St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 888 - January 11 / 24, 2016

The Orthodox Faith

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

No. 888
January 11 / 24, 2016
Sunday after 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.

Luke 5:20

And when he saw their faith, he said unto him, Man, thy sins are forgiven thee.

Recent Services
January 16
Midnight Office was read.
Fifteen people came to Holy Trinity Mission in Fairmont, W.Va. for Divine Liturgy. Three communicants.
Vespers was read at St. George Church.
January 17
Matins was read.
Third and Sixth Hours were read followed by Divine Liturgy. Twenty-six people attended.
January 18
Two people came for Vespers and Divine Liturgy with Great Blessing of Water. One communicant.
Five people came for Compline.
January 19
Canon for Matins was read.
Eight people came for Divine Liturgy and Great Blessing of Water.
January 20
Five people came for Divine Liturgy at St. George Church. Baptism and Chrismation of Arthur John Chambers.
Five people came to Monongahela River in Fairmont, West Virginia for the river blessing.
January 21
Matins was read.
Pomen served.
January 22
Matins was read.
Four people came to Waynesburg University for the Akathist.

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
3:30 PM Akathist at Waynesburg University
6:30 PM Vespers and Clas at Holy Trinity Mission, Fairmont.

3:00 PM Akathist and class afterwards.

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

January 24 - Blessing of the Monongahela River
January 27 - St. Sava
January 29 - Chains of St. Peter
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

Thank you to all staying for the Annual Assembly last Sunday.

Thank you to all serving, supporting or helping the St. George Church in any way.

Sonya, Larissa and Elizabeth Klingensmith add to St. George Church festal celebrations by their participation.

Andrew Sabak adds to St. George Church festal celebrations by his participation.

Joyful congratulations to new the Serbian Orthodox Christian, Arthur John Chambers.

Thank you to the area state highway workers for working long hours to clear the roads.

Sympathy extended to the family and friends of +Helen Torbich Kosanovich recently departed this life.

Sympathy extended to the family and friends of Genevieve Myers recently departed this life.

Sympathy extended to the family and friends of Betty Bunner recently departed this life.

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

Water being used in the Divine services of the Church.
Godís providing water throughout the centuries.
Being good stewards of the water supplied by God.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

January 16 - Went to Fairmont, W.Va. for Divine Liturgy. Stopped in Morgantown for printing on return.
January 17 - Participated in parish Annual Assembly.
January 18 - Visited parishioner in Uniontown area.
January 19 - Went to a family Slava celebration. Blessed Kolach, Koljivo and house.
January 20 - Went to Fairmont, W.Va. for blessing of the Monongahela River.
January 22 - Went to Waynesburg University for Akathist of Thanks. Four people attended.

Proverbs 6:7

Compare yourself with the ant, O sluggard, and be zealous when you see his ways, and become wiser than he.

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

The Sunday after Theophany

Matthew 4:12-17

Now when Jesus had heard that John was cast into prison, he departed into Galilee; And leaving Nazareth, he came and dwelt in Capernaum, which is upon the sea coast, in the borders of Zabulon and Nephthalim: That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Esaias the prophet, saying, The land of Zabulon, and the land of Nephthalim, by the way of the sea, beyond Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles; The people which sat in darkness saw great light; and to them which sat in the region and shadow of death light is sprung up. From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.

Specific locations are identified in the Holy Gospel. These locations serve as a basis for further research and increased understanding. The Gospel speaks about the people seeing a great light.

Individuals wanting to find their way out of personal darkness do well to look to Christ to light the path. Individuals seeking to overcome fear and despair benefit by turning to God in prayer.

The Lord Jesus Christ proclaimed the need for repentance saying the kingdom of heaven was at hand. Repentance is necessary throughout life. Individuals constantly sin.

Repentance is necessary in preparation for the last judgment. Repentance leads to the joy of unity with Christ. Repentance is required to put sin behind and to travel the path to Godís kingdom.

The soul experiences peace when repentance occurs. The mind is at ease when a sinner repents. The heart finds joy in the forgiveness coming from Christ. Godís love is experienced when a person repents and receives forgiveness.

Jesus preached. His known words are found in the Holy Gospel. Jesusí words hold their value through the centuries. Jesus offers hope for persons seeking to improve their lives.

Regardless of the depth of a personís despair, Jesus can make a difference. Jesus makes life worth living. Jesus verifies the value of each person. Jesus is the authentic source of life for each person.

Christ nourishes hungry souls. Christ heals restless minds. Christ heals broken hearts. Christ loves individuals feeling unloved. Christ embodies hope when hope is needed in the darkest moments of life.

Repentance involves being serious about wanting to put sin behind. Confidence in Christ must be greater than the desire for sin. Willingness to forgo sin must exceed the desire for sin.

When a person feels weak, Christ will provide the strength needed for repentance. Christ knows if the heart truly yearns for Christ. Christ knows if the person desires to begin anew in Christ.

Holy Communion transforms believers. Believers unite with Christ in Holy Communion. Holy Communion brings joy and peace. Christ is within reach of each person desiring to change for the better.

Individuals having lived far from the Christian way of life have immediate access to Christ. Christ is reached through prayer. Christ is experienced through desire of the heart and mind.

Becoming a serious Christian requires steps of faith. Following Christ entails taking the narrow path. Embracing Christís teachings, morals and way of life does not take place immediately.

Growth in Christ takes time. The desire for Christ must be addressed. The desire for sin must be repelled. Believers can expect battles with desires and temptations throughout life.

Christians have to address any issues of anger or impatience. Anger and impatience can lead to downfalls. Gluttony and greed are harmful. Love has a permanent place in the Christian.

When love is absent, repentance is necessary. Love is the measurement of the Christian life. Being appreciative of Christís love helps a person become more loving.

Turning to Christ for guidance and help are part of the transformation process. Reaching out to Christ for help is a personal decision. The Church is not authoritarian employing force to bring a person to repentance.

Godís Holy Church provides the Holy Mysteries and Divine services to keep a person on the path to the kingdom of God. Each person chooses the degree he or she will participate.

The celebration of the Feast of Theophany is a celebration of Christís renewal of Creation. Each person has the opportunity to be renewed in Christ. Renewal in Christ is possible throughout life.

Repentance is part of the cycle for renewal. Repentance and renewal lead to growth in Christ. The life in Christ carries the expectation of growth. Growth in Christ is limited by each personís willingness and desire to repent.

Christ welcomes each person drawing near. Faith and hope enable the person to draw near to Christ. Each step of faith is an investment in the kingdom of God.

St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
January 11 / 24, 2016
The Sunday after Theophany.
Venerable Theodosius the Great.
Venerable Michael.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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