Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Mission
Fairmont, WV

Bulletin 297 - August 21 / September 3, 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. 297

August 21 / September 3, 2016

Holy Apostle Thaddeus, St. Bassa and Her Children, Hieromartyr Rafailo

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.

August 20 - Third and Sixth Hours were read followed by Divine Liturgy. Eight people came for Divine Liturgy and Parastos. One person came for the Third and Sixth Hours. Another came during the luncheon. Two communicants

August 24 - Five people came for Vespers. Four people stayed for class.

August 31 - Four people came for the Akathist to the Dormition and for class.

His Grace Bishop Irinej will be enthroned on October 1 at Holy Trinity Cathedral. The banquet will follow at Carnegie Music Hall and Museum. See Father Rodney for details.

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

Vespers and Adult Class are scheduled for Wednesday, September 14 at 6:30 PM.

Divine Liturgy is scheduled for September 24 at 10:00 AM.

Remember the men and women in the workforce this Labor Day.

Remember the man and women taking action to improve working conditions.

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

September 5 - Apodosis of Dormition.
September 10 - Venerable Moses of Ethiopia.
September 11 - Beheading of St. John the Baptist. Synaxis of Serbian Saints.

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

James 15:15 - And the prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven.

Individuals need to determine the best way to live their lives in conformity with Christ. Being forgiven of sins is an opportunity to begin anew. Christ will provide the strength and direction necessary for believers to follow Him. Individuals need the discipline and will necessary to remain faithful to Christ. Firmness of faith and commitment are necessary when temptations and frustrations occur.

Constant prayer keeps a person close to Christ. Every prayer is an investment in the Kingdom of God. Prayers are not only beneficial for the self. Prayers are beneficial for others. The more a person prays, the more he or she appreciates the value and power of prayer. The need for prayer is great. Individuals recognizing the need for prayer in times of illness, tragedy or adversity will seek out others to pray for them. Individuals having a hard time with life welcome and appreciate the prayers of others.

Godís forgiveness sets in motion a thought process for believers. Believers experience the love of God. The believerís mind is set free from the weight of sin and has new choices to make. The believer benefits from determining the causes of debilitating sin and guarding against recurrence. A repentant and forgiven believer needs to establish regular practices to nourish and protect the heart, mind and soul. Beginning anew in Christ is not only matter of defending against sin. Beginning anew in Christ involves a seeking out of ways to grow and seeking the joys of the Christian life.

Acts of forgiveness between husbands and wives, parents and children and among other family members enable new practices to be undertaken that will increase the strength of the family. Parishes become stronger when parishioners forgive each other and focus on the bond of Christ uniting them. Priests do well to foster forgiveness in a parish not only as Great Lent approaches but throughout the year. Priests do well by setting a personal example of being forgiving of others. The love of God will change a personís life. A person must be willing to acknowledge the love of God. A person must yearn to be nourished by God and seek constant unity with God. Pride regarding the sufficiency of the self is detrimental. Realizing that life comes from God and purpose of life is made known through God enables a person to grow. Christian growth can continue as long as a personís mind functions sufficiently.

A person can reset the course of his or her life at the time of forgiveness by God or others. The Kingdom of God is the ultimate destination for serious believers. When forgiveness occurs, it is to be cherished and the opportunity to begin anew is to be used wisely. Failure to make good use of being forgiven can be perilous in relationships with other individuals and with God.

Father Rodney Torbic

Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Mission, Fairmont, West Virginia.
August 21 / September 3, 2016

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