St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 889 - January 18 / 31, 2016

The Orthodox Faith

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

No. 889
January 18 / 31, 2016
Thirty-Fifth 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 Thessalonians 1:3

Remembering without ceasing your work of faith, and labour of love, and patience of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ, in the sight of God and our Father;

Recent Services
January 23
Midnight Office was read.
Vespers was read.
January 24
Matins was read.
Six people came for Divine Liturgy. One communicant.
January 26
Matins was read.
Vespers was read.
January 27
Two people came for Divine Liturgy.
Two people came for the Akathist of Thanks at Waynesburg University.
Seven people came for the Molieben to St. Sava and class at Holy Trinity Mission in Fairmont,W.Va.
January 28
Matins was read.
Two people came for the Akathist to Jesus Christ.
January 29
Matins was read.

Services This Week. Always call to Confirm Weekday Schedule.

Third and Sixth Hours followed by Divine Liturgy.
Blessing of the Monongahela River

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

4:00 PM on Monday, Tuesday, Saturday.

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

3:00 PM Akathist and class afterwards.

10:00 AM Divine Liturgy at Holy Trinity Mission in Fairmont,W.Va

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

Today - St. Athanasius the Great. St. Maxim of Serbia.
February 6 - Venearable Xenia of Rome
February 7 - St. Sava Program and Covered Dish Dinner
February 12 - Holy Three Hierarchs

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

Sympathy extended to Father John and Matushka Cynthia Zdinak and family in the departure from this life of their son +Joshua.

Sympathy extended to the family and friends of +Anita Torbich Salopek recently departed this life.

Sympathy extended to the family and friends of +Radmilla Mrkal recently departed this life.

Sonia and Andrea Janson, Djelosh Milosevich, Rich Porter, Dr. Anatoli Peredera and Aaron Carson were able to attend Divine Liturgy last Sunday during the big snow.

Paulette Radock, Felecia Williamson, Subdeacon Anthony and Maddie Miralles came to class on Thursday.

Stojan Raulic visited last Sunday.

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 degree we love God.
The appreciation we show to God.
The need to repent and love God more.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

January 25 - Went to St. Theodosius Orthodox Church in Cleveland, Ohio for the funeral of +Joshua Zdinak. Stopped at Monastery Marcha.
January 26 - Went to Morgantown, W.Va. for printing. Went to Vestaburg.
January 27 - Went to Waynesburg University for Akathist and to Fairmont, W.Va. for Molieben and St. Sava Program.

Proverbs 72

My son, honor the Lord, and you shall be strong, and fear none other but Him.

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

The Thirty Fifth Sunday after Pentecost

Luke 18:18-27

And a certain ruler asked him, saying, Good Master, what shall I do to inherit eternal life? And Jesus said unto him, Why callest thou me good? none is good, save one, that is, God. Thou knowest the commandments, Do not commit adultery, Do not kill, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Honour thy father and thy mother. And he said, All these have I kept from my youth up. Now when Jesus heard these things, he said unto him, Yet lackest thou one thing: sell all that thou hast, and distribute unto the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, follow me. And when he heard this, he was very sorrowful: for he was very rich. And when Jesus saw that he was very sorrowful, he said, How hardly shall they that have riches enter into the kingdom of God! For it is easier for a camel to go through a needle's eye, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God. And they that heard it said, Who then can be saved? And he said, The things which are impossible with men are possible with God.

What is the measure of our love for God? Do we show love and forgiveness to the people we meet in daily life? Are we forgiving in ways pleasing to God? Do we use the time of life in ways reflecting love of God?

Do we apply the resources and blessings we have from God in ways approved by God? Are we generous with others in need? Do we refrain from being judgmental and critical of others?

The present Gospel gives criteria for eternal life. The Gospel describes expectations for Christians. Christians are to embrace the way of Christ freely and resolutely.

Do material possessions consume our thoughts? Do we dwell on goals and interests having nothing to do with the Kingdom of God? Do we use the time of life carelessly?

The time of life is limited for each person. The time of life comes only once. Each person is expected to be a wise in care of the soul. God’s mercy is constantly needed if the narrow path of life is to be followed.

Sin interrupts the Christian journey all too often. Repentance returns the believer to the approved direction. The present Gospel assures believers that eternal life is possible with God.

Faith and hope in God are essential in the Christian life. In the current Gospel the rich man was not prepared to relinquish his material wealth and follow Christ.

Discernment is necessary in applying Christ’s teachings. Each person is responsible for working out his or her salvation. God’s Holy Church is best where to turn in seeking salvation.

God’s Holy Church offers the constant teachings of Christ. The Church offers historical continuity through the centuries. The Church teaches the pathways chosen by the saints.

The Church has withstood the test of time. Challenges to the Church through the centuries have not depleted the message of Christ. Storms of war and heresy have not tarnished the way of Christ.

Christ remains victorious through the centuries. Death on the Cross did not silence Christ. Political oppression did not deter the message of Christ. Martyrdom of saints only strengthened the message of Christ.

The message that “Christ is Risen” brings joy and hope in the darkest moments of life. The message that “Christ is Risen” soothes the most broken and hurting hearts.

The pain of the Cross is endured because of the knowledge of the Resurrection. Each person entering the waters of baptism rises with Christ. The waters of baptism bring hope in the Risen Christ that cannot be eradicated.

The Christian journey is undertaken freely and willingly. The Christian journey continues freely and willingly. Individuals choosing to be Christian have the freedom at every moment to reject and depart from Christ.

Wise individuals heed the words of the Holy Apostle Peter. The Holy Apostle Peter said; “Lord, to whom shall we go? thou hast the words of eternal life.” (Jn. 6:68)

Merit exists at all times in assessing personal values and goals to assure they conform to approval of Christ. Each day believers have the opportunity to follow Christ.

Love of Christ is not demanded. The need to love Christ more becomes increasingly apparent. Love of Christ is inseparable with love of neighbor. The rich man in the current Gospel was to show love for the poor and love for Christ.

Christians are expected to use their minds well in following Christ. The Christian life begins at Holy Baptism. The Christian life carries the expectation of active thinking in every remaining moment of life.

Joy in Christ requires vigilance in following Christ. The relationship with Christ is always subject to temptations and attacks. Carelessness can bring devastation to a soul.

Attachments to other than Christ are harmful. Every thought, every relationship bears examination according to the teachings and way of Christ. Thoughts and actions that cannot stand up to the sunlight of Christ need expelled.

Christ wanted total commitment from the rich man. The rich man valued his goods more than Christ. Persons entering the baptismal font are fully dedicated to Christ. Each remaining moment of life belongs to the way of Christ.

St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
January 18 / 31, 2016
Thirty-Fifth Sunday after Pentecost.
St. Athanasius the Great.
St. Maxim of Serbia.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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