St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 841 - February 16 / March 1, 2015

The Orthodox Faith

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

No. 841
February 16 / March 1, 2015
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.

2 Corinthians 5:7

For we walk by faith, not by sight:

Recent Services
February 22
Matins was read.
Third and Sixth Hours were read followed by Divine Liturrgy. Seven communicants. Thirty-six people attended.
February 23
Matins was read.
Two people came to Waynesburg University for the OCF Third Hour,
Sixth and Ninth Hour were read.
Six people came for Great Compline with Canon of St. Andrew.
February 24
Matins, Third, Sixth and Ninth Hour were read.
Three people came for Great Compline with Canon of St. Andrew.
February 25
Two people came to Waynesburg University for the Akathist of Thanks.
Five people came to Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Mission in Fairmont for the Great Compline with Canon of St. Andrew.
February 26
Matins, Third, Sixth and Ninth Hour were read.
Six people came for Vespers and Great Compline with Canon of St. Andrew.
February 27
Two people came for the Liturgy of Presanctified Gifts.
Two people came for Great Compline.

Services This Coming Week. Always Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule.

Matins, Third and Sixth Hours followed by Divine Liturgy.

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

6:00 PM on Monday,, Friday, Saturday

6:00 PM Great Compline.

Wednesday and Friday
8:00 AM Liturgy of Presanctified Gifts

3:00 PM Akathist with Adult Class after

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

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

March 1 - Triumph of Orthodoxy Service will be at Holy Cross Church, 123 Gilkeson Rd. Pittsburgh, PA Sunday afternoon, March 1st, AT 4 PM.
March 8 - Second Sunday of Great Lent. St. Gregory Palamas Deanery Vespers at 5:00 PM St. Elijah Church, Aliquippa, Pa. Holy Ascension, Youngwood.
March 15 - Third Sunday of Great Lent. Holy Cross Deanery Vespers at 5:00 PM, St. George Church, Midland.

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

Plan to attend as many Deanery Vespers services as possible.

Stan Brozik, Aaron Carson and Milosh Serb Krewasky accompanied by Josephine Gresko were at St. Sava Church in Mckeesport for Forgiveness Vespers.

Think carefully and extensively about Christians suffering in different parts of the world.

Congratulations to Rich and Linda Porter for becoming grandparents again.

Congratulations to Dr. Romanos Pearce on the publication of his new book of poetry.

Congratulations to Dr. Ezekiel Olagoke in being featured for his research in the Hilandar Room Library Newsletter of Ohio State University.

Congratulations to Damian Yonitch for two recent promotions in his military career.

Nikola Sudar and Paul Adams from the Midland parish visited the church this week.

If you are not a member of the Serb National Federation, consider joining.

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

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

Remember the St. Sava School of Theology in Libertyville with prayers and contributions.
St. Sava School of Theology has helped greatly to fill the continuing need for priests in established and new parishes.

To Consider

The value to the soul of each day of Great Lent.
The personal investment in Great Lent made each day.
The benefits of being attentive to Church services during Great Lent.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

February 20/21 - Went to Weirton, W.Va. for Diocesan Assembly.
February 21 - Went to Morgantown, for printing.
February 22 - Went to St. Sava Church for Deanery Vespers
February 23 - Went to Waynesburg University for OCF service.
February 25 - Went to Diocesan Center for Liturgy of Presanctified Gifts.
February 25 - Went to Waynesburg University for Akathist of Thanks. Went to Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Mission in Fairmont, W.Va. for Great Compline with Canon of St. Andrew.

From the Wisdom of Sirach 7:1

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. )

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 (KJV)

Great Lent brings a heightened awareness of our relationship with God. Believers determine each day whether to draw closer to God. Drawing closer to God involves more than good intentions.

Repentance enables believers to remain true to God. Repentance involves a willingness to reject sin and increases unity with God. Repentance is willingness to love God more than sin.

Great Lent motivates and instructs believers. The Church nourishes believers in the Divine services. Believers are personally responsible for drawing closer to God.

Christ asked Philip to follow Him. Philip and each of the followers of Christ had the opportunity to decline. Each of the Holy Apostles could have chosen not to follow Christ.

The faithful and Holy Apostles came to believe greatly in Christ The Apostlesí love for Christ was resolute and changed their lives. The Church continues to hold the Holy Apostles as examples to follow.

Serious believers learn from the Holy Apostles and are inspired by their lives. Serious believers appreciate the degree of love for Christ and sacrifice manifested by the Holy Apostles.

The whole person is dedicated to Christ at baptism. A person is expected to remain true to Christ following Holy Baptism. The Gospel readings in the Church light the paths from the Baptismal font to the Kingdom of God.

The Gospel enters ears open to instruction and feeds souls seeking nourishment. The Holy Apostles followed Christ with conviction. The Holy Apostles traveled for Christ to spread the Gospel.

Current believers do well to learn from the conviction and example of the Holy Apostles. Current believers benefit from considering the actions of the faithful Holy Apostles.

Believers decide the direction of their lives each day. Believers establish their own values. Christians are expected to fully embrace the teachings and standards of Christ.

Great Lent is the opportunity to assess the road being traveled. Great Lent is the time to assess the necessary changes in life required to be more faithful to Christ. Everyone sins and needs to more consistently follow Christ.

Believers too easily depart from the pathways of Christ. Believers too infrequently make serious use of Holy Confession. Holy Confession enables deep internal healing.

Repentance renews the believerís life in Christ. Great Lent offers lessons of repentance and encourages repentance. Growth in Christ is possible throughout life.

The Holy Apostles grew in conviction . The Apostlesí lives shine through the centuries. The Church draws from the Apostlesí lives to inspire and teach consistently through the year.

The words of Christ are nourishing and provide clear direction. The name of Christ used prayerfully is strengthening and cleansing. Prayer draws a person closer to God.

To benefit from Great Lent, believers must struggle with temptations and attractions. Christian believers need tenacity to hold on to Christ under all circumstances.

Fasting helps a person focus on God. Fasting in Great Lent is a strong and concerted action to keep God first. Personal sin needs addressed and vigorously repudiated.

The Lenten journey summons serious investment. The Lenten journey intends beneficial results. Great Lent is structured by the Church and is for every believer in the Church.

Godís Holy Church affects the whole world. Godís Holy Church has effects beyond human comprehension. Every person in Godís Holy Church is responsible for honoring Great Lent.

St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
February 16 / March 1, 2015
Sunday of Orthodoxy.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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