St. Peter Newsletter — October 27, 2012

The Upcoming Election Every time election season rolls around I think about the American Founding Fathers. It is almost a miracle that men of their caliber and foresight emerged in what was really a backwater outpost to craft the Declaration of Independence and the US Constitution. Did you know that all the refugee movements of the last century were directed to American shores? Or that America still represents freedom and hope to countless people around the world? For that matter think of our own parents or grandparents. Why did they come to America? So whoever your candidate might be, … [Read more...]

St. Peter Newsletter — October 19, 2012

Bible Study Starts for 2013 We will begin our 2013 bible studies on Thursday, November 1, 15, and 29. We chose Thursday because we could not find a home that could host on Tuesdays. We will meet at the home of Jack and Angela Long at 204 Cheshire Way, Naples, FL 34110 (in the Audubon neighborhood, entrance on Vanderbilt Drive) -- get map. Spread the word and invite your friends! Rummage Sale Continues Hang on to those treasures sitting out in the garage! St. Peter's is holding its annual rummage sale. When? Saturday 9am - 4pm on October 20, and 27. Sunday 12pm - 3pm on October … [Read more...]

St. Peter Newsletter — October 5, 2012

Keeping our Minds Clear When pressures mount, as they do for most of us these days, it is very important to keep our minds clear. Difficulties, especially when they portend an uncertain future, can be difficult to bear. We pray, try to trust in God, but often are afflicted by worry, anxiety, and fear. Often we try to do the right thing, but it just does not seem like anything is changing. If we try to keep the anxiety within ourselves, sometimes we find that it just seems to grow and grow no matter how often we pray. Sometimes we start questioning what we did to deserve the hardship. Other … [Read more...]

St. Peter Newsletter, September 27, 2012

St. Peter Rummage Sale Hang on to those treasures sitting out in the garage! St. Peter's is holding its annual rummage sale. When? Saturday 10am - 4pm on October 13, 20, and 27. Sunday 12pm - 3pm on October 14 and 21. Where? The Sunshine Shopping Center, about 1/2 mile east of 41 on Bonita Beach Road on the north side of the street (get map). The space will be near Zorba's Restaurant. Look for the signs. Where do I bring my treasures? We would be grateful if you could drop off your treasures on Saturday, October 12. If you have treasures but can't get there, please call Mary Copeland … [Read more...]

St. Peter Newsletter – September 1, 2012

We Live in a Great Country Watching the Republican Convention this week (I've always watched both conventions since I was very young), I always leave thankful that I am an American. Reasonable people can reasonably disagree about many things — including who they will vote for, but that we can disagree and still elect a new leader is something to be grateful for. Russell Kirk, a brilliant American philosopher, taught that religion is the ground of culture. What he meant was that how people believe eventually shapes the kind of society that build for themselves. If religion wanes, the … [Read more...]

ST. PETER’S NEWS LETTER – AUGUST 11, 2012

Summer is Winding Down... ...and there is not much news to report. This summer however has been good for St. Peter's. Attendance was better than it has every been, and the core — our self-identity — has strengthened. As we rely on the Lord for His leading we are developing into a Church where we care and pray for each other. As long as this remains our priority, our chief reason for coming together where we find God so that we can support one another, our efforts will be blessed. It goes back to the two great commandments found in scripture: Love God with all your heart, soul, … [Read more...]

St. Peter’s News Letter – August 11, 2012

The Dormition of the Theotokos The Dormition of the the Theotokos According to Orthodox Tradition, Mary died like all humanity, "falling asleep," so to speak, as the name of the feast indicates. She died as all people die, not "voluntarily" as her Son, but by the necessity of her mortal human nature which is indivisibly bound up with the corruption of this world. The feast was added to the Roman calendar in the seventh century as the Dormitio. In the eighth century, the title was changed to the Assumptio (Assumption). The Apostles were miraculously summoned to this event, and all were … [Read more...]

St. Peter Newsletter — August 3, 2012

A Tip about Prayer in Times of Trouble Prayer is a deep mystery. We don't really understand how it works, yet we know that it does. Sometimes it works in very powerful ways. Sometimes it is hard to pray, especially when we are overcome with trouble and filled with fear and anxiety. We try to pray but can't. I call that kind of prayer "wrestling with an elephant." How do we break the grip of fear and anxiety? By praying for others. And often just saying the name of the person is enough. "Lord, guard, protect, and help so and so." No, angelic trumpets won't sound. You probably won't feel any … [Read more...]

Dormition Fast Begins on August 1

The Theotokos, the Virgin Mary, was “blessed amongst women,” and she was chosen “to bear the Savior of our souls.” Orthodox Christians consider her to be the Queen of all the saints and angels. Knowing that she is eternally present at the throne of God interceding for mankind, we pray for her love, guidance, and protection. Every year the Orthodox Church sets aside the first fourteen days of August in honor of the Virgin Mary. This fast period is climaxed on August 15th, when the Church gathers to celebrate the Great Feast of the Dormition (Falling-Asleep) of the Theotokos. More resources … [Read more...]

Enjoy the Smiles!

Anthea Tuefel, a parishioner of St. Peter's, loves children. She volunteers at the Children's Hospital in Fort Myers. When Anthea was passing out stuffed bears last week she heard, as she put it, "a little voice telling her bring some of the toys to church on Sunday to give to the kids." They sure liked them. Thank you Anthea! … [Read more...]