End of Summer Appeal

Dear Members and Friends of St. Peter Orthodox Mission, Summer is always a difficult time for parish finances and St. Peter's is no exception. While we are capable of holding our own and meeting our obligations for the most part, occasionally we have to dig a little deeper to support the parish. Now is one of those times. Would you be able to send a contribution to St. Peter's to help us pay our expenses? St. Peter's is a fledgling but growing mission. We have a very strong core group, a good stream of visitors, and great promise for growth. According to statistics that measure mission … [Read more...]

Artist Michael Moukios at the Promenade

Many of our parishioners know Michael Moukios from St. Katherine's and St. Paul's. For those of you who don't know Michael (or his lovely wife Catherine), read the biography below to learn more about Michael and his talents. Michael paints beautiful paintings and has a small studio set up at the Promenade (near E. Terry and 41 -- see map) Michael's first career in the arts was advertising and marketing, creating imagery for major department stores and major advertising firms in Manhattan. Throughout his 25-year career he never lost sight of his love for the fine arts. Now retired, Michael … [Read more...]

Chris Spina plays basketball

Chris Spina, treasurer of St. Peter Orthodox Mission, was featured on the front page of Naples Daily News yesterday. Chris is trying out for the basketball team at Ave Maria University where is also completing a degree. Congratulations Chris. Story follows: BONITA SPRINGS — A little over eight months ago, Bonita Springs resident Chris Spina had a revelation. At 53 years old and tipping the scales at more than 300 pounds, he knew he needed to make a change. But when he told friends and family of the change he had mind, he couldn’t blame them for being a little skeptical at first. That’s … [Read more...]

Holy Transfiguration Liturgy

St. Paul's Church will be serving a Vesperal Liturgy for the Feast of the Transfiguration at St. Paul's (Immokalee Road -- get directions) on Wednesday evening, August 5 at 6:30pm. All parishioners are invited (and encouraged) to attend this service marking a very important Feast Day. Also, mark you calendar for August 14, 6:30pm when St. Paul's will serve a Vesperal Liturgy for the Feast of the Dormition. From the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese website: The Feast of the Transfiguration of Our Lord, God and Savior Jesus Christ is celebrated each year on August 6. The feast commemorates the … [Read more...]

St. Peter Epistle – July 21, 09 — Thoughts on Sunday’s Discussion

After Liturgy last Sunday, we discussed that Jesus was not the founder of Christianity. Instead, Christ enables the Gentiles (us) to enter the commonwealth of Israel. This means that the promise of God given to Abraham that through him a Savior through whom all the nations of the world would be blessed applied not only to the children of Abraham, but to the whole world. St. Paul discusses this extensively in the book of Romans. The Church is now the “New Israel” and we look to a “city not made with hands” but to a “heavenly Jerusalem.” A very good question was raised: how did Christianity … [Read more...]

St. Peter Epistle — July 1, 2009 Independence Day

We were created to be free On July 4 we celebrate the signing of the Declaration of Independence, a day we now understand as the founding of the United States of America. At the time, there was no guarantee that the brave men who declared independence from Britain would succeed. There were, for all purposes, signing their death warrants because if they failed, they would surely be hanged. But they did succeed and out of their efforts a new nation was born. And this nation, despite some grave moral inequities like slavery that would not be settled until years later at great cost to itself, … [Read more...]

St. Peter Orthodox Church featured in newspaper and website

The following article appeared on the web a few days ago. It will be published in the Estero/Bonita section of the Ft. Meyers News-Press newspaper on Friday, June 26, 2009. Orthodox Christian church starts in San Carlos Park BY CHRISTINA CEPERO • ccepero@news-press.com • June 11, 2009 Father Hans Jacobse welcomes all to his startup church, St. Peter Orthodox Mission, in San Carlos Park. “Our vision is just to reach out to anybody who is interested in Orthodox Christianity,” he said. “We’re reaching out to Christians who want a more substantial and deeper faith.” Jacobse gave the first … [Read more...]

St. Paul Orthodox Church invites all St. Peter friends and family to their summer barbecue!

When? Sunday, July 5 starting at noon. Where? St. Paul Antiochian Orthodox Church (Google map) (St. Paul website). Cost: Free! What do you need to do? Let St. Paul's know that you plan to attend before June 26. They need a count to know how many goodies to prepare. RSVP to St. Paul's at: (239) 348-0828 or send them an email at: stpaulaoc@embarqmail.com See you there! … [Read more...]

St. Peter Epistle — June 6, 2009

Saturday, June 6, 2009 Tomorrow we celebrate Pentecost. Pentecost (or "fifty days") was when the Holy Spirit descended upon the Apostles. This was the fulfillment of Christ's promise that he would send them a "Comforter" who "knows all things" and would "lead them into all truth." The icon of Pentecost shows fire above the heads of the Apostles. This image draws from scripture which says that the Holy Spirit descended on the Apostles like "tongues of fire." St. Luke writes:  When the Day of Pentecost had fully come, they were all … [Read more...]

Ascension Service at St. Paul’s on Wednesday, May 27 at 7:00pm

The season of Pentecost draws to a close this Thursday as we celebrate the Ascension of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Often this crucial holy day gets overlooked because it falls during the week when we are working. But it is important for several reasons, the most important one being that it completes Christ's work of salvation. Christ came into the world as a new born baby, then leaves the world by ascending into heaven. He takes on our human nature and lives life as we do. He dies for our sake and is raised from the dead. Then, when all the work is complete He ascends back to the … [Read more...]