Holy Trinity
Serbian Orthodox Mission
Fairmont, WV

Bulletin 192 - February 2 / March 12, 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

February 2 / March 12, 2011
Theodore Saturday
No. 192
Phone 724-966-7428
Phone 304-534-5321
Phone 304-622-3681

Galatians 5:25

If we live by the Spirit, let us also walk by the Spirit. Let us have no self-conceit, no provoking of one another, no envy of one another.

Twelve people came for Divine Liturgy on February 26, 20ll. One communicant.

Sympathy extended to the family of Thomas and Olga Wilfong. Olga's father departed this life recently.

Pray for the suffering people in Japan and others affected by the recent tsunami.

The next service is scheduled for March 26, 2010.

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.

Honor Great Lent each day.

Note the Deanery Lenten Vesper schedule

Important Dates

March 12 - Theodore Saturday
March 13 - Sunday of Orthodoxy, St. John the Baptist Orthodox Church, Canonsburg. 4:00 PM. Vespers
March 20 - Second Sunday of Great Lent, St. Gregory Palamas

5:30-PM - St. Elijah Serbian Orthodox Church, Aliquippa, Vespers
5:30 PM - Holy Ascension Serbian Orthodox Church, Youngwood, Vespers
March 27 - Third Sunday of Great Lent, Sunday of the Holy Cross
5:30 PM - St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Midland, Vespers

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

John 13:35 - By this they will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.

Followers of Jesus Christ are expected to have love for one another. Love for another is evidence of being a follower of Christ. Having love for one another on a continuous basis and under various circumstances is part of the challenge of being a Christian.

To achieve and maintain love for one another requires continuous love for and unity with Jesus Christ. Only in Christ, learning from Christ, turning to Christ in prayer and for nourishment through His Precious Body and Blood can love for one another be established and maintained.

Holy Confession and Holy Communion provide the means by which believers can maintain balance, perspective and relationships consistent with the way Christ would have relationships to be.

The standards set by Christ are the highest of standards. The standards set by Christ are considered achievable. The standards set by Christ require adherence to the way of Christ.

Critics will say it is not possible to love one another. Critics will say the expectation to love one another is beyond reach. Critics will say circumstances will arise that will cast love aside and replace love with feelings other than love.

Our Lord Jesus Christ said: "If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes." (Mk. 9:23). If we want to call ourselves followers of Christ, we must do our best to love one another.

To do less than our best is deceptive and dishonorable. Bearing the name Christian carries with it the responsibility to do what is expected by Christ. The purity of belief in Christ is measured by the love shown toward others in the name of Christ. Love for Christ is made visible in love for others. The degree to which one loves Christ will be revealed in the love shown toward others. Christ is identified with the least of the brethren (Mt. 25:31-46)

Believers must confront feelings impeding love for others and with the help of Christ address the feelings. Enemies of Christ can take great satisfaction when Christians fail to show love for one another.

Parish churches are healthier when the love for one another is dominant. Families are healthier when love for one another is dominant. Work environments are healthier when love for one another is dominant.

A person loving others genuinely in the name of Christ makes a difference. True love in the name of Christ is respected. True love in the name of Christ becomes obvious over time.

Love for one another comes as the believer loves Christ and grows in Christ. Christian love for others comes when pride and resentment are cast aside.
Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Mission, Fairmont, West Virginia
February 2 / March 12, 2011

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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