Holy Trinity
Serbian Orthodox Mission
Fairmont, WV

Bulletin 236 - May 26 / June 8, 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. 236

May 26 / June 8, 2013

St. Epiphanius of Cyprus, St. Germanus

Nine people came for Divine Liturgy on May 25, 2013.

Six people came for the Akathist to the Resurrection and class on May 30, 2013.

Maria Djonovich, Niko and Rose Ilich, and Goljko and Anka Arbutina came to the St. George Church Outdoor Religious Program and Picnic.

The Akathist for the Ascension is scheduled for Wednesday, June 12 at 6:30 PM with Adult Class to follow at 7:00 PM.

The Mission Slava will be on Monday, June 24, early evening. Time to be announced.

Mike Danko went to Kentucky earlier this week in defense of protecting pensions and benefits of miners.

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..

Thank God for the many blessings bestowed upon this Mission.

Thank God for the parishioners and friends of the Mission.

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

Important Dates

June 9 - Sunday of the Blind Man
June 12 - Apodasis of Pascha
June 13 - Feast of Ascension
June 14 - Ven Justin of Chelije
June 15 - Hieromartyr Erazmo of Ochrid
June 17 - St. Metrophanes
June 18 - Ven. Petar of Korish
June 21 - Apodasis of Ascension
June 22 - Memorial Saturday
June 23 - Feast of Pentecost
June 24 - Pentecost Monday. Slava Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Mission, Fairmont, W.Va.
June 28 - St. Prince Lazar, Greatmartyr and All Serbian Martyrs. Vidovdan.

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

2 Corinthians 6:6 - by purity, by knowledge, by longsuffering, by kindness, by the Holy Spirit, by sincere love.

The Holy Apostle Paul puts kindness in the same sentence with purity, knowledge, longsuffering, the Holy Spirit and love. The Holy Apostle Paul determined the Corinthians needed to know of this association.

The Holy Apostle was describing the actions of ministers of God (2 Cor. 6:4) Christians are ministers of God. Christians are missionaries. Spreading the message of the Gospel entails the use of kindness.

Spreading the message of Godís love entails kindness. Men and women failing to exhibit kindness have a hard time convincing others of the message of Christianity. Communicating the love and joy of Christ is enhanced by kindness. Kindness captures an observerís attention. Kindness is appreciated by most everyone except perhaps sociopaths who perceive the kind as weak.

Internalizing the love of Christ fosters kindness. Being appreciative of the love of Christ and the suffering of Christ fosters kindness. Being aware of the needs of others and the benefits of Christian love engenders kindness.

Practicing kindness requires faith in God. A kind Christian trusts Godís ways to be the best ways. A person with faith in God is not disappointed by God. Jesus said: ďHe who endures to the end will be saved.Ē (Mt. 10:22)

Kindness does not exist alone in the Christian behavior. Kindness is enriched by other characteristics of the Christian life. A Christian life is complex. A Christian life is not hidden. Others will notice if a person is a Christian. Others will notice the depth of a personís Christian identity.

The passage of time reveals the depth of a personís faith. Ascetics living in the desert or Christian recluses placing themselves in the forest eventually become known. Read the lives of the saints and learn of those living afar off.

When a child learns kindness at home, the child takes the learned behavior to the playground and the classroom. When an adult is kind, the kindness is demonstrated in the workplace, in encounters at the market and in educational settings. Parishes benefit when kindness thrives among parishioners.

Nations that shape their foreign policy with kindness make a difference. Even in prison settings, kindness has a place. Inmates other than sociopaths and the incurably violent will appreciate kindness and respect it.

An act of kindness influences social interaction. An act of kindness can be the first step in reconciliation between two or more individuals angry with each other. Husbands and wives can better their relationships by kindness.

Each Christian has the responsibility of being kind. The responsibility to initiate kindness is not to be projected onto others. Kindness has its place even when it is absent in the practices of others.

Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Mission, Fairmont, West Virginia
May 26 / June 8, 2013

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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