Holy Trinity
Serbian Orthodox Mission
Fairmont, WV

Bulletin 188 - January 2 / January 15, 2011

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

January 2 / January 15, 2011
Forefeast of Theophany, St. Sylvester
No. 188
Phone 724-966-7428
Phone 304-534-5321
Phone 304-622-3681

Romans 8:2

For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death.

Nineteen people came for Divine Liturgy on December 18, 2010. Two Slava kolach's were blessed. Three communicants. This was a record high attendance for Divine Liturgy other than for the parish Slava.

Sympathy extended to Dennis Elliot and family, his brother +Tim having departed this life since the last service.

The next Divine Liturgy is tentatively set for January 29 at 10:00 AM.

Several important holidays occur in this month.

Please read the church calendar daily and honor the days as best as possible.

When we honor the feasts and fasts, we strengthen the parish.

Crystal Griffith is now in her last year of high school. She has been a part of the parish from the beginning.

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.

Let us remember the men and women serving in the military.

Important Dates

January 18 - Feast of Holy Cross
January 19 - Theophany
January 20 - Synaxis of St. John, Prophet, Forerunner and Baptist
January 23 - Blessing of the Monongahela River
January 26 - Apodasis of Theophany
January 27 - St. Sava

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

Proverbs 10:28-The hope of the righteous will be gladness, but the expectation of the wicked will perish.

How many individuals consciously adopt the view of being righteous? How many individuals consciously choose to live in ways pleasing to God? How many individuals of each generation seriously pursue life in ways pleasing to God?

At what point in life does the individual consciously adopt the view of living in ways pleasing to God? At Holy Baptism, the conscious commitment is made to the Christian life.

Normally for Orthodox believers, Baptism occurs at infancy. The Godparent makes the commitment in behalf of the newly baptized. The Godparent(s) with the parents have the responsibility of seeing the child is raised in a Godly manner.

As the baptized infant grows and matures, he or she will reach a point of mental awareness that enables responsible decisions about God. At this point of mental awareness, the individual becomes fully and personally responsible for choices made.

When the believer consciously adopts the lifestyle pleasing to God, the believer sets the course that will result in the gladness of the proverb. When the believer adopts a lifestyle less than pleasing to God, the believer is a peril.

Decisions made in life can be changed. Lifestyle decisions can be altered for better or for worse. It is fundamental in Christianity to believe that in Christ a person can change and become new.

The lives of St. Paul, St. Moses the Ethiopian and St. Mary of Egypt reflect newness in Christ. St. Paul told the Corinthians: "If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation: old things have passed away; behold all things have become new."

Individuals with loved ones having gone astray to lives consumed by drugs, alcohol, criminal activity or other forms of sinfulness, can always pray fervently with hope.

Words of encouragement, words of hope are found in the Epistle of St. James. St. James wrote: "Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much." (James 5:16)

Parents can at times feel at wits end. Parents at times can feel like there is no where to turn. Parents can feel as if all they have done for good in raising their children has been for nothing.

Hope rests in Proverbs 22:6 "Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it." When parents experience momentary difficulties and have done their best with the son or daughter, it is best to leave the rest to God.
Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Mission, Fairmont, West Virginia
January 2 / January 15, 2011

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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