Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Mission
Fairmont, WV

Bulletin 262 - October 12 / October 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. 262

October 12 / October 25, 2014

Apodasis of the Feast of the Cross

John 16:13

Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.

Eleven people came for Divine Liturgy on September 20, 2014. Two communicants.

Five people came for Vespers on September 24, 2014.

Mike Danko, Carlos, Edith and Cameron Godbey and John Ice came for class on September 24, 2014.

Third and Sixth Hours were followed by Divine Liturgy on October 4, 2014. Twelve people attended. Two communicants.

Three people came for Vespers on October 8, 2014. Three people came for class.

Five people came for Vespers on October 15.

Mike Danko, Carlos, Edith and Cameron Godbey and John Ice came for class on October 15.

Four people came for Vespers on October 23, 2014.

Mike Danko, Carlos, Edith and Cameron Godbey came for class on October 23, 2014.

Vespers is scheduled for Wednesday October 29, beginning at 6:30 PM. Class will be afterwards.

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 want your marriage blessed in the Orthodox Church, ask the priest.

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

Important Dates

October 27 - Ven. Mother Parasceva of Serbia, St.Petka
October 31 - St. Luke
November 1 - Memorial Saturday
November 2 - Sixtieth Anniversary celebration of St. George Church

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

The Cross

Luke 8:15 - But the ones that fell on the good ground are those who, having heard the word with a noble and good heart, keep it and bear fruit with patience.

The Christian requires patience. Frustrations and attacks occur as a person attempts to live the life pleasing to God. Frustrations and attacks can be overcome with patience. Keeping the focus on God is necessary.

Drawing strength from God, keeping in mind the saints and the martyrs and the lesson of the Resurrection gives hope in times of attack and frustrations. Calamities and tragic accidents occur and test a personís faith.

Sickness, economic hardship, loss of employment and other radical changes can cause a Christian to closely examine his or her faith. When the word of God is well-seated in the heart, patience will prevail with hope.

The word of God in the heart nourishes the soul and gives strength to the body and mind. The word of God in the heart gives direction to a person and enables obstacles to be penetrated that deter the Christian life.

Individuals weak in faith and unfamiliar with the word of God do not have the same resources available in times of adversity as do individuals steeped in the word of God.

Individuals are enriched by the word of God by attending the Divine services of the Church. The Divine services of the Church are replete with Biblical references. The Gospel is proclaimed at each Divine Liturgy.

The Gospel is proclaimed in Matins services. Psalms are common to the services of the Church. Words of the Prophets are read during the year as are portions of the New Testament Epistles and Acts of the Apostles.

Individuals personally increase their learning and are strengthened when reading the Holy Scriptures at home. The Holy Scriptures speak of the value of patience. The Holy Scriptures teach about patience.

The believer is expected to grow throughout life. The believer is expected to have a heart fertile for the word of God. The word of God produces the best fruit when the believer reads and attends church services.

The word of God brings joy to the welcoming heart. The home welcoming the word of God differentiates itself from the home where Godís word is not welcome. Hearts of stone fail to produce homes for God.

Reading the word of God does not require fanaticism. Reading and cherishing the word of God comes out of love for God and appreciation for the blessings and goodness of God. Reading is a way to draw closer to God.

Entering into the Holy Scriptures is a way of accessing God and being welcomed by God. A unity occurs when the believer reads the word of God.

Patience is needed to understand the word of God. Individuals loving God and appreciating God will be attentive to Godís word.

October 12 / October 25, 2014

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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