Holy Trinity
Serbian Orthodox Mission
Fairmont, WV

Bulletin 238 - July 8 / August 10, 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. 238

July 8 / August 10, 2013

Sts. Prochorus, Nicanor, Parmenas, and Companions

Psalm 50/1:11

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

Services have been held weekly at the Mission recently including classes on a bi-weekly basis.

Dr. Charles Paroda spoke at the Healthcare Seminar at St. George Church on August 9, 2013.

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

A Thought from His Grace Bishop Dr. MITROPHAN

The Church tolerates sinners just as God does, and it rejoices greater at the repentance of one sinner than for ninety-nine righteous who have no need of repentance (Lk. 15:7). It tolerates them under its wing until such a time as they to infect other members with their sin and then each is thrown out of it (I Cor.5:13).

( The Teaching of Saint Apostle Paul on the Church. Translated by Protopresbyter Stefan Zaremba. Sremski Karlovac 2001. P. 49. )

Important Dates

August 11 - Diocese Day, Parish Churches closed.
August 12 - Venerable Mother Angelina of Serbia
August 14 - Beginning of Dormition Fast, Procession of Holy Cross
August 19 - Feast of Transfiguration
August 24 - KSS Federation Slava, Shadeland
August 28 - Dormition of the Mother of God
September 7 - St. Nikodim Chapel Slava, Diocesan Residence, Mars, Pa.

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

Luke 1:79 - To give light to those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, and to guide our feet into the way of peace.

The Gospel of St. Luke states that at the time of St. John the Baptist’s birth, his father Zechariah was filled with the Holy Spirit and prophesied about being guided to the way of peace. (Lk. 1:67-79) Contemporary believers do well heeding the Holy Prophet Isaiah (Is. 40:3ff) Contemporary believers do well to seek peace and pursue it. Centuries ago the Psalmist said: “Depart from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it.” (Ps. 34:14)

Individuals who cherish peace will pursue it with vigor. Individuals who relish controversy will be associated with it. Proverbs 28:5 states: “Evil men do not understand justice, but those who seek the Lord understand it completely.”

Peace has a place in the home. Each home is considered a small church. Families benefit when husband and wife are at peace with each other. Children benefit when mother and father are at peace with each other.

Families benefit when brothers and sisters are at peace with each other. Families benefit when extended family members are at peace with each other. The strength of the family rests in the ability of the members to be at peace.

Forgiveness is necessary for peace to exist. Being kind and civil with each other is necessary for peace to exist. Putting into practice the teachings of Christ is necessary for peace to exist.

Love of God is necessary for peace to exist. St. John said: “He who does not love does not know God; for God is love.” (I Jn.4:8) Relationships with others are predicated on our relationship with God. St. John’s Epistle states: “For this is the message which you have heard from the beginning, that we should love one another, and not be like Cain who was of the evil one and murdered his brother.” (I Jn. 3:11-12)

St. John the Evangelist would not write about love for one another unless it was achievable. St. John would not write about the standard of love if believers would always expect to fall short. The standard of love for one another requires each believer to take serious stock of his or her personal relationships and his or her commitment to Christ. Repentance and new life in Christ is possible for individuals desiring them.

Peace is achievable in relationships. The heart must be searched thoroughly. The mind must be searched thoroughly. The soul must be searched thoroughly. Too many respected sources exist to deny the possibility of peace in relationships.

Centuries and centuries ago, the possibility of peace with enemies was written about. Proverbs 16:7 states: “When a man’s ways please the Lord, he makes even his enemies to be at peace with him.” Earthly life is limited. Individuals determine how they will spend eternity by the way they make use of the limited days of earthly life.

Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Mission, Fairmont, West Virginia
July 8 / August 10, 2013

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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