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...]

St. Peter Newsletter July 27, 2012

When man forgets God, he will believe in anything If you are like me, it is hard to put the Colorado shootings out of mind. This act, while certainly the act of a very distressed and disturbed person, also touches on a deeper cultural sickness. Something is wrong but it is hard to put our finger on exactly what it is. There are a lot of ways to analyze this. One is that young men are not learning how to be adult men (true). Another is that Hollywood has too much violence in their movies (true). A third is that our culture is in moral decline (true). Another is that parents have given up the … [Read more...]

St. Peter Newsletter — June 29, 2012

Feast Day of St. Peter and Paul Today is the Feast Day of St. Peter and Paul. St. Peter as we know was the first bishop of Antioch and then moved to Rome. St. Paul was the "apostle born out of due season" which means he was not an original disciple but was called to be an apostle after the resurrection of Christ. St. Peter was the brother of Andrew, also an apostle of Jesus. Peter stayed in Antioch for seven years where he helped establish the Church. The Christians fled to Antioch when they underwent persecution by the Jews in Jerusalem. It was in Antioch where the believers were first … [Read more...]

St. Peter Newsletter – June 22, 2012

We Do What We Can, But When We Do It for Each Other a Lot Gets Done The response to help Yianni and Lucia help pack up their restaurant was good. A lot got done Thursday and they are very appreciative for the help. Those who came could, and it helped lighten Yianni and Lucia's load. We do what we can, but when enough of us do it, tangible good is the result. Not everyone could help of course, and that is understandable. Work, family, and other obligations all keep us busy. But those of us who could help did help, and so the commandment of Christ was kept and the people who needed our help … [Read more...]