St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 896 - March 7 / 20, 2016

The Orthodox Faith

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

No. 896
March 7 / 20, 2016
Sunday of Orthodoxy

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.

Matthew 17:20

And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you.

Recent Services
March 10
Three people came for Akathist to St. John the Baptist and class.
March 11
Matins was read.
March 12
Vespers was read.
March 13
Matins was read.
Third and Sixth Hours were read followed by Divine Liturgy and Parostos. Twenty-nine people came for Divine Liturgy. Eight communicants.
March 14
Matins and First Hour were read.
Third and Sixths Hours were read.
Four people came for the Orthodox Christian Fellowship Prayer Service at Waynesburg University.
Two people came to St. George Church for Great Compline with Canon of St. Andrew.
March 15
Matins was read.
Third Hour was read.
One person came for Great Compline with Canon of St. Andrew.
March 16
Matins was read.
Two people came for Liturgy of Pre-Sanctified Gifts. Two communicants.
Nine people came to Holy Trinity Mission in Fairmont, W.Va. for Great Compline with Canon of St. Andrew.
March 17
Matins and First Hour were read.
Two people came for Great Compline with Canon.
March 18
Matins was read.
Two people came for Liturgy of Pre-Sanctified Gifts. One communicant

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.

3:00 PM Akathist followed by Adult Class

3:00 PM Akathist at Waynesburg University
6:30 PM Vespers and Adult Class at Holy Trinity Mission, Fairmont.

Wednesday and Friday
8:00 AM Liturgy of Presanctified Gifts

Thursday, Friday
4:00 PM Vespers

4:00 Vespers and Confessions

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

Important Dates

Today - Sunday of Orthodoxy. Vespers at 4:00 PM at St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church, Pittsburgh.
March 27 - Second Sunday of Great Lent. Deanery Vespers at St. Elijah Church, Aliquippa, 5:00 PM.

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

Subdeacon Anthony Miralles, Mildred Bezjak and Felecia Williamson attended class on March 10.

Lifeline, the charitable organization to help Serbian children in need is very appreciative of the contributions raised at the recent fundraiser in Pittsburgh..

Stan Brozik represented the parish at the Diocesan Assembly in Akron, Ohio at St. Archangel Michael Serbian Orthodox Church on March 11-12, 2015

Aaron Carson, Stan Brozik, Milosh Serb Krewasky and Jospehine Gresko went to Deanery Vespers in McKeesport on Sunday.

See the bulletin Board for the Sunday evening Lenten Deanery Vespers schedule.

Plan to help the Kolo bake on Thursday.

Attend the Liturgy of Pre-Sanctified Gift on Wednesdays and Fridays.

Honor the Great Fast until Pascha on May 1 with increased prayer and church attendance.

Unless you live far distant, come to Holy Confession on a weekday or Saturday.

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.

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 icons in churches throughout the world.
Each home having an icon of Christ, the Mother of God and the family Slavaís patronal saint or feast.
Having an icon at the worksite of each Orthodox Christian.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

March 10 - Went to Morgantown, W.Va. for printing.
March 11-12 - Attended Diocesan Assembly in Akron, Ohio.
March 13 - Attended Deanery Vespers at St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Church, McKeesport.
March 14 - Went to Waynesburg University for prayer service.
March 16 - Went to Fairmont, West Virginia for Great Compline at Holy Trinity Mission.

Proverbs 14:21

He who dishonors the poor sins, but he who has mercy on the poor is very blessed.

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

Sunday of Orthodoxy

John 1:43-51

The day following Jesus would go forth into Galilee, and findeth Philip, and saith unto him, Follow me. Now Philip was of Bethsaida, the city of Andrew and Peter. Philip findeth Nathanael, and saith unto him, We have found him, of whom Moses in the law, and the prophets, did write, Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph. And Nathanael said unto him, Can there any good thing come out of Nazareth? Philip saith unto him, Come and see. Jesus saw Nathanael coming to him, and saith of him, Behold an Israelite indeed, in whom is no guile! Nathanael saith unto him, Whence knowest thou me? Jesus answered and said unto him, Before that Philip called thee, when thou wast under the fig tree, I saw thee. Nathanael answered and saith unto him, Rabbi, thou art the Son of God; thou art the King of Israel. Jesus answered and said unto him, Because I said unto thee, I saw thee under the fig tree, believest thou? thou shalt see greater things than these. And he saith unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Hereafter ye shall see heaven open, and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of man (KJV)

The Holy Apostles were blessed to see the Lord Jesus Christ in the flesh. They were blessed to hear Jesusí voice. Todayís believers experience Christ in the Divine services of the Church.

Today believers experience Christ through prayer and the Holy Gospel. Christ is experienced in the Holy Mysteries. Attentive believers are sensitive to experiences with Christ in daily life.

Great and small miracles continue to occur. Christ is the source of miracles. Healings take place. Christ is the reason for the healings. Prayers are answered because of Christ.

Centuries have passed since Christ took on human flesh. Christ chose His disciples carefully and they have made a lasting impact. Godís Holy Church. The Church has continued from the time of the Holy Apostles.

The Church is the best place to experience Christ. The Church provides the structure, the teachings and nourishment necessary for the life in Christ. From infancy to departure from this life, the Church is beneficial for believers.

Today is the Sunday of Orthodoxy. Christ taking on human flesh and being visible is being celebrated. Today the holy icons are in the Church. The holy icons provide visible reminders of Christ, the Mother of God and the saints.

Persons hungry for Christ do well to come to Church. Persons with difficulties benefit by prayerfully addressing them in Church. Individuals seeking directions for their lives find answers by attending the Divine services.

The Lenten journey is underway. The goal for each believer is be a better Christian. Great Lent fosters repentance leading to personal improvement. Each person is personally responsible for sins committed.

Admitting and confessing personal sin is not always easy. Holy Confession enables confidential confession of sins and the opportunity to begin anew. Christís forgiveness has healing effects.

The life in Christ is a life of confidence. In and through Christ, lifeís difficulties are put in perspective and become manageable. Christ provides a world-view for daily life and for eternity.

Christ defines the nature of personal relationships. Christ gives instructions on ways to view persons encountered in daily life. Christ is a continuing source of nourishment.

The Holy Apostles followed Christ with conviction. They were resolute in the face of hardship and adversity. The contributions of the Holy Apostles have lived on through the centuries.

Present day believers do well to study the life of Christ and learn more. A person never exhausts all there is to learn from Christ. Increased age is no barrier to learning about Christ.

Simple prayers verify the presence and divinity of Christ. Simple prayers unite a person with Christ. Christ is not far distant. The passing of centuries since Christ took on human flesh did not distance Christ from each person.

The life in Christ unfolds as a person lives seriously in Christ. Investing in the life in Christ is the soundest investment. Investments in the life in Christ are only endangered if the person investing departs on sinful paths.

When a person remains true in following Christ, experiencing the Kingdom of God is the result. Eternal life awaits the person faithful to Christ. Decisions made to day and at each remaining moment of life determine lifeís outcome.

The Holy Apostles left their families and their homes to follow Christ. Judas chose not to be faithful to Christ. Judasís is proof that individuals can fall away from Christ even after having had a close relationship with Him.

Each person needs to be vigilant at all times. Each person has to be careful about the content of the heart and mind. Daily decisions need to be consistent with the teachings of Christ.

Corruptive influences can creep into daily life in very subtle ways. Great Lent is the time for personal honesty and repentance. Great Lent is the time to repel sin and return fully to the life in Christ.

The return to the true and complete life in Christ is facilitated by Christís welcoming love and mercy. Christ is forgiving of the truly repentant. Christ warmly welcomes believers returning from wayward paths of sin.

The time to repent is now. Each passing moment brings the world and each personal life closer to the Second Coming and Final Judgment. Each moment may be the last moment a person has to repent.

St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
March 7 / 20, 2016
Sunday of Orthodoxy.
Holy Seven Hieromartyrs of Cherson.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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