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...]

St. Peter Newsletter – December 20, 2012

Christmas Eve Liturgy on December 24, 2012 We will celebrate Christmas Liturgy on December 24 (Christmas Eve) with our sister parish St. Paul Antiochian Church (get map). Orthros/Matins begins at 6:30pm and Divine Liturgy at 7:30pm. Make sure to come. The only way to properly understand Christmas is to enter into the presence of Him who was born on that important day over 2,000 years ago. The Divine Liturgy gives us that. Prepare for the day by fasting (eat light and nothing after lunch, or skip lunch altogether if you can do it) to pray and receive the life of the Savior who was born … [Read more...]

St. Peter Newsletter – December 13, 2012

St. Peter Christmas Pot Luck — Wednesday, December 19 at 6pm. Mark your calendar! Mark you calendars for the St. Peter Christmas Pot Luck on Wednesday evening, December 19. It begins at 6pm. It will be held at the community room of Dr. Zanos Grekos' neighborhood. Directions will be sent in a separate email. Come join the fellowship! A gentle reminder that since we are in a fasting period until Christmas we should avoid any meat items. What is Christmas About? St. Athanasius had an answer: "God became man so that man can become like God." It's an audacious statement when you … [Read more...]

St. Peter Newsletter — December 7, 2012

Patriarch Ignatius — May His Memory Be Eternal Patriarch Ignatius, the head of the Antiochian Orthodox Church located in Damascus, Syria passed away this week. The Antiochian Church Archdiocese distributed this biography: His Beatitude Patriarch Ignatius IV (Hazim) of Antioch and All the East was born in 1920 in the village of Muharda, near the city of Hama Syria. In 1936, he moved to Beirut, where he became an altar server. Years later, upon taking monastic vows, he became a hierodeacon. In 1945 he graduated from the American University of Beirut, and from 1949 to 1953 studied … [Read more...]

Bible Study CANCELLED for November 29, 2012

There will NOT be a bible study on November 29, 2012. Sorry for this late notice. Since the next study is scheduled right before and during Christmas we will resume in January, 2013. … [Read more...]

St. Peter Newsletter — November 28, 2012

General Assembly This Sunday Please plan on attending Church this Sunday. Following the Divine Liturgy we will hold our first General Assembly meeting. We will offer reports on our progress this past year. We will also discuss moving to a new location. The Parish Council has incorporated many of the suggestions and ideas voiced several weeks ago about the future of St. Peter's and will offer a tentative plan for our future. They have been working diligently on this and will seek your ideas, support and direction of the next steps that need to be made. This is an important meeting. … [Read more...]

St. Peter Newsletter – November 13, 2012

The Future of St. Peter's Our discussion after Liturgy two weeks ago about moving St. Peter's to a permanent location went very well. I appreciated hearing everyone's comments. I was especially encouraged, as I think we all were, hearing about how our small community affects the lives of each one of us. We come for the right reasons, particularly to seek Christ and in finding Him (a journey that never ends) find stability, meaning, direction, and purpose in our lives. We have been meeting at the hotel for over three years. Yes, perhaps we have grown a bit too comfortable there, but I also … [Read more...]

St. Peter Newsletter — October 27, 2012

The Upcoming Election Every time election season rolls around I think about the American Founding Fathers. It is almost a miracle that men of their caliber and foresight emerged in what was really a backwater outpost to craft the Declaration of Independence and the US Constitution. Did you know that all the refugee movements of the last century were directed to American shores? Or that America still represents freedom and hope to countless people around the world? For that matter think of our own parents or grandparents. Why did they come to America? So whoever your candidate might be, … [Read more...]

St. Peter Newsletter — October 19, 2012

Bible Study Starts for 2013 We will begin our 2013 bible studies on Thursday, November 1, 15, and 29. We chose Thursday because we could not find a home that could host on Tuesdays. We will meet at the home of Jack and Angela Long at 204 Cheshire Way, Naples, FL 34110 (in the Audubon neighborhood, entrance on Vanderbilt Drive) -- get map. Spread the word and invite your friends! Rummage Sale Continues Hang on to those treasures sitting out in the garage! St. Peter's is holding its annual rummage sale. When? Saturday 9am - 4pm on October 20, and 27. Sunday 12pm - 3pm on October … [Read more...]

St. Peter Newsletter — October 5, 2012

Keeping our Minds Clear When pressures mount, as they do for most of us these days, it is very important to keep our minds clear. Difficulties, especially when they portend an uncertain future, can be difficult to bear. We pray, try to trust in God, but often are afflicted by worry, anxiety, and fear. Often we try to do the right thing, but it just does not seem like anything is changing. If we try to keep the anxiety within ourselves, sometimes we find that it just seems to grow and grow no matter how often we pray. Sometimes we start questioning what we did to deserve the hardship. Other … [Read more...]