Holy Trinity
Serbian Orthodox Mission
Fairmont, WV

Bulletin 158 - November 30 / December 13, 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

November 30 / December 13, 2008
St. Andrew the First Called
No. 158
Phone 724-966-7428
Phone 304-534-5321
Phone 304-622-3681

Galatians 4:6

nd because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into your hearts, crying out,"Abba Father!"

Six people came for Divine Liturgy on November 29, 2008.

The Nativity Fast continues until the Feast of the Nativity on January 7, 2009. Honor the Nativity Fast.

Thank you to Sharren Paroda for having the recent bake sale and for Mike Danko for being present to provide support.

Thank you to everyone coming today.

Thank you to all the friends of the Mission. You have been a vital help to the Mission.

Prepare for Holy Confession and Holy Communion during the Nativity Fast.

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.

Remember the sick, the suffering, the imprisoned, those in hospitals, rehab centers, nursing homes, jails and prisons. Remember the staff and caretakers.

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

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

He whose service is pleasing to the Lord will be accepted, and his prayer will reach to the clouds.

Joel 1:14-Sanctify a fast. Call a solemn assembly. Gather all the elders and all the people of the land into the house of the Lord God, and cry out fervently to the Lord.

The Holy Orthodox Church established Great Lent as part of the Church Year. Great Lent, the Nativity Fast, the Apostles Fast and the Dormition Fast are a part of the annual structure of Orthodox Christian life.

Wednesdays and Fridays throughout most of the year and others specified days also are days of the fasting. Life for Christians is an ordered life centered in the Church.

Believers desiring to grow will work diligently to incorporate the flow of the Church Year into daily life. Fasting is one part of this incorporation process. The process is life-long as the believer increases in understanding and desire for Christ.

As a person grows in Christ, the person's views change and mature. Fasting as well as other aspects of Church life come to be viewed differently. A person new to Orthodoxy may feel the expectations of fasting to be too great.

When a person draws near to Christ in an act of faith, Christ helps the person complete the journey. Jesus said: "Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light." (Mt. 11:29-30)

Fast is an act of faith. The believer's approach to fasting will reflect the faith the person has in the Church and the teachings of the Church. The value a person places on fasting will reflect the person's values in life.

Individuals control their priorities and decisions. Each person exercises the choices made throughout out the day. Culture and genetic composition influence a person. Ultimately, the person makes the final decision and has the final responsibility for decisions made.

No one is forced to seek the Kingdom of God. No one is forced to live the Christian life. No one is forced to enter the baptismal fount. No one is forced to confess Jesus Christ as King and as God.

The life in Christ offers the remission of sins. (Acts 10:43) The life in Christ offers a newness of life.(Eph.4:24) The life in Christ offers unity with Christ.(Jn.6:56) The life in Christ offers eternal life. (Jn. 6:47).

Making a conscious decision to fast throughout Great Lent in accord with the teachings of the Church is a deliberate decision to prepare carefully for Pascha and to repent of sins.

Repentance is a repudiation of sinful ways and a declaration of faith in Christ for the future. Believers do not know what the future holds in entirety.

Believers do know the Lord will come again in judgment (Mt. 25:31-46). Blessed are believers who use each day to prepare well for the Second Coming.
Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Mission, Fairmont, West Virginia
November 30 / December 13, 2008

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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