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...]

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...]