Holy Trinity
Serbian Orthodox Mission
Fairmont, WV

Bulletin 237 - June 23 / July 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. 237

June 23 / July 6, 2013

Holy Martyr Agrippina of Rome / Wonderworking Vladimir Icon of Theotokos

Ephesians 1:13

In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise.

The Mission was blessed with a wonderful Slava on June 24, 2013-Pentecost Monday. His Grace Bishop Dr.MITROPHAN of the Eastern Diocese came with Episcopal Secretary, Milovan Jovanovic.

From West Virginia, the following were at the Slava:
Fairmont area: Niko and Rose Ilich, Michael Danko, Anna and Michael Tennant, Carlos and Edith Godbey, Wayne Kirby,Dennis and Sandy Elliot and Vanessa Lasobek. Crystal Griffeth, Zachary and Zachary Jr, and Troy Tennant arrived later.
Bridgeport / Clarksburg area: Dr. Charles and Sharren Paroda, Vesna Prodanovich Meinert, Subdeacon Joseph and Frances Brinda.
Buchannon / French Creek area: Maria Djonovich, Goyko and Anka Arbutina
Elkins: Tim and Stephanie Lewis.

From Pennsylvania, the following came to the Slava:
Sonia Janson, Stan and Karen Brozik, Frank and Gail Menhart, Milosh “Serb” Krewasky, Josephine Gresko.

Seven people attended the Divine Liturgy on June 8, 2013.

Four people came for the Akathist to the Resurrection and Adult Class on June 12 ,2013.

Nine people came for the Akathist for the Ascension on June 20, 2013.

Eleven people came to prepare the chapel and dining area for the Slava on June 20, 2013.

The Akathist is scheduled for Thursday, July 11 at 6:30 PM with Adult Class to follow.

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.

The Mission has sent help to the Hermitage of the Holy Cross due to the recent fire.

Thank God for the many blessings bestowed upon this Mission

Important Dates

July 7 - Nativity of St. John the Baptist.
July 11 - New Martyrs of Dabar, Bosnia and Mileseva
July 12 - Sts. Peter and Paul

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

Matthew 10:12-13 - As you enter the house, salute it. And if the house is worthy, let you peace come upon it; but if it is not worthy, let your peace return to you.

The Lord Jesus Christ sent His disciples out to preach “The kingdom of heaven is at hand.” (Mt. 10:8). The message of the kingdom was to be accompanied by the bearing of peace to those households worthy of peace.

Peace comes from within. Peace comes for the person’s relationship with Christ. The peace of Christ exists in the person only if the person loves Christ, welcomes Christ and identifies with Christ.

Eleven of the disciples remained true to Christ. Judas brought discord. Judas was complicit with the death of Christ. (Mt. 26:47-50) Certain households welcome the peace of Christ. Other households want no part of Christ.

Christians are expected to bear the peace of Christ in their homes and wherever they go. Individuals unfriendly toward Christ will not bear peace as their hallmark. When peace does not exist, discord and turmoil will find a home.

Christians need not remain in locations, in households where turmoil and discord prevail. Christ is not welcomed in such locations. Every parish needs to reflect the peace of Christ. Every parish needs to communicate Christ’s peace.

Individuals coming to a parish church have a reasonable expectation to find peace. Parishioners are expected to do all in their power to pray to God for peace to prevail in a parish. Parishioners are expected to do all possible to maintain peace.

Parish priests have the responsibility of being at peace with God and with parishioners. Being at peace with parishioners does not mean diluting or yielding to aberrations of the teachings of the Church.

Being at peace means that priests have the bearing of Christ in relationships. Being at peace means priests are required to be true to their ordination and uphold the Gospel in all circumstances. Priests have a responsibility to preach the Gospel. Priests have a responsibility to share the teachings of Christ with each household in the parish. Individuals in each parish choose whether to embrace Christ.

Priests are held accountable for ministering to everyone in the parish. Priests will answer for care shown the souls of each person in the parish. Each person in the parish as will the priest will stand before Christ at the Second Coming.

The Second Coming of Christ and the Final Judgment does not receive much attention. Failure to make good use of each day carries with it a certain peril. Wise individuals will keep the Second Coming of Christ in the forefront of their minds.

The time of each day is not replaced. The time of each day comes only once. When time is wasted, repentance and renewal in Christ are necessary. The mercy and forgiveness of God are required for a person to be at peace.

Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Mission, Fairmont, West Virginia
June 23 / July 6, 2013

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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