St. Peter Newsletter — Pentecost

Sunday of Pentecost This Sunday we celebrate the Pentecost -- the "50 Days" after the Resurrection of Christ. Pentecost is when the Holy Spirit first came down on the disciples and then on the people. It is the final step of Christ's salvation for us. To understand this we have to back into the scriptures a bit. It starts with Adam and Eve. Adam was created to know God, to live in Him, to experience His love, power, wisdom -- to have real communion with God. Then Adam sinned. But why did he sin? Well, if we remember the book of Genesis he sinned when the serpent (who represents the devil) … [Read more...]

St. Peter Epistle — Ascension Liturgy at St. Paul’s, Wednesday Eve, May 23, 2012 at 6:30pm

Don't forget that on Wednesday evening, May 23, 2012 we will celebrate the Liturgy of the Ascension of our Lord and Savior Jesus starting at 6:30pm at St. Paul's (get map). This Liturgy official mark the end of the Paschal season (no more "Christos Anesti!" -- it sure went fast, didn't it?). Next stop is Pentecost where we await the descent of the Holy Spirit. A couple of points to remember. The Second Person of the Trinity -- the Son of God -- took on human nature at the Incarnation, when the Holy Spirit overshadowed Mary. He was born (that is how we know Him as Jesus), … [Read more...]

St. Peter Newsletter – May 1, 2012

Christ is Risen! Here's how we frame the question, at least at first: How do I keep the special feeling I had during Holy Week and Pascha? Here's the question we really should ask: Is the sense I had of being closer to God just something I experience during Holy Week and Pascha? Here's the answer: No. The scriptures are very clear: "Draw near to God and He will draw near to you" (James 4:8). The reason we feel closer to God is because we are closer to God during Holy Week. All the preparation and special obligations that required us to put aside our normal routines … [Read more...]

Fr. Hans speaks about the “New Atheists” on ‘Ancient Faith Today’ [AUDIO]

The "New Atheists" -Fr. Hans is involved in a live, call-in program on Ancient Faith Radio that deals with contemporary issues. From the 'Ancient Faith Today' site: Ancient Faith Today is what Ancient Faith Radio and Orthodox Internet radio have been missing—a live inter-active conversation program. Now that void has been filled! Ancient Faith Today streams live, with call-ins from around the world, twice a month on Sunday nights at 5:00pm Pacific/7:00pm Central/8:00pm Eastern on Ancient Faith Radio Talk. View more information 'Ancient Faith Today' website including a schedule of upcoming … [Read more...]

Epiphany Liturgy on Jan 5 at 6pm at St. Paul’s

We will join with St. Paul's Orthodox Church (get map) on the Eve of Epiphany on January 5, 2012, for Divine Liturgy and the blessing of the waters. Liturgy begins at 6pm.We will also do the shorter blessing of the waters this Sunday following Divine Liturgy at our usual place of worship at the Holiday Inn (get map).Have a blessed and grace-filled New Year.Fr. Hans … [Read more...]

Bible Study begins Tuesday, October 25 at 7pm

Our bible study resumes Tuesday, October 25 at 7pm at the home of John and Frieda Hansen (get map). We will continue with the book of John where we left off in the spring. The studies are open to everyone and held every other week. They were well attended last year and you are invited. We will hold them every other week. We pick up at John 14. … [Read more...]

Supporting our missionary

St. Peter's sends $25 each month to Michael Pegadus, missionary in Tanzania. Barbara Zeena made the first donation on the month of her birthday. The Copelands, Jarvis and Long Families have made a donation through October -- all to mark the month on their birthdays. If you would like to give a donation to help it would greatly be appreciated. $25 might not seem like much, but it goes a long way in Tanzania and Michael his sent us his gratitude for our support. You can keep up with Michael on his blog at the Orthodox Christian Mission Center. Here is a video of the welcome the missionaries … [Read more...]

Stewardship forms for 2012

Once again it is time to renew our stewardship commitment for next year, 2012. Please prayerfully consider how you can support St. Peter in the coming year. You can download and print the forms here, and mail or bring them to church. … [Read more...]

Christmas Card Sign-Up

Once again you can help sponsor our the St. Peter Parish Christmas card. This is a great way to offer your best wishes to other members of our parish family and support your church at the same time. Kindly print out the form below and give it to Mary Copeland or Mary Jarvis or mail it to the address provided. Suggested minimum donation is $15. We want to thank Fr. Anthony Salzman of Image and Likeness Iconography who designed the beautiful card and is providing them to us at cost. Christmas Card Sign-up St. Peter Orthodox Mission P.O. Box 110844 Naples, Fl. 34109 Name(s) to appear on … [Read more...]

Monthy Pot-Luck Fellowship – Sign up now

Our fledgling parish wants more fellowship so we decided to start holding monthly pot-luck dinners where we can spend time together and get to know each other better. Our first will be hosted by Bob and Mary Jarvis (get map) on Saturday, October 29 starting at 4pm. The theme is Italian. Please sign up at church to bring an appetizer, entree, salad, bread, or dessert or contact us through the website. Please put number of individuals that will be attending. If we get too many breads and desserts we will call to ask you to make something else. We may need you to bring something to drink. … [Read more...]