St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 894 - February 22 / March 6, 2016

The Orthodox Faith

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

No. 894
February 22 / March 6, 2016
Meat-Fare 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.

2 Corinthians 1:4

Not for that we have dominion over your faith, but are helpers of your joy: for by faith ye stand.

Recent Services
February 28
Matins was read.
Third and Sixth Hours were read followed by Divine Liturgy. Thirty-three people attended. Six communicants.
February 29
Matins was read.
March 1
Vespers was read.
March 2
Matins was read.
Four people came to Waynesburg University for the Akathist of Thanks.
Eight people came to Holy Trinity Mission for Vespers. Nine people came for class.
March 4
Matins was read.
Two people came for the Akathist to the Icon of the Mother of God Assuage My Grief.
March 5
Matins was read.

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.

6:30 PM Vespers and Class at Holy Trinity Mission, Fairmont.

3:00 PM Akathist and class afterwards.

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

Important Dates

Today, March 6 - Meat-fare Sunday. Parish Executive Board Meeting.
March 8 - 1st and 2nd Finding of the Head of St. John the Baptist
March 11-12 - Diocesan Assembly in Akron, Ohio
March 13 - Deanery Vespers at St. Sava Church, McKeesport, 5:00 PM.
March 14 - Beginning of Great Lent
March 19 - Theodore Saturday. Divine Liturgy at Holy Trinity Mission in Fairmont, West Virginia

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

Next Sundayís Coffee Hour proceeds will go to the Greene County Food Bank.

Today is the last day for Orthodox Christians to eat meat until Pascha.

Sympathy extended to Wayne and Joyce Kirby. Joyceís father departed this life.

Congratulations to Elizabeth Klingensmith on her continued athletic successes.

Mildred Bezjak and Paulette Radock came to class on Thursday.

Plan to honor the fast throughout Great Lent.

Prepare for Holy Confession and Holy Communion during Great Lent.

Remember the Russian miners and first responders that lost their lives this past week.

Pray for the miners losing their jobs at a very high rate. Pray for their families.

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.

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

Remember to pray for the sick, the suffering and the imprisoned.
Remember to warmly welcome visitors.
Remember to be forgiving, loving and not judgmental of others.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

February 26 - Went to Morgantown, W.Va. for printing.
February 26-27 - Went to St. George Serbian Orthodox Church in Canton, Ohio for Christian Education meeting.
February 28 - Visited parishioner in Bridgeville.
March 2 - Went to Waynesburg University for Akathist and Fairmont, W.Va. for Vespers and class.
March 3 - Went to Washington, Pennsylvania to bless a house.
March 4 - Blessed one house in Carmichaels area.

Proverbs 12:10

A righteous man has compassion on the lives of his cattle, but the affections of the ungodly are without mercy.

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

The Sunday of the Last Judgment

Matthew 25:31-46

When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory: And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats: And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left. Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in: Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me. Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink? When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee? Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee? And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me. Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels: For I was an hungred, and ye gave me no meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me no drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me not in: naked, and ye clothed me not: sick, and in prison, and ye visited me not. Then shall they also answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, or athirst, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister unto thee? Then shall he answer them, saying, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the least of these, ye did it not to me. And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal. (KJV)

The current Gospel expresses the compassion and concern of the Lord Jesus Christ for the sick, the suffering and the imprisoned. The Lord Jesus Christ identifies with the hungry, the needy and the stranger.

The Gospel makes it clear personal interactions with the sick, the suffering the imprisoned, the hungry and the naked are personal interactions with the Lord Jesus Christ.

Believers need to be conscious about the personal treatment and statements made about each person. Jesus said: ďBut I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment.ď (Mt. 12:36)

Each person does well to personally examine his or her thoughts, words and actions according to this Gospel. Personal relationships are to be measured and weighed against the teachings of Christ.

Whenever a person falls short of standards set by Christ, repentance is in order. Whenever a person harbors ill thoughts against the hungry, the sick, the imprisoned, and the stranger, repentance is in order.

Christ is the final judge of relationships. Christ is the final judge of thoughts and actions. Individuals benefit when living according to the Gospel. Individuals have sufficient work to do on themselves to lead a God-pleasing life.

Christís love for the sick, the suffering, the imprisoned, the hungry and the stranger is fully expressed in this Gospel. The Church wants believers to learn of this love each year as Great Lent approaches.

This is the time to bring personal life into greater conformity with Christís teachings and standards. Now is the time to appreciate Christís love and blessings. Today and everyday are times to give abundant thanks to God.

In this world of abundance, each person can become more charitable. Each person can become more loving. Heart-warming anecdotes abound about Christian charity among individuals that seemly can least afford it.

Each person determines with personal honesty whether he or she meets the standards in the present Gospel. Each person examining personal behavior will know whether he or she is in full compliance with Christís teachings.

Jesus held up the example of the poor widow contributing all she had. Her giving was greater than those that contributed out of their abundance. (Lk. 21:1-13) Each of us needs to assess our personal degree of charitable giving.

Charitable giving need not be elaborate. Jesus said:Ē For whosoever shall give you a cup of water to drink in my name, because ye belong to Christ, verily I say unto you, he shall not lose his reward.Ē (Mk. 9:41)

All Christians are expected to adhere to the standards set forth in the Holy Gospel. The standards apply to priests, parish Executive Boards, parish organization members and all parishioners.

Each Christian is accountable to Christ. The more knowledgeable a person is and the more informed, the greater the accountability. No person will escape Christís final judgment.

No person knows when he or she will take the last breath. The present Gospel summons believers to heed Christís teachings. Believers are to fully conform to Christís teachings and are to repent when they do not.

See Christ in strangers, the poor, the sick, the suffering, and imprisoned. Jesus said: ďAnd why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother's eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye? (Mt. 7:3)

The movement to Great Lent is advancing rapidly. Extensive change is expected in each Christian believer. Great Lent is the structure provided by the Church for each believer to be healed.

The battle against sin is to intensify with each approaching day. The battle against sin has a central place in each remaining day of life. Living fully in Christ is lifeís paramount experience.

St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
February 22 / March 6, 2016
Meat-Fare Sunday

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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