The Sunday before Theophany

The Sunday Before Theophany The Baptism of our Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ is an important Holy Day in our Orthodox Church. We also call that day "Theophany" which roughly translated means the "manifestation of God" (theos - God; phany - revealing, showing forth). On this day of Jesus' baptism He was revealed as the Son of God first in his person (the Son), second by the "Spirit in the form of a dove" (the Holy Spirit), and finally by the voice of the father (which "thundered") who said, "This is my beloved Son in whom I am well pleased." The baptism of Christ was the beginning of … [Read more...]

Looking Toward our Future

Where are we headed? After considerable discussion after Liturgy last Sunday here is what we want to see happen: Our goal is to develop a parish – by the grace of God and with His blessing – that develops in Christian community; a place where Christ can be found in our support and care for each other. The scripture is clear: In order to love God we must love each other, and in order to love each other, we must love God. Three things we need to do: Increase our outreach. We need to invite our friends and anyone else who is seeking a place to find God. There are a lot of disenfranchised … [Read more...]

Entrance of the Theotokos into the Temple

Dear Members and Friends of St. Peters, This Saturday we celebrate the feast day of the Entrance of the Theotokos into the Temple. We will join our sister parish, St. Paul Orthodox Church (get directions) at 6:30pm for a Vesperal Liturgy on Friday evening starting at 6:30. Fr. Hans will not be serving the Vesperal Liturgy that evening. Fr. Gleb of St. Demetrios Orthodox Church in South Naples (get directions) is out of town and Fr. Hans will substitute for him. The Divine Liturgy starts at 10:00am. There is something very special about stepping out of your routine and going to Church … [Read more...]

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...]