Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Mission
Fairmont, WV

Bulletin 275 - July 19 / August 1, 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. 275

July 19 / August 1, 2015

St. Macrina, St. Stefan, Ven. Evgenja

2 Corinthians 3:17

Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.

June 20 - Sixth Hour was read followed by Divine Liturgy and Parastos. Thirteen people attended. Two communicants.

June 24 - Six people came for Vespers and class.

June 25 - Five people came for Akathist to Jesus Christ followed by Chrismation of Timothy Lewis.

July 2 - Eight people came for the Molieben to St. John Maximovitch. John Ice was received into the Holy Orthodox Church. Class afterwards.

July 22 - Six people came. for Vespers.and class. Mike Danko, Wayne Kirby, Vanessa Lasobek, Edith and Cameron Godbey and Leland George attended class.

July 29 - Eight people came for Vespers and class. Mike Danko, Wayne Kirby, Vanessa Lasobek, Carlos, Edith and Cameron Godbey, John Ice and Leland George attended class.

Sympathy extended to the family +Timothy Lewis departed this life on July 4, 2015.

Sympathy extended to the family of+Mary Trbovich departed this life on July 20, 2015.

Vespers and class are scheduled or August 5, 2015 at 6:30 PM. <

Next Divine Liturgy is scheduled tentatively for August 15, 2015 at 10:00 AM.

Important Dates

August 2 - St. Elijah Day
August 4 - Holy Myhrr-bearer and Equal to the Apostles Mary Magdalene
August 9 - St. Panteleimon. Diocese Day at Shadeland. Parish churches closed.
August 12 - Venerable Mother Angelina of Serbia
August 14 - Dormition Fast begins.
August 19 - Feast of Transfiguration
August 28 - Dormition of the Mother of God. Eastern Diocese Kolo Federation Slava to be celebrated at St. George Church.
Note: August 30 Divine Liturgy at the St.George Church will be at 9:00 AM.

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

Acts 9:36 - At Joppa there was a certain disciple named Tabitha, which is translated Dorcas. This woman was full of good works and charitable deeds which she did.

Christians choosing to do good in the Name of Christ will find a sense of completeness and joy in their kindness. They may be subject to ridicule. They may be subject to scorn. Charitable givers in the Name of Christ find security in Christ.

Believers being charitable as Christ would be charitable experience and share the love of Christ. A person receiving alms from a believer full of Christ’s love will sense the love of Christ.

Believers do well to think about the person seeking alms and the courage necessary to come seeking alms. What desperation must exist in certain individuals that they must appear at a church door or on the street seeking food or financial assistance for housing.

Perhaps the person poor or homeless contributed to his or her condition. A Christian response contributes to healing and health and improvement in the person’s condition in life.

Individuals in positions of authority in the church and in charge of charitable distribution have a responsibility to be honest and good stewards. Wasteful management or dishonest practices have no place in the Church.

Individuals in the Church in positions of authority handling financial resources must be above reproach in integrity and honesty. Believers contributing to Church charitable causes need demonstrated certainty that contributions are distributed as intended.

A certain covenant exists between believers donating to the Church for charitable purposes and the authorities in the Church charged with the handling of such charitable works.

The same covenant extends to other aspects of Church. Holy Confession assumes a confidentiality and trust that is not to be violated. Clergy are expected to live according to their commitment before God at Holy Ordination.

Believers also have the commitment to Christ as King and as God at Holy Baptism. Throughout life, all believers, all clergy are expected to live in ways pleasing to Christ including responding to situations where the giving of alms is proper.

Believers growing in Christ will continue to refresh their commitment to Christ and will seek guidance. The Holy Prophet Isaiah said: “They who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength, they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.” (Is. 40:31)

Individuals loving God will approach almsgiving and charitable works with love and joy. The Holy Apostle Paul said: “God loves a cheerful giver.” (2 Cor. 9:7)

July 19 / August 1, 2015

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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