Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Mission
Fairmont, WV

Bulletin 256 - July 12 / July 25, 2014

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. 256

July 12 / July 25, 2014

Icon of Theotokos, Three Hands. Sts. Proclus and Hilarion.

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.

Vidovdan, Third and Sixth Hours were read followed by Divine Liturgy. Eleven people came. Two communicants. Father Alcuin Kellerhouse came to serve.

July 9-Nine people came for Vespers.

Coming for class on July 9 were: Michael Danko, Wayne Kirby, Carlos, Edith and Cameron Godbey, Maria Djonovich, Subdeacon Joseph and Frances Brinda, and Vanessa Lasobek.

If you have never been to Shadeland, this is a good year to go.

If you have never been to Monastery Marcha, this is a good time to go.

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

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

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

If you want you want your home blessed, contact the priest.

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

Important Dates

Today July 25 - Three Handed Icon. Mother of God.
July 26 - Slava Monastery Marcha, Richfield, Ohio. Plan to attend.
August 2-3 - St. Elijah 100th Anniversary of Parish in Aliquippa, Pa.
August 4-7 - Serbian Orthodox Church Sabor, Alhambra, California
August 9 - St. Panteleimon Healthcare Seminar at St. George Church, Carmichaels, Pa.
August 10 - Diocesan Day, Shadeland Camp, Most Holy Mother of God Monastery Parish churches closed.
August 14 - Beginning of Dormition Fast
August 19 - Feast of Transfiguration
August 28 - Eastern Diocese Kolo Federation Slava St. George Church, Midland

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

Matthew 9:35 - Then Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every sickness and every disease among the people.

The Gospel describes the far reaching nature of Jesus’ healing power. Jesus is able to heal every sickness and disease. Jesus went to all the cities and villages preaching the gospel of the kingdom. Followers of Christ continue to proclaim the Gospel of Christ even today. The power of the message has relevance for all with ears to hear. Life does not need to be lived without Christ in this current century where immorality and greed abound. Life does not need to be lived today without peace and joy. Despondency, depression and despair need not triumph in the lives of individuals today. Faith and hope in Christ can make a lasting difference..

The healings of the blind men and of the mute and demon-possessed man illustrate the power of Christ to make a difference in personal lives (Mt. 9:27-35. The church is a hospital welcoming individuals to bring their infirmities of body and soul to Christ for healing. Healings of the body may not always be outwardly visible but Christ can heal the heart and soul enabling bodily afflictions to be dealt with differently.

Newness in Christ needs solidified. The Precious Body and Blood of Christ is Christ alive in new believers. Regularly partaking of the Precious Body and Blood of Christ preceded by repentance and Holy Confession enables believers to remain directed toward the Kingdom of God. The journey from Baptism to the departure from this life is fraught with temptations and dangers that can put the soul in peril. Remaining pure and strong in faith requires looking to the Most Holy Mother of God for inspiration and example. Remaining pure and strong in faith requires constant prayer and appreciation of intercessory prayers and the help of one’s guardian angel.

Each day is a day to consciously experience the joys and blessings of God. Each day is an opportunity to foretaste the eternal Kingdom of God. Each day is a day to battle against evil seeking to overcome the good in the heart and soul. Jesus has the power to heal every illness and infirmity. Turning to Christ and remaining with Christ is the wisest decision a person will make. Jesus told the disciples of John the Baptist when they asked if Jesus was the Coming One: “Go and tell John the things which you hear and see. The blind see and the lame walk; the lepers are cleansed and the deaf hear; the dead are raised up and the poor have the gospel preached to them.” (Mt. 11:2-5). Each person hearing about the miracles of Christ has the ability to weigh the evidence and draw the correct conclusions. The conclusions drawn will affect each person the remaining days of their lives. The Samaritans said to the Samaritan woman: “Now we believe, not because of what you said, for we ourselves have heard Him and we know that this is indeed the Christ, the Savior of the world.” (Jn. 4:42)

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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