Holy Trinity
Serbian Orthodox Mission
Fairmont, WV

Bulletin 185 - October 24 / November 6, 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 24 / November 6, 2010
Holy Great Martyr Arethas and Martyrs with him.
No. 185
Phone 724-966-7428
Phone 304-534-5321
Phone 304-622-3681



Romans 8:5

For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit.

Eight people came on October 16 for the Divine Liturgy.

Remember the veterans living and departed that have served this country.

It was good to see the Mission represented at St. George Church's Anniversary.

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.

Thank God for the blessings to the Mission.

Thank God for the faithful and friends of the Mission.

The next service will be on November 20, 2010.

Important Dates

November 8 - St. Demetrius the Great Martyr
November 10 - St. Arsenius
November 14 - Celebration of Choir Slava, Covered Dish Dinner
November 16 - Translation of the Relics of Greatmartyr George.
November 21 - Synaxis of Archangel Michael and Other Bodiless Powers
November 22 - St. Nectarios
November 24 - St. Stephen of Decani
November 26 - St. John Chrysostom
November 27 - Holy Apostle Philip

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


Self-Control

Acts 24:25 - Now as he reasoned about righteousness, self-control, and the judgment to come, Felix was afraid and answered, "Go away for now; when I have a convenient time I will call for you."

Self-control is an exercise of discipline. Controlling the self is meritorious and is far from being an easy accomplishment. Many unrelenting temptations and provocations occur in life that test and threaten self-control.

The determined person will work at self-control and will realize the benefits amassing from self-control. The undisciplined person and the weakly committed person yield to temptations and provocations.

Reasoning is part of the process leading to the practice of self-control. The adoption of goals and the desire to achieve certain goals are involved in establishing self-control. The Kingdom of God is a Christian goal.

Salvation of the soul is a Christian goal. Neither the Kingdom of God nor the salvation of the soul can be achieved without the practice of self-control. The Holy Spirit dwells in human beings to the extent the Holy Spirit is welcomed.

Welcoming the Holy Spirit, having a life dedicated to Christ, living in God-pleasing ways, all come about only if a person practices self-control. Individuals experiencing taking Christianity seriously quickly learn of self-control.

Exercising self-control gives order to life and shapes the use of time. Self-control is necessary in the management of talents and resources. Self-control is employed in the adoption of goals and efforts to achieve the goals.

When God's Kingdom is the goal and the salvation of the soul is the goal, continuous self-control is in order. Temporary lapses in self-control are perilous to the soul and the entry into God's Kingdom.

The Lord Jesus Christ reminds everyone willing to listen of the risks that exist. Jesus said: "Narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it." (Mt. 7:14)

Self-control requires frequent use of the word "No". The word " No' must be used often to respond to requests that lead a person away from God and into sin. The reply "no" must be directed at Satan when temptations arise that lead to sin.

Believers must be clear on the requirements of the Christian life and be committed to following them. Exercising self-control gives a person a sense of purpose. When God is the purpose in life, everything is in perspective.

Looking at the world through the teachings and ways of God assigns weights and values to alternatives existing in life. In most instances the ways pleasing to God are easily discernable. At times, greater care must be taken in decisions.

Listening to God is an exercise in self-control. Coming to God in prayer is an exercise in self-control. Being able to ward of sin with the help of God unites self-control with the mercy and grace of God.
Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Mission, Fairmont, West Virginia
October 24 / November 6, 2010

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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