Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Mission
Fairmont, WV

Bulletin 285 - January 24 / February 6, 2016

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. 286

January 24 / February 6, 2016

St. Xenia of Rome, St. Bablyas, Martyr

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,

January 16 - Fifteen people came to Holy Trinity Mission in Fairmont, W.Va. for Divine Liturgy. Three communicants

Five people came for the blessing of the river on January 20, 2016.

Nine people came for Akathist to the Holy Trinity and class on February 3, 2016.

Vespers and class are scheduled for Wednesday, February 17 at 6:30.

Support Marion County CASA where Vesna Prodanovich Meinert is Director providing important help to children in need.

Food goods continue to be collected for the needy in Marion County.

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 their families.

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

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

Important Dates

February 12 - Holy Three Hierarchs
February 15 - Presentation of the Lord
February 20 - Pittsburgh Deanery Meeting on Christian Education in Johnstown, Pa.

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

Romans 14:17 - For the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.

Joy and peace are identified with the kingdom of God. Joy and peace certainly are more attractive than the violence and threats of violence dominating headlines. Each individual can make a difference by being serious about Christ.

The Epistle of St. James states: “The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.” (James 5:16). Each person can pray fervently for a life of peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. Each person can choose to live in ways pleasing to God.

Individuals with consciousness of mind have the capability to direct thoughts and interests toward the kingdom of God. Individuals with faculty of mind have the ability to make conscious choices pleasing to God.

Every moment decisions are made regarding God. Either the person ignores God or the person lives in ways pleasing to or contrary to the ways of God. Decisions, thoughts and activities affect whether we will experience joy and peace.

Confession and Communion enable a person to address having a guilty conscience. Holy Confession and Holy Communion enable a person to move from personal regret to personal peace. Jesus invites believers to draw near to Him to experience the joy and peace. Jesus said: “Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.” (Mt. 1:29)

Coming to Jesus need not be a threatening experience. Individuals who do not know Christ may feel threatened. Individuals with previous bad experiences in a church or having heard of bad experiences of others may have fears.

We need to fear Christ and the last judgment only if we do not take the steps necessary to be reconciled with Christ and to live in ways pleasing to Him. We cannot be confident about the final judgment nor our ability to remain faithful.

Every day, every moment of every day is important as we prepare for the final judgment. Every day is an opportunity to experience the joy and peace of Christ. Every day is a day to repent and seek the kingdom of God.

When we turn to God in prayer, the prayer will be heard. The Psalmist stated many centuries ago: “This poor man cried, and the Lord heard him, and saved him from all his afflictions.” (Ps. 33/34:7)

The wise person will carefully weigh the choices made for the remaining time of life. The wise person will invest in the kingdom of God. The wise person will lay up treasurers in heaven “where thieves do not break in and steal.”(Mt.6:20)

The experience of the Divine Liturgy is a foretaste of the peace and joy of Christ. The experience of the Divine Liturgy is a contemporary manifestation of God’s peace and joy localized where the faithful assemble. Only God can provide the joy and peace which are lasting. Only God can provide the joy and peace which cannot be shattered.

Father Rodney Torbic

Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Mission, Fairmont, West Virginia.
January 24 / February 6, 2016

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