St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 840 - February 9 / 22, 2015

The Orthodox Faith

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

No. 840
February 9 / 22, 2015
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 2:5

For though I be absent in the flesh, yet am I with you in the spirit, joying and beholding your order, and the stedfastness of your faith in Christ.

Recent Services
February 13
Vespers was read.
February 14
Matins was read.
One person came for Divine Liturgy with Parastos for departed parishioners.
Akathist for the Departed was read.
One person came for Great Vespers with Litya.
February 15
Matins was read.
Ten people came for Divine Liturgy. One communicant.
February 16
Matins was read.
Vespers was read.
February 17
Matins was read.
One person came for Vespers.
February 18
Matins waa read.
Two people were at Waynesburg University for the Akathist of Thanks.
Three people were in Fairmont for Vespers and class.
February 19
Matins was read.
Akathist to Jesus Christ was read.
February 20
Matins was read.

Services This Coming Week. Call to Confirm Daily Schedule.

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

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

8:00 AM Liturgy of Presanctified Gifts.

Akathists and Prayers for Special Needs held on request during the week.

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

Today, February 22 - Cheesefare Sunday. 5:00 PMVespers at St. Sava Church, Mckeesport. Today is the last day to eat dairy products until Pascha.
February 23 - Beginning of Great Lent
February 27 - 8:00 AM Liturgy of Presanctified Gifts
February 28 - 6:00 PM (Sat evening) Sunday of Orthodoxy. Vespers at St. Michael Church, Monessen
March 1 - Triumph of Orthodoxy Service will be at Holy Cross Church, 123 Gilkeson Rd. Pittsburgh, PA Sunday afternoon, March 1st, AT 4 PM.

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

Begin Great Lent by honoring the fast and attending more church services.

Begin Great Lent by being forgiving of others and seeking forgiveness from God.

Begin Great Lent with careful self-examination of personal sinfulness.

Greet Great Lent with great anticipation for the benefit of the soul.

Take time to personally reflect on your personal relationship with Christ.

Take time to assess how the time of life is used personally.

Take time to think about Christís return the Final Judgment.

Prepare for Holy Confession during Great Lent.

Help needy children by contributing to Lifeline. See bulletin board for details.

Help with the Syrian Relief efforts. See bulletin board for details.

Pray for Christians facing increased persecution in parts of the world.

Congratulations to Dr. R. J. Porter for being recognized as Educator of the Year.

Congratulations to Elizabeth Klingensmith for her athletic accomplishments.

If you want your house blessed, contact the priest to schedule the visit.

If you want your marriage blessing in the Orthodox Church, talk to the priest.

Remember the 125 people that died in the coal slurry Buffalo Creek Disaster in 1972.

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

The time to begin Great Lent has arrived.
Invest significantly in Great Lent.
Seek to end Great Lent as a better Christian.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

February 14 - Went to Morgantown for printing.
February 18 - Went to Waynesburg University for Akathist.
February 18 - Stopped in Morgantown for printing. Went to Fairmont for Vespers and class.

From the Wisdom of Sirach 6:32-34

If you are willing my son, you will be taught, and if you apply yourself you will be prudent. If you love to listen, you will wait with anticipation and if you incline your ear, you will be wise. Stand in an assembly of elders, and who is wise? Attach yourself to him.

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

Forgiveness Sunday

Matthew 6:14-21

For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you: But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses. Moreover when ye fast, be not, as the hypocrites, of a sad countenance: for they disfigure their faces, that they may appear unto men to fast. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward. But thou, when thou fastest, anoint thine head, and wash thy face; That thou appear not unto men to fast, but unto thy Father which is in secret: and thy Father, which seeth in secret, shall reward thee openly. Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. (KJV)

We are at the gateway to Great Lent. The expectation is that we willingly forgive others and we seek forgiveness from God. Great Lent is a structured and dedicated period in the Church.

Great Lent is filled with Divine services for the benefit of the attentive and the interested. Participating in Great Lent is completely voluntary. Individuals investing in Great Lent will benefit according to their investment.

Individuals shunning participation in Great Lent may actually reap some benefits. Sometimes individuals hardened in heart and mind will soften and become accepting of God due to experiences with individuals loving Christ.

Believers benefit by focusing on their own sins and need for repentance. The Gospel makes this clear: ďwhy beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother's eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye? (Mt. 7:3)

If we consider the life and teachings of Christ, we will realize the great extent we have sinned. The Gospel teachings are standards for each of us to strive to achieve. We fall short of the Gospel teachings each day.

Love of God and love of neighbor are important throughout the year. Godís love for each of us is increasingly revealed in the journey to Pascha. This is a time to turn our attention to God.

This is a time to examine ourselves. At Holy Baptism, we were completely dedicated to Christ. Dedication to Christ and faithfulness to Christ needs renewed and strengthened in Great Lent.

Great Lent is not a time for gloom. Great Lent is to be greeted with great joy and anticipation. Much is required of the believer entering Great Lent. The life in Christ is of immeasurable value and worthy of the greatest personal investment.

The current Gospel speaks about laying up treasures in heaven. The person living faithfully in Christ never experiences poverty. The person living faithfully in Christ is rich in the joy of the Lord.

No robber can take away a personís joy in the Lord. No torture can deprive a person of joy in the Lord. Read the lives of the holy martyrs. Learn of the joy of the saints having suffered for Christ.

Joy in suffering is possible if the mind is stayed on Christ. The Holy Apostle Paul describing tribulation, distress, persecution and famine said: ďin all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.Ē (Rom 8:37)

Practicing forgiveness on a daily basis can be difficult. We benefit from keeping in mind the forgiveness we experience and seek from God. If we want God to forgive us, we need to be forgiving of others.

If we are honest, we all do or think things which are contrary to the Gospel teachings of Christ. It is to the benefit of our souls and daily lives that we repent and seek Godís forgiveness for what we do contrary to the Gospel.

It is also to the benefit of our souls and daily lives if we are forgiving of others for whom we may harbor any ill thoughts. We do not need to burden our hearts, minds and souls with ill thoughts

The joy of the life in Christ beckons us to live free of ill thoughts and to live free from the burdens of sin. Forgiveness of others is a freeing action. Being forgiven by God is a freeing action.

If we have not learned fully of the benefits of Holy Confession, this Great Lent is an opportunity to increase our understanding. If we are holding on to sins that need confessed, this Great Lent is a time to move forward.

God is a good, loving and forgiving God. We will learn about Godís love, goodness and mercy in the journey through Great Lent. If we are attentive and serious about Great Lent our knowledge and love of God will increase.

We need to take care of our bodies during Great Lent to increase our attentiveness to God. Fasting helps to increase our ability to be attentive. Fasting helps us keep the focus on God.

Good beginnings are important. Today is an opportunity to resolve to make a good beginning fort this Great Lent. Today is a day to resolve to make this the best Great Lent we have experienced.

Let us be forgiving of each other and seek Godís forgiveness.

St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
February 9 / 22, 2015
Cheesefare Sunday

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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