Holy Trinity
Serbian Orthodox Mission
Fairmont, WV

Bulletin 156 - October 12 / October 25, 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

October 12 / October 25, 2008
Holy Martrs Tarachus, Probus, and Andronicus
No. 156
Phone 724-966-7428
Phone 304-534-5321
Phone 304-622-3681

I John 4:2-3

By this you know the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesses Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is of God. And every spirit that that does not confess that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is not of God. And this is the spirit of the Antichrist, which you have heard was coming, and is now already in the world.

Eleven people came for Divine Liturgy on September 27, 2008.

The Akathist to the Cross was served on October 3. One person was present.

Thank God for this Divine Liturgy today.

Thank God for each person present.

Thank God for the friends and supporters of this Mission.

Pray for continued stability and growth of the Mission.

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 and all suffering people throughout the world.

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.

Each person is a missionary.

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.

From the Wisdom of Sirach

Be content with little or much.

Christian Love

John 13:35 - By this they will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.

Followers of Jesus Christ are expected to have love for one another. Love for another is evidence of being a follower of Christ. Having love for one another on a continuous basis and under various circumstances is part of the challenge of being a Christian.

To achieve and maintain love for one another requires continuous love for and unity with Jesus Christ. Only in Christ, learning from Christ, turning to Christ in prayer and for nourishment through His Precious Body and Blood can love for one another be established and maintained.

Holy Confession and Holy Communion provide the means by which believers can maintain balance, perspective and relationships consistent with the way Christ would have relationships to be.

The standards set by Christ are the highest of standards. The standards set by Christ are considered achievable. The standards set by Christ require adherence to the way of Christ.

Critics will say it is not possible to love one another. Critics will say the expectation to love one another is beyond reach. Critics will say circumstances will arise that will cast love aside and replace love with feelings other than love.

Our Lord Jesus Christ said: "If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes." (Mk. 9:23). If we want to call ourselves followers of Christ, we must do our best to love one another.

To do less than our best is deceptive and dishonorable. Bearing the name Christian carries with it the responsibility to do what is expected by Christ. The purity of belief in Christ is measured by the love shown toward others in the name of Christ.

Love for Christ is made visible in love for others. The degree to which one loves Christ will be revealed in the love shown toward others. Christ is identified with the least of the brethren (Mt. 25:31-46)

Believers must confront feelings impeding love for others and with the help of Christ address the feelings. Enemies of Christ can take great satisfaction when Christians fail to show love for one another.

Parish churches are healthier when the love for one another is dominant. Families are healthier when love for one another is dominant. Work environments are healthier when love for one another is dominant.

A person loving others genuinely in the name of Christ makes a difference. True love in the name of Christ is respected. True love in the name of Christ becomes obvious over time.

Love for one another comes as the believer loves Christ and grows in Christ. Christian love for others comes when pride and resentment are cast aside.
Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Mission, Fairmont, West Virginia
October 12 / October 25, 2008

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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