St. Peter Epistle — February 17, 2010

Lenten Services As announced last Sunday, we will be following the Lenten liturgical schedule of our sister parish, St. Paul Antiochian Orthodox Church. Basically this consists of Wednesday Pre-Sanctified Liturgy at 7:00pm, and Friday Salutations at 7:00pm. You can see the full schedule on the calendar at the St. Peter website. Sunday of Orthodoxy The Sunday of Orthodoxy Vesper Service will be held at St. Paul's (map) this coming Sunday, February 21, 2010, starting at 5:00pm. On this day all the Orthodox worshipers from different Orthodox parish meet to celebrate this day. Fr. Hans will … [Read more...]

St. Peter Epistle — January 28, 2010

Preparing for Lent We heard the second clang of the bell last Sunday when we learned about the Publican and Pharisee in our scripture reading. The bell is telling us to prepare for Lent, get ourselves ready for this time of fasting, repentance, and giving alms. It's hard to run a race without warming up first. Lent is the same way. We ready ourselves for Lent by gearing up for the demands it requires. "Demands" seems like a strong word, but you don't win a race unless you run it. Our life in Christ, says St. Paul, is like a race. It takes preparation and practice to reach the finish … [Read more...]

Bible Study starts this Tuesday

Bible Study Starts This Tuesday Our bible study begins this Tuesday evening at 7pm at the home of Jack and Angela Long. We will hold the study every other week. To get to the Longs: Take US 41-Tamiami Trail to Bonita Beach Road, go west to Vanderbilt Drive, go south for about 1 mile or so to the Audubon development on the right. Ask the guard for directions from there. You can also get a map. There has been a lot of interest and everyone is invited. You do not have to be a member of St. Peter Mission to attend. Bring your friends. Don't forget to bring your bible! One more reminder. … [Read more...]

CLARIFICATION: Theophany service begins at 7pm

CLARIFICATION: Theophany service begins at 7pm The Tuesday evening Epiphany Liturgy begins at 7pm. This is what I originally said but I also indicated that an Orthos would begin at 6pm. That was incorrect. Come at 7pm. Again, we will celebrate Epiphany with our sister parish, St. Paul Orthodox Church (get map) on Tuesday, January 5 at 7pm. The Appearances of the Virgin Mary in Egypt Yesterday after liturgy Connie Yanakopulos mentioned the appearances of the Virgin Mary over the Coptic Orthodox Cathedral in Egypt. You can find more information about that including a Youtube video at … [Read more...]

The Sunday before Theophany

The Sunday Before Theophany The Baptism of our Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ is an important Holy Day in our Orthodox Church. We also call that day "Theophany" which roughly translated means the "manifestation of God" (theos - God; phany - revealing, showing forth). On this day of Jesus' baptism He was revealed as the Son of God first in his person (the Son), second by the "Spirit in the form of a dove" (the Holy Spirit), and finally by the voice of the father (which "thundered") who said, "This is my beloved Son in whom I am well pleased." The baptism of Christ was the beginning of … [Read more...]

Looking Toward our Future

Where are we headed? After considerable discussion after Liturgy last Sunday here is what we want to see happen: Our goal is to develop a parish – by the grace of God and with His blessing – that develops in Christian community; a place where Christ can be found in our support and care for each other. The scripture is clear: In order to love God we must love each other, and in order to love each other, we must love God. Three things we need to do: Increase our outreach. We need to invite our friends and anyone else who is seeking a place to find God. There are a lot of disenfranchised … [Read more...]

Entrance of the Theotokos into the Temple

Dear Members and Friends of St. Peters, This Saturday we celebrate the feast day of the Entrance of the Theotokos into the Temple. We will join our sister parish, St. Paul Orthodox Church (get directions) at 6:30pm for a Vesperal Liturgy on Friday evening starting at 6:30. Fr. Hans will not be serving the Vesperal Liturgy that evening. Fr. Gleb of St. Demetrios Orthodox Church in South Naples (get directions) is out of town and Fr. Hans will substitute for him. The Divine Liturgy starts at 10:00am. There is something very special about stepping out of your routine and going to Church … [Read more...]

End of Summer Appeal

Dear Members and Friends of St. Peter Orthodox Mission, Summer is always a difficult time for parish finances and St. Peter's is no exception. While we are capable of holding our own and meeting our obligations for the most part, occasionally we have to dig a little deeper to support the parish. Now is one of those times. Would you be able to send a contribution to St. Peter's to help us pay our expenses? St. Peter's is a fledgling but growing mission. We have a very strong core group, a good stream of visitors, and great promise for growth. According to statistics that measure mission … [Read more...]

Artist Michael Moukios at the Promenade

Many of our parishioners know Michael Moukios from St. Katherine's and St. Paul's. For those of you who don't know Michael (or his lovely wife Catherine), read the biography below to learn more about Michael and his talents. Michael paints beautiful paintings and has a small studio set up at the Promenade (near E. Terry and 41 -- see map) Michael's first career in the arts was advertising and marketing, creating imagery for major department stores and major advertising firms in Manhattan. Throughout his 25-year career he never lost sight of his love for the fine arts. Now retired, Michael … [Read more...]

Chris Spina plays basketball

Chris Spina, treasurer of St. Peter Orthodox Mission, was featured on the front page of Naples Daily News yesterday. Chris is trying out for the basketball team at Ave Maria University where is also completing a degree. Congratulations Chris. Story follows: BONITA SPRINGS — A little over eight months ago, Bonita Springs resident Chris Spina had a revelation. At 53 years old and tipping the scales at more than 300 pounds, he knew he needed to make a change. But when he told friends and family of the change he had mind, he couldn’t blame them for being a little skeptical at first. That’s … [Read more...]