32nd Sunday after Pentecost
St. Nicholas Bulletin - January 30, 2021
Christ is in our midst! Христос међу нама! Cristo esta entra nosotros!
Be heard when Christ passes by

from Dn. Michael Schlaak
Although we may not realize it, Jesus is always closer than we think He is.  When we get caught up in the crowds and noise that surrounds us, we can sometimes have a problem seeing the Son of God and experiencing His healing touch.  We become like the blind man in today’s account, hearing the commotion around us but not being able to see the reason for all the excitement.  But through faithful persistence, Christ will see us first, even if He seems to be nothing more than a distant voice in the crowd.

People of faith seem to be asking a common question today: Where is God?  If we allow ourselves to be totally absorbed in the news and social media, it may very well seem to us that God has forgotten us.  Between the chaos in the streets, a global pandemic, and dysfunction in our political system, we can sometimes feel like a blind man on the side of the road, never sure what exactly is happening around us.  Can our cries for help be heard above the crowd?  Is there a God out there who truly cares about the fear and the suffering of His creation?

Today’s Gospel account from St. Luke shows us what we must do to be heard above the din and confusion of the crowd.  It’s not enough to simply be there standing in the crowd; we must demonstrate the strength of our faith by persistently seeking the face of God, even if we cannot physically see him.  It is therefore important for us to cry out to Christ when He passes by.  Jesus is always nearest when we need Him the most.  As we see from our Gospel lesson, when the opportunity presented itself, the blind man did not hesitate to cry out to the Lord despite the ridicule by the other people in the crowd.  They were probably there just to see this prophet from Nazareth.  Maybe they were all in good physical health and did not see a need to cry out as the blind man did.  Or maybe their faith was not strong enough to be able to provide the fertile ground required for such healing miracles to take place.  In any case we notice that it is the blind man who received the mercy of God because of his persistence.

This type of faithful persistence is a common theme that we find throughout the Gospels.  We remember the account of the Canaanite woman with the with the sick daughter who followed after Jesus, calling out, “Have mercy on me, O Lord, Son of David! My daughter is severely demon-possessed” (Matt. 15:22).  Her constant cry for mercy was to the point of even annoying the disciples: “Send her away, for she cries out after us” (v. 23) the disciples told Jesus.  But her persistence paid off, and even though she was not of the Jewish faith but a Gentile, Jesus could see into her heart where His disciples could not, and because of her great faith demonstrated by her continuous plea, Jesus declared her daughter healed “from that very hour” (v. 28).  Jesus was passing by and the Canaanite woman would not take “No” for an answer.

In another example of faithful persistence from St. Luke’s Gospel, Jesus teaches us of the importance of being bold and tenacious in our prayers.  In this parable of the widow seeking justice (Luke 18:1-8), Jesus relates a story about a widow who was seeking justice from a city judge who did not fear God.  The widow constantly demanded justice from the judge, but the judge kept ignoring her.  Finally the judge gives in, not because he feared God but because her constant pleas were wearing him down: “’yet because this widow troubles me, I will avenge her, lest by her continual coming she will weary me’ ” (v. 5).  The point of this parable is not that God will continually ignore our prayers until He gets tired of hearing us; the lesson Jesus was bringing to our attention is that our persistence is a sign of depth of our faith.  As we pray with boldness and tenacity, our faith increases.  Christians know that they cannot go through periods of suffering without being changed, either for the better or for the worse.  Those who come into the situation with faith will only get stronger.  Faith that is only the size of a mustard seed will continue to grow as we call out to God without ceasing.

But why does it seem that God makes us beg and suffer?  If He is such a loving God, then He would grant us our petitions without so much pleading.  Or maybe He would cure our diseases and relieve our suffering even without us asking.  We will never know how many times we have been saved from injury, disease or suffering by some holy intervention even before we know we are able to feel the pain.  Just maybe God is loving, and He is watching over us keeping us safe from harm.  Could it be that we receive so many blessings from our Heavenly Father that we have become so blind ourselves to the fact that we really are being watched and loved?  When was the last time we took an inventory of just how good we have it, and taken the time to thank God for those blessings?  If we did, we will see that God is never that far away, and that His love and mercy is much closer that we may think.

The blind man’s tenacity resulted in the immediate restoration of his sight.  The blindness that was cured, however was both physical and spiritual.  We see that the Gospel account tells us that the formerly blind man followed Jesus, glorifying God (v. 43).  An encounter with Christ, especially one so miraculous as this one, has an immediate affect on the faithful.  Through this encounter, Jesus made another disciple, another follower who will help to spread the Good News by glorifying God.  It is important to remember that before we can become effective evangelists, we must first learn how to become faithful disciples.  We must know how to follow Christ before we can lead other to Him.  Even the Apostles had to undergo an extensive training period, learning directly from the Son of God Himself, before they were ready to spread the Gospel to the rest of the world.  If discipleship was important for the Jesus’ disciples, then think about how much more important it is for us.  We must follow Christ in order to learn from the Master so that we do not become the like the blind leading the blind, where they will both fall into a pit of misunderstanding and heresy (Matt. 15:14). The job of the true disciple is to learn to be a follower and thereby lead other by giving God the glory.

We should take some time to reflect on this Gospel lesson and ask: Are we living our faith “out loud?”  Do others notice that we are calling out to Christ?  It is not enough to say “Lord, Lord” on Sundays and expect that we are doing all that needs to be done to receive our salvation and to lead others to Christ: We must also do the will the Father in Heaven (Matt. 7:21).  Living our faith loudly means being able to be seen, as well as heard, above the noise of the crowd that is often trying to suppress Christ’s message.  Jesus is passing by us every minute of every day, and we must be ready to call out to him with the strength of faith so we can be heard above the deafening noise of the world. We must be able to see with both our eyes and our heart in order to know when Christ is passing by.
~Hymnography of the Day~
Commemorating the Venerable and God-bearing Father Anthony the Great, Venerable Anthony of Dymsk Novgorod, Venerable Anthony of Chernoezero, St Anthony of Krasny Kholm, Emperor Theodosius the Great, Venerable Akhillas

By Your Cross You destroyed death. To the thief You opened Paradise. For the Myrrhbearers You changed weeping into joy. And You commanded Your disciples, O Christ God, to proclaim that You are risen, granting the world great mercy.

Truly you were revealed to your flock as a rule of faith, an image of humility and a teacher of abstinence; your humility exalted you; your poverty enriched you. Hierarch Father Nicholas, entreat Christ our God that our souls may be saved.

By emulating the ways of Elias the zealot, and following the straight paths of the Baptist, O Father Anthony, you made the desert a city, and upheld the world by your prayers. Therefore, entreat Christ God that our souls be saved.

The dominion of death can no longer hold mankind captive, for Christ descended, shattering and destroying its powers. Hell is bound, while the Prophets rejoice and cry: “The Savior has come to those in faith; enter, you faithful, into the Resurrection!”

Steadfast Protectress of Christians and constant Advocate before the Creator; despise not the cry of us sinners, but come speedily to help those who call on You in faith. Hasten to hear our petition and to intercede for us, O Theotokos, for You always protect those who honor You!

~Scripture Readings of the Day~
Matins: Milan Radanovic Epistle: Dasha Gencturk
Next Week:     Matins : Nick Ressetar      Epistle: Marko Rocknage
EPISTLE: I Timothy 1: 15-17

DEACON:      Let us pay attention. 
PRIEST:        Peace be unto all!
READER:      And with your spirit!
DEACON:      Wisdom.
READER:      The Prokeimenon in the Seventh Tone: The Lord shall give strength to His people. The Lord shall bless His people with peace.
CHOIR: The Lord shall give strength to His people. The Lord shall bless His people with peace.
READER: v: Offer to the Lord, O you sons of God! Offer young rams to the Lord!
CHOIR: The Lord shall give strength to His people. The Lord shall bless His people with peace.
READER: The Lord shall give strength to His people.
CHOIR: The Lord shall bless His people with peace.
DEACON: Wisdom!
READER: The Reading is from the First Epistle of the Holy Apostle Paul to the Timothy.
DEACON: Let us attend!
READER: Timothy, my child, This is a faithful saying and worthy of all acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am chief. However, for this reason I obtained mercy, that in me first Jesus Christ might show all longsuffering, as a pattern to those who are going to believe on Him for everlasting life. Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, to God who alone is wise, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen.
PRIEST: Peace be unto you, reader!
READER: And with your spirit! Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!
CHOIR: Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!
READER: It is good to give thanks to the Lord, to sing praises to Your Name, O Most High.
CHOIR: Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!
READER: To declare Your mercy in the morning, and Your truth by night.
CHOIR: Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!

АПОСТОЛ:  I Тимиотеју 1: 15-17

Ђакон:          Пазимо
Свештеник: Мир свима!
Читач:           I Духу Твоме!
Ђакон:           Премудрост
Читач : ПРОКИМЕН- глас 7 Господ ће дати силу народу Своме; Господ ће благословити народ Свој миром.
Хор: Господ ће дати силу народу Своме; Господ ће благословити народ Свој миром.
Читач: Принесите Господу, синови Божји, принесите му младе овнове.
Хор: Господ ће дати силу народу Своме; Господ ће благословити народ Свој миром.
Читач: Господ ће дати силу народу Своме;
Хор: Господ ће благословити народ Свој миром.
Ђакон: Премудрост
Читач: Читање посланице Светога апостола Павла од Тимотејз.
Ђакон: Пазимо
Читач: Чедо Тимотеје, истинита је ријеч и свакога примања достојна да Христос Исус дође у свијет да спасе грјешнике од којих сам први ја. Али због тога бих помилован да би Исус Христос показао на мени првоме све дуготрпљење, за примјер онима који ће вјеровати у њега за живот вјечни. А Цару вијекова, непролазноме, невидљивоме, јединоме премудроме Богу, част и слава у вијекове вијекова. Амин.
Свештеник: Мир ти читачу!
Читач: I Духом Твоме! Алилуиа, Алилуиа, Алилуиа
Хор: Алилуиа, Алилуиа, Алилуиа
Читач: Лепо је хвалити Господа, и певати имену Твоме, Вишњи.
Хор: Алилуиа, Алилуиа, Алилуиа
Читач: Јављати јутром милост Твоју и истину Твоју сваке ноћи.
Хор: Алилуиа, Алилуиа, Алилуиа

Luke 18: 35-43

At that time, when Jesus was coming near Jericho, that a certain blind man sat by the road begging. And hearing a multitude passing by, he asked what it meant. So they told him that Jesus of Nazareth was passing by. And he cried out, saying, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” Then those who went before warned him that he should be quiet; but he cried out all the more, “Son of David, have mercy on me!” So Jesus stood still and commanded him to be brought to Him. And when he had come near, He asked him, saying, “What do you want Me to do for you?” He said, “Lord, that I may receive my sight.” Then Jesus said to him, “Receive your sight; your faith has made you well.” And immediately he received his sight, and followed Him, glorifying God. And all the people, when they saw it, gave praise to God.

Лука 18: 35-43

У вријеме оно, кад се Исус приближаваше Јерихону, слијепац неки сјеђаше крај пута просећи. Па када чу како народ пролази, распитиваше: Шта је то? И казаше му да Исус Назарећанин пролази. И повика говорећи: Исусе, сине Давидов, помилуј ме! А они што иђаху напријед кораху га да ућути, а он још јаче викаше: Сине Давидов, помилуј ме! А Исус стаде и заповједи да му га доведу; а кад му се приближи, запита га говорећи: Шта хоћеш да ти учиним? А он рече: Господе, да прогледам. А Исус му рече: Прогледај! Вјера твоја спасла те је. И одмах прогледа, и пође за њим славећи Бога. И сав народ који видје даде хвалу Богу.

~ The Week Ahead: Scriptures and Services ~
February Birthdays
Linsay Barry (Feb 1), Sloane York (Feb 2), Lincoln Grey Moore (Feb 5), Pete & Joe Petrovich (Feb 6), Jasmine Jacobs (Feb 6), Rod Vorkapich (Feb 8), Sladjana Gligorevic (Feb 9), Parker Rae Petrovich (Feb 10), Ruby Cangialosi (Feb 12), Isla Goodling (Feb 13), Waad Jacobs (Feb 15), Blake Bazdar (Feb 16), Susan Jacobs (Feb 18), John Semic (Feb 21), Emily Fithian (Feb 22), Ethan Imschweiler (Feb 22), Janet Krnjaic (Feb 24), Michael York (Feb 24), Steve Cashman (Feb 27), Alan Radanovic (Feb 29), Mike Sunajko

February Anniversaries
Dean & Karen Stefan (Feb 6), Ferris & Jody Atty (Feb 28)
~Bulletin Board~
St. Nicholas Annual Assembly
February 6, 2022
The St. Nicholas Annual Assembly will meet after liturgy on Sunday, February 6th in the Church Hall. The Assembly will meet in person. Packets will be available on this day for review. This will be our first regular annual assembly since the pandemic began. All stewards are encouraged to attend.

Stewards have until Friday, February 4 to submit any agenda item for approval.

Please call Daria Milletics in the office at 717.939.3872 if you do NOT want your house blessed this year. Otherwise, expect to receive a call 1-2 days in advance of Fr. Christopher's visit.

Monday, January 31 — Friday, February 4
(Feb 5 Make-up Day)
17113, 17022, 17033, 17034, 17036, 17057
Thursday, February 10 — Friday, February 11
(Feb 12 Make-up Day)
17011, 17015, 17018, 17025, 17043, 17050, 17053, 17055
Monday, February 14 — Friday, February 18
(Feb 19 Make-up Day)
17102, 17104, 17109, 17110, 17111, 17112
Monday, February 21 — Friday, February 25
(Feb 26 Make-up Day)
17019, 17365, 17315, 17316, 17331, 17225, 17221
17070, 17319, 17339, 17345, 17361, 17362, 17363, 17370, 17401, 17406
Monday, February 28 — Thursday, March 3
17026, 17028, 17032, 17038, 17042, 17045, 17078, 17003
17502, 17522, 17540, 17543, 17545, 17552, 17557, 17601, 17602, 17603

The Parish Council has determined that even as cases have neared a peak in the local area, meetings and gatherings may still take place with proper precautions. At this point, all understand the consequences of this disease, and may choose appropriately.  

Due to the increase in COVID cases throughout the area and specifically in our community, we will be pushing our St. Sava Day Celebration to a virtual event. We asked our families to record their children as they recited their deklamacije, played or sang a song. All videos will be posted on our St. Nicholas YouTube Channel today, Sunday, January 30. 

As with previous years, Fr. Chris will be blessing homes according to the zip code schedule printed in the bulletin. You will receive a call and/or email one or two days beforehand, letting you know which day Father will be coming. Please have ready: a candle, a bowl of water, the list of names you would like Fr. Chris to pray for, both living and departed.

The Seniors will meet on Tuesday, February 8 starting at 12 noon in the Church Social Hall. Hope to see you there.

The KSS meeting scheduled for today (Jan 30) has been canceled.

JoAnn Filepas is collecting 2022 dues for the St Nicholas Seniors. Please mail your dues to her at (7054 Red Top Road, Harrisburg 17111). Dues are $5 for the year.

Peggy Radanovic and Jovanka Shaffer will be seated in the church hall after Liturgy on Sundays to collect 2022 dues. Dues remain at $5 for the year.

Mothers Club dues for 2022 are due. Please submit $5 to Popadija Andreja. The Mothers Club primary mission is to support our Sunday School and children. If you are not a member and would like to join, please also contact Popadija Andreja.

Our SOTAYA Group is once again selling frozen packs of cevapi at $15/pack (32 pieces). To order see Dn. Bojan Gligorevic, Matthew Hoover, or call the office at 717.939.3872.

Order Deadline is February 13, 2022
Pickup is February 20, 2022
Following Divine Liturgy
Cost $8.00 per dinner
Menu includes
Meatloaf, Mashed Potatoes & Gravy, Stuffing, Corn, Apple Sauce & Roll
Call Peggy Radanovic for questions or to place an order 717-641-4249

January Charity
International Orthodox Christian Charities

IOCC is a humanitarian aid agency of Orthodox Christians. Established in 1992 by the Standing Conference of Canonical Orthodox Bishops in the Americas (SCOBA), it works in cooperation with the Orthodox Church and on behalf of Orthodox Christians. In carrying out its mission, offering emergency relief and development programs to those in need worldwide, without discrimination, and strengthening the capacity of the Orthodox Church to so respond, IOCC applies the highest profession standards and renders itself fully accountable to the public and its donors. Since its inception, IOCC has administered more than $580 million in humanitarian relief, sustainable development and self-help programs worldwide.
Approximately 92% of all money donated directly helps those facing dire situations and every dollar given helps secure $7 in support from various sources. All assistance is provided solely on the basis of need and benefits orphans, refugees and displaced persons, the elderly, school children, families and people with disabilities. Over the course of their history, IOCC has been able to assist people in 50 countries with priority currently in the Balkans (Bosnia, Herzegovina, Kosovo, Serbia, Montenegro), Cameroon, Ethiopia, Georgia, Greece, Haiti, Iraq, Jerusalem, West Bank and Gaza, Jordan, Lebanon, Romania, Syria, Uganda, and the United States. Since the need for help is great, IOCC continually works to expand its programs to other areas. Visit www.iocc.org for additional information.