Holy Trinity
Serbian Orthodox Mission
Fairmont, WV

Bulletin 219 - August 19 / September 1, 2012

The Orthodox Mission

Chronicle of the Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Mission
408 Morgantown Avenue
Fairmont, West Virginia 26544
Phone 304-622-3681
Diocesan Bishop - His Grace Bishop Dr. MITROPHAN
Aministrator - Fr. Rodney Torbic

Bulletin No. 219

August 19 / September 1, 2012

M. Martyr Andrew the General and Companions

Psalm 50/ 51:11

Do not cast me away from Your presence, and do not take Your Holy Spirit from me.

Eighteen people came for Divine Liturgy on August 11, 2012.

Seven people came for the Akathist and Adult Class on August 16, 2012.

Six people came for the Akathist and Adult Class on August 23, 2012.

An Akathist followed by Adult Class is scheduled for Thursday, September 6, 2012 beginning at 6:30 PM

The next Divine Liturgy is tentatively scheduled for Saturday, September 22, 2012 at 10:00 AM.

Remember the workers in mines, law-enforcement, corrections, probation and parole and firefighters, all working in dangerous occupations.

Remember the men and women serving in the military and their families.

Remember the sick, the suffering, the imprisoned, those in rehab centers, the homebound, the mentally ill, their caretakers and the institution staffs.

Important Dates

September 7 - Vigil St. Nikodim Chapel Slava, Diocesan Center, Mars, Pa.
September 8 - St. Nikodim Chapel Slava, Diocesan Center, Mars, Pa.
September 9 - Synaxis of Serbian Saints
September11 - Beheading of St. John the Baptist
September 21 - Nativity of the Theotokos
September 2 - Elevation of the Precious and Life-giving Cross

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

Acts 10:2

A devout man and one who feared God with all his household, who gave alms generously to the people, and prayed to God always.

Prayer, devotion to God, fear of God and almsgiving, all go together. The Christian life includes prayer. Everything a Christian does should begin with and end with prayer and should be conducted in a prayerful manner.

It has been said a person’s life should be a prayer. Devotion to God includes prayer and almsgiving. Almsgiving is consistent with the teachings of Christ (Mt. 25:31-46). Prayer ensures almsgiving reflects the love of Christ.

Fear of God has a place in each life. Judgment Day will come. Each person will be held accountable. Sinfulness will not be hidden. Greed and deceit will not be hidden. Love of God and love of neighbor will be apparent.

Husbands and wives, mothers and fathers influence the atmosphere in a family home. If children see parents who are giving of themselves as Christians, the children will learn from this behavior.

Society improves, communities improve, and neighborhoods improve when Christians practice their faith. Positive change is set in motion when Christians live responsibly. Saints prove that one person living extraordinarily well can make a difference.

The lives of the saints demonstrate that there is a wide range of behavior and activity in being charitable but all with the common theme of being filled with Christ in the heart.

Age is not a barrier to being charitable. Young and old can show compassion and love for others. Sometimes young children set good examples for their elders in being willing to give of their personal possessions to help a worthy cause.

Prisoners in correctional institutions, though they have violated the law and are serving sentences of punishment, sometimes are good examples of charitable givers.

A person on death row found in his heart to contribute personal funds to help the suffering Serbian People devastated by war. This contribution represented a significant amount of work income at the prison pay scale.

Sometimes believers with meager incomes give a significant portion of their personal funds to help others in need. The amount they give may not be large, but in proportion of their income, it is a major sacrifice.

God knows when giving is sacrificial and when giving is from the excess funds. Jesus comparing the widow who gave two coins with the contributions of the rich said: “Truly, I say to you, this poor widow has put in more than all those who are contributing to the treasury. For they all contributed out of their abundance; but she out of her poverty has put in everything she had, her whole living.” (Mk. 12:43-44) Almsgiving deserves the serious thoughts of believers.
Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Mission, Fairmont, West Virginia
August 19 / September 1, 2012

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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