Holy Trinity
Serbian Orthodox Mission
Fairmont, WV

Bulletin 149 - May 11 / May 24, 2008

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

May 11 / May 24, 2008
Sts. Cyril and Methodius
No. 149
Phone 724-966-7428
Phone 304-534-5321
Phone 304-622-3681

Leave-taking of Pascha is June 4, 2008.

Let us remember the men and women in the military and their families.

Let us remember the sick, the suffering, the imprisoned, those in care homes, hospitals, rehab centers and the staffs and caretakers.

Let us remember the suffering Serbian People in Kosovo and Metohija.

Contributions are being accepted for the Suffering Serbian People in Kosovo and Metohija and will be forwarded to the Diocesan Relief Fund.

Continue to support the Mission by coming to services as often as possible.

Remember the men and women working in dangerous occupations including those in the mines and criminal justice agencies, the police, correctional officers and parole agents.

Seven people came to Divine Liturgy on May 3, 2008.

Congratulations to Tess Meinert from Bridgeport for graduating high school.

Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) volunteers are needed in Harrison County. Support every child's right to a safe and permanent home, Contact Vesna Meinert, Volunteer Coordinator for the Harrison County CASA Program at 304-623-5749.

The Feast of Ascension is June 5

The Feast of Pentecost is June 15.

The Apostles Fast begins June 23.

Applications are available for Shadeland Camp.

Wisdom of Sirach

Honor the physician with the honor due him, according to your need of him, for the Lord created him; for healing comes from the Most High, and he will receive a gift from the king. The skill of the physician lifts up his head, and in the presence of great men he is admired. The Lord created medicines from the earth and a sensible man will not despise them.

Romans 8:33-34

Who shall bring any charge against God's elect? It is God who justifies; who is to condemn? Is it Christ Jesus, who died, yes, who was raised from the dead, who is at the right hand of God, who indeed intercedes for us?"

Each person will stand before God for the final judgment. The Crucified and Resurrected Christ is inspiration and cause for each person to use each day to be prepared for that final judgment.

The Psalmist said: "Teach us to number our days that we may gain a heart of wisdom." (Ps. 89/90:10). The wise person uses each day for the glory of God and for actions pleasing to God.

The wise person takes the Crucifixion and Resurrection of Christ very seriously and lives accordingly. The Resurrection brings joy and hope and foregiveness.

The Resurrection enables hope to be dominant in the lives of believers. The Resurrection enables believers to look beyond any dark moments in life to the brightness of the Resurrected and Triumphant Christ.

When death is overcome, as Christ overcame death, there are no other barriers which are beyond Christ's ability to help believers to surmount.

The more a person places trust and believes in Christ, the more the person experiences the love of Christ and hungers for Christ. The Holy Gospel speaks about selling all to purchase the pearl of great price. (Mt. 13:46)

The Lord Jesus Christ told the young man: "If you would be perfect, go, sell what you possess and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me." (Mt. 19:21)

Christ is the best foundation for life. Christ is the best goal for each day of life. Christ is the best nourishment for Christ. A person can have many interests. A person can pursue many goals.

The wise person maintains interest pleasing to Christ. The wise person pursues goals compatible with the teachings and ethics established by Christ. The wise person engages in activities and behavior that Christ would approve.

The Resurrected Christ is reason for believers to begin and begin again when failures occur and when sin seems to creep in. The Resurrected Christ is reason to believe that life is better in Christ.

When individual experience what seems to be personal failure, when individuals lose a loved one, when a marriage or relationship fails, when a job termination occurs, Christ can make the difference in what happens next.

Observers of the Crucifixion who wanted to see Christ die and never live again probably left the site of the Crucifixion and went home feeling their hopes were realized. They probably went to bed feeling the mission was accomplished.

The empty tomb and Resurrected Christ changed everything.
Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Mission, Fairmont, West Virginia
May 11 / May 24, 2008

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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