Serbian Orthodox Mission
Bulletin 166 - June 28 / July 11, 2009
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
June 28 / July 11, 2009
New Martyrs of Dabar and Mileseva
I John 5:7
For there are three that bear witness in heaven: the Father, the Word, and the Holy Spirit;
and these three are one. (NKJV)
· Tomorrow is the Feast of St. Peter and St. Paul.
· Today is the last day of the Apostles Fast.
· Shadeland Camp begins tomorrow. This is the first year in recent memory the camp is
full all three weeks.
· Diocesan Day is August 2 at Shadeland. Parish churches are closed.
· 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 rehab centers, nursing homes,
jails and prisons. Remember the staff members and caretakers.
· Remember the men and women serving in the military and their families.
· Every parishioner is a missionary for Holy Trinity Mission.
· Remember Matthew Paroda and Dennis Elliot serving in the military at this time.
· 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 next service is tentatively set for Thursday, July 23 at 4:30 PM.
The Ninth Hour and Vespers will be held.
A Thought from His Grace Bishop Dr. MITROPHAN
In conclusion let us say the following: Christ reveals Himself in the Church.
That is the final revelation which will never vanish.
(Introduction to the New Testament
Do not give what is holy to the dogs; nor cast your pearls before swine,
lest they trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you to pieces.
Care is required for the soul. Care is required in protecting the teachings of Christ.
Care is required in living in Christ.
Too readily an individual can be corrupted. Too readily the trappings of the world can
dilute a person's faith. Too readily defenses can be relaxed and sin enters the heart.
Believers do well to consider the holiness of God. Believers do well to consider all
that is God's and all that comes from God. "Holy" is a prism through which to perceive
that which comes from God.
When believers perceive and respect that which comes from God, believers approach life
differently. The environment, when viewed as God's creation, is given greater care and held
in greater respect.
When individuals are viewed as created in the image and likeness of God, they are treated
with greater respect and are more readily loved. St. Nikolai said: "He is a fool who loves the
sun's rays and hates the sun."
Believers do well to consider their world view and their personal relationship with God.
The personal relationship with God is revealed in the way a person treats others and also the
way a person treats God's creation.
A person cannot pollute the waters, the air and the earth and then profess to be a lover
of God. A person cannot pollute the minds of young children and then profess to be a lover
A person cannot pollute conversations with profanity and then profess to love God.
A person cannot corrupt the workplace and profess to be a lover of God.
Husbands cannot mistreat their wives and be considered good Christians.
Wives cannot be unfaithful spouses and be in good standing with God. Children cannot
be disobedient and be considered living in ways pleasing to God. Employees cannot engage
in theft of time or services and be favorable to God.
Employers cannot mismanage their businesses or be corrupt in their dealings and then hope
to measure favorably against standards set by God. The ways of God apply to all of creation.
The ways of God apply to the governing of personal relationships and to managing the
environment. Corporations have a responsibility to the community beyond making profits.
Government entities have a responsibility to the governed to act responsibly.
Corruption by individuals in power, whether in business or government, is an attack
upon the holiness of God.
Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Mission, Fairmont, West Virginia
June 28 / July 11, 2009
Fr. Rodney Torbic
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