St. Peter Newsletter — June 28, 2013

Report on Finding a Permanent Site for St. Peter's Progress is being made on looking for a permanent site for our parish. We know that this is the next step because it will provide us the stability that we need to continue our growth. We are looking at several locations and when the Parish Council makes a decision they will offer their report to the parish. We have several things to remember. The goal and focus of St. Peter's is to establish a worshiping community where we pray for and help each other. We are open to anyone seeking Christ. We will accept anyone who the Lord brings … [Read more...]

CORRECTION: No Ascension Liturgy on June 12, 2013

There will be NO Ascension Liturgy on June 12, 2013 as reported in the newsletter. … [Read more...]

St. Peter Newsletter — June 10, 2013

Want to Learn More About Our Orthodox Faith? Did you know that Ancient Faith Radio is a great resource to learn about our Orthodox Faith. It can be a bit daunting on your first visit so let me make a few recommendations. 1) Fr. Thomas Hopko. Fr. Hopko runs a series called "Speaking the Truth in Love." He is the former Dean of St. Vladimir's Seminary and one of the clearest teachers and best speakers on the Orthodox faith. 2) Ancient Faith Today. This is a live series (previous programs available) that deals with Orthodoxy and culture. Topics are of current interest. Fr. Hans is part of the … [Read more...]

St. Peter Newsletter — June 6, 2013

The Vision of St. Peter's Mission From time to time it is good to remember why St. Peter's was established. St. Peter's seeks to reach out to anyone who desires to come into a deeper relationship with our Lord and Jesus Christ within the framework of our Orthodox Christian faith. We seek to serve our Savior by loving our neighbor in accord with the two great commandments: love God and neighbor. That means we support each other, but that we also offer the gifts given to us to anyone who might be seeking Him. And because we understand that mission to others is central to the Christian life, … [Read more...]

St. Peter Newsletter — May 29, 2013

Current Addresses for Bob Smith, Anatole Kurdsjuk, and Jeremiah Tewis Several parishioners have asked for current addresses for our St. Peter's parishioners who we are praying for so they could send them a card: Anatole and Linda Kurdsjuk 470 Dawn Drive North Fort Myers, FL 33904 Dylan Jeremiah Tewis Resident Center Apt #509 2020 Peachtree Road NW Altanta, GA 30309 Please note that Jeremiah's address is new. He is now in outpatient therapy for a month of so. Fr. Hans will be visiting him this week. Bob and Jane Smith Address Coming The Living Waters of Mid-Pentecost By Fr. Stephen … [Read more...]

St. Peter Newsletter – May 22, 2013

Update on Jeremiah Tewis Jeremiah is progressing very well. Next week he begins outpatient therapy. This consists of 5 hours or so of rehabilitation every day, usually in the mornings. Afternoons are free. The doctors anticipate that this should take four or five weeks. After that he returns to Naples. Recovery continues and should take anywhere from six to twelve months after that. We are of course very grateful for his healing so far. Much of this is due to the fervent prayers of those who love Jeremiah (including Elder Paisios who has brought miracles to brain injured patients in … [Read more...]

St. Peter Epistle — April 30, 2013

Jeremiah Tewis Update Jeremiah is getting better. He is undergoing extensive therapy at the Shepherd Center in Atlanta, Georgia, a facility that specializes in injuries of the type Jeremiah suffered. He will be in Atlanta for at least a month and perhaps longer. I speak to him on the phone almost daily. Therapy is intensive and rigorous but he is in good hands. However, we have to remain vigilant in our prayers for him because he still has a way to go. I can't stress this enough. Healing takes time and our Lord is involved in the process. We pray too that the doctors and other caregivers … [Read more...]

St. Peter Newsletter — April 24, 2013

Palm Sunday Brunch this Sunday St. Peter's will hold a Palm Sunday Brunch immediately following Divine Liturgy this Sunday, April 28. Cut off for tickets is this Wednesday (tomorrow). Please call or email Mary Jarvis if you plan to attend (239-263-9292, jamjar4mb@gmail.com). Ticket price is $20. Katina Protopapadakis has graciously donated all of the fish and is directing the cooking and luncheon. Other parishioners will bring salad, drinks, and so forth. The full price of your ticket will be donated to the Tewis family to help them offset some of the costs of Jeremiah's hospitalization. If … [Read more...]

St. Peter Newsletter – April 15, 2013

Palm Sunday Fish Brunch / Jeremiah Tewis Fundraiser On Palm Sunday, April 28 St. Peter's will hold a Fish Brunch following the Divine Liturgy at the hotel in our suite. Tickets are $15/person with the full proceeds going to help the Tewis family offset some of their medical expenses. Tickets must be bought by April 21 so we know how much food to buy. You can give your check to Mary Jarvis or mail it to: St. Peter Orthodox Mission, P.O. Box 110844, Naples, FL 34108. The Fifth Sunday of Lent — St. Mary of Egypt St Mary was born in Egypt. She had left her parents at the age of … [Read more...]

St. Peter Newsletter – March 22, 2013

Reminder: Orthodoxy 101 Don't forget that Orthodoxy 101 begins this Sunday at St. Paul's at 6:30pm. The first session will start with Vespers with the class immediately following. Sunday of Orthodoxy (Sections below are taken from the GOA Website.) The Sunday of Orthodoxy is the first Sunday of Great Lent. The dominant theme of this Sunday since 843 has been that of the victory of the icons. In that year the iconoclastic controversy, which had raged on and off since 726, was finally laid to rest, and icons and their veneration were restored on the first Sunday in Lent. Ever since, … [Read more...]