Holy Trinity
Serbian Orthodox Mission
Fairmont, WV

Bulletin 232 - March 24 / April 6, 2013

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. 232

March 24 / April 6, 2013

Forefeast of Annunciation / Ven. Zacharius

Galatians 4:29

But as then he that was born after the flesh persecuted him that was born after the Spirit, even so it is now.

Seventeen people came for Divine Liturgy on March 23 with six communicants.

Seven people came for the Akathist to the Holy Trinity on March 28 and for the Adult Class held afterwards.

Remember the 29 miners who lost their lives on April 5, 2010 at the Upper Big Branch Mine, Montcoal, W.Va. Remember their families and friends.

Great Lent is at the mid-point. The personal investment in Great Lent will have proportionate results.

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.

Akathist and Adult Class are scheduled for Thursday, April 11 at 6:00 PM.

Prepare for Confession and Communion during Great Lent.

Thank God for the many blessings bestowed upon this Mission.

Thank God for the parishioners and friends of the Mission.

The next Divine Liturgy is tentatively set for April 20.

If you have a question about the teachings or practices of the Church, ask the priest.

Thank God for the many blessings of this Mission.

Important Dates

April 7 - Annunciation. Third Sunday of Great Lent. Vespers at 5:00 PM. St. George Church, Midland, Pa.
April 14 - Fourth Sunday of Great Lent. Vespers 5:00 PM, Holy Resurrection Church, Steubenville and St. Nicholas Serbian Orthodox Church, Monroeville, Pa.
April 21 - Fifth Sunday of Great Lent. 5:00 PM Vespers at St. George Church, Carmichaels and at St. Nicholas Church in Johnstown.

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

Galatians 5:22-23 - But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.

Self-control is included in the list of the nine in the fruit of the Spirit. The value and honor of self-control is evident in this grouping and ranking. Individuals with good self-control bode well in this consideration.

Believers with good self-control benefit from examining the eight others listed as fruit and benefit from self-assessment as to their attainment. Individuals with good self-control presumably are interested in all nine listed as fruit.

The way a person lives and the choices exercised determine the way a person will experience life before and after death. Decisions and life-style affect personal happiness and peace in the long and short-run.

Concern for the soul affects the degree of personal peace. Concern for the soul involves exercise in self-control. Individuals lacking self-control tend to engage in behavior which put the soul in peril.

Lack of self-control is directly opposite to the list of the fruit of the Spirit mentioned by the Holy Apostle Paul in his Epistle to the Galatians. Believers need to determine the steps necessary to experience the fruit of the Spirit.

Everyone is an individual. Everyone grows under slightly different circumstances. Commonalities exist among all humans as well. Choices separate individuals to a degree. Some people grow and develop in circumstances others would find intimidating and growth stunting. Other individuals living in what some might consider a “silver spoon” existence find life overwhelming.

Some people thrive when illness and tragedy strike. Other individual lose total control at the slightest amount of stress. Some leaders shine and rise to the occasion as hardship increases.

Talk exists about the athletes that dream about bringing the team from depths of defeat to the brink of victory. Legends are made about men and women surviving seemingly insurmountable odds to overcome handicaps.

Self-control is necessary for victory on the athletic field. Self-control is necessary on the battlefield. Self-control is necessary in the religious life. Spiritual growth is achieved due to self-control.

Athletic victories and battlefield victories occur due to self-control. Commanding officers overseeing a battle need troops willing to listen and follow orders. Coaches need team members sufficiently disciplined to play together.

In military life, in athletic life and in religious life, having faith in God and being composed in times of stress is certainly beneficial. Losing composure is not an asset when clear thinking is needed.

The self-controlled individual always keeps the final destination in mind.

Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Mission, Fairmont, West Virginia
March 24 / April 6, 2013

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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