St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 891 - February 1 / 14, 2016

The Orthodox Faith

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

No. 891
February 1 / 14, 2016
Zacchaeus Sunday

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
February 6
Midnight Office was read.
Third and Sixth Hours were read followed by Divine Liturgy at Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Mission in Fairmont. Four communicants. Thirteen people attended.
Vespers was read at St. George Church.
February 7
Matins was read. Third and Sixth Hours were read followed by Divine Liturgy with blessing of Kolací and Koljivo for St Sava celebration.
February 8
Matins was read.
Vespers was read.
February 9
Matins was read.
Vespers was read.
February 10
Matins was read.
Four people came for the Akathist of Thanks at Waynesburg University.
Eight people came to Holy Trinity Mission for the Akathist to the Holy Trinity and class.
February 11
Matins was read.
One person came for Akathist to the Mother of God and class.
February 12
Four people came for Divine Liturgy. One communicant.

Services This Week. Always call to Confirm Weekday Schedule.

Third and Sixth Hours followed by Divine Liturgy.

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

4:00 PM on Tuesday.

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.

8:00 AM Divine Liturgy: Presentation of the Lord.

Remember St. Mark Monastery and Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

February 15 - 8:00 AM Divine Liturgy: Presentation of the Lord
February 20 - Pittsburgh Deanery meeting on Christian Education in Johnstown.
February 23 - Apodasis of Presentation of the Lord

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 participating in the St. Sava dinner and program this past Sunday; Participants included: Joseph, Richelle, Eiljah, Nina and Luka Romanchak, Dr. Richard and Bilenda Pierce, Dr. Ezekiel Olagoke, Mildred Bezjak, Richard and Linda Porter, Deljosh Milosevich, Eric Labons, Aaron Carson, Willie and Thekla Spens, Milosh ďSerbĒKrewasky, Lucille Carnahan, Dorothy Smargie, John and Felecia Williamson, Ana Mae Knezovich, Stan Brozik, Andrea Janson, Dr. Ivko Dimitric, Sonia Janson was recognized for her contributions during the course of the St. Sava Program.

St. Sava program participants read with reverence from the Holy Gospel and the writings of St. Nikolai (Vlimirovic) and Very Reverend Stavrophor Dr. Mateja Matejic..

Dr. Ivko Dimitric spoke informatively and at length about St. Sava.

Felecia Williamson came for class on Thursday.

Melva and Millicent Hunchuck remain attentive to St. George Church.

Andrea Janson and Felecia Williamson are very conscientious caring for parish funds.

Sympathy extended to the family and friends of +Ray Humberston recently departed.

Thank you to all continuing to contribute to the Greene County Food Bank. Contributions of non-perishable food items are always welcome to feed the needy.

Let us remember the coal miners and law enforcement officers who have lost their lives.

If you want your home blessed, ask the priest.

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

Love for St. Sava continues even with the passing of many centuries.
St. Sava continues to affect the lives of Christians far from where St. Sava lived.
St. Savaís love for Christ radiates through the centuries and still changes lives.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

February 6 - Went to Fairmont, W.Va for Divine Liturgy. Stopped in Morgantown, W.Va. for printing. Made local pastoral home visit.
February 10 - Went to Waynesburg University for Akathist. Later went to Holy Trinity Mission in Fairmont, W.Va. for Akathist and class.
February 12 - Made pastoral visit to Uniontown.

Proverbs 9:10

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and the counsel of the saints is understanding; For to know the law is characteristic of a good mind.

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

Zacchaeus Sunday

Luke 19:1-10

And Jesus entered and passed through Jericho. And, behold, there was a man named Zacchaeus, which was the chief among the publicans, and he was rich. And he sought to see Jesus who he was; and could not for the press, because he was little of stature. And he ran before, and climbed up into a sycomore tree to see him: for he was to pass that way. And when Jesus came to the place, he looked up, and saw him, and said unto him, Zacchaeus, make haste, and come down; for today I must abide at thy house. And he made haste, and came down, and received him joyfully. And when they saw it, they all murmured, saying, That he was gone to be guest with a man that is a sinner. And Zacchaeus stood, and said unto the Lord: Behold, Lord, the half of my goods I give to the poor; and if I have taken anything from any man by false accusation, I restore him fourfold. And Jesus said unto him, This day is salvation come to this house, forsomuch as he also is a son of Abraham. For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost (KJV)

Zacchaeus Sunday has arrived. The arrival of Zacchaeus Sunday signals the approach of Great Lent. The time has arrived to direct the mind toward personal sin and the need for repentance.

Repentance is necessary throughout life. Sin occurs constantly in adult life. Personal honesty is necessary to confront sin. Knowledge about Christian standards and teachings make a person more conscious of personal sin.

The informed believer is more conscious of personal sin. Serious believers seek to put sin behind and begin anew in Christ. Repentance is the act of rejecting sin in personal life and drawing closer to God.

Zacchaeus took strong action to set his life aright. He used his wealth to correct wrongs he had committed. He made a significant effort to draw closer to the Lord Jesus Christ.

The Lord Jesus Christ recognized Zacchaeusí efforts. The Lord Jesus Christ came to dwell in Zacchaeusí house. Christ has a place in the house of each believer.

Each believer does well to heed Zacchaeusí example. Believers are to always live orderly lives according to the teachings and standards of the Lord Jesus Christ.

Repentance is in order when a believer sins and departs from the teachings and standards of Christ. The Church is gentle in leading a person to repentance. The approach to Great Lent is gradual.

Believers are not pressured to repent. At the same time, each believer needs to keep in mind that Christ will return. The final judgment will take place. Each person will need to answer for his or her life.

No one knows when Christ will return. No one knows when he or she will take the final breath. While the Church does not pressure a person to repent, there is always urgency because of the uncertainty that exists.

The Christian life is best lived in a constant state of repentance. Constant repentance enables a person to be ready for departure from this life and Christís final judgment.

The Church offers nourishment and joy for believers seriously adhering to Christís teachings and standards. The Church offers direction for lasting peace and eternal life.

The Divine services of the Church are harbors for individuals to enter and replenish their lives. The Divine services of the Church provide a foundation and framework for daily living.

The Church is rich with prayer for every imaginable circumstance arising in life. Believers need only immerse themselves in the life of the Church to benefit. God is good and loving, ever welcoming believers drawing near in faith.

The arrival of Zacchaeus Sunday is very welcoming for individuals seeking to be renewed in Christ. The greatest joy exists in the completion of the journey to Pascha.

The journey to Pascha is enriching every step of the way. Now is the time to think about the journey. Now is the time to think seriously about rejecting personal sin.

The nourishment in Godís Holy Church exceeds all other nourishment. The nourishment in Godís Holy Church replenishes the mind, the heart and the soul. The nourishment in Godís Holy Church benefits the body.

Good beginnings are important. Zacchaeus Sunday is an important beginning. Zacchaeus Sunday is an awakening of the mind and the heart. Zacchaeus Sunday affects the soul.

Godís love is always present. Godís love is always evident. Godís love was most evident when Christ ascended the Cross voluntarily. Godís love is evident when sinners are forgiven in Holy Confession.

Partaking of the Precious Body and Blood of Christ unites the believer with Christ. The Holy Gospel nourishes the heart, the mind and the soul. Every Divine Liturgy gives newness in Christ.

Now is the time to awaken. Now is the time to draw near to Christ. As Zacchaeus climbed the tree to see Christ and be seen by Christ, let us climb from the depths of sin.

Let us draw near to Christ in earnest. May our love and gratefulness for Christ increase. The arrival of Zacchaeus Sunday summons a new beginning in Christ. Now is the time for personal action.

St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
February 1 / 14, 2016
Zacchaeus Sunday.
Forefeast of the Presentation of the Lord.
St. Tryphon.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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