St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 784 - January 13 / January 26, 2014

The Orthodox Faith

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

No. 784
January 13 / January 26, 2014
Sunday after Theophany

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.

Romans 4:20
He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God;

Recent Services
January 18
Matins Canon was read.
Two people came for Divine Liturgy with Great Blessing of Water.
January 19
Matins Canon was read.
Third and Sixth Hours were read followed by Divine Liturgy with Great Blessing of Water. Thirty-four people came for Divine Liturgy. Two communicants.
The nearby Monongahela River was blessed.
January 20
Matins was read.
Two people came for Divine Liturgy.
Akathist to Mother of God was read.
January 21
Matins was read.
Akathist to the Mother of God was read.
Vespers was read.
January 22
Canon for Matins was read.
Akathist to the Mother of God was read.
Vespers was read.
January 23
Matins was read.
Akathist to the Mother of God was read.
Vespers was read.
January 24
Matins was read.

Services This Coming Week. Always Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule

Third and Sixth Hours followed by Divine Liturgy with Slava Kolac and Koljivo

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

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

Divine Liturgy at 8:00 AM. St. Sava Day.

Akathists, Prayers for Special Needs and home blessings scheduled on request

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

Today, January 26 - St. Sava Covered Dish Dinner and Program
January 27 - St. Sava Day. Divine Liturgy at 8:00 AM
January 29 - Feast of Chains of Holy Apostle Peter
January 31 - St. Athanasius the Great
February 2 - Zacchaeus Sunday
February 6 - St. Xenia of Rome
February 9 - Translation of Relics of St. John Chrysostom. Sunday of the Publican and Pharisee
February 12 - Synaxis of Three Holy Hierarchs. Divine Liturgy at 8:00 AM.
February 14 - St. Tryphon
February 15 - Presentation of the Lord. Divine Liturgy at 8:00 AM.
February 16 - Sunday of the Prodigal Son
February 23 - Meatfare Sunday
February 28-March 1 - Diocesan Assembly, Monroeville

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 participating in the St. Sava celebration.

Thank you to all participating in the Theophany celebration.

Mother Ana and Sister Anastasia from Monastery Marcha in Richfield, Ohio enjoyed being here for Theophany.

Visitors are always warmly welcome to attend church services.

Congratulations to Chief Joseph Ryan and Lt. Jeff Standish for solving the recent burglaries in Masontown.

Congratulations to Nina Sabak for progressing in graduate school at the University of Pittsburgh. Nina is the daughter of Andrew and Dr. Linda Sabak.

Willie and Tat Spens are a welcome presence.

Anita and Eric Laboon are a welcome presence.

Thank you to Andrea Janson for being willing to direct the choir when needed.

Thank you to St. George Choir for singing each week.

Thank you to Sonia, Larissa and Elizabeth Klingensmith for helping on Theophany.

Come to church for daily services and benefit yourself, your family and others.

Take time to pray at a regular time each day. Take time to pray as a family.

Become familiar with the Church calendar and learn the feasts and fasts of the Church..

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

Listen to His Grace Bishop Dr. MITROPHAN’S Nativity message on the parish website.

Remember the friends and parishioners of St. George Church that are far distant.

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 teachings or services of the Church, ask the priest.

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

To Consider

The continuing influence and importance of St. Sava.
The joy that comes from learning about St. Sava.
The benefits of annual programs dedicated to St. Sava

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

January 19 - Attended two family Slava celebrations.

A Thought from +Protopresbyter Stavrophor 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 )

The Sunday after Theophany

Matthew 4:12-17

That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Esaias the prophet, saying, The land of Zabulon, and the land of Nephthalim, by the way of the sea, beyond Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles; The people which sat in darkness saw great light; and to them which sat in the region and shadow of death light is sprung up. From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.

Repentance is a continuous process and expectation for Christians. The Lord Jesus Christ verified the importance of repentance by His own words in the Holy Gospel.

The Lord Jesus Christ said: “I say unto you, that likewise joy shall be in heaven over one sinner that repenteth, more than over ninety and nine just persons, which need no repentance” (Lk. 15:7)

Every person commits sins and needs to repent on a regular basis. Repentance and Holy Confession enables the believer to be reunited with Christ. Holy Communion brings joyful unity with Christ.

Life’s journey is filled with temptations and diversions that result in believers committing sins. Impatience, lack of discipline and insufficient interest in and love of God have a part in sins being committed.

Believers experience joy in Christ when focused on Christ and united with Christ. Believers are inspired and strengthened when united with Christ and clearly interested in following Christ.

Many obstacles arise in the paths of believers that threaten to deter a believer from being faithful to Christ. Believers set out from the baptismal font with the purist intentions.

Christ needs to remain dominant in the mind, the heart and the soul for faithfulness to prevail. Too often believers yield to temptations. Too often believers weaken in faith. Too often believers say “yes” to sin.

The present Gospel speaks about death. Sin is a form of death for believers. The present Gospel speaks about light. Christ is the light that shines through the darkness and beckons the believer to repent and be renewed in Christ.

The Nativity of Christ is fresh in the minds of believers. The recent celebration of Jesus’ baptism in the Jordan is a source of joy for believers. The joy of the life in Christ is more appealing and welcoming than the way of sin.

Believers do well to exert the mind and consider the far reaching meaning of Christ’s virgin birth and baptism in the Jordan. Believers do well to assess and improve their personal relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ.

Baptism entails a complete commitment to Christ. The commitment to Christ initially made at baptism carries the expectation of renewal at every moment of time until departure from this life.

Effort is necessary to remain on the road to the Kingdom of God. Intense and lasting love of God is necessary to forego the ways of sins. Consciously partaking of the nourishment from God is necessary to ward off sin.

Believers benefit by realizing their personal limitations and turning their minds to God. Faith in God is never misplaced. Faith in God never results in disappointment. Prayerfully reaching out to God will result in benefits.

Love of God involves the believer’s relationship with God and the relationship with the believer’s neighbor. The Lord Jesus Christ spoke definitively about the inseparability of love of God and love of neighbor.

Jesus said: “Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.” (Mt. 22:37-39)

Each person has to work out the way to love God with fullness of heart, mind and soul and to love each neighbor in the way set forth by Christ. The challenge to love each neighbor and God is life-long.

Individuals staying united with Christ will seek from Christ the way to fulfill the commandments. Christ would not set forth the commandments unless they could be fulfilled.

When individuals are stymied or at a loss as to how to love God and love neighbor, the best way to find direction is to turn to God in prayer. The best way to find direction is to go to God’s Holy Church with regularity.

It is best to turn to the Originator of the commandments for direction on the best ways to fulfill the commandments. It is best to seek the light of Christ to find the way out of the darkness of sin.

When making the journey through life, believers do well to continue to consider the meaning of Christ taking on human flesh and being baptized in the Jordan.

Christ is the inexhaustible source of learning. Individuals seeking to satisfy the hunger of the soul and the inquiries of the mind, find authentic satisfaction in Christ.

Individuals will find completeness of life in Christ if that is the desire of the heart, the mind and the soul. Jesus said: “For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. (Mt. 6:21)

St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
January 13 / January 26, 2014
Sunday after Theophany.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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