Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Mission
Fairmont, WV

Bulletin 303 - December 4 / 17, 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 IRINEJ
Aministrator - Fr. Rodney Torbic

Bulletin No. 303

December 4 / 17, 2016

St. Barbara, Greatmartyr; Ven. John of Damascus

I Thessalonians 1:6-7

And you became followers of us and of the Lord, having received the word in much affliction, with joy of the Holy Spirit, so that you became examples to all in Macedonia and Achaia who believe.

December 7 - Seven people came for Vespers and class.

The Nativity Fast has begun. Honor the fast until the Feast of the Nativity on January 7.

Prepare for Holy Confession and Communion.

Vespers and class are scheduled for Wednesday, December 21 at 6:30 PM.

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

December 17 - St. Barbara, Greatmartyr. Ven. John of Damascus.
December 18 - Ven. Sabbas the Sanctified. Children’s Day.
December 19 - St. Nicholals the Miracle Worker. Divine Liturgy at St. George Church, 9:00 AM.
December 22 - Conception of the Theotokos by St. Ana.

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

Reflection on I Corinthians 13:1 1

I Corinthians 13:1 - Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I have become sounding brass or a clanging cymbal.

Eloquence without love is diminished in value. Eloquence without love is not of God. Eloquence without love leaves something to be desired.

The Holy Apostle John wrote: “God is love, and he who abides in love abides in God, and God in him.” (I Jn. 4:16) Abiding in God is a challenge. It is easy to abide in God for short periods of time.

To abide in God continuously and be faithful to God from the moment of Baptism to the moment of departure from this life is a continuous challenge. We do not know how many people are continuously faithful to God.

The writings of saints often reflect their concern for personal sin and repentance. Divine services of the Church celebrated on a daily basis have multiple references to sin equated with those participating in the services.

Humility is not easy to attain. Worldly life seems to promote the opposite of humility. Christ demonstrated the greatest humility when He ascended the Cross and yielded to the Crucifixion.

Often contemporary western society has little patience for hardship. Often contemporary western society reveals an attitude where the self is put ahead of others and humility is pushed aside in favor of dominance.

Sports terminology of “dominance” often finds its way into the public sector. The humble employee in the workplace may not get the promotion or recognition.

The humble person lives according to God’s time. The humble person has confidence in God and expects that sooner or later, God will right any wrongs. God will triumph in the end.

Noah went about building the ark before the flood took place. (Gen.6:9-8:22) Believers build lives in Christ that serve as the same protection as did the ark for Noah. Believers build lives in Christ and experience the security of Christ.

The Lord Jesus Christ is authentic. The Lord Jesus Christ is not shallow. The Lord Jesus Christ is not an artificial or man-made god. The Lord Jesus Christ is not subject to the wiles and whims of humans.

Humans do not control and cannot corrupt the Lord Jesus Christ. Individuals portraying Christ as less than authentic speak with a hollow voice.

Father Rodney Torbic

1 Biblical references from The Orthodox Study Bible St. Athanasius Academy of Orthodox Theology / Thomas Nelson Publishing, Nashville, 2008.

Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Mission, Fairmont, West Virginia.
December 4 / 17, 2016

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