St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 883 - December 7 / 20, 2015

The Orthodox Faith

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

No. 883
December 7 / 20, 2015
Twenty-Ninth Sunday after Pentecost

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 2:7

Rooted and built up in him, and stablished in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving.

Recent Services
December 12
Vespers was read.
December 13
Matins was read.
Third and Sixth Hours were read followed by the Divine Liturgy. Thirty-seven people attended. Six communicants.
December 18
Matins was read.
Nine people came to Holy Trinity Mission in Fairmont for Great Vespers. One Slava Kolac was blessed with Koljivo.

Services This Week. Always call to Confirm Weekday Schedule.

Third and Sixth Hours followed by Divine Liturgy.

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

4:00 PM on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday.

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

December 20 - St. Ambrose, Ven. Grigorije of Gornjak. Childrenís Day
December 22 - Conception of the Theotokos
December 23 - St. Jovan of Serbia
December 25 - St. Spyridon, the Miracle Worker
December 27 - St. Thrysus, Leucius, Philemon, Martyrs. MothersíDay.
December 28-30 - Diocesan Youth Retreat. St. Archangel Michael Serbian Orthodox Church in Akron, Ohio.
December 30 - St. Daniel, Prophet. Ven. Deacon Avakum and Abbot Paisius, Martyrs.
December 31 - St. Sebastian
January 3 - St. Juliana, Virgin Martyr. Fathersí Day
January 6 - Christmas Eve. Divine Liturgy at 8:00 AM
7:30 PM Blessing of Badjnak
January 7 - 10:00 AM Divine Liturgy. Feast of the Nativity of Christ.

If You Are Too Busy To Pray, You Are Too Busy

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

Parish Life

The Annual Parish Assembly is rescheduled to January 10, 2016.

Honor the Nativity Fast until the Feast of the Nativity on January 7.

Aaron Carson, Dr. Ivko Dimitric and Rich Porter worked hard on the audit on Friday.

Sonia Janson, Dorothy Smargie, Mildred Bezjak, Anna Mae Knezovich, Diana Brozich Felecia Williamson and Sandy Matuga made rolls on Wednesday. Thank you.

Thank you to Lud Miscovich for making wreaths for the church doors.

Linda Porter is accepting donations for flowers to decorate the church for Christmas.

Plan to come to confession during the week or on Saturdays unless you live far distant.

Remember the Christians being persecuted in Syria and other parts of the world.

Place canned goods or non-perishable food items in the box in the church hall for the Greene County Food Bank. Thank you to all helping to feed the hungry in our area.

If you want your marriage blessed in the Orthodox Church, ask the priest.

Honor your Slava every year.

Remember the 239 miners that lost their lives in the Darr Mine on December 19, 1907.

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 in the military and their families.

Remember the sick, the suffering, the imprisoned, those in rehab centers, the homebound and 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 importance of honoring the personal and family Slava.
The protection provided by the intercession of the family patron saint.
The value of praying to the patron saint for intercession before the Lord.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

December 12 - Went to Morgantown for printing.
December 16-17 - Went to Monastery Marcha for services for the newly departed +Igumania Ana
December 18 - Went to Fairmont for Great Vespers at Holy Trinity Mission. Nine people attended. Blessed one Slava Kolací and Koljivo.

Proverbs 1:7

The fear of God is the beginning of wisdom, and there is good understanding in all who practice it.

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

The Nativity Fast

The Nativity Fast is taking place at a time when the world has many challenges. Relationships between nations need improved. Violence is consistently in the news.

Violence is constantly reported in various communities. Violence within certain families continues to occur all too often. As the Church moves towards the Feast of the Nativity of Christ, the need for more peace is clearly evident.

Each person taking the Nativity Fast seriously makes a difference. Honoring the Nativity Fast with the purpose of drawing closer to Christ is an investment in the Kingdom of God.

Too often believers stray from the path to the Kingdom of God. Too often other than Christ-like ideals become a part of life. Too often too little room is left in life for Christ.

The Nativity Fast is a time to take a serious look at the way the time of life is being used. The Nativity Fast provides the structured opportunity to think seriously about Christ.

The Church provides structure throughout the year for the benefit of believers and potential believers. Adhering to the practices of the Church is always voluntary.

Christ is not coercive. The Church is not coercive. Drawing near to Christ is the path to immeasurable joy. Joy is not located in material possessions. Christís joy and peace are in the heart, the mind and the soul.

Commercialism dominates the newspapers. The internet is full of information tempting individuals to make purchases. Stores are filled with items intended for sale.

Each person has a limited amount of personal time of life. The time of life must be used wisely. Time that is wasted is not replaced. Repentance enables a person to make corrections in the path being taken.

Repentance leads to Godís forgiveness. Holy Confession brings the person back into unity with Christ. The food a person eats and the way a person utilizes the time of life affects the outcome of life.

Silence, stillness and prayer improve a personís perspective. Keeping God as the primary focus is difficult. Many forces are at work in daily life that pull and push a person.

Discipline is necessary to consistently seek the Kingdom of God. Vigilance is necessary to protect the heart and mind from being entered and dominated by thoughts and ideas contrary to the way of Christ.

Christís love manifested in His birth, death on the Cross and Resurrection have a place in the hearts and minds of believers at all times. The disciplined person will seek to keep Christ at the forefront of life.

Believers cannot make the successful journey to the Kingdom of God alone. Godís help and forgiveness are needed at every step of the journey. Individuals sin too often to be successful in reaching the Kingdom of God on their own.

Forgiveness provides believers with a fresh start each time they repent and confess their sins. Fresh starts are needed throughout life. The Church is the safe haven to enter and seek the fresh start in life.

The Church is the best hospital to cleanse the tarnished soul. The Church affords the opportunity for the mind to be emptied of thoughts contrary to the way of God.

That Nativity Fast begins in late November and continues until the Feast of the Nativity. Believers have time to think seriously about Christ during the full period of the Fast.

Each person determines the degree he or she will honor the fast. Each person makes choices that will affect where they will spend eternity. Bad choices lead to bad outcomes. Good choices can reverse bad directions that are taken.

The only time in life that is certain is the current moment being lived. Life expectancy charts are not specific to individual lives. Wise people make good use of every moment of life.

Repentance is necessary throughout life. Serious Christians know the degree of personal sin. Serious Christians want to put sins behind. Embracing Christ is necessary throughout life.

If a believer is to end his or her life in ways pleasing to God, repentance is absolutely necessary. Prayer keeps a person connected with Christ. Prayer improves a personís view of the self and reveals the degree of personal sin.

The Holy Scriptures provide nourishment for believers. The Holy Scriptures reveal the standards necessary for daily life to be God-pleasing. Motivated believers do not stray far from life in the Church.

Holy Communion unites the believer with Christ. Repentance and Holy Confession bring the person into the presence of Christ. Being with Christ and Christ being within the person is the ideal for every moment of life.

Prayer keeps the person united with Christ. Prayer requires interest and initiative on the part of the believer. Seekers of joy in Christ devote the time of their lives to being united with Christ in prayer.

Honoring the Nativity Fast is the path to take to the Kingdom of God. The Nativity Fast leads to the joy emanating from the Christ Child. The Nativity Fast is the path of certainty guiding the believer through the trials of daily life.

St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
December 7 / 20, 2015
Twenty-Ninth Sunday after Pentecost
St. Ambrose.
Childrenís Day.
Venerable Grigorilje of Gornjak.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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