Serbian Orthodox Mission
Bulletin 136 - August 5 / August 18, 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
August 5 / August 18, 2007
Forefeast of Transfiguration
I Thessalonians 1:5
For our gospel did not come to you in word only, but also in power, and in the Holy Spirit
and in much assurance, a you know what kind of men we were among you for your sake.
· Eight people came for Divine Liturgy on St.Elijah Day, August 2.
· Thank you to Niko and Rose Illich for their wonderful hospitality on their Slava,
St. Elijah Day.
· The Dormition Fast began on August 14 and continues until the Feast of the Dormition
on August 28.
· Honor the Dormition Fast each day.
· Remember the suffering Serbian People in Kosovo and Metohija.
· Remember the miners, law enforcement and corrections, parole officers and others in
· Remember the men and women in the military and their families.
· Remember those in care and nursing homes, hospitals and rehab centers, those in jails
and prisons and the homebound. Remember the staffs and caretakers.
· Be grateful for the friends of the Mission.
· Remembers the parishioners of the Mission unable to attend because of health concerns.
· Read your Bible for the benefit of you soul.
· Pray for the growth of the Mission.
· Be thankful of the blessings of the Mission.
· Remember parishioners of the Mission departed this life.
From the Desert Fathers
Abba Poemen said, 'If the soul keeps far away from all discourse in words,
from all disorder and human disturbance, the Spirit of God will come in to
her and she who was barren will be fruitful.'
Genesis 1:27 - So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him;
male and female he created them.
Each person is created in the image and likeness of God. Each person has a responsibility
to honor the blessing of life. Each person has a responsibility to use wisely the talents and
gifts and resources available in life.
Each breath, each thought, each movement of the body is due to the grace, blessing and
mercy of God. Individuals do well to think about the gift of life and the Creator of life.
Individuals do well to consider throughout life the blessings, gifts, talents and
resources given. Individuals approaching and in the senior years of life do well to look
back and review his or her personal history.
Individuals younger in years do well to consider what he or she wants to accomplish
as the senior years approach. Establishing goals for life always is of sound value.
It is important to remember the individual controls only his or herself and this to a
limited degree. Much is within the control of the individual. Much is beyond the control
of the individual.
When one finds the self in his or her senior years and the end of earthly life approaching,
the question of whether God has been honored in that life will increasingly be apparent.
As the final years of earthly life arrive, each moment increases in value as an opportunity
to be "right with God and with family and friends." Individuals choose whether or not to depart
this life at peace with God and with family and friends.
Individuals choose the type of relationships maintained in this earthly life. Individuals
choose the type or relationship maintained with God. Individuals decide fully and freely
whether to accept Jesus Christ as King and as God.
Individuals decide whether or not to believe in the God confessed in the
Nicene-Contantinopolitan Creed. Individuals decide whether to honor God in use
of the mind, body, talents and gifts and resources.
Individuals decide whether or not to look at family members, friends, co-workers,
and acquaintances as being created in the image and likeness of God. No one is forced
to use the final days of life in a productive way. No one is forced to use the final
days of life giving glory and honor to God.
Each person makes his or her own personal choices in life. Each person in effect
determines to a large degree the consequences of those decisions. Intercessory prayer
can help to alter for the good a life set on personal destruction.
Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Mission, Fairmont, West Virginia
August 5 / August 18, 2007
Fr. Rodney Torbic
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