Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Mission
Fairmont, WV

Bulletin 295 - July 24 / August 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. 295

July 24 / August 6, 2016

Holy Martyrs of Prebilovci and Lower Hercegovina

Genesis 1:2

The earth was without form and void, and darkness was upon the face of the deep; and the Spirit of God was moving over the face of the waters.

July 23 - Third and Sixth Hours were read followed by Divine Liturgy. Three communicants. Parastos was held

July 27 - Five people came for Great Vespers and class.

August 3 - Nine people came for Vespers and class.

Vespers and class are scheduled for Wednesday, August 10 at 6:30.

The next Divine Liturgy is scheduled for August 20 at 10:00 AM.

Pray for the persons suffering from the floods in West Virginia. During class on August 3, Edith Godbey and her sister Cathy described the devastation.

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

Pray for the miners and steel workers losing their jobs at a high rate. Pray for their families. Pray for all workers having their jobs, pensions and benefits threatened.

Thank you for contributing food goods for the needy in Fairmont.

If you want your house blessed, ask the priest.

If you want your marriage blessed in the Orthodox Church, ask the priest

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

August 7 - Diocese Day at Shadeland. Parish churches closed. Plan to attend.
August 8 - Ven Parasceva; St. Sava III
August 9 - St. Panteliemon. Healthcare Day Seminar at St. George Church, Carmichaels.
August 12 - Venerable Angelina of Serbia
August 13 - Divine Liturgy and Banquet Honoring His Grace Bishop Dr. MITROPHAN.
August 14 - Dormition Fast begins.
August 19 - Feast of Transfiguration.
August 28 - Dormition of the Mother of God.

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

Holding Firmly to the Life in Christ

Galatians 5: 25 - If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.

When believers experience the Holy Baptism, belief in God the Father, the Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God and the Holy Spirit is convincingly professed. Belief in the Holy Trinity is reaffirmed with personal use of the sign of the Cross.

At the Mystery of Holy Chrismation believers are sealed with the gift of the Holy Spirit. During the Feast of Pentecost, the descent of the Holy Spirit is celebrated in God’s Holy Church with great joy.

The celebration of the Divine Liturgy has continued references throughout the service to the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. The Holy Orthodox Church is a Trinitarian Church

In the Epistle to St. John we find these words: “For there are three that bear witness in heaven: the Father, the Word, and the Holy Spirit; and these three are one.” (I John 5:7)

Believers benefit immeasurably by filling the mind and heart with the Holy Scriptures. The Lord Jesus Christ said: “Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of Me. (Jn. 5:39)

Christian growth necessitates an on-going process of eliminating thoughts and personal practices that hinder firmly following Christ. Repentance involves acknowledging personal sin and resolutely rejecting sinful ways.

God needs to be firmly loved and sought with all the heart and mind. Cherishing the majesty and glory of God in the heart and mind are central in the transformation and growth of believers.

Holding God in awe, with the greatest of respect and interest is central to transforming the heart of believers. Keeping God primary in the heart is essential. The devil has no room when love of God dominates believers’ hearts and minds.

Believers determine what they will read and what they will let take root in their hearts and minds. At Baptism and Chrismation, the whole person is dedicated to a Godly life. Evil has no place in the lives of believers.

Repentance, confession and forgiveness enable believers to remain on the path to the kingdom of God. Holy Communion brings unity with Christ. Vigilance keeps evil away.

Experience the life in Christ by being faithful to Christ with all the heart, mind and the soul. Unity with Christ is possible for the faithful to Christ. The lives of the saints and martyrs continuously witness to unity with Christ.

Father Rodney Torbic

Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Mission, Fairmont, West Virginia.
July 24 / August 6, 2016

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