St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 887 - January 4 / 17, 2016

The Orthodox Faith

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

No. 887
January 4 / 17, 2016
Sunday before Theophany

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 Corithinans 13:2

And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing.

Recent Services
January 9
Canon for Matins was read.
Three people came for Divine Liturgy. Vespers was read.
January 10
Matins was read.
Third and Sixth Hours were read followed by Divine Liturgy Thirty-two people attended. Six communicants.
January 11
Matins was read.
January 15
One person came for the Akathist to Jesus Christ.

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, Saturday.

4:00 PM on Monday, Tuesday, Friday, Saturday.

8:00 AM Divine Liturgy

8:00 AM Divine Liturgy

8:00 AM Divine Liturgy
3:30 PM Akathist at Waynesburg University

3:00 PM Akathist and class afterwards.

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

Today - Sunday before Theophany. Annual Meeting following Divine Liturgy.
January 18 - Holy Cross Day. Great Blessing of Water.
January 19 - Theophan. Great Blessing of Water.
January 20 - Synaxis of St. John the Baptist.
January 24 - Blessing of the Monongahela River
January 27 - St. Sava
January 31 - Covered Dish Dinner and St. Sava Program

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

Plan to stay for the Annual Meeting today.

Plan to attend the Divine Liturgies this week.

Sympathy extended to the family and friends of Rev. Dr. Srboljub Bulich newly departed this life. Father Bulich is the third priest in recent months having served this parish and departed this life. He was here in 1985-1986.

Sympathy extended to Rebecca Mitchellís family. Rebeccaís grandmother departed this life this week.

Congratulations to Emily Dowler for advancing her nursing studies.

If you listened to the Christmas radio broadcast, please let Father Rodney know.

Listen to His Grace Bishop Dr. MITROPHANís Nativity message in Serbian and English on the parish website along with the Nativity services.

Non-perishable food items for the Greene County food bank continue to be welcome. Food donations can be placed on the table in the church hall.

If you want your home blessed, ask the priest.

If you want your marriage blessed in the Orthodox Church, ask 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 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 Lord Jesus Christís baptism in the Jordan River.
The singular place in history of the St. John the Baptist.
The renewal taking place each year on the Feast of Theophany.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

January 9 - Went to Morgantown, W.Va. for printing.
January 10 - Attended a parish familyís festal celebration.
January 14 - Went to St. Nicholas Serbian Orthodox Church in Johnstown, Pa. for Divine Liturgy.
January 15 - Visited parishioner in Jefferson Hospital.

Proverbs 5:21

For the ways of man are before the eyes of God, and He keeps close watch on all his paths.

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

The Sunday before Theophany

Mark 1:1:8

The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God; As it is written in the prophets, Behold, I send my messenger before thy face, which shall prepare thy way before thee. The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight. John did baptize in the wilderness, and preach the baptism of repentance for the remission of sins. And there went out unto him all the land of Judaea, and they of Jerusalem, and were all baptized of him in the river of Jordan, confessing their sins. And John was clothed with camel's hair, and with a girdle of a skin about his loins; and he did eat locusts and wild honey; And preached, saying, There cometh one mightier than I after me, the latchet of whose shoes I am not worthy to stoop down and unloose. I indeed have baptized you with water: but he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost. (KJV)

St. John the Baptist held a unique place in history. He had direct personal contact with the Lord Jesus Christ in the flesh. St. John had an awareness of his place in relationship to the Lord Jesus Christ.

St. John saw the Lord Jesus Christ as much greater than himself. Self-awareness is important. We know of our sins if we are honest and self-aware. We know of the greatness of God if we are honest and self-aware.

St. John the Baptist preached repentance. Repentance always has a place in life. Repentance is the way to redirect life on the path to the Kingdom of God. Repentance requires personal honesty and the desire to be right with God.

Believers engage in sin voluntarily or by being less than vigilant and disciplined. The desire for Christ always must be greater than the desire for sin. The attraction to Christ must exceed the attraction to sin.

The days of life can be many. Vigilance is necessary at every moment of life from the time of Holy Baptism until the time of departure from this life. When life expectancy can be up to a hundred years, believers face a constant challenge.

Faithfulness to Christ is to increase over time as a person matures. With more knowledge about Christ comes the greater responsibility to live according to Christís teachings and expectations.

Personal abilities and decision-making capabilities have a part in the degree a person is responsible for his or her actions. God is good and merciful. Each person living or departed will face the final judgment.

Christís Second Coming remains before each person. Each day is a day closer to the Second Coming. Wise use of each moment of life is the best preparation.

Constant repentance keeps a person united with Christ. Turing to Christ for wisdom strengthens a person. Prostrating the self before Christ and being remorseful for sins is beneficial.

Seeking forgiveness is the path for newness in Christ. Recognizing Christ as the source of personal strength leads to a healthier life. Holy Communion is divine nourishment uniting the believer with Christ.

Frequent Communion with preparation and reverence keeps the believer united with Christ. Believers making conscientious use of Holy Confession grow in Christ. Holy Confession is active combat against sin.

The joy of Christís birth and baptism are in the minds of believers at this time. Joy in Christ exceeds all other joy. There are many paths available to walk in life.

Christ calls believers to walk the narrow path. (Mt. 7:13-14) Paths other than the narrow way hold peril for the soul. Christís words are enduring and full of wisdom and truth.

Peter made the importance of following Christ very clear. Peter said: ď Lord, to whom shall we go? thou hast the words of eternal life.Ē (Jn. 6:68) In this tumultuous world, following Christ is the wisest course of action.

Christ is the best place to look for the answers for life. Christ is where to find lasting nourishment. Christ is where to find refuge from the trials and tribulations of daily life.

In the peace of Godís Holy Church, attentive listeners hear the important instructions from God. In the quietness of Godís Holy Church, believers find the path leading to the Kingdom of God.

Anxieties and burdens of life can be turned over to God when entering Godís Holy Church. Peace of mind, heart and soul are experienced in Godís Holy Church. Fears are eradicated in Godís Holy Church.

The love of God becomes apparent in church. The love of the Mother of God becomes evident in Godís Holy Church. The wisdom and examples of the saints are manifest in Godís Holy Church.

Order for life is available in Godís Holy Church. Coming to church regularly is the wisest investment of the time of life. The busiest of persons benefit from regularly coming to church.

The most academically educated persons improve their education by coming to church. The most materially wealthy individuals increase their wealth when humbling themselves before God in church.

St. John the Baptist realized his place in life in relationship to Christ. It is for each person to work out his or her salvation in personal relationship with Christ. Working out personal salvation occurs best in Godís Holy Church.

St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
January 4 / 17, 2016
The Sunday before Theophany.
Synaxis of the Holy Apostles.
St. Eustatius, Serbian Archbishop.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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