.
Akathist to Mother of God was read.
January 19
Canon for Matins was read.
Six people came for Divine Liturgy and Great Blessing of Water at St. George Church.
Thirteen people came to Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Church in Fairmont, W.Va. for Akathist to the Holy Trinity, Great Blessing of Water and Blessing of the Monongahela River.
Vespers was read at St. George Church
January 20
Matins and First Hour were read.
Third and Sixth Hours were read followed by Divine Liturgy.
Two people came for Confession. One communicant.
The Monongahela River was blessed.
Three families celebrated their Slava.
Two Kolach were blessed during the day.
Akathist to Mother of God was read.
January 21
Matins and First Hour were read.
Akathist to Mother of God was read.
Vespers was read.
January 22
Matins was read.
Akathist to Mother of God was read.
Vespers was read
January 23
Matins and First Hour were read.
Two people came for the Akathist before the Icon of the Mother of God, Unexpected Joy.

Services This Coming Week. Always Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule

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

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

4:00 PM on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, 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

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

Thank you to all parishioners helping and staying for the St. Sava dinner and program.

Congratulations to Tom Kornick recently received into the Holy Orthodox Church.

Stan and Karen Bozick, Melva and Mitzie Hunchuck and John and Felicia Williamson all celebrated their Slava on the Synaxis of St. John the Baptist.

Andrea Janson makes sure there is plenty of straw each year for the Feast of the Nativity.

Thank you to Andrea for directing the choir on recent Sundays.

Thank you to all parishioners remaining last Sunday for the river blessing.

Thank you to Travis and Kathleen Waters for coming a great distance for the services at Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Church and St. George Church for the Feast of Theophany and Synaxis of St.John the Baptist and both river blessings.

The next scheduled Adult Class is for January 30. Plan to attend. Two people came to class this past week.

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.

A Thought from +Proto Stavrofor Dr. Nedeljko Grgurevich:

Of all her saints, the Serbian Orthodox Church venerates St. Sava the most. Not only the Church, but the Serbian people as well, commemorate and celebrate St. Sava the most.

(Introduction to Serbian Orthodox Church History. reprinted 2003 )

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

To Consider

Remembering St. Sava today, throughout the year and throughout the centuries.
Lives changed for the better because of St. Sava.
All churches and individuals named in honor of St. Sava

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

January 18 - Went to Morgantown for printing purposes.
January 19 - Went to Fairmont for Akathist to the Holy Trinity, Great Blessing of Water and Blessing of the Monongahela River. Visited with parish family.
January 20 - Blessed Monongahela River under Masontown Bridge. Went to two parish Slava celebrations.

Sirach 18:27

A wise man is cautious in everything; and in days of sin he guards against wrongdoing. (RSV)

The Thirty Fourth Sunday after Pentecost

Luke 18:18-27

And a certain ruler asked him, saying, Good Master, what shall I do to inherit eternal life? And Jesus said unto him, Why callest thou me good? None is good, save one, that is, God. Thou knowest the commandments, Do not commit adultery, Do not kill, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Honour thy father and thy mother. And he said, All these have I kept from my youth up. Now when Jesus heard these things, he said unto him, Yet lackest thou one thing: sell all that thou hast, and distribute unto the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, follow me. And when he heard this, he was very sorrowful: for he was very rich. And when Jesus saw that he was very sorrowful, he said, How hardly shall they that have riches enter into the kingdom of God! For it is easier for a camel to go through a needle's eye, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God. And they that heard it said, Who then can be saved? And he said, The things which are impossible with men are possible with God.

St. Sava

John 10:9-16

I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture. The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly. I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep. But he that is an hireling, and not the shepherd, whose own the sheep are not, seeth the wolf coming, and leaveth the sheep, and fleeth: and the wolf catcheth them, and scattereth the sheep. The hireling fleeth, because he is an hireling, and careth not for the sheep. I am the good shepherd, and know my sheep, and am known of mine. As the Father knoweth me, even so know I the Father: and I lay down my life for the sheep. And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd.

The Lord Jesus Christ laid down His life voluntarily. He did not run from those seeking to arrest Him. He did not exert His authority to overcome those who would take Him to the Cross. (Mt. 26:53)

The Lord Jesus Christ was resolute in the face of adversity. The Lord Jesus Christ was firm in purpose to the point He was willing to die upon the Cross. The Lord Jesus Christ had a greater purpose in mind.

In Hebrews the words are written: “Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.” (Heb. 12:2)

The Holy Apostle Paul placed great value in preaching about the crucifixion. The Holy Apostle Paul made his highest regard for the crucifixion very clear in his Epistle to the Corinthians. (I Cor. 2:2)

Both Gospel messages for today speak distinctly about sacrifice. The Christian life involves great sacrifice necessary in following Christ. Believers must forgo certain amenities in life that lead to destruction of the soul.

Believers need to train the mind and heart to focus on the way to the Kingdom of God. Believers need to be vigilant against subtle temptations that lead to eternal damnation. (Mt. 24:42)

The joy of the Resurrection was revealed after the crucifixion. Joy in Christ comes when believers are faithful to the narrow way described in the Holy Gospel. (Mt. 7:13-14)

Joy in Christ comes from experiencing the nourishment of Christ’s Precious Body and Blood. Joy in Christ comes from the new life possible in Christ when forgiveness occurs and weight is lifted from the mind, the heart and soul. (Jn. 6:54-56)

The darkness of the first Great and Holy Friday was not a darkness that would last forever. (Mt. 27:45) The Resurrection put the darkness in perspective. The Resurrection revealed the Light that shines through the centuries. (Mk. 16:5-20)

Each Gospel message is a message of hope and nourishment. Each Gospel message is intended for growth in Christ and recommitment to the way of Christ. The Evangelists communicate the enduring words and way of Christ.

Too often individuals avoid the lessons of the Holy Gospel. Too often individuals turn to sources for help and nourishment that do not have the authenticity of the Holy Gospel.

Too often individuals seek what may seem like the easy way of life. Jesus made it clear for Christians. He said: “If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross and follow me.” (Mt. 16:24)

Christ is where individuals find their purpose in life. Christ is where individuals find the meaning of life. Christ is where individuals find the certain direction for life.

Christ is the never ending source of nourishment for life. Christ is the beginning and continued source of renewal in life. Christ is the ultimate joy in life. There is no need to look elsewhere. (Jn. 14:6)

The current Gospel messages put the focus on Christ. Each person does well to assess his or her personal focus and goals for life. Each person does well to determine if Christ is the certain reason and purpose for life.

Too often individuals put the greatest emphasis on material possessions. Too often individuals put the greatest emphasis on hedonistic pleasures. Too often individuals squander the time of life in meaningless pursuits.

Each day the world draws closer to the return of Christ. Each day each person moves a step closer to the end of earthly life. Each day is a gift from God to be used for the glory of God and in gratefulness to God.

While there is time and faculty of mind, believers do well to cherish the words and way of Christ. Believers do well to seek the joy in Christ. Rejection of sin and repentance are the primary beginning points.

Christ rejoices in the return of sinners. Christ welcomes sinners seeking renewal. Christ’s love is all healing and all embracing. (Lk. 15:7).

St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
January 14 / January 27, 2013
Thirty-Fourth Sunday after Pentecost.
St. Sava Day.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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