St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 790 - February 24 / March 9, 2014

The Orthodox Faith

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

No. 790
February 24 / March 9, 2014
Sunday of Orthodoxy

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 Corinthians 2:5
That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God.

Recent Services
February 27
Ten people came to the Akathist to the Mother of God and class at Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Mission in Fairmont,W.Va.
February 28
Midnight Office was read
March 2
Matins was read.
Third and Sixth Hours were read followed by Divine Liturgy. Twenty-two people attended Divine Liturgy. Four communicants.
Akathist to Mother of God was read.
Vespers was read.
March 3
Matins and First Hour were read.
Ninth Hour was read.
Two people came for Great Compline with the Canon of St. Andrew.
March 4
Matins was read.
Ninth Hour was read.
Four people came for the Great Compline with the Canon of St. Andrew.
March 5
Five people came for Great Compline with the Canon of St. Andrew.
March 6
Matins was read.
Five people came for Great Compline with the Canon of St. Andrew
March 7
Matins was read.
Five people came for Liturgy of Presanctified Gifts. Three communicants.

Services This Coming Week. Always Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule

Third and Sixth Hours followed by Divine Liturgy

4:00 PM on Monday, Friday, Saturday

3:30 PM followed by Adult Class.

Wednesday and Friday
8:00 AM Liturgy of Presanctified Gifts

For prayers for special needs or you have a question about the services or teachings of the church or want your home blessed, ask the priest.

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

Today, March 9 - Sunday of Orthodoxy. Doxology 4:00 PM at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, 9000 Babcock Blvd. Pittsburgh.
March 12 - 8:00 AM Liturgy of Presanctified Gifts
March 14 - 8:00 AM Liturgy of Presanctified Gifts
March 16 - Second Sunday of Great Lent. St. Gregory Palamas. 5:00 PM Deanery Vespers in Aliquippa and Youngwood.
March 23 - Third Sunday of Great Lent. Sunday of the Holy Cross. 5:00 PM Deanery Vespers in Midland, Pennsylvania.

If you are too busy to are too busy!

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

Parish Life

Sympathy extended to the family and friends of +Ilija Zelen recently departed this life.

Congratulations to Elizabeth Klingensmith for her athletic accomplishments.

Paulette Radock, Subdeacon Anthony and Madeline Miralles attended a retreat last Saturday at Holy Resurrection Orthodox Church in Belle Vernon.

Thank you to all attending services the first week of Lent. Attendees included Dr.Ezekiel Olagoke, Norma Hickman, Amy Pirt, Dr. Richard Pierce, Subdeacon Anthony Miralles, Paulette Radock, Felicia Williamson, Sonia Janson, Rich and Linda Porter and Stan Brozik.

Dr. Risto and Dr. Katerina Goseva Popstojanov make the drive from Morgantown, W.Va. to attend St. George Church.

Djuro Klipa stays informed about the activities at St. George Church.

The Honorable Judge Farley Toothman keeps informed about St. George Church.

Rich and Linda Porter make sure the church’s candle supply is sufficient.

Stan Brozik and Paul, Carol, and Evy Adams were at the Serbian Orthodox Church in Lansing, Illinois for a family funeral last week.

Mitzie and Melva Hunchuck try to keep the bulletins mailed on time every week.

Remember the 18 West Virginia miners killed in 1960 in Island Creek Holden #22.

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.

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

To Consider

The value of making full use of each day of Great Lent.
The days of Great Lent as opportunities for investment in the life in Christ.
Nourishing and taking care of the soul during each day of Great Lent.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

February 27 - Went to Pittsburgh airport. Blessed one house in Waynesburg. Went to Fairmont, W.Va
February 28 - Went to Morgantown, W.Va. for printing purposes.
February 28-March 1 - Attended Diocesan Assembly in Monroeville, Pennsylvania.
March 4 - Went to Bridgeport, W.Va. and Fairmont, W.Va.
March 5 - Went to St. Nikodim Chapel in Mars, and St. Elijah Church and Cemetery in Aliquippa.

A Thought from Rev. Father Dragljub Jov. Krapcevich

On this joyful celebration; indeed, I am pleased to commend your faithfulness, harmony, love for God, all Christian virtues which you possess. This makes the Holy Church stronger day by day. So that your children and generations to come for decades and centuries in the venerable temple can keep and grow in the Holy Orthodoxy united in God.

( St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pa, Tenth Anniversary message to parishioners, October 25, 1964. )

Sunday of Orthodoxy

John 1:43-51

The day following Jesus would go forth into Galilee, and findeth Philip, and saith unto him, Follow me. Now Philip was of Bethsaida, the city of Andrew and Peter. Philip findeth Nathanael, and saith unto him, We have found Him, of whom Moses in the law, and the prophets, did write, Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph. And Nathanael said unto him, Can there any good thing come out of Nazareth? Philip saith unto him, Come and see. Jesus saw Nathanael coming to Him, and saith of him, Behold an Israelite indeed, in whom is no guile! Nathanael saith unto Him, Whence knowest thou me? Jesus answered and said unto him, Before that Philip called thee, when thou wast under the fig tree, I saw thee. Nathanael answered and saith unto Him, Rabbi, thou art the Son of God; thou art the King of Israel. Jesus answered and said unto him, Because I said unto thee, I saw thee under the fig tree, believest thou? Thou shalt see greater things than these. And He saith unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Hereafter ye shall see heaven open, and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of man.

The Sunday of Orthodoxy has arrived. The Lenten journey deserves full attention. Believers serious about experiencing the Kingdom of God invest in the days of Great Lent.

Each day is an opportunity to invest in the Kingdom of God. Each day offers the opportunity to draw near to Christ. Believers can always reject the way of sin. Believers can pray for mercy and forgiveness. Believers can repent and confess.

Individuals need not live in despair and despondency. Individuals do not need to be held captive by sinful thoughts and behavior. The Lord Jesus Christ provides the power and the avenue for a better life.

When Satan tried to tempt Jesus, Jesus replied: “Get thee behind me, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.: (Lk. 4:8)

Individuals baptized into Christ are expected to honor Christ during the remaining days of their lives. Individuals exit the baptismal font with the best of intentions.

When sins occur, turning to Christ brings hope. Turning to Christ brings belief and power that life in Christ is different and better. Individuals feeling overwhelmed by sin and by life, need not give in and succumb to despair.

In the present Gospel, Jesus told Philip to follow Him. Following Christ is the continuous expectation for Christians. Following Christ means resolutely facing, rejecting and avoiding temptations that put the soul in peril.

There is no personal situation that is too bad that it cannot improve when a person turns to Christ in sincerity. There is no personal situation so bad as for a person to consider ending his or her own life.

The accounts of many saints document radical changes having taken place in their lives. Men and women who were once blatant sinners changed dramatically when turning to Christ and remaining faithful to Christ.

God’s Church offers the Holy Mysteries of Confession and Communion. Unity with Christ is possible. Being reunited with Christ after extended periods of alienation is possible.

The love and mercy of God have the power to change hardened hearts and doubting minds. The healing power of Christ has the ability to improve lives of individuals desiring more out of life than the way of sin.

God’s Holy Church is a refuge and safe haven for individuals weary of life in this world. God’s Holy Church provides a solid roadway to the Kingdom. St. John Climacus’ Ladder offers clear direction for personal growth in Christ.

God’s Holy Church holds firm to values and teachings that have endured through the centuries. The Church’s values and teachings cannot be tarnished or eroded by contrary proclamations.

The Lord Jesus Christ said: “…lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal:” (Mt. 6:20)

God’s Holy Church did not just spring into existence in recent years. God’s Holy Church has endured persecutions, trials and tribulations through more than twenty centuries.

The Lord said the gates of hell would not prevail against His Church. (Mt. 16:18) Many changes have taken place in society. Practices and ways of life have been legalized that cannot be blessed by the Church.

The Psalmist said: “Except the Lord build the house, they labour in vain that build it: except the Lord keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain.” (Ps. 126/127:1)

Believers need a strong moral compass to navigate through life. Following Christ is the certain and direct route to the Kingdom. Today’s Gospel describes the life-changing encounters Jesus had with Philip and Nathanael.

Every person baptized into Christ had a life-changing encounter with Jesus. Every person baptized into Christ can renew the unity with Christ. Unity with Christ begins with the desire for Christ and a repentant heart.

Unity with Christ begins with returning to God’s Holy Church. Savoring and taking to heart the Holy Gospel makes a big change in individuals. Each Lenten journey offers change and growth in Christ.

Individuals realize the love of Christ by turning to Christ in prayer. Individuals realize the love of Christ when experiencing forgiveness in Holy Confession. The Precious Body and Blood of Christ are proof of His love.

St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
February 24 / March 9, 2014
Sunday of Orthodoxy

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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