Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Mission
Fairmont, WV

Bulletin 320 - October 8 / 21, 2017

The Orthodox Mission

Diocesan Bishop - His Grace Bishop IRINEJ
Phone 304-534-5321, 304-622-3681 or 724-966-7428
408 Morgantown Avenue
Fairmont, West Virginia 26544
Father Rodney Torbic, Administrator

Bulletin No. 320

October 8 / 21, 2017

Venerable Pelagia the Penitent; Venerable Mother Taisia

Galatians 6:8

For he who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap corruption, but he who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasting life.

Thanks to all the faithful parishioners and friends of the Holy Trinity Mission.

Eight people came for the Akathist and class on October 4, 2017.

Eleven people came for Great Vespers and class on October 18, 2017.

Father Sasa Nedic plans to resume services and class the week of November 8.

Support Marion County CASA where Vesna Prodanovich Meinert is Director,

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

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

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.

Pray for miners, steel workers and workers threatened with job and benefit loss.

Remember and appreciate the workers in mines, law-enforcement, corrections, probation and parole and firefighters, all working in dangerous occupations

Pray for crime victims.

Pray for peace in the world where violence and terror are a daily fact of life.

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

October 22 - Holy Apostle James, the Son of Alpheus; St. Stephen, Despot of Serbia (The Blind)
October 27 - Venerable Mother Parasceva of Serbia; St. Petka.
October 31 - Holy Apostle and Evangelist Luke, St. Peter I, Metropolitan and Wonderworker of Cetinje
November 1 - Holy Prophet Joel; Venerable Prochorus of Pchinja; Venerable John of Rila.
November 5 - Parish Anniversary celebration with Divine Liturgy at 10:00 AM and dinner afterwards at Dolfiís. Please notify the parish office if you plan to attend.
November 4 - Memorial Saturday

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

2 Corinthians 2:14 - Now thanks be to God who always leads us in triumph of Christ, and through us diffuses the fragrance of His knowledge.

Believers have the opportunity to share Christ with others. This sharing takes place best in relationships. In the Epistle of St. John we read: ďIf we love one another, God abides in us, and His love has been perfected in us.

Thankfulness occurs when relationships are founded in God. When love is manifested in relationships, joy is experienced and gratefulness is declared. The presence of God is keenly felt in relationships based in Godís love.

The Lord Jesus Christ said: ďYou will know them by their fruits.Ē (Mt. 7:16) Relationships founded in God will yield the fragrance cited by the Holy Apostle Paul. Love will cause differences to be set aside and goodness will be revealed.

Individuals have abundant reasons to be thankful for healthy, wholesome, loving relationships. Individuals in healthy, wholesome, loving relationship are free of the impediments related to acrimony.

Power struggles in relationships reveal the absence of Christ. Christ is the supreme example of humility. Individuals working out differences in relationships do well to look to Christ. Individuals turning to Christ in sincerity will be thankful.
Ephesians 5:20 - Giving thanks always for all things to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Just as the Holy Apostle Paul wants believers to pray at all times, he also wants believers to be thankful to God at all times. Believers are called to lead active lives in Christ. Sitting and resting too long stifles growth.

The Christian life is shaped by the teachings of Christ, the Holy Apostles, the saints and martyrs. The Christian life is shaped by the Divine services of the Church. An observer will find ample references to giving thanks to God.

Prayer shapes a believerís life. Giving thanks to God shapes a believerís life. Giving thanks to God involves looking beyond the self to God as the source of goodness and blessings.

When God is viewed as the center and source of goodness and blessings, God is the defining point of reference for the believer. The believerís self-image is directly affected by the believerís view of and love for God.

Hunger for the nourishment of body and soul are satisfied through the ways blessed by God. The Holy Gospel and Holy Communion provide nourishment affecting the body and soul of the believer. God is due thankfulness for both.

Earthly life is time limited. Believers need to take time throughout life to give thanks to God. It would not be a fitting ending to life to depart this life without giving thanks to the Creator and Redeemer.

The Holy Apostle Paul exhibits no reservations in giving thanks to God. He places no conditions on giving thanks to God. While there is faculty of mind and life in the body, believers do well to heartily give thanks unto God.

Father Rodney Torbic

Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Mission, Fairmont, West Virginia.
October 8 / 21, 2017

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