St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 940 - January 9 / 22, 2017


The Orthodox Faith


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


No. 940
January 9 / 22, 2017
Sunday after Theophany


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



2 Corinthians 1:24

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

Recent Services
January 14
Two people came for Divine Liturgy.
Vespers was read.
January 15
Matins was read Third and Sixth Hours were read followed by Divine Liturgy. Twenty-two people attended. Two communicants.
January 16
Matins was read.
Vespers was read.
January 17
Matins was read.
January 18
Three people came for Divine Liturgy and Blessing of the Holy Water.
Four people came to Waynesburg University for the Akathist.
Four people came to Holy Trinity Mission for Great Compline and read the Matins Canon
January 19
Eight people came for Divine Liturgy

Services This Week. Always Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule.

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

Afternoons
4:00 PM on Monday, Tuesday, Saturday.

Wednesday
2:00 PM Akathist at Waynesburg University.

Thursday
3:00 PM Akathist and adult class.

Friday
8:00 AMDivine Liturgy: St. Sava

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

Important Dates

Today - Matins, Third and Sixth Hours followed by Divine Liturgy. Blessing of Monongahela River.
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 30 - Venerable Anthony the Great
January 31 - St. Athanasius the Great. St. Maximum, Archbishop of Serbia.
February 4 - St. Timothy, Apostle. Ven. Anastasius, Martyr.
February 7 - St. Gregory the Theologian. Ven. Publius.
February 9 - Translation of Relics of St. John Chrysostom

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

Thank you to all staying for the Annual Assembly last week.

Thank you for all staying for the river blessing today.

Plan to attend the St. Sava dinner and program next Sunday.

Sympathy extended to the family of +Robert Radock recently departed this life.

Sympathy extended to the family of +Phyllis Noonan recently departed this life.

Sympathy extended to Subdeacon Anthony and Mattie Mrialles, Their aunt departed this life.

Heed the value of honoring the fast days throughout the year.

Take time to read the Bible at home regularly.

Benefit by having icons throughout your home.

Let the sounds of church music fill your home each day.

Come to church more this year.

Thank you for all continuing to donate food for the Greene County food bank.

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 all other workers threatened with loss of jobs, pensions and 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 the mentally ill. Appreciate their caretakers and the institution staffs.

If you have any questions about the teachings and 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

Being mindful of newness emanating from Christís baptism in the Jordan.
Celebrating the joy of the Great Feast of Theophany.
Having your home blessed each year.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

January 8 - went to parish family celebration.
January 13 - Went to Morgantown for printing. Went to Mon General Hospital to visit patient.
January 16 - Went to Uniontown for meeting.
January 18 - Went to Waynesburg University for Akathist.
January 18 - Went to Holy Trinity Mission in Fairmont, W.Va. for Great Compline and Matins Canon.

Wisdom of Sirach 9:15

Let your reasoning be with those who are wise, and let all your talk be about the law of the Most High.

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


The Sunday after Theophany

Matthew 4:12-17

Now when Jesus had heard that John was cast into prison, he departed into Galilee; And leaving Nazareth, he came and dwelt in Capernaum, which is upon the sea coast, in the borders of Zabulon and Nephthalim: That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Esaias the prophet, saying, The land of Zabulon, and the land of Nephthalim, by the way of the sea, beyond Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles; The people which sat in darkness saw great light; and to them which sat in the region and shadow of death light is sprung up. From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand. (KJV)

The Lord Jesus Christ is the light guiding individuals away from dark sin. The Lord Jesus Christ brightens the path to the heavenly Kingdom. Christ calls individuals to repent and move from darkness to light.

No benefits exist in maintaining dark thoughts. Hope is stifled when despair is dominant in life. Love fails to thrive when Christ is absent from the heart, mind and soul.

Christ preached repentance. Changing the heart, mind and soul from darkness to light occurs when Christ is embraced and followed. The present Gospel is a serious message.

Every Gospel reading has a serious message. Responsible Christians repent throughout life. Constant repentance is necessary to forgo ways of life perilous to the soul.

The Church focuses on Jesusí baptism at this time of the year. Jesus brings renewal and newness in life. Jesus targets the dark side of individual lives and offers the way out.

Confession is the door opening the way out of a life of sin. Trusting Christ and being sorry for sins makes new beginnings possible. Everyone thinks and does things which are regrettable.

Christ offers freedom to move forward in life. Christ enables each personís healthy potential to be realized. Life is greatest when Christ fills the heart, mind and soul.

Honest self-examination is necessary for repentance. Willingness to reject sin and commit to Christ is required. The present Gospel and every aspect of the Gospel are instructive.

Life is shallow without the Gospel. Attentive hearts welcoming the Gospel are vibrant. Open hearts thrive on the content of the Gospel. The Gospel nourishes and invigorates individuals willing to repent and follow Christ.

Godís Holy Church is filled with the Gospel. The light of Christ is radiant in the Church. Christís love welcomes everyone entering and remaining in the Church. The Gospel offers a better way to live.

Great Lent is not far in the offing. Thinking about repentance has a place throughout life. Christians seeking the Kingdom of God want always to put sin behind and ardently follow Christ.

Prayer makes invisible sin come to the fore and be rejected. The Jesus Prayer particularly keeps the focus on Christ and the need for Christís mercy. Constant use of the Jesus Prayer is beneficial.

Change for the better requires Christís forgiveness and mercy. Progress begins when a person wants to change. Welcoming Christís forgiveness is necessary.

When Christ fills the heart, the mind and the soul, sin has no room to exist. Active prayer and conscious repentance repel and reject sin. Hunger for the better life in Christ is satisfied through loving Christ and forcefully rejecting sin.

Genuine sorrow for sins is necessary. Christ knows the heart and mind. Christ knows if the desire to reject sin is real. Conscientious use of the freedom to choose Christ rests with each person.

At every moment of time of every day, individuals have the opportunity to embrace Christ. Christ does not coerce. Christ lovingly welcomes. Christ instructs. Christ nourishes.

The Church is where to learn about Christ. The Church is where to best experience Christ. Individuals learn in church how best to live in their homes and communities.

Joy in Christ is reduced to the extent sin has a hold on life and is not rejected. Joy increases when Christís mercy and forgiveness are fervently sought. The present Gospel is a foundation stone for building the life in Christ.

Each reading of the Gospel serves as a foundation stone for the better life in Christ. Each person chooses whether Christ is the foundation and goal of life. Each person determines if the Kingdom of God is primary.

The present Gospel inspires. The present Gospel is specific in time and place. The present Gospel penetrates the centuries and reveals the place of the Holy Prophets.

Individuals in Godís Holy Church today share experiences with the faithful through the centuries. The saints and martyrs of centuries past paved the way for believers to benefit today.

The Holy Prophets of centuries past revealed what would come. The Lord Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever. (Heb. 13:8) Today is the day to repent.


St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
January 9 / 22, 2017
The Sunday after Theophany
Holy Martyr Polyeuctus.
Hierom. Philip, Metropolitan of Moscow.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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