St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 899 - March 28 / April 10, 2016

The Orthodox Faith

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

No. 899
March 28 / April 10, 2016
Fourth 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.

Hebrews 6:1

Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on unto perfection; not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works, and of faith toward God,
Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on unto perfection; not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works, and of faith toward God,

Recent Services
April 1
Small Compline was read.
April 2
Akathist to the Departed was read.
Eight people came to Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Mission in Fairmont, W.Va. for Divine Liturgy. One communicant.
Ten people came to St. George Church for Great Vespers with Litya.
April 3
Matins was read.
Third and Sixth Hours were read followed by Divine Liturgy and Parastos. Thirty-seven people came. Eleven communicants.
April 4
Matins was read.
April 5
Vespers was read.
April 6
Matins was read.
Three people came for Presanctified Liturgy. Three communicants.
Two people came to Waynesburg University for Akathist to the Cross.
Seven people came to Holy Trinity Mission in Fairmont for Small Compline and class

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, Saturday.

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.

Wednesday and Friday
8:00 AM Liturgy of Presanctified Gifts

3:00 PM Akathist followed by Adult Class.

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

Important Dates

Today - Fourth Sunday Lenten Deanery Vespers at Holy Resurrection Church, Steubenville, 5:00 PM.
April 17 - Fifth Sunday of Great Lent Deanery Vespers at St. George Church, Carmichaels, 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

Fasting baked goods are needed for the Lenten Vesper dinner next Sunday.

Plan to help with the Lenten Vespers dinner next Sunday.

Linda Porter is collecting donations for flowers for the church on Pascha.

Paschal Divine Liturgy will be at 9:00 AM on Sunday May 1.

Stan Brozik, Sonia Janson, Willie Spens, Milosh Serb Krewasky and Josephine Gresko went to Midland for Deanery Vespers last week.

Sonia Janson, Dorothy Smargie Anna Mae Knezovich,Dianna Brozich and Lucille Carnahan baked rolls on Tuesday.

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.

Families of the Upper Big Branch miners having lost their lives are very grateful for thoughts and prayers for the 29 miners and in their behalf.

Pray for the miners and steel workers losing their jobs at a very high rate. Pray for their families. Pray for all workers having their jobs, pensions and benefits threatened.

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 steps involved in spiritual growth.
The far reaching possibilities of spiritual growth.
The importance of seeking to grow in Christ every day of life.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

April 2 - Went to Fairmont, W.Va. for Divine Liturgy. Stopped in Morgantown for printing. Later went to Morgantown, W.Va. for printing for a second time.
April 3 - Went to St. George Church in Midland for Deanery Vespers.
April 4 - Went to Morgantown, W.Va. for printing.
April 6 - Went to Waynesburg University for Akathist and Fairmont, W.Va. for Small Compline and class.

Proverbs 17:9

Instruction awards benefits to them using it, and wherever it turns, it prospers them.

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

The Fourth Sunday of Great Lent

Mark 9:17-31

And one of the multitude answered and said, Master, I have brought unto Thee my son, which hath a dumb spirit; And wheresoever he taketh him, he teareth him: and he foameth, and gnasheth with his teeth, and pineth away: and I spake to Thy disciples that they should cast him out; and they could not. He answereth him, and saith, O faithless generation, how long shall I be with you? how long shall I suffer you? bring him unto Me. And they brought him unto Him: and when He saw him, straightway the spirit tare him; and he fell on the ground, and wallowed foaming. And He asked his father, How long is it ago since this came unto him? And he said, Of a child. And ofttimes it hath cast him into the fire, and into the waters, to destroy him: but if thou canst do anything, have compassion on us, and help us. Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth. And straightway the father of the child cried out, and said with tears, Lord, I believe; help thou mine unbelief. When Jesus saw that the people came running together, he rebuked the foul spirit, saying unto him, Thou dumb and deaf spirit, I charge thee, come out of him, and enter no more into him. And the spirit cried, and rent him sore, and came out of him: and he was as one dead; insomuch that many said, He is dead. But Jesus took him by the hand, and lifted him up; and he arose. And when He was come into the house, his disciples asked Him privately, Why could not we cast him out? And He said unto them, This kind can come forth by nothing, but by prayer and fasting. And they departed thence, and passed through Galilee; and He would not that any man should know it. For He taught his disciples, and is after that He is killed, He shall rise the third day. (KJV)

Matthew 4:25-5:12

And there followed Him great multitudes of people from Galilee, and from Decapolis, and from Jerusalem, and from Judaea, and from beyond Jordan. And seeing the multitudes, He went up into a mountain: and when He was set, his disciples came unto Him: And He opened His mouth, and taught them, saying, Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted. Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth. Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled. Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy. Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God. Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God. Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness' sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you. (KJV)

The Church has come to the Fourth Sunday of Great Lent. This Sunday is identified with St. John Climacus. He is often referred to as St. John of the Ladder because of the book by that name.

Spiritual growth is associated with this particular Sunday. Christians are challenged throughout life to grow in Christ. Christians expected to be fervent in Christ.

There is no room in the Christian life for being lukewarm. The Lord Jesus Christ died a horrible death upon the Cross. Through the centuries from the time of Christ to the present, believers have lost their lives because of being Christian.

News accounts daily speak about Christians being persecuted and murdered. This is not a time to be concerned about luxury. This is not a time to be lackadaisical about faith.

This is a time for fervency in faith. This is a time for serious prayer and fasting. Christ is experienced in prayer and fasting. Serious believers draw near to Christ through prayer and fasting.

This is a time to remove from life that which takes us away from Christ. This is a time to fully consider Christís love exemplified on the Cross and in the Resurrection.

The Beatitudes in the current Gospel of St. Matthew give framework and lasting lesson for Christian behavior and growth. Todayís Gospel of St. Mark speaks about the firmness of belief and value of prayer and fasting.

Being an Orthodox Christian carries with it the expectation to live in Christ from Holy Baptism until departure from this life. More than mere nominal attendance at the Divine Liturgy is expected.

Sacrifice and martyrdom are part of the Church from the time of Christ to the present. Individuals being part of the Church are expected to be serious about Christ.

Individuals being part of the Church are expected to exert themselves in Christ throughout life until departure from this life. Individuals exerting the self in Christ draw near to Christ in prayer and in repentance.

Great Lent is moving with certainty toward conclusion. Each day is a vital opportunity to invest in the life in Christ. Each day is a day to repent of sins. The opportunity exists throughout each day to love Christ to a greater degree.

Jesus removed the spirit afflicting the child in the present Gospel of St.Mark. Jesus is capable of removing spirits that afflict and torment believers. Strong faith, prayer and fasting are necessary for internal peace.

Strong faith, prayer and fasting are needed to cope with the turmoil in life. The Gospel provides nourishment and direction for daily living. Believers benefit when heeding the Gospel and making the Gospel fundamental to daily life.

The Church provides the Gospel to benefit believers throughout life. Individuals seeking to grow in Christ are attentive to the Gospel and seek the nourishment readily available.

On this Sunday when Christ growth is in the forefront of attention, be mindful of the opportunity to grow in Christ. Avail the self of Christís love and mercy and draw near in faith and love.

St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
March 28 / April 10, 2016
The Fourth Sunday of Great Lent.
St. John Climacus.
Venerable Hilarion the Confessor.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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