St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 837 - January 19 / February 1, 2015

The Orthodox Faith

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

No. 837
January 19 / February 1, 2015
Sunday of Publican and Pharisee

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.

Matthew 21:21

Jesus answered and said unto them, Verily I say unto you, If ye have faith, and doubt not, ye shall not only do this which is done to the fig tree, but also if ye shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; it shall be done.

Recent Services
January 24
Twelve people came for Divine Liturgy at Holy Trinity Mission in Fairmont, W.Va. Two communicants.
The Monongahela River was blessed in Fairmont.
January 25
Matins was read.
Third and Sixth Hours were read.
Twenty-eight people attended. Two communicants. Slava Kolach and Koljivo were blessed for St. Sava Day.
January 26
Vespers was read.
January 27
Matins was read.
Two people came for Divine Liturgy.
January 28
Two people came for the Akathist to Icon of the Mother of God, Joy of All Who Sorrow.
Two people came to Waynesburg University for the Akathist of Thanks.
Six people came to Holy Trinity Mission in Fairmont, W.Va. for Vespers.
January 29
Matins was read.

Services This Coming Week. Call to Confirm Daily Schedule.

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

Monday, Tuesday Friday.

1:00 PM Akathist with Adult Class to follow.


Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

February 6 - St. Xenia of Rome
February 7 - St. Gregory the Theologian
February 8 - Sunday of the Prodigal Son
February 12 - Three Hierarchs. Divine Liturgy at 8:00 AM.
February 14 - St. Tryphon, Memorial Saturday
February 15 - Presentation of the Lord, Meatfare Sunday
February 20/21 - Diocesan Assembly
February 22 - Cheesefare Sunday

If you are too busy to pray, you are too busy

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

Parish Life

Sympathy extended to the family of +Matushka Mildred Kluchko newly departed this life. +Matushka Mildred has been to St. George Church when Father John Kluchko served

Sympathy extended to the family of +Very Rev. Paul White newly departed this life. +Father Paul served the Orthodox parish in Masontown several years ago.

Contributors to the St. Sava Day celebration included John and Felicia Williamson, Sonia and Andrea Janson, Phil, Tina, Anya, Ksenije and Maxim Sivak, Norma Hichman, Jennie Pataskie, Dr. Ivko Dimitric, Rich and Linda Porter, Paulette Radock, Mildred Bezjak, Frank and Gail Menhart, Djelosh Milosevich, Willie and Thecla Spens, Melva and Millicent Hunchuck. Grulja and Wilma Milosevich were present as they are each year. Elizabeth Klingensmith read the Troparia and Kontakion at the Blessing of the Slava Kolací and Koljivo.

Dorothy Smargie is a consistent presence when work needs done for St. George Church.

See the bulletin board announcement about the forthcoming Lifeline fundraiser.

See the bulletin board announcement of the Syrian Relief Prayer Service and fundraiser.

Todayís collection will be for the benefit of St. Sava School of Theology.

Stan Brozik plans to attend the Diocesan Assembly.

Paulette Radock, Mildred Bezjak and Felecia Williamson attended class on Wednesday.

Class on Thursday beginning with the Akathist at 3:00 PM.

If you want your house blessed, contact the priest.

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

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

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

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

Appreciate the Impact of St. Sava School of Theology, Libertyville, Illinois

To Consider

Lessons to be learned from the Gospel of the Publican and Pharisee.
The orderly movement of the Church towards Great Lent.
Personal readiness for the approaching Great Lent.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

January 24 - Went to Fairmont, W.Va. for Divine Liturgy and River Blessing. Stopped in Morgantown, W.Va. for printing.
January 28 - Went to Waynesburg University for Akathist then to Fairmont, W.Va. for Vespers and class.

From the Wisdom of Sirach 4:11

Wisdom exalts her children and lays hold of those who seek her.

( The Orthodox Study Bible St. Athanasius Academy of Orthodox Theology, 2008. )

The Sunday of Publican and Pharisee

Luke 18:10-14

Two men went up into the temple to pray; the one a Pharisee, and the other a publican. The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, God, I thank thee, that I am not as other men are, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this publican. I fast twice in the week, I give tithes of all that I possess. And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful to me a sinner. I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other: for every one that exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted. (KJV)

The arrival of the Sunday of the Publican and Pharisee is an opportunity for personal measurement of the life in Christ. Believers have the opportunity to measure personal honesty and degree of sinfulness.

The fullness of life for Christians occurs in Godís Holy Church. Within the Church, believers find the resources necessary to the live the full life in Christ. Within the Church believers have the opportunity to fully experience Christ.

Sin separates believers from Christ. The Church provides structure directing believers on the path to unity with Christ. The Church encourages repentance and continuous return to unity with Christ.

Believers enter the Christian life at baptism with the best of intentions. Sin becomes are part of life and believers must contend with sin throughout life. The battle against sin is endless but not hopeless.

Christ welcomes sinners choosing to repent. Christ receives sinners seeking forgiveness and unity with Him. Holy Confession and Communion exist in the Church to restore unity with Christ.

Believers are required to take the initiative and be honest in acknowledging and confessing sin. Believers need to turn to Christ with the desire for forgiveness and restoration of unity with Christ.

Despair and despondency do not need to prevail in a personís life when sin has occurred. Forgiveness is possible in Christ for those wanting to begin anew. The publican in the current Gospel displayed the attitude necessary for renewal.

This Sunday aids in determining the extent of personal sin and the need for Godís mercy. Christ is the measurement for our lives. Christís teachings are measurements for our lives.

At baptism, we commit to the Christian life. Believers are expected to remain faithful and grow in Christ during the remaining time of life. When believers sin, repentance enables restoration to wholeness in Christ.

The Pharisee did not acknowledge his sins. The publican was honest with God and said he was a sinner. The publican knew he needed Godís mercy and would benefit from it.

The Church prescribes this Gospel to be read each year as Great Lent approaches. Believers need reminded of their sins and need to return to Christ. Return to Christ is inspired and expected in Godís Holy Church.

Christís words and Christís life inspire and teach the attentive believer. Individuals determine to whom they will listen. Individuals determine if they will look to Christ for wisdom and example in life.

Christians are expected to look to Christ as the primary example and source of nourishment. Christians are to look to Christ for words of wisdom and for direction to follow.

Honest self-examination reveals if a Christian truly looks to Christ. Honest self-examination reveals if a person seeks nourishment from Christ. Honesty opens the door for change to occur.

The present Gospel tests a personís commitment to Christ and the way of Christ. Christians are to give themselves to Christ completely. The full person is dedicated to Christ at baptism.

Each person determines the degree to which he or she remains committed to Christ following baptism. When the commitment to Christ is not complete, sin becomes a part of the personís life.

Sin fills the void in a person to the degree Christ is absent. When a personís life is filled with Christ, there is no room for sin. Sin is repelled by the presence of Christ.

Godís Holy Church enables believers to be immersed in Christ and to learn from Christ. Godís Holy Church nourishes believers with Christ. Godís Holy Church provides the instruction and armor to combat sin.

The Pharisee was content with his personal condition. He was proud of his personal situation. The Pharisee did not seek to change or improve. The publican knew he had sinned and needed to change.

The publican knew he needed Godís mercy. The publican was honest and admitted his shortcomings. The publican looked within. He was concerned about his own condition and wanted it corrected.

Use this opportunity to scour the heart and mind. Use this opportunity to seek God to eradicate the sin that besets personal life. Seek the purity that comes with unity in Christ.

Seek the love that is Christ. Reject firmly the way of sin. Reject temptations leading to sin. Weigh carefully the paths to take each day and ensure they are the paths of Christ.

St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
January 19 / February 1, 2015
Sunday of the Publican and Pharisee.
Venerable Macarius of Egypt.
Venerable Mark of Ephesus.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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