St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 938 - December 26, 2016 / January 8, 2017


The Orthodox Faith


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


No. 938
December 26, 2016 / January 8, 2017
Sunday of the Holy Fathers


Diocesan Bishop - His Grace Bishop IRINEJ


Parish Priest - Father Rodney Torbic

Phone 724-966-7428
Phone/Fax 724-966-7780
Cellular Phone 412-860-0944


Recent Services

December 31-Midnight Office was read. Third and Sixth Hours were read followed by Divine Liturgy and Parastos at Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Mission in Fairmont, W.Va. Two communicants. Ten people attended. Vespers was read at St. George Church.
January 1-Matins was read. Third and Sixth Hours were read followed by Divine Liturgy.. Thirty one people attended. Six communicants.
January 2-Matins was read. Vespers was read.
January 3-Matins was read. Vespers was read.
January 4-Matins was read. Vespers was read.
January 5-Matins was read.

Services This Week. Always Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule.

Today-Matins-Third and Sixth Hours followed by Divine Liturgy
Monday-January 9-8:00 AM-Divine Liturgy-Archdeacon and Protomartyr Stephen.
Saturday-10:00 AM-Divine Liturgy at Holy Trinity Mission-Fairmont,W.Va.

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

Important Dates

Today-Sunday-January 8 -10:00 AM Divine Liturgy. Synaxis of the Mother of God.
Monday-January 9-- 8:00 AM Divine Liturgy. Archdeacon and Protomartyr Stephen
January 14 - Circumcision of the Lord. St. Basil the Great.(New Year)
January 15-Parish Annual Assembly
January 18 -8:00 AM-Divine Liturgy-Blessing of Holy Water-Feast of Holy Cross
January 19 - Feast of Theophany. 8:00 AM Divine Liturgy. Blessing of Holy Water
January 20 - 8:00 AM Divine Liturgy. Synaxis of St. John the Baptist
January 22-Blessing of Monongahela River
Jznuary26-Apodasis of Theophany
January 27-St.Sava
January 29-Parish St.Sava Program-Covered dish dinner.
January 29-Feast of Chains of St.Peter.Venerable Romilus of Ravanica
January 31St.Athanasius the Great. St.Maxim of Serbia,Archbishop of Serbia.
If You Are Too Busy To Pray, You Are Too Busy


Remember the Suffering Serbian People in Kosovo and All Suffering People throughout the world.

Parish Life

Plan to attend the parish annual meeting next Sunday.
Thank you to Sonia and Andrea Janson for preparations for the Feast of the Nativity.
Thank you to Philip and Christian Sivak and Norma Hickman for the preparations for Christmas Eve-Banjak service.
Thank you to all attending the Feast of Nativity services.
Thank you to all honoring the Nativity Fast.
Thank you to John Ice for bringing flowers from Fairmont, W. Va.
Thank you to Rich Porter helping prepare the church for the Feast of the Nativity.
Stefani Tumbas sent Nativity greetings from Lifeline and said an event will be held in Pittsburg on April 21 to raise funds for needy children in Serbia.
Linda Porter is collecting for flowers to decorate the church for Christmas.
Thank you to Linda for collecting and all contributing for flowers to decorate the church.
Thank you for all continuing to donate food for the Greene County food bank.
Remember the 12 Sago miners losing their lives on Jan.2, 2006. Remember the families.
If you want your house blessed or want being visited in the hospital, ask the priest.
If you want your marriage blessed in the Orthodox Church, ask the priest.
Pray for miners, steel workers and other workers threatened with loss of jobs, pensions or benefits.
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 mentally ill. Appreciate their caretakers and the institution staffs.
If you have questions about the teachings or practices of the Church, ask the priest.

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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.

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Consider
The joy of the Feast of the Nativity.
The many lives changed at each celebration of the Feast.
The far-reaching nature of the Feast of the Nativity.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

December 29-Went to Morgantown for printing.
December 30-Went to Fairmont, W.Va. for Divine Liturgy. Took food donations to Soup Opera.in Fairmont. Stopped in Morganton on return for printing..
January 2-Went to Jeanette, Pennsylvania

Wisdom of Sirach 7:36

With all your words, remember the time you will die and you will never sin.

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


The Sunday after the Nativity

Matthew 2:13-23

And when they were departed, behold, the angel of the Lord appeareth to Joseph in a dream, saying, Arise, and take the young child and his mother, and flee into Egypt, and be thou there until I bring thee word: for Herod will seek the young child to destroy him. When he arose, he took the young child and his mother by night, and departed into Egypt: And was there until the death of Herod: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying, Out of Egypt have I called my son. Then Herod, when he saw that he was mocked of the wise men, was exceeding wroth, and sent forth, and slew all the children that were in Bethlehem, and in all the coasts thereof, from two years old and under, according to the time which he had diligently inquired of the wise men. Then was fulfilled that which was spoken by Jeremiah the prophet, saying, In Rama was there a voice heard, lamentation, and weeping, and great mourning, Rachel weeping for her children, and would not be comforted, because they are not. But when Herod was dead, behold, an angel of the Lord appeareth in a dream to Joseph in Egypt, Saying, Arise, and take the young child and his mother, and go into the land of Israel: for they are dead which sought the young child's life. And he arose, and took the young child and his mother, and came into the land of Israel. But when he heard that Archelaus did reign in Judaea in the room of his father Herod, he was afraid to go thither: notwithstanding, being warned of God in a dream, he turned aside into the parts of Galilee: And he came and dwelt in a city called Nazareth: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophets, He shall be called a Nazarene.
Today is the second day of the Feast of the Nativity of the Lord Jesus Christ. Rejoicing continues over the birth of the Christ Child. The present Gospel directs attention to Herodís evil desire to destroy Him.
As the current celebration of Christís birth occurs in the Godís Holy Church, many children in todayís world still suffer from evil. Christ offers direction and wisdom in addressing harm to todayís children.
Christ provides hope for believers seeking a better world. Christ is the light to overcome darkness in todayís world. Christ is the healer when hearts need joy and minds seek understanding.
Joseph, Mary and the newborn Christ Child escaped danger. The Lord Jesus Christ selected the time much later in earthly life when He would acquiesce to being harmed.
Jesus determined when He would voluntarily yield to ascend the Cross. Between His earthly birth and eventual death on the Cross, Jesusí earthly presence, teaching and miracle working changed the world forever.
Christís earthly birth was a beginning never previously experienced. Christ offered and continues to offered newness in life. Christ is the inexhaustible source of newness in life.
Each Feast of the Nativity brings newness. Christ is the passage through dangers of all kinds. Christ is the door to eternal life. Christ is the answer to the most compelling questions.
Joseph heeded the messages of the Lord as guidance for safe travel. Serious and attentive believers seek and find wisdom and direction from Christ for lifeís daily journeys.
Godís Holy Church is where to best find direction for life. Godís Holy Church is where to learn to face the evil still existing in the world. God is the most secure foundation for combating earthly evil.
Believers are not immune to violence. Strength for combating earthly evil comes from being united to Christ and being prepared in Christ. Harm to innocents did not end at the time of Christís earthly birth.
Christ is the lasting foundation for life. Christ is inexhaustible nourishment.. Living in Christ is the greatest experience. Being fully united with Christ makes joy and peace possible.
Prayer keeps the believer united with Christ. The Jesus Prayer particularly keeps the relationship with Christ strong. Holy Communion increases the unity with and joy in Christ.
Celebrating Christís Nativity emphasizes the new life possible in Christ. The human mind is awakened to think about Christ humbling Himself and taking on human flesh.
Christ did not choose opulent circumstances for His earthly birth. Christ chose a humble location at a time when daily living was much simpler. Christ entered the world in earthly form at a time of His choosing.
Christ ascended at a time of His choosing. He will return when He is ready. Every person does well to think carefully about Christ. Every person is encouraged to participate in the joy present today.
Thank God for the Church celebrating Christís birth. Thank God for the instructional and celebratory services of the Church. Thank God for Christís followers through the centuries.
During the days of the Nativity, may Christís joy radiate in our hearts, homes and daily lives. May our neighborhoods and communities benefit due to the Churchís celebration of Christís birth.
Christís joy, love and peace are greatly needed in todayís world. Christ is present today to fill open hearts, minds and souls. Let each of us open and keep open our hearts, minds and souls to Christ.


St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
December 26, 2016 / January 8, 2017
Synaxis of the Most Holy Theotokos.
Sunday after Nativity.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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