Holy Trinity
Serbian Orthodox Mission
Fairmont, WV

Bulletin 135 - July 20 / August 2, 2007

The Orthodox Mission

Chronicle of the Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Mission
Diocesan Bishop - His Grace Bishop Dr. MITROPHAN
Aministrator - Fr. Rodney Torbic
408 Morgantown Avenue
Fairmont, West Virginia 26544

July 20 / August 2, 2007
St. Elijah the Prophet
No. 135
Phone 724-966-7428
Phone 304-534-5321
Phone 304-622-3681

Romans 8:2

For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death.

Nine people came to Divine Liturgy on July 10. One communicant.

Happy Slava to St.Elijah Church in Aliquippa, Pennsylvania.

Happy Slava to Niko and Rose Ilich.

Diocese Days will be held at St. Sava Camp Shadeland on August 4 and 5. All parish churches will be closed.

Daily services at St. George Church in Carmichaels can be heard on the internet at the parish website.

Tell your friends and relatives services have returned to the chapel.

Read your Bible for the benefit of your soul.

Remember the miners, law enforcement officers, corrections personnel, parole officers and others in dangerous occupations.

Remember the men and women in the military and their families.

Remember the sick, the suffering, the imprisoned, those in care and nursing homes and rehab centers and the caretakers and staffs.

Remember the suffering Serbian People in Kosovo and Metohija.

Remember the friends of the Mission and their families.

Remember the departed loved faithful of the Mission.

Remember the faithful of the Mission who have moved to different areas.

Thank God for the blessings for the Mission.

From the Desert Fathers

The priest of Nitria asked him (Pambo) how the brethren ought to live. He (Pambo) replied, 'With much labour, guarding their consciences towards their neighbors

Matthew 11:19 - "The Son of Man came eating and drinking, and they say, 'Look, a glutton and a winebibber, a friend of tax collectors!' But wisdom is justified by her children.".

Blessed Theophylact said: "The Lord was most gracious and pleasing, condescending to all that He might win all, bringing the good tidings of the kingdom..."

How many parents exert themselves, doing good for the benefit of their children out of Christian love? How many are ridiculed for such expressions of love? Are they not only following the way of the Lord?

How many parents show unrelenting love for wayward children and find in the end their efforts were beneficial? During the process perhaps others would make fun and say the child would never turn out to be good

How many law abiding adults were once known as "delinquents" but due to the steadfastness of parental love, gave up their "delinquent" ways and became contributors to society?

Parental prayers for children may prevent children from going astray. Parental prayers may help to bring children back from wayward behavior. Parental prayers may help lessen the severity and frequency of crimes committed by sons or daughters.

Believers trust in the value of prayer. Believers trust in the goodness and mercy of God. Believers trust in the constancy of God. Believers trust in the attentiveness of God. Believers trust in God.

Parents going to extreme lengths for the benefit of raising good children are wise in doing so if the efforts undertaken are in keeping with the teachings of the Church.

Parental efforts and goals need to be established and measured by the teachings and life of the Lord Jesus Christ. Parental efforts and goals should be able to stand up under careful comparison with the teachings found in the Holy Scriptures.

Serious Christians may appear different in society because of strong identification with the life of the Church. Internal strength and commitment to Christ is necessary to withstand pressures to change, to conform to societal ways and values that may be less than or anti-Christian.

Serious Christians need to be prepared to be different and need to be comfortable in being different when differences are required for living in Christ.

Following the teachings and example of the Lord Jesus Christ is the responsibility of each professed Christian. The path of Christ involves the Cross. The path of Christ can involve ridicule and danger. The path of Christ can require courage and willingness to confront adversity.

Following Christ requires a certain resoluteness to reach the Kingdom.
Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Mission, Fairmont, West Virginia
July 20 / August 2, 2007

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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