Holy Trinity
Serbian Orthodox Mission
Fairmont, WV

Bulletin 184 - October 3 / October 16, 2010

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 3 / October 16, 2010
St. Dionysius the Areopagite
No. 184
Phone 724-966-7428
Phone 304-534-5321
Phone 304-622-3681

Acts 19:2

He said to them, 'Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?" So they said to him, "We have not so much as heard whether there is a Holy Spirit."

Six people came for Divine Liturgy on September 25, 2010.

Sympathy extended to Thomas and Olga Wilfong. Olga's mother departed this life recently.

Thank God for the recovery of the miners in Chile.

Thank God for the blessings of this Mission parish.

Remember the men and women serving in the military each day.

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. .

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.

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.

Bring a friend to church the next time.

Important Dates

October 19 - Holy Apostle Thomas
October 27 - Venerable Mother Parasceva, St. Petka
October 31 - St. Luke Parish Anniversary Celebration, Banquet
November 6 - Memorial Saturday
November 8 - St. Demetrius the Great Martyr
November 10 - St. Arsenius
November 16 - Translation of the Relics of Greatmartyr George.
November 21 - Synaxis of Archangel Michael and Other Bodiless Powers

If you are Too Busy to Pray...You are Too Busy!

2 Timothy 2:24-25 And a servant of the Lord must not quarrel but be gentle to all, able to teach, patient, in humility correcting those who are in opposition, if God perhaps will grant them repentance, so that they may know the truth..."

High standards exist for individuals serving the Lord. The help of God is needed to meet the standards. The standards would not exist if they were beyond attainment. Immeasurable rewards are integral to the life in Christ.

Individuals need to determine the best way to serve God. Husbands and wives serve God by being good to each other in ways pleasing to God. Parents serve God by as models for their children and raising their children in the Church.

Sons and daughters serve God by honoring their parents in the way they live each day. Always gentleness has a place in serving God. Service to God begins in the home and extends to life in the community.

Believers are judged the way they act at home and in the community. A person cannot separate life in the church on Sunday morning and behavior at home or in the community. Honesty, good morals and gentleness always apply.

Husbands cannot physically or emotionally abuse their wives during the week and then go to church on Sunday morning and act as if nothing is wrong. Mutual respect and love are best expressed in gentleness of heart.

Husbands or wives cannot expend the family paycheck on drugs or alcohol or gambling and deprive children of necessities and expect to have peace and harmony at home. Gentleness and selfishness are not complementary.

Repentance has a constant place in the Christian life. The husband or wife cherishing the marriage will repent regularly and will forgive regularly. The husband or wife cherishing the marriage will be gentle with the spouse.

Children seeking to please their parents will attempt to be gentle with brothers and sisters. Families are stronger when relationships are governed by the Church's teachings.

In relationships, tempers will flare on occasion. Words may be said in the heat of an argument that the speaker my wish to take back and regret having said. A gentle and sincere apology can make a difference for the better.

At work, individuals in positions of authority will get more production from employees by being gentle than by being harsh. Employees want to be treated with respect and generally will work well when respected and treated with gentleness.

Certainly times exist when direct commands are necessary. Certainly times exist when disciplinary actions are required in the home, in the work place and in community settings. Even discipline can be applied with respect and dignity.

Violence occurs in communities periodically. Appropriate action is necessary to stop violence and restore peace. The value of gentleness is no way undermined when stronger corrective actions are needed.
Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Mission, Fairmont, West Virginia
October 3 / October 16, 2010

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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