Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Mission
Fairmont, WV

Bulletin 274 - June 7 / 20, 2015

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. 274

June 7 / 20, 2015

St. Theodotus of Ancyra

Luke 4:18

The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised...

May 23 - Nine people attended Divine Liturgy. One communicant.

June 5 - With an extraordinary effort, His Grace Bishop Dr. MITROPHAN came for the Slava. Slava attendees included: Stan Brozik, John and Felecia Williamson, Richard and Linda Porter, Dr. Charles and Sharren Paroda, Michael Danko and Michael Tennant, Niko and Rose Illich, Goyko and Anka Arbutina, Wayne and Joyce Kirby, Carlos, Edith and Cameron Godbey, Vesna Prodanovich Meinert, Vanessa Lasobek, Dennis Elliot, Alex Zemcov and Susan LaFleur. Thank you to all attending and helping with the Slava.

June 17 - Five people came for Vespers. Wayne Kirby, Michael Danko, Dennis Eliott and John Ice came for class.

Next service-June 24-Vespers with class afterwards at 6:30 PM.

Congratulations to Vesna Prodanovich Meinert, newly appointed Marion County Director of CASA.

Patricia Cekoric has a continued interest in the success of the Mission.

Important Dates

June 27 - Prophet Elisha
June 28 - Vidovdan (Fasting) Dinner and Program at St. George Church
July 2 - St. John of Shanghai
July 3 - Venrable Naum of Ohrid
July 4 - Venerable Anastasia of Serbia
July 7 - Nativity of St. John the Baptist
July 12 - Sts. Peter and Paul
July 26 - Synaxis of Archangel Gabriel

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

Matthew 6:33 - But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.

Certain gentleness is needed in the Christian life. Certain steadfastness is needed in the Christian life. The believer is not to be swayed or distracted from the goal of the kingdom. Jesus spoke of the narrow gate and the difficulty of entering. He said: “Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it.” (Mt. 7:14) Some people might contend that the present times are the most difficult in history. Some people might contend that immorality is increasing. Certainly dangers exist for individuals to perish.

Certainly there are temptations and attractions which can cause the Christian to depart from the path of Christ. Sinful ways can develop in a person. Sinful ways may not be intended, but a person not being vigilant can fail in the Christian life.

The kingdom of God is to be each believer’s first objective. Everything a person does, says and thinks should be measured against the kingdom of God. Every effort, every thought, every actions should be directed to the kingdom.

God exceeds the person’s ability to fully comprehend. Believers experience God each day. Individuals looking for the presence of God in daily life will not be disappointed. God is always present.

The kingdom of God holds promise and is reason for great anticipation for the believer. Centuries and centuries ago, the Psalmist said with confidence: “I lift up my eyes to You, Who dwell in heaven.” (Ps. 122/123:1)

Vision is short-sighted if it does not include God and the kingdom of God. Vision is deficient if it does not inspire the believer to overcome obstacles deterring entrance into the kingdom of God.

God provides the necessary strength to enter His kingdom for those who make choices leading to the kingdom. The Resurrection of Christ was preceded by death on the Cross. The path to the kingdom of God is not without hardship.

Individuals make choices each day. The wise individual makes choices consistent with the path to the kingdom of God. The believer making choices consistent with the kingdom will have perceived the glory of God.

The glory of God is evident every day. Having eyes to see and ears to hear are required. Jesus said: “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” (Mt. 6:21). We will see what we look for.

If we only look for the negatives in life, we will find them. If we look for God in life, we will see God everywhere at work. We will experience God in our lives when our lives are open to God. When God is not welcome in the home, in the heart and in the mind, God will be kept out and life will be denied maximum benefits.

June 7 / 20, 2015

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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