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...]

St. Peter Newsletter — March 11, 2013

Memorial Prayers for our Loved Ones this Sunday Since we cannot do Saturday of the Souls because we don't have a permanent worship space yet, we will memorialize our loved ones following the Divine Liturgy this Sunday. Place bring a list of the names of family members you would like remembered. We will have a table prepared for kollyva. Pot Luck on Clean Monday — March 18 at Hunter's Ridge On Monday, March 18 we will mark the beginning of Lent with a pot-luck dinner at Hunter's Ridge, the development where Bill and Mary Copeland live (get directions). The pot luck starts at … [Read more...]

Reminder: Vespers at St. Paul’s on Friday, March 8.

Reminder: Vespers and Talk by Bp. Anthony on Friday, March 8 at 6:30pm Don't forget the Vesper Service for the St. Paul Founder's Day weekend on Friday, March 8 starting at 6:30pm (get directions to St. Paul's). Many of you may remember Bp. Anthony who gave the sermon at the consecration of the St. Paul Church last year. He is an inspiring and engaging speaker. Bp. Anthony will give a talk following the Vesper Service. Refreshments will be served. You can read more about Bp. Anthony on the Antiochian Archdiocese website. Reminder: Bible Study Tuesday Evening Also, don't forget Bible … [Read more...]

St. Peter Newsletter – February 27, 2013

C.S. Lewis These are some quotes from C.S. Lewis. While not an Orthodox Christian, Lewis was thoroughly Orthodox in his thinking and experience with God. He who has God and everything else has no more than he who has God only.” “At present we are on the outside of the world, the wrong side of the door. We discern the freshness and purity of morning, but they do not make us fresh and pure. We cannot mingle with the splendors we see. But all the leaves of the New Testament are rustling with the rumor that it will not always be so. Some day, God willing, we shall get in.” … [Read more...]

Pot Luck Dinner – March 19, 2013

Pot Luck Dinner -- Monday March 18, 2003 Mark you calendar for our March Pot Luck! Location: Hunters Ridge Golf Community Take the Bonita Beach Road exit (Exit 116) of I 75. Go east on block on right. Get Map Time: 5:30pm - 8:30pm … [Read more...]

St. Peter Newsletter — February 18, 2013

Bible Study Tuesday at 7pm at the Hansens Bible studiy resumes this Tuesday, February 19 at John and Frieda Hansen’s home starting and 7pm (get map). We will continue our study of the book of John. Mark you calendars and bring your questions. If you have a friend who would like to attend bring them along! Visit to Anatole and Linda Kurdsjuk Yesterday about 15 people went to visit Anatole and Linda Kurdsjuk at their home for lunch. Linda, always the gracious hostess, served us a great lunch and it was a rich three hours of friendship and fellowship. Anatole has been home-bound since his … [Read more...]

St. Peter Newsletter – February 1, 2012

Quotations from St. John of Kronstadt St. John was a Russian Orthodox priest who lived from 1829-1908. He is much loved because of his practical wisdom especially concerning prayer. "Prayer for others is very beneficial to the man himself who prays; it purifies the heart, strengthens faith and hope in God, and arouses love for God and our neighbor." "There is nothing impossible unto those who believe; lively and unshaken faith can accomplish great miracles in the twinkling of an eye. Besides, even without our sincere and firm faith, miracles are accomplished, such as the miracles of the … [Read more...]

St. Peter Newsletter — January 23, 2013

Atheism and Christianity Many people debate atheism and Christianity. The dividing line always crystallizes around the question: What can we really know to be true and real? The atheist says that all a person can really be sure about is what can be measured. In other words, if you can't put something into a test tube or look at it under a microscope or measure it in some other way, then it not true or real. An atheist says since you can't do that with God, then God must be an imaginary being. The Christian is free to believe in God, but it really is no different that believing in Santa … [Read more...]

St. Peter Newsletter — January 9, 2013

The Prayer of the Heart We all know about the Jesus Prayer: Lord Jesus Son of God, have mercy on me a sinner. What we forget sometimes is how powerful this prayer really is. It's a great to jump start prayer. There are times we know we should pray but we forget, or sometimes it is even hard to do. The Jesus Prayer helps us with that. It is kind of like exercise. It is hard to get back into the routine of exercise once you have broken it. All the intentions are there, but it is always hard to start where you left off. The trick to not stopping altogether however is to start again slowly … [Read more...]

St. Peter Newsletter — January 3, 2013

Progress in the Relocation Fund 2013 promises to be a good year for St. Peter's. Our plan is to raise $50,000 to find a more permanent location. We want to make sure we can meet our expenses for at least one year given the poor economy and the financial pressures this places on all of us. So far we have raised over $40,000. This is very good news. We thank everyone who has contributed and invite anyone else who would like to be a part of the St. Peter journey to join us. Our vision for St. Peter's as we defined it during our discussions last month is this: We want St. Peter's to be a … [Read more...]