St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 898 - March 21 / April 3, 2016

The Orthodox Faith

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

No. 898
March 21 / April 3, 2016
Third Sunday of Great Lent

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.

Philippians 1:27

Only let your conversation be as it becometh the gospel of Christ: that whether I come and see you, or else be absent, I may hear of your affairs, that ye stand fast in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel;

Recent Services
March 26
Akathist for the Departed was read.
One person came for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
March 27
Matins was read.
Third and Sixth Hours were read followed by Divine Liturgy. Eleven communicants. Thirty-nine people attended.
March 28
Matins was read.
One person came for Ninth Hour and Vespers
March 29
Matins was read.
One person came for Ninth Hour and Vespers
March 30
Three people came for Liturgy of Presanctified Gifts. Two communicants. Two people came to Waynesburg University for the Akathist to Jesus Christ.
Five people came to Holy Trinity Mission in Fairmont, W.Va. for Small Compline. Three people stayed for class.
March 31
Matins and First Hour were read.
Four people came for the Akathist to Faith, Hope and Love and their Mother Sophia.
Two people came for the Akathist to the Icon of the Mother of God, She Who Healeth.
April 1
Three people came for Liturgy of Presanctified Gifts. Two communicants.

Services This Week. Always call to Confirm Weekday Schedule.

Third and Sixth Hours followed by Divine Liturgy and Parastos.

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

Monday & Tuesday
4:00 PM Great Compline.

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

8:00 AM Liturgy of Presanctified Gifts

8:00 AM Vesperal Liturgy, Feast of Annunciation
3:00 PM Akathist followed by Adult Class.

7:30 AM Liturgy of Presanctified Gifts

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

Important Dates

Today - Third Sunday of Great Lent. Deanery Vespers at St.George Church, Mildand 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

Stan Brozik, Sonia Janson, Milosh Serb Krewasky and Willie Spens attended Deanery Vespers last Sunday at St. Elijah Church in Aliquippa. Paulette Radock attended Deanery Vespers at Holy Ascension Church in Yougwood.

Very Reverend Stavrophor Stephen Zaremba, Dean of the St. Petersburg Deanery, visited the parish this week.

The Kolo plans to bake on Tuesday. Come to help.

Subdeacon Anthony Miralles, Paulette Radock, Felecia Williamson and Glenda Gethman came to class this week.

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.

Remember the 29 miners that lost their lives at Upper Big Branch in West Virginia on April 5, 2010.

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

Daily remembering the Cross and Resurrection of Christ.
Daily remembering and giving thanks to Christ for His love.
Daily remembering to honor Christ in the heart, home and community.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

March 25 - Went to Morgantown, W.Va. for printing.
March 27 - Went to St. Elijah Church in Aliquippa for Deanery Vespers.
March 28 - Went to Waynesburg to deliver food to Greene County Food Bank.
March 29 - Attended funeral of +Ingrid Kalcevic in Washington, Pa.
March 30 - Went to Waynesburg University for Akathist. Went to Fairmont, W.Va. for Akathist and class.
April 1 - Participated in UMWA march and rally to protect miners’ earned pensions and benefits

Proverbs 16:4

He who seeks the Lord will find knowledge with righteousness, and those who seek Him rightly will find peace.

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

The Third Sunday of Great Lent

Veneration of the Holy Cross

Mark 8:34-38, 9:1

And when he had called the people unto him with his disciples also, he said unto them, Whosoever will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. For whosoever will save his life shall lose it; but whosoever shall lose his life for my sake and the gospel's, the same shall save it. For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul? Whosoever therefore shall be ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation; of him also shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he cometh in the glory of his Father with the holy angels. And he said unto them, Verily I say unto you, That there be some of them that stand here, which shall not taste of death, till they have seen the kingdom of God come with power. (KJV)

Commitment to Christ is fundamental in the current Gospel. Each person is to take up his or her cross and follow Christ. Individuals baptized into Christ are expected to follow Christ.

Following Baptism, commitment to Christ is to be without reservation. Loss of life for Christ and the Gospel is not considered a loss. Loss of life for Christ and the Gospel is considered saving life.

The present Gospel motivates believers to assess the value of the soul. Personal integrity is expected from believers. No actions are to occur for material gain that would put the soul in jeopardy.

Now is a serious time in Great Lent. Individuals honoring and investing in Great Lent realize the time is passing quickly. For benefits to the soul, greater investment in Great Lent is expected.

Now is the time to examine the heart. Does Christ dominate the heart? Does the mind remain focused on Christ? Are personal efforts being made to draw closer to Christ for nourishment?

Turning inward is beneficial for assessment of the Christian condition. The full person is dedicated to Christ at Baptism. Life in Christ is to be lived to the fullest.

The Lord God knows the inward thoughts of a person. The Lord God knows if a person chooses to follow Christ. Daily challenges arise requiring believers to actively make decisions regarding Christ.

When individuals consistently choose Christ throughout the day, life changes dramatically for the better. Newness in Christ is achieved through consistent daily decision-making.

St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
March 21 / April 3, 2016
Third Sunday of Great Lent.
Veneration of the Cross.
Venerable James the Confessor.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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