Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Mission
Fairmont, WV

Bulletin 313 - June 11 / 24, 2017

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. 313

June 11 / 24, 2017

Holy Apostles Bartholomew and Barnabas

I Thessalonians 4:8

He therefore that despiseth, despiseth not man, but God, who hath also given unto us his holy Spirit.

Eighteen people came for the Mission Slava on June 10, 2017. The Third and Sixth Hours were read followed by the Divine Liturgy, Blessing of the Slava Kolach and Koljivo. One communicant.

Attendees at the Slava were: Michael Danko, Troy and Michael Tennant, Dennis and Sandy Elliot and grandson Eli, Wayne and Joyce Kirby, Robert and Gloria Joseph, Niko Ilich, Anka Arbutina and Vanessa Lasobek.

Slava Attendees from St. George Serbian Orthodox Church in Carmichaels were: Stan Brozik, John and Felecia Williamson, Richard Porter and Lt. Col. Willie Spens.

The Apostles Fast continues until July 12. Honor the Apostles Fast each day.

Vespers and class are scheduled for next Wednesday, June 28 at 6:30.PM.

Divine Liturgy and Parastos are scheduled for July 1 at 10:00 AM.

Support Marion County CASA where Vesna Prodanovich Meinert is Director,

Pray for workers losing their job and benefits at a high rate.

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

If you want your house blessed or visited if in the hospital, 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 questions about the teachings and practices of the Church, ask the priest.

Important Dates

June 28 - Holy Saint Lazarus and All Serbian Martyrs. Vidovdan. Divine Liturgy 8:00 AM at St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pa.
July 1 - Divine Liturgy at Holy Trinity Mission in Fairmont at 10:00 AM.
July 2 - St. John of Shanghai
July 4 - Venerable Anastasia of Serbia
July 7 - Nativity of St. John the Baptist. Divine Liturgy 8:00 AM. at St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pa.
July 9 - Shadeland Camp begins.

If You Are Too Busy To Pray, You Are Too Busy

The Apostles Relationship with Christ

John 6:67-69 Then said Jesus unto the twelve, Will ye also go away? Then Simon Peter answered him, Lord, to whom shall we go? Thou hast the words of eternal life. And we believe and are sure that thou art that Christ, the Son of the living God.

The Holy Apostles had a unique and personal relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ. Each of the Holy Apostles were chosen by Christ. (Mt. 10:1) The position they received was not one they aspired to or applied for.

The Holy Apostles were chosen by the Lord Jesus Christ from among all men of all centuries for the specific positions they would have. The Holy Apostles were granted this singular and specific honor by Christ.

The Holy Apostles would be faithful to their call. Judas would be the lone exception who would give himself over to the devil. (Jn. 6:70-71) The chosen Apostles were in a position to make choices. Judas made deviating choices.

Simon Peter expressed belief that Jesus had the words of eternal life and was the Son of the living God. (Jn. 6:67-68) Simon Peter and the faithful Holy Apostles had their personal relationships with Christ to arrive at conclusions about Christ.

The Holy Apostles were in positions to hear the Lord Jesus Christ when He spoke and the manner in which Christ spoke. They were in positions to watch Christ’s body language. They could hear the tone of His voice.

The Holy Apostles were in Christ’s presence when He fed the multitudes and healed the sick. (Mt. 9:35; Mt. 11:4-5 Mt. 14:19-21) The Holy Apostles experiences with Christ would be formative memories.

The Gospel of St. Luke states: ”The whole multitude of the disciples began to rejoice and praise God with a loud voice for all the mighty works they had seen,” (Lk. 19:37)

The Holy Apostles’ personal experiences with Christ must be considered determining factors in their subsequent advancement of the Gospel. Their experiences with Christ had to have a deciding effect on their following Christ.

The Holy Apostles lives changed dramatically. They left their families. They left their occupations. (Mk. 10:28) To make such a great change in their lives, the Holy Apostles had to place greater value in following Christ.

Jesus said: “There is no man that hath left house, or parents, or brethren, or wife, or children, for the kingdom of God's sake, Who shall not receive manifold more in this present time, and in the world to come life everlasting.” (Lk. 18:29-30)

Contemporary believers do well to assess their relationships with Jesus Christ and determine the degree of personal commitment to Christ. Believers do well to compare their relationships with Christ to those of the Holy Apostles.

In Hebrews we read: “Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and today, and for ever.” (Heb.13:8) Jesus Christ deserves believers’ firmest commitment today.

Father Rodney Torbic

Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Mission, Fairmont, West Virginia.
June 11 / 24, 2017

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