St. Peter Newsletter — November 27, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone! Thanksgiving is one of the few Christian holidays that America celebrates. It goes back to the founding of our country when the early settlers thanked God for their bounty and protection. The history is rich and worth remembering. Fr. George Morelli, a priest in the Antiochian Church wrote an essay explaining these points called, "Thanksgiving, Our National Holy Day" (click title to read the article). Fr. Thomas Hopko, the retired President of St. Vladimir's Seminary, recorded a podcast a while back that also discusses how to give thanks to God. You may … [Read more...]

Fr. Thomas Hopko: A Deeper Level of Thanksgiving [AUDIO]

Fr. Tom encourages us to remember the place of gratitude and thanksgiving in the Christian life and tells us how we can go deeper and higher into the meaning of gratitude. [audio: http://audio.ancientfaith.com/hopko/stt_2008-11-24.mp3] … [Read more...]

Divine Liturgy Wednesday, November 20 at 6:30pm

St. Paul's (get map) will be offering a Vesperal Liturgy commemorating the Entrance of the Theotokos, at 6:30pm on Wednesday, November 20. From Orthodoxwiki: The Entrance of the Theotokos into the Temple, also called The Presentation, is one of the Great Feasts of the Orthodox Church, celebrated on November 21. According to Tradition, the Virgin Mary was taken —presented—by her parents Joachim and Anna into the Jewish Temple in Jerusalem as a young girl, where she lived and served as a Temple virgin until her betrothal to St. Joseph. One of the earliest sources of this tradition is … [Read more...]

St. Peter Newsletter — November 20, 2013

New St. Peter's Website is Done! Go and see our new look. If you have any suggestions let us know! Bible Study this Tuesday, November 19 at the Hansen’s Bible studies continue this Tuesday, November 19 at Tom and Frieda Hansen’s home starting at 7pm (get map). We will begin a study in the book of Luke. If you have a friend who would like to attend bring them along! Next scheduled bible study (after this one) is on Tuesday, December 3 at the home of Jack and Angela Long get map. Time to Sign-Up for the Parish Christmas Card Once again you can help … [Read more...]

St. Peter Newsletter — November 13, 2013

Bishop Antoun to Visit St. Peter's on December 15 His Grace Bishop Antoun will be making his first pastoral visit to St. Peter's on Sunday, December 17. Plan to come! He has been looking forward to this visit for quite a while. We will have plenty of time to talk to him, ask him questions, and so forth. He will arrive on Saturday and meet with the Parish Council on Saturday evening. On Sunday he will preside over the Divine Liturgy. Afterwards we will have a brunch/luncheon at the hotel where we can get to know our Bishop and he can get to know us. Cost for the lunch is $20. … [Read more...]

St. Peter Newsletter — October 30, 2013

Garage Sale — Saturday November 9, 2013 Peggy Mazeras is hosting a garage sale on Saturday, November 9 at her home - 3656 McComb Lane, Bonita Springs, FL 34135 (get map). If you have items you need to get rid of please deliver them on Friday, November 1 between 9am-3pm. A portion of the proceeds will go to St. Peter's. Alternative drop-off times can be arranged. If you have questions please call Peggy at 239-2497-5995. Georgian Metropolitan to Visit Naples Metropolitan Nicholas, an Orthodox Metropolitan from Georgia (the country bordering Turkey and Armenia) will be giving a … [Read more...]

Vesperal Liturgy for the Transfiguration on August 5, 2013

Our sister parish St. Paul's will hold the Vesperal Liturgy for the Feast of the Transfiguration on Monday, August 5, 2013 starting at 6:30pm (get map). Learn more about the Feast of Transfiguration from Fr. Thomas Hopko on Ancient Faith Radio: Transfiguration - The Center of the Evangelical Narrative … [Read more...]

Anatole Kurdsjuk – May His Memory Be Eternal

Anatole Kurdsjuk — May His Memory Be Eternal Visitation for Anatole Kurdsjuk will be held at at the Harvey Englehardt Funeral Home on Thursday, August 1, from 7pm-9pm. The funeral home is located at 1600 Colonial Avenue in Fort Myers (get map). Trisagion prayers will be held at 8:45pm officiated by Fr. Hans Jacobse. Obituary for Anatol Kurdsjuk (From the Harvery Englehardt website) Anatole “Tony” Kurdsjuk, 78, of North Fort Myers, FL, quietly shook off the clothes of this life and went home to be with his Lord on July 26, 2013. Born November 2, 1934 in Mariupol, USSR … [Read more...]

St. Peter Newsletter — July 22, 2013

Fr. Hans in Houston I am in Houston this week from Tuesday to Saturday (July 23-27) attending the Antiochian Convention. Visit our Facebook Page St. Peter's has started a Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/StPeterOrthodoxChurch Sayings from From Elder Paisios Whether we pray for ourselves or for others, the prayer must be from the heart. The problems of others should become our problems. You have to prepare for prayer. Read a bit of the Gospel or the Gerontiko and then pray. It requires an attempt to take the mind to the divine space. Study is like a gift which God gives us to … [Read more...]

St. Peter Newsletter – July 7, 2013

What Happened to the Signers of the Declaration of Independence? Religious liberty like any kind of liberty, carries a cost. We need to be grateful for the people who signed the Declaration of Independence that gave us our liberty. We have to be prepared to defend it too if necessary. 1. Five signers were captured by the British as traitors, and tortured before they died. 2. Twelve had their homes ransacked and burned. 3. Two lost their sons serving in the Revolutionary Army; another had two sons captured. 4. Nine of the 56 fought and died from wounds or hardships of the Revolutionary … [Read more...]