St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 739 - March 4 / March 17, 2013

The Orthodox Faith

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

No. 739
March 4 / March 17, 2013
Cheesefare Sunday

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.

Colossians 2:6-7

As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him: Rooted and built up in him, and stablished in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving.

Recent Services
March 9
Midnight Office was 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 and Parastos. Nineteen people attended the Divine Liturgy. Five communicants.
Pomen held at St.George Church for all individuals buried under auspices of the church.
Vespers was read.
March 10
Matins and First Hour were read.
Third and Sixth Hours were read followed by Divine Liturgy. Twent-nine people came for Divine Liturgy. One communicant.
Akathist to Mother of God was read.
March 11
Matins and First Hour were read.
Akathist to Mother of God was read.
Vespers was read.
March 14
Matins and First Hour were read.
One person came to St. George Church for the Akathist to Mother of God, Abbess of Mount Athos.
Four people came to Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Church in Fairmont, W.Va for the Akathist to the Holy Trinity.
March 15
Matins and First Hour were read.

Services This Coming Week. Always Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule

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

6:00 PM on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday.

8:00 AM Liturgy of Presanctified Gifts

4:00 PM Vespers

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

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

March 17 - Cheesefare Sunday, Forgiveness Vespers at St. Sava Church, Mckeesport 5:00 PM.
March 18 - Beginning of Great Lent
March 23 - Sunday of Orthodoxy Vespers at 6:30 PM, St. Spyridon Church, Monessen
March 24 - St. Nicholas Orthodox Church, 903 Ann Street, Homestead, Pa. 15120 for the site of Triumph of Orthodoxy Service on Sunday, at 4:00.
March 31 - Second Sunday of Great Lent. 5:00 PM Vespers at St.Elijah, Aliquippa. Vespers 5:00 PM at Holy Ascension, Youngwood.
April 7 - Annunciation, Third Sunday of Great Lent. Vespers at 5:00 PM St. George Church, Midland, Pa.
April 14 - Fourth Sunday of Great Lent. Vespers at 5:00 PM, Holy Resurrection Church, Steubenville Vespers at 5:00 PM, St. Nicholas Church, Monroeville.

Remember the Suffering Serbian People in Kosovo and Metohijia and All Suffering People Everywhere

Parish Life

U. S. Army Major Dustin Menhart, currently teaching at the Military Academy at West Point, made time to come to St. George Church last Sunday. He remembers St .George Church wherever he is in the world including as far away as Afghanistan and Iraq.

Today Orthodox Christians seek forgiveness from each other and from God.

Honor and invest in Great Lent and Holy Week in preparation for Pascha.

Attend the services of Great Lent here and at parishes in the Pittsburgh Deanery.

Denise Dragich accompanied her mother Frances to church last Sunday. Denise lives out of the area. It is good that she makes time to come to church when visiting Frances.

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.

If you have a question about the practices and teachings of the Church, ask the priest.

Bring a friend or relative to church. Listen to the parish radio broadcast regularly.

Donate to a charity or help someone in need without calling attention to your actions

Donations to the Lifeline fund raiser for Serbian children in need held on March 9 in Pittsburgh are appreciated.

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

See Stan Brozik for college scholarship information for individuals entering college.

A Thought from the HolyApostle Paul to the Romans (14:10-12)

But why dost thou judge thy brother? or why dost thou set at nought thy brother? For we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ. For it is written, As I live, saith the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God. So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God.

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

To Consider

The investment made in Great Lent leads to proportionate joy at Pascha. (2 Cor.9:6)
Investing in Great Lent has benefit to the soul.
Repenting of sins brings joy to God. (Lk. 15:7)

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

March 9 - Served Divine Liturgy at Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Church in Fairmont, W.Va.
March 12-13 - Went to St. Stephen Serbian Orthodox Church in Lackawanna, New York for Standing Committee meeting on Christian Education.
March 14 - Went to Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Church in Fairmont, W.Va. for Akathist to the Holy Trinity. Four people came for Adult Class.

A Thought from His Grace Bishop Dr. MITROPHAN.

Every member of the Church works on the growth of the Body of Christ, and this can be done only if one first builds the Church of God and a place of love for his neighbor in himself. Not only that, one must also work on oneís own growth. From the beginning and until the end of his life, man is a collaborator with God. The Divine synergism will not cease even in the next life. An example of such Theandric cooperation is given in the Lord Jesus Christ. Synergism is given in the Church and through the Church.

(The Teaching of Saint Apostle Paul on the Church. Translated by Protopresbyter Stefan Zaremba. Sremski Karlovac 2001, p. 59. )

Forgiveness Sunday

Mt. 6:14-21

For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive me their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses. Moreover, when you fast, do not be like the hypocrites, with a sad countenance. For they disfigure their faces that they may appear to men to be fasting. Assuredly, I say to you, they have their reward. But you, when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face, so that you do not appear to men to be fasting, but to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly. Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroys and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

Orthodox Christians begin Great Lent by seeking forgiveness from each other and from God. Forgiveness is the path to personal peace. The value of forgiveness is found in the Lordís Prayer.

Care of the soul is emphasized during Great Lent. Forgiveness has a major effect upon the soul. Harboring grudges and resenting and other individuals has a negative effect upon the soul.

Forgiving other people and seeking forgiveness from God for perceived wrongs lifts significant weight from the minds of believers. A mind filled with resentment erodes and deters Christian growth.

Great Lent is a time each year to have weight lifted from the mind. Great Lent is a time to begin anew in Christ. Seeking forgiveness from God and being forgiving of others enables healing to occur.

Personal relationships with each other and with God are directly related. If the relationship with God is highly valued the words and standards of God will be highly valued.

The Gospel is read at each Divine Liturgy with the expectation the message of the Gospel will be heeded in personal life. Individuals are expected to be better believers following each Divine Liturgy.

The beginning of Great Lent is an opportunity to reset personal vision. The Lord Jesus Christ needs to be the primary interest. This is the time to seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness. (Mt. 6:33)

The Divine services of Great Lent provide the believer with nourishment and direction. The expectation of fasting and increased prayer heightens attention to God in our lives.

Personal investing in Great Lent brings proportional results. The Lord Jesus Christ said:Ē But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal.Ē (Mt. 6:20)

Love of God and the seeking of God put the rest of life in perspective. Personal values and interests are directly affected by the personís love of God

Each Great Lent is a new beginning. The believer is a year older with the arrival of each Great Lent. The glorious Second Coming is a year closer with the arrival of each Great Lent.

The time of life is to be used and invested wisely. The current Gospel message highlights where believers are to seek and place their treasures. This is a time to examine the values of the heart to ensure they are pleasing to God.

Life can accumulate values and practices not intentioned at the time of Holy Baptism. Living in the current culture exposes believers to corruptive influence.

Holy Confession and Holy Communion are opportunities to shed ways of sin that are part of daily life. Holy Confession and Holy Communion restore unity and joy in Christ.

The Divine services of Great Lent serve as vivid reminders of the need and value of repentance. Effort is required if a believer is to protect the soul and seek to have the soul cleansed in Christ.

The heart and the mind need to guard against corrupt and evil influences. Reduction in food consumption and activities brought about by fasting give strength and greater freedom to the believer to seek the path to the Kingdom.

Hunger for God exists in the believer. Authentic nourishment of that hunger is found in Christ. The Holy Gospel and Holy Communion satisfy the believerís hunger for God.

Each day is blessing from God. Each moment is a blessing from God. Great Lent is a time to appreciate and be grateful for the blessings of God. Too often the blessings of God do not receive the recognition and gratefulness that are due.

With the arrival of Great Lent, the Crucifixion and Resurrection of Christ are at the forefront of the mind. The love of God deserves primary attention as the believer journeys through Great Lent.

Bringing the self into conformity with the ways of Christ is the primary challenge for the believer. The time is at hand to firmly reject ways of sin. The time is at hand to repent of sins.

The life in Christ offers love, joy and peace to a greater degree than any other source. Believers find the full value of life when life is lived in Christ. Prayer and fasting will aid believers in the critical decisions of the Christian life.

Welcome and greet the arrival of Great Lent with great joy. Seek to have a clear vision of the life in Christ. Give thanks to God for the presence of Great Lent as a present means to grow in Christ and be renewed in Christ.

St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
March 4 / March 17, 2013
Cheesefare Sunday.
Forty Martyrs of Sebaste.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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