St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 884 - December 14 / 27, 2015

The Orthodox Faith

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

No. 884
December 14 / 27, 2015
Thirtieth 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.

I Corinthians 2:5

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

Recent Services
December 19
Canon for Matins was read.
Third Hour was read.
Nine people came for Divine Liturgy. Two communicants.
Two Slava Kolac’s blessed with Koljivo.
December 20
Matins was read.
Third and Sixth Hours were read.
Thirty-one people came for Divine Liturgy. Six communicants.
December 21
Matins was read.
Vespers was read.
December 22
Matins was read.
Vespers was read.
December 23
Matins was read.
One person came for Sixth Hour.
Nine people came for Vespers at Holy Trinity Mission in Fairmont, W.Va. Seven people stayed for class.
December 24
Matins was read.

Services This Week. Always call to Confirm Weekday Schedule.

Third and Sixth Hours followed by Divine Liturgy.

Thursday, Friday, Saturday.

4:00 PM on Thursday, Saturday.

6:30 PM Vespers and class at Holy Trinity Mission in Fairmont, W.Va.

10:00 AM Divine Liturgy at Fairmont.

Akathists and Special Prayers scheduled on request.

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

Today, December 27 - St. Thrysus, Leucius, Philemon, Martyrs. Mothers’Day.
December 28-30 - Diocesan Youth Retreat. St. Archangel Michael S. O. 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. Fathers’ Day
January 6 - Christmas Eve morning. Divine Liturgy at 8:00 AM
Christmas Eve at 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.

Thank you to John Williamson for constructing the new sign for the church.

The parish will have a radio broadcast on WMBS, Uniontown station on January 7, Christmas at 6:15 in the evening.

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.

Have an icon of your patron saint in your house.

Be attentive to the daily calendar of the Church and learn from it.

Become familiar with the different prayers and services of the Church.

Make an effort to come to church on weekdays in addition to Sundays,

Listen to the parish radio broadcast.

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 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 benefits of honoring the Nativity Fast
Fasting is a voluntary beneficial Christian practice..
Fasting focuses the mind and body on God.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

December 23 - Went to Fairmont, W.Va. for Vesper and Class.

Proverbs 2:10-11

For if wisdom comes into your mind, and perception in your soul seems to be good, then good counsel will guard you, and holy thinking will keep you.

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

The Sunday of the Holy Forefathers

Luke 14:16-24

Then said he unto him, A certain man made a great supper, and bade many: And sent his servant at supper time to say to them that were bidden, Come; for all things are now ready. And they all with one consent began to make excuse. The first said unto him, I have bought a piece of ground, and I must needs go and see it: I pray thee have me excused. And another said, I have bought five yoke of oxen, and I go to prove them: I pray thee have me excused. And another said, I have married a wife, and therefore I cannot come. So that servant came, and shewed his lord these things. Then the master of the house being angry said to his servant, Go out quickly into the streets and lanes of the city, and bring in hither the poor, and the maimed, and the halt, and the blind. And the servant said, Lord, it is done as thou hast commanded, and yet there is room. And the lord said unto the servant, Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled. For I say unto you, That none of those men which were bidden shall taste of my supper. (KJV)

God’s churches are open throughout the year. Many persons baptized in God’s Holy Church do not attend with regularity. If all baptized persons attended church with regularity more churches would be needed.

Similarly, all baptized persons do not participate in Holy Confession and Communion regularly. Opportunities for Holy Confession and Holy Communion exist throughout the year.

Attending Divine services, participating in Holy Confession and Holy Communion are individual decisions. Force is not used to attract a person to come to church.

Internal desire for God is necessary. Interest in the Lord Jesus Christ is necessary for regular church attendance. Seeking forgiveness and peace of mind are necessary to draw closer to God.

The individuals invited to the great supper had priorities that kept them from accepting the invitation. Invitations from God come at every moment of life. At every moment a person decides whether to draw near to God.

Drawing near to God is verification of hope in God. Faithful believers utilize Holy Confession. Faithful believers partake of the Precious Body and Blood of Christ.

When a person declines invitations from Christ, the soul is put in peril. Unity with Christ keeps a person strong. Christ is necessary in personal life to deal with and defeat the temptations of the devil.

Individuals cannot defeat sin on their own. Christ is necessary for personal forgiveness and for strength in warring against temptation and sinfulness. The master was angry in the current Gospel that his invitations were declined.

Each person will be judged at the Second Coming. Jesus said: “Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. (Mt. 7:21)

Care must be taken throughout life to follow the path set down by the Lord Jesus Christ. Attentiveness is necessary to Christ’s invitations throughout life. Saying “yes” to Lord God is beneficial throughout life.

Drawing near to the Lord God requires determination. A willingness to say “yes” to God ‘s invitations is necessary for unity. A desire for the love of God and joy in God is necessary to reject roads leading far from God’s Kingdom.

Forcefulness is necessary to press on toward the Kingdom of God. Forcefulness is necessary against perilous temptations. Forcefulness is necessary against evil attacks.

The master in the current Gospel was well intended. Invitations emanating from God’s Holy Church are well intended. Individuals staying away from God’s Holy Church put themselves in precarious situations.

When a person stays away from the church, he or she weakens the connection with God. Staying away from the church breaks the continuity of continuous prayer.

Divine nourishment exists in Holy Communion. Failure to commune with regularity weakens the relationship with Christ. Individuals outside of God’s Holy Church have opportunities to enter into unity with Christ through the Church.

Unity with Christ requires a willingness to live in ways pleasing to Christ. Continued unity with Christ involves a firm and lasting commitment to the narrow way of Christ. (Mt. 7:13-14)

Invitations from God verify the love of God for each person. Continuous invitations reveal the unending love of God for each person. A person always has the opportunity to repent and begin anew to say “yes” to invitations from God.

God turns life around for individuals saying “yes” to ways pleasing to God. Joy occurs when individuals return to church after long periods of absence. Joy occurs when individuals long separated from God decide to say “yes” to God.

The Church is moving decidedly towards the Feast of the Nativity of Christ. Christ took on human flesh. Christ humbled Himself. He voluntary lived in humble circumstances.

In these days when greed and materialism run rampant, paramount value exists in the example of the Lord Jesus Christ. The current Gospel stimulates deep thoughts about personal responses to invitations from God.

Healthy believers welcome invitations from God and rejoice. Saying “yes” to God’s invitations results in life experiences beyond measure and imagination. Saying “yes” to God’s invitations brings rejoicing.

St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
December 14 / 27, 2015
Sunday of the Holy Forefathers
Sts. Thyrsus, Leucius, Philemon, Martyrs.
Mothers’ Day.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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