Thank you from the “Two Mary’s”

Co-Chairs Mary Houlares Copeland and Mary Jarvis would like to thank all that gave of their time and donations for the 1st White Elephant Sale for our parish. It was a tremendous success. We made $1,100 for St Peter's Mission Church. A special thanks to Robert Jarvis and Bill Copeland for helping set up, take down and deliver the goods to these organizations. We were able to help 4 other local charities as well, NAMI, National Alliance for Mental Illness, that services individuals from Lee and Collier county, The Lions Club of Bonita Springs, Dress For Success, this organization helps … [Read more...]

“The Monks of Mt. Athos” Featured on 60 Minutes

This Sunday, on Pascha, CBS is airing a program on the Orthodox monasteries and monks of Mt. Athos! Don't miss this important program! NEW YORK, NY [GOARCH] -- The Holy Mountain Athos, which for over 1000 years has been a sanctuary of Orthodox Christian monasticism, and which is directly under the spiritual jurisdiction of His All Holiness, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, will be featured on the CBS News program “60 Minutes”, scheduled to air on Pascha Sunday. The segment, “The Monks of Mount Athos,” will recount 60 Minutes Correspondent Bob Simon’s journey to a remote peninsula in … [Read more...]

White Elephant Sale

St. Peter Orthodox Mission White Elephant Sale When? Saturday and Sunday, April 9-10 from 9am - 3pm Where? Sunshine Plaza, 9220 Bonita Beach Rd, Bonita Springs, FL (1/2 mile east of US 41 on Bonita Beach Road (get map) next to Zorba's Restaurant) Lots of good items, housewares, furniture, and more. Great bargains. Need more info? Care to help?Please call Mary Jarvis (239-263-9292) or Mary Copeland (239-498-1331). Have something to donate? Please give us a call. All proceeds benefit St. Peter Orthodox Missionwww.stpeterorthodoxchurch.com239-248-4775 One man's trash is another man's … [Read more...]

Frederica interviews Fr. Hans Jacobse [AUDIO]

After my debate in Maryland a few months ago, I had breakfast with Presbytera Frederica Mathews-Green who interviewed me about the debate. Presbytera Frederica is an author and speaker in the larger Orthodox world. You can see her website here. From Ancient Faith: Frederica Mathewes-Green interviews Fr. Hans Jacobse about a formal debate he had with atheist Matthew Dillahunty regarding morality. She also shares a recipe for vegan pancakes! [audio:http://audio.ancientfaith.com/frederica/fhn_2011-01-06.mp3] Podcast courtesy of Ancient Faith Radio. … [Read more...]

St. Peter Epistle — February 6, 2001

Mark Your Calendars! On Sunday, March 6, 2011, Dr. Zanos Grekos will be speaking to us on his work with adult stem cell research. Dr. Grekos is a pioneer in adult stem cell research and his talk will leave you amazed at what he and his staff are doing in bringing more healing into the world. We'll have more information in the next few days, but we will follow the same format that we used when Anatole Kurdsjuk gave his talk on "The Long Walk Home." We will celebrate Liturgy, have brunch in the hotel restaurant, and then return for the talk and discussion. More details soon. Hope to see … [Read more...]

St. Peter Epistle — January 4, 2011

Epiphany Liturgy Tomorrow (January 5, 2011) We have received an invitation from St. Paul's (get map) to attend the Epiphany Vesperal Liturgy starting at 7pm. It will be followed by a blessing of the waters. As I mentioned on Sunday, the true season of Christmas is the 12 days between Christmas and Epiphany. We see the birth of Christ, and then we see the beginning of Christ's public ministry. The Gospel readings switch to Mark who shows us in concrete terms that Christ is the conqueror over death and evil, and that by our baptism and the power of the Holy Spirit offered to us through it, we … [Read more...]

Sign up for our parish Christmas Card

You can support St. Peter's and wish your fellow parishioners a very Merry Christmas too!. Sign up for our parish Christmas Card. For a donation of $15 (or more if you would like), you can add your name to a beautiful card with an original icon written by Fr. Anthony Salzman. Fr. Anthony has graciously offered the cards for cost to help our mission. We will mail to card to all signers right before Christmas. What a great way to support St. Peter Mission and offer your best wishes to your friends this Christmas. To sign up please send you name along with a check for $15.00 to: St. Peter … [Read more...]

OCF to Present Interfaith Debate at University of Maryland

From the Antiochian Archdiocese website. The Orthodox Christian Fellowship of UMBC, in collaboration with the Secular Student Association of UMBC, is excited to present to the campus community and the general public a debate entitled, “The Source of Human Morality: Interfaith Debate.” How do we define morality? Do people need God to be moral? If not, where do our morals come from? Are good works behavioral, biological, or biblical? What does it mean to be human? The Secular Student Alliance at UMBC and the Orthodox Christian Fellowship at UMBC have come together to present a debate on the … [Read more...]

Patriarch Celebrates Historic Liturgy in Ancient Monastery

Orthodox Christians held the first Divine Liturgy in almost 90 years at an ancient monastery on the side of a Turkish mountain Sunday, after the government allowed worship there in a gesture toward religious minorities. At least 1,500 pilgrims, including from Greece and Russia, traveled to the Byzantine-era monastery of Sumela for the service led by Patriarch Bartholomew I, the spiritual leader of the world's Orthodox Christians. The Islamic-oriented government, which is aiming to expand freedoms as part of its bid to join the European Union, has said worship can take place at the … [Read more...]

Vesperal Liturgy at St. Paul’s on September 7 at 6:30pm

I apologize for this late notice but I was informed earlier today that a Vesperal Liturgy commemorating the Nativity of the Theotokos will be held at St. Paul Antiochian Church tomorrow, Tuesday, September 7 at 6:30pm (get map to St. Paul's). Some background (from: Orthodoxwiki): The Nativity of the Theotokos is one of the Great Feasts of the Orthodox Church, celebrated on September 8. The Holy Virgin and Theotokos Mary was born to elderly and previously barren parents by the names of Joachim and Anna, in answer to their prayers. Orthodox Christians do not hold to the Roman Catholic … [Read more...]