St. Peter’s is Flourishing and We Need Your Help More than Ever! 2018 Stewardship Appeal

Dear Members and Friends of St. Peter Orthodox Church, We are growing up! St. Peter's is flourishing, and with growth comes increased financial responsibilities. And a big part of our finances is our rent. OUR CHALLENGEAs many of you know, we doubled our space a little over a year ago which means we also doubled our expenses (rent, utilities, etc.). Commercial leases increase each year therefore our budget must increase each year while we are still in rented space. Our lease expires at the end of 2018 and work is underway to locate a new space. These decisions will be made in 2018 … [Read more...]

St. Peter Newsletter December 12, 2017

Sunday of the Forefathers (Ancestors) of Christ Prophet Daniel and the Three Holy Youths Ananias, Azarias and Mishael; Dionysios of Zakynthos, the wonderworker; New Martyrs Paisios the hieromonk and his disciple Habakkuk the deacon of Belgrade The Forefathers of Christ Sermon on the Sunday Before Nativity (The Forefathers) By Fr. Thaddeus Hardenbrook On the second Sunday before Nativity, the Gospel reading leaves off its progression based on Pentecost and aligns itself with the approaching Nativity. This is a sign for us; a message of urgency regarding what is about to … [Read more...]

St. Peter Newsletter December 5, 2017

Twenty-seventh Sunday after PentecostTenth Sunday of Luke The Martyrs Menas, Eugraphos and Hermogenes of Alexandria The Holy Martyrs Hermogenes, Menas, and Eugraphus suffered for their faith in Christ under the emperor Maximian (305-313). Saint Menas was sent by the emperor from Athens to Alexandria to suppress the riots that had arisen between the Christians and the pagans. Distinguished for his gift of eloquence, Menas instead openly began to preach the Christian Faith and he converted many pagans to Christ. Learning of this, Maximian sent Hermogenes to Alexandria to place the … [Read more...]

St. Nicholas Celebration on December 5, starting at 6:00pm

St. Nicholas Celebration on Tuesday, December 5, 2017 Plan to attend the St. Nicholas Day Celebration Tuesday December 5, 2017. We will begin with Divine Liturgy at 6:00pm (note time!) followed by a presentation on the real Santa Claus! (hint: it was really a bishop from Myra in the fourth century) for the children. All children should attend! The program will be for them including a surprise at the end. Parents and anyone attending, please some light refreshments for sharing at the end of the program. … [Read more...]

St. Peter Newsletter November 28, 2017 – The Holy Prophet Zephaniah, Decorate the Church, Christmas Pot-Luck, St. Nicholas Day Celebration, Wisdom from the Fathers, more…

Twenty-sixth Sunday after PentecostFourteenth Sunday of Luke The Holy Prophet Zephaniah The Prophet Zephania Zephaniah was the son of Cushi, a native of Mount Sarabatha, from the tribe of Simeon. He lived and prophesied in the seventh century before Christ, at the time of Josiah the pious king of Judah (641-610 B.C.). Zephaniah was also a contemporary of the Prophets Jeremiah and Habakkuk. Having great humility and a pure mind raised to God, he was found worthy of the grace of God to discern the future. The prophet spoke boldly against the religious and moral corruption, … [Read more...]

St. Nicholas Celebration December 5

Mark you calendars for the St. Nicholas Day Celebration Tuesday December 5, 2017. We will begin with Divine Liturgy at 6:00pm (note time!) followed by a presentation on the real Santa Clause (hint: it was really a bishop from Myra in the fourth century) for the children. All children should attend! The program will be for them including a surprise at the end. … [Read more...]

St. Peter Newsletter November 22, 2017

Twenty-fifth Sunday after PentecostThirteenth Sunday of Luke Venerable Alypios the Stylite of Adrianople; Nikon the Preacher of Repentance; Venerable Stylianos of Paphlagonia; New-martyr George of Chios; Repose of Innocent, first bishop of Irkutsk Venerable Alypios the Stylite of Adrianople Our holy Father Alypios was born in the city of Adrianople in the province of Paphlagonia during the reign of Heraclius (610-41). When he was only three his father died, and his mother placed him in the care of Bishop Theodore to study sacred literature and to be brought up for the service … [Read more...]

St. Peter Newsletter November 14 — The Prophet Obadiah, Presentation of the Theotokos Liturgy, Thanksgiving Liturgy, St. Nicholas Celebration, Christmas Fast Begins, more…

Twenty-fourth Sunday after PentecostNinth Sunday of Luke The Holy Prophet Obadiah The Prophet Obadiah The Holy Prophet Obadiah [or Abdia] is the fourth of the Twelve Minor Prophets, and he lived during the ninth century B.C. He was from the village of Betharam, near Sichem, and he served as steward of the impious Israelite King Ahab. In those days the whole of Israel had turned away from the true God and had begun to offer sacrifice to Baal, but Obadiah faithfully served the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob in secret. When Ahab’s wife, the impious and dissolute … [Read more...]

St. Peter Newsletter November 7, 2017 — St. John the Almsgiver, Supporting Toys for Tots and NAMI, Synaxis of the Archangels and St. Nektarios Liturgies, Wisdom from the Elders, more…

Eighth Sunday of Luke Who Was John the Almsgiver, Patriarch of Alexandria St. John the Merciful John was born in Amathus on Cyprus c. 550 to the patrician Epiphanius, a governor of the island. He married and had children, but was a widower when he was called to become patriarch of Alexandria on the recommendation of his friend, the city's imperial prefect Nicetas. John was remarkable for his almsgiving or mercy (??e?µ?s??? in Greek, hence his title ??e?µ??). To someone who was astounded at his generosity he recounted a vision he had seen in his youth in which Compassion … [Read more...]

St. Raphael of Brooklyn Liturgy and Church Clean Up Day, Saturday, November 4

St. Raphael of Brooklyn Divine Liturgy begins at 9am on Saturday, November 4. Church clean up begins following Divine Liturgy, around 10am. Who Was St. Raphael of Brooklyn? St. Raphael was born on or near the Synaxis of the Archangels, November 8, 1860, to pious Orthodox Damascenes, Michael and Mariam Hawaweeny. Due to the violent persecution of the Christians of Damascus in July, 1860, which saw the martyrdom of the Hawaweeny family's parish priest, the New- Hieromartyr Joseph of Damascus, and hundreds of their neighbors (all are commemorated on July 10), Michael and his pregnant … [Read more...]