St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 942 - January 23 / February 5, 2017


The Orthodox Faith


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


No. 942
January 23 / February 5, 2017
Sunday of the Publican and Pharisee


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



Luke 5:20

And when he saw their faith, he said unto him, Man, thy sins are forgiven thee.

Recent Services
January 27
Two people came for Divine Liturgy.
January 28
Funeral service for +Sophia Wallace.
Vespers was read.
January 29
Matins was read.
Third and Sixth Hours were read followed by Divine Liturgy, blessing of Slava Kolach and Koljivo. Twenty-eight people attended. Seven communicants.
January 30
Matins was read.
February 1
Three people came to Waynesburg University for the Akathsit of Thanks.
Eight people came to Holy Trinity Mission in Fairmont, W.Va. for Vespers and class.
February 2
Matins was read.
Two people came for the Akathist to the Righteous Joseph.
February 3
Matins was read.

Services This Week. Always Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule.

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

Afternoons
4:00 PM on Monday, Tuesday.

Wednesday
2:00 PM Akathist at Waynesburg University.
6:30 PM Vespers and Class in Fairmont, W. Va.

Thursday
3:00 PM Akathist and adult class.

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

Important Dates

Today - Matins, Third and Sixth Hours followed by Divine Liturgy.
February 6 - Venerable Mother Xenia of Rome; HolyMartyr Bablyias of Sicily.
February 7 - St. Gregory the Theologian, Ven. Publius
February 10 - Venerable Ephraim the Syrian. Venerable Isaac the Syrian
February 10-11 - Diocesan Assembly at St. Sava Church in Boston, Massachusetts.
February 12 - Holy Three Hierarchs. Sunday of the Prodigal Son.
February 14 - Holy Martyr Tryphon. Forefeast of the Meeting of the Lord.
February 15 - Presentation of the Lord.
February 16 - Sts. Simeon and Anna. St. James of Serbia
February 18 - Memorial Saturday
February 19 - Meatfare Sunday

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 helping with the St. Sava dinner and program.

The following participated in the St. Sava celebration: San Brozik, Sonia and Andrea Janson John and Felecia Williamson, Aaron Carson, Millicent Hunchuck, Rich and Linda Porter, Lt. Col. Willie and Thecla Spens, Paulette Radock, Djelosh Milosevich, Lucille Carnahan, Mary Jo Krivitzky, Rachel Watson, Joseph, Richelle, Elijah, Nina, Luka and Jonah Romanchak, All and Frieda Ellsworth, Dr. Richard Romanos and Blenda Pierce, Subdeacon Anthony Miralles, Dr. Scott Michael Newton, Milosh Serb Krewasky

Sympathy extended to the family and friends of the departed +Sophia Tarasuk Wallace.

Sympathy extended to the family and friends of +Donald Torbich departed this life.

Paulette Radock and Felecia Williamson attended class on Thursday.

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

The Gospel lesson of the Publican and Pharisee.
Saying the Jesus Prayer throughout the day.
Reading the Holy Bible every day.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

January 25 - Went to Morgantown, W.Va. for printing. Visited patients in Ruby Memorial Hospital and Health South. Blessed three houses. Attended dinner for Waynesburg Univesity students at one house.
January 26 - Funeral of +Sophia Tarasuk Wallace. Thank you to Sonia Janson for singing.
January 29 - Attended Slava celebration.
February 1 - Went to Waynesburg Univesity to meet with student and celebrate Akathist. Went to Holy Trinity Mission in Fairmont, W.Va for Vespers and class.

Wisdom of Sirach 11:20

The blessing of the Lord is in the reward of a godly man, and in an instant He makes his blessings flourish.

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


The Sunday of the Publican and Pharisee

Luke 18:10-14

Two men went up into the temple to pray; the one a Pharisee, and the other a publican. The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, God, I thank thee, that I am not as other men are, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this publican. I fast twice in the week, I give tithes of all that I possess. And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful to me a sinner. I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other: for every one that exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted. (KJV)

The phone rang at the parish house at 1:30AM on Friday. When the phone rings in the middle of the night, normally the call is about something serious. In this instance, the caller was frightened.

The call was not an emergency. The caller regularly calls at odd hours. The call prompted thoughts about Godís to listen. God does not have established and rigid office hours.

God is always available. When a child is sick in the middle of the night, God is ready to listen to parentsí prayers. When an automobile accident occurs, family and friends reach out immediately to God in prayer.

When a person is scheduled for an operation in the morning, God will listen to prayers during the night for the surgery to be successful. We have reason to appreciate Godís willingness to listen to our prayers.

In the current Gospelís the Pharisee spoke to God about himself. The Pharisee s said he was better than others. The Pharisee portrayed himself as being worthy of praise.

The publican was sorry for his personal behavior. The publican humbled himself before God. The publican said he was a sinner. The publican desired Godís mercy.

The Gospel inspires the examination of personal thoughts and behavior. The Gospel sets standards and direction for life. The Lord Jesus Christ speaks through the Gospel to attentive listeners.

God does not turn a deaf ear to earnest pleas at any time of the day or night. God is always willing to listen to sincere prayer. God is willing to comfort and love the hurting and afflicted.

God is ready to hear persons in sorrow. God is willing to heal the abused. God is ready to lead persons from sin to better lives. God is always present when individuals feel they have nowhere to turn and no one else to turn to.

Being aware of Godís presence and willingness to help and to heal deserves gratefulness. When a person comes before God in prayer, desire for an improved life in Christ has its place.

God is due praise and glory. God is to be thanked for goodness and mercy. Every person is a sinner. God does not need to know how good a person considers him or herself.

God experiences joy hearing a person repent of sins. God willingly listens to persons seeking the kingdom of God. God desires persons to reject the sin in their lives.

The Pharisee exalted himself. The publican prostrated himself before God. Listeners are expected to learn from the Gospel. Believers are to benefit from the Gospel and change for the better.

Change for the better comes when Godís ways are part of personal life. Life improves when the glory, love and mercy of God are recognized. Life gets better when God is understood and appreciated.

Realizing personal dependency on God is a step in the right direction. Any good in personal life comes from God. Good done by a person is to be credited to God.

The publican acknowledged his personal sin. The publican saw in God the opportunity for healing and change for the better. The Pharisee sought personal praise and had no inclination to change.

Changing personal thoughts and behavior for the better is expected of Christians. Too often believers say and do things that are sinful. Too often the ways of God are rejected in personal life.

The good that God does in personal life is never fully appreciated. The love and mercy of God are never fully realized. Personal appreciation for God never equals Godís goodness to the person.

God does not need us to describe the good we think we have done. Life is much better when we realize the greatness of God in our lives and we are appreciative.

Life improves when we seek Godís mercy. We grow in Christ when we reject the ways of sin. We begin to heal when we trust God to a greater degree and reach out for mercy.

Our relationships improve when we look at others as God would have us look at them. Our hurts are reduced when we turn inward and look carefully at our own sins.

Benefit exists in listening more to God. Improvement occurs when honest self-examination brings sinfulness before God. Healing takes place when Godís mercy is welcomed, desired and acknowledged.


St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
January 23 / February 5, 2017
The Sunday of the Publican and Pharisee
Holy Hieromartyr Clement, Bishop of Ancyra

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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