St. Peter Newsletter January 22, 2019

Fourteenth Sunday of Luke
Recovery of the Relics of John Chrysostom

Marciana the Empress; New-Martyr Demetrios of Constantinople; Venerable Peter of Egypt

Venerable Peter of Egypt

 

Who was The Venerable Peter of Egypt?

Abba (the Venerable) Peter was the disciple of Abba Lot (Oct. 22), and lived for many years in the desert of the Cells. He reposed in peace in deep old age.

Below are some of the recorded Sayings of Abba Peter:

Abba Peter and Abba Epimachus were said to have been companions at Rhaithou. While they were eating with the community, they were asked to go to the table of the senior brethren. Only Abba Peter would go and that not without difficulty. When they left, Abba Epimachus said to him, “How did you dare to go to the table of the seniors?’ He replied, ‘If I had been sitting with you, the brothers would have asked me, as the senior brother, to give the blessing first and as I am older than you, I shall have had to do it. But with the Fathers, I was the youngest of all and the most humble in thought.”

Abba Peter said, “We must not be puffed up when the Lord does something through our mediation, but we must rather thank him for having made us worthy to be called by him.” He used to say it is good to think about each virtue in this way.

Some other time Peter was asked: ‘What is a servant of God?’ His answer was this: “As long as one practices any kind of passion he cannot be called servant of God, but he is the servant of that passion which conquers him. As long as he is conquered he cannot teach others, who are conquered by the same passions, because it is shameful for him to teach, before he has been freed from that passion about which he teaches.”

Source: Mystagogy.

 

Presentation of the Lord in the Temple Divine Liturgy, Saturday, February 2, 2019 at 9:30am

Presentation of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ in the Temple

Presentation of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ in the Temple

On Saturday February 2, 2017 at 9:30am we will celebrate the Presentation of the Lord in the Temple.

Forty days after Christ was born He was presented to God in the Jerusalem Temple according to the Mosaic Law. At this time as well His mother Mary underwent the ritual purification and offered the sacrifices as prescribed in the Law. Thus, forty days after Christmas, on the second of February, the Church celebrates the feast of the presentation called the Meeting (or Presentation or Reception) of the Lord.

Learn more on the Orthodox Church in America website.

 

Memory Eternal! + Jean Sam

We knew that Jean Sam loved St. Peter’s but many of us do not know of her extensive service to the Church. The Antiochian Church published the biography below that lists her impressive accomplishments.

May her memory be eternal.

Jean Sam

Dedicated servant of Christ and benefactor of the Antiochian Archdiocese Jean Sam reposed on January 8, 2019 in Bonita Springs, Florida. Her parents, her brothers Fred and John, and her sister Mary, all preceded her in death.

Jean was born in Detroit on September 1, 1928 to parents George and Catherine Sam. Jean received her education at Wayne State University up to a post-graduate level, and worked at General Motors in Detroit.

A longtime member of St. George in Detroit, Michigan, Jean sang in the choir, was a member of the ladies of St. George, served as the bookstore manager and as a member of the Parish Council, and also chaired the Council. She also became involved in the greater Archdiocese in many ways, serving as President of the Antiochian Women in the Midwest and then as President of the NAB of the Antiochian Women, conducting workshops and seminars throughout the Archdiocese. Jean also collected articles prior to the building of the existing structure of the museum at the Antiochian Village before serving as Curator. Jean was also a member of the Board of Trustees of the Archdiocese, and Co-Chair of the 1987 Archdiocese Convention in Dearborn, Michigan, as well as a dame of the Order of St. Ignatius of Antioch. She was also a tireless supporter of the Department of Charities.

In honor of her outstanding service to the Archdiocese, Jean was awarded the Antonian Silver Medal.

In 1990 she moved to St. Elias in Atlanta Georgia, and later to Bonita Springs. Florida. There, she was a founding member of the St. Paul’s parish in Naples, Florida.

House and Business Blessings for 2019

 

Fr. Hans has started house and business blessings.

You can schedule your blessing by:

  • Filling in the form on the website
  • Texting Fr. Hans at 239-248-4775 (leave a few good dates and times and your address – Fr. Hans will confirm)
  • Talking to Fr. Hans at Social Hall
  • Emailing the Church

Phone calls are fine too but only as a last resort please.

Please a several available dates ready. The schedule fills up fast but Fr. Hans will make every possible accommodation to meet it.

 

New Member Classes and Bible Studies Continue

Cathechumen/New Member class started on Monday, January 14 at 7:00pm. Catechumens are required to attend but anyone seeking a better understanding of the Orthodox faith is encouraged to attend as well.

General and Mens Bible studies on alternating Wednesdays beginning on Wednesday, January 16. The Mens Study will not begin until February 6 because Fr. Hans will be out of town on January 23 attending the Miami Diocese Retreat in Atlanta.

St. Demetrios Brotherhood meetings (for young men) moved to Thursdays beginning January 17.

 

Our Stewardship to St. Peter’s: The Tree Must Bear Fruit

Please return your Stewardship Support of St. Peter’s for 2019.

We are responsible to increase what God has given us. In the Parable of the Talents, the master gave his servants talents that they are expected to nurture and grow. This is a responsibility we cannot avoid.

The Church is both a place where the increase begins on the inside of us, and to which we much give some our increase. This too is a responsibility we must take on.

A contribution form will be included in the letter you receive. Our goal this year is $200,000. We must meet this goal to avoid using our reserves. If we spend our reserves, we will not be able to obtain a mortgage to buy or build when the time comes to do so (and it will come sooner than later).

All of us may have to squeeze a bit to meet this goal. But if give, the Church flourishes and that flourishing spills over into our lives as well and the lives of our families.

We must increase what we have been given by God.

 

Mark Your Calendar!

NAMI Walk on February 26, 2019

The walk will start around 830 or 9 o’clock in the morning with a light breakfast before the walk. Water and energy drinks and coffee fresh fruit offered during the walk. A light lunch will be provided after the walk with some entertainment

If anyone would like to join Bill and Mary’s Copeland’s team please contact us in church or call 239-498-1331.

We are asking our church family to support NAMI financially with a small contribution to help fund local activities for the mentally challenged individuals that live in Collier and Lee County.

St. Valentine’s Day Potluck & Dance on Saturday Evening February 26, 2019

St. Valentine Day Potluck Dance

Join us for a St. Valentine Day potluck and dance on Saturday, February 16, 2019 starting at 5:00pm. More information coming.

 

Please Help on Church Directory Updates

Directory Update

A lot of work has been done behind the scenes updating our record keeping, parish lists, and financial tracking.

One area that has been improved is record keeping of our members.

To bring everything up to date we need current information. Please fill in the form on the website, fill in a paper form at Church, or complete the stewardship form you will be receiving shortly.

You can fill in the form on the website here.

 

Calendar At A Glance

JANUARY

  • January 22-26, 2019 — Fr. Hans attends Miami Diocese Winter Retreat in Atlanta
  • Wednesday, January 23 — CANCELLED Mens Bible Study at 7:00pm
  • Thursday, January 24 — CANCELLED St. Demetrios Brotherhood at 7:00pm
  • Monday, January 28 — Catechumen/New Member Class at 7:00pm
  • Wednesday, January 30 — Community Bible Study at 7:00pm
  • Thursday, January 31 — St. Demetrios Brotherhood at 7:00pm

FEBRUARY

  • Saturday, February 2 — 9:30am Divine Liturgy Presentation of Christ in the Temple
  • Monday, February 4 — Catechumen/New Member Class at 7:00pm
  • Wednesday, February 6 — Mens Bible Study at 7:00pm
  • Thursday, February 7 — St. Demetrios Brotherhood at 7:00pm
  • Monday, February 11 — Catechumen/New Member Class at 7:00pm
  • Wednesday, February 14 — Community Bible Study at 7:00pm
  • Thursday, February 14 — St. Demetrios Brotherhood at 7:00pm
  • Saturday, February 16 — St. Valentine’s Day Dance/Potluck 5:00pm
  • Monday, February 18 — Catechumen/New Member Class at 7:00pm
  • Wednesday, February 20 — Mens Bible Study at 7:00pm
  • Thursday, February 21 — St. Demetrios Brotherhood at 7:00pm
  • Monday, February 25 — Catechumen/New Member Class at 7:00pm
  • Wednesday, February 27 — Community Bible Study at 7:00pm
  • Thursday, February 28 — St. Demetrios Brotherhood at 7:00pm

Wisdom From The Elders

Human charity is suspicious: it fears lest it may somehow give to a person who already has something, or lest it may give too much. But the Lord’s charity is not like this : “The Lord is good to all, and His tender mercies are over all His works.” Righteous John, Wonderworker of Kronstadt

The foundation of prayer is the yearning of the image towards its prototype, as of like to like. Righteous John, Wonderworker of Kronstadt

The crucified flesh reconciles itself with the spirit and with God; whilst the flesh that is cherished, that is abundantly and daintily fed, fights hard against the spirit and against God. Righteous John, Wonderworker of Kronstadt

Free-thinkers and atheists say that religion, the Church, the Divine service, the sacraments and rites, were invented by men in order to keep people in fear and submission, and to maintain, morality, and, perhaps, also in order to collect revenues from them. This is how God’s mercy and His wonderful ordering for our salvation, the very incarnation, sufferings and death of the Son of God for our sakes, are blasphemed by the ignorant and free-thinkers who have lost the fear of God. Righteous John, Wonderworker of Kronstadt

Our wickedness shall not overpower the unspeakable goodness and mercy of God; our dullness shall not overpower God’s wisdom, nor our infirmity God’s omnipotence. Righteous John, Wonderworker of Kronstadt

Remember in Your Prayers

Athanasia
Alexandra
Constantina
Maryanne (E)
Ron (E)

Tim
Robert (J)
Mary (J)
Helen (Rogers)
Doug Spencer
Kathy Spencer
Kathy D
Andreas
Sofia Tešanovic
Paul
Dennis H. and Family
Victor Evan
Ann
James
Vasiliki
Efstratia
Alexandra
Nikos
Georgia
Ioannis
Costandino
Jeffrey
Vaso
Dave
Dimitri – Presbyter
Vassiliki
Octavio
Tom
Carl
Rena
Nikolay (5 year old boy in Bulgaria whose parents asked us to pray)
David
Eva K.
Rosie
Kathryn
Jeremy

Constantine
Robert
Jane
Theodora
David
Gina
Micheal
Haralambos
Lillian
Presbytera Rosy
Valentina
Eva W.
Barbara
Angela
Carol Ann
Matthew
Chrysostom
Tim
Pat
Christina
Maria Louise
Maximos
Marian
Photini
Nicholas
Sarah
Constantine Houpis
Anna Marie Smith Baker
Ron Chromulak
Beverly Chromulak
Katerina
Mary Kassis
Baby Maximus
Christine
Maria
Annette Star
Claire Livaditis
Eva Chandilles
Baby Dani
Scott Nedoff
James Hord
Tom

How should we pray for the sick? Remember them daily. Say their names (first names are sufficient) and ask God to bestow mercy and grace on them.

Add or remove names and print this list for easy reference during your prayer time on the St. Peter website.

 

Sunday Readings

Christ Giving Blessing

Epistle

For St. John Chrysostom

My mouth shall speak of wisdom; and the meditation of my heart shall be of understanding.
Hear this, all ye people.

The Reading from the Epistle of St. Paul to the Hebrews. (7:26-8:2)

Brethren, it was fitting that we should have such a High Priest, holy, blameless, unstained, separated from sinners, exalted above the heavens. He has no need, like those high priests, to offer sacrifices daily, first for his own sins and then for those of the people; He did this once for all when He offered up Himself. Indeed, the law appoints men in their weakness as high priests, but the word of the oath, which came later than the law, appoints a Son Who has been made perfect forever. Now the point in what we are saying is this: we have such a High Priest, one Who is seated at the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in heaven, a minister in the sanctuary and the true tent which is set up not by man but by the Lord.

Gospel

For the Fourteenth Sunday of Luke

The reading from the Holy Gospel according to St. Luke. (18:35-43)

At that time, when Jesus drew near to Jericho, a blind man was sitting by the roadside begging; and hearing a multitude going by, he inquired what this meant. They told him, “Jesus of Nazareth is passing by.” And he cried, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” And those who were in front rebuked him, telling him to be silent; but he cried out all the more, “Son of David, have mercy on me!” And Jesus stopped, and commanded him to be brought to him; and when he came near, Jesus asked him, “What do you want me to do for you?” He said, “Lord, let me receive my sight.” And Jesus said to him, “Receive your sight; your faith has made you well.” And immediately he received his sight and followed Jesus, glorifying God; and all the people, when they saw it, gave praise to God.

St. Peter Orthodox Church

St. Peter Newsletter January 15, 2019

The Twelfth Sunday of Luke
Venerable Euthymios the Great

New-martyr Zachariah of Morea

St. Euthymios the Great

St. Euthymios the Great

 

Who was Venerable Euthymios the Great?

Euthymius was born during the reign of king Gratian in 377 A.D. He came from Melitine in Armenia (now Makatya, Turkey), and was the son of pious and faithful parents called Paul and Dionysia.

Though Euthymius’ mother was barren, his parents prayed fervently to God to grant them a child. Then they had a vision: they heard the voice of an angel who told them to be cheerful because with the child’s birth every heresy was going to be abolished and universal peace was going to be granted to the Church of God. For this reason this saint was called Euthymius (meaning good cheer).

When the saint’s father died, his mother offered him to Eutrojos, bishop of Melitine, by whom he was counted with the order of clerics. Because he was intelligent in his studies and surpassed all men in virtue and asceticism, he was forced to be ordained a priest and to look after the holy hermitages and monasteries. When he was twenty-nine years old, he went to Jerusalem and lived with St. Theoktistos in a cave on the mountain. While he was there, St. Euthymius liberated many men from the terrible chains of disease.

[…]

When Euthymius was ninety-six years old (in A.D. 473), he departed to the Lord. He had established religious communities throughout Palestine.

Source: OrthodoxWiki.

 

House and Business Blessings for 2019

Fr. Hans has started house and business blessings.

You can schedule your blessing by:

  • Filling in the form on the website
  • Texting Fr. Hans at 239-248-4775 (leave a few good dates and times and your address – Fr. Hans will confirm)
  • Talking to Fr. Hans at Social Hall
  • Emailing the Church

Phone calls are fine too but only as a last resort please.

Please a several available dates ready. The schedule fills up fast but Fr. Hans will make every possible accommodation to meet it.

 

New classes and bible studies are starting!

Cathechumen/New Member class started on Monday, January 14 at 7:00pm. Catechumens are required to attend but anyone seeking a better understanding of the Orthodox faith is encouraged to attend as well.

General and Mens Bible studies on alternating Wednesdays beginning on Wednesday, January 16. The Mens Study will not begin until February 6 because Fr. Hans will be out of town on January 23 attending the Miami Diocese Retreat in Atlanta.

St. Demetrios Brotherhood meetings (for young men) moved to Thursdays beginning January 17.

 

Our Stewardship to St. Peter’s: The Tree Must Bear Fruit

Please return your Stewardship Support of St. Peter’s for 2019.

We are responsible to increase what God has given us. In the Parable of the Talents, the master gave his servants talents that they are expected to nurture and grow. This is a responsibility we cannot avoid.

The Church is both a place where the increase begins on the inside of us, and to which we much give some our increase. This too is a responsibility we must take on.

A contribution form will be included in the letter you receive. Our goal this year is $200,000. We must meet this goal to avoid using our reserves. If we spend our reserves, we will not be able to obtain a mortgage to buy or build when the time comes to do so (and it will come sooner than later).

All of us may have to squeeze a bit to meet this goal. But if give, the Church flourishes and that flourishing spills over into our lives as well and the lives of our families.

We must increase what we have been given by God.

 

Mark Your Calendar!

NAMI Walk on February 26, 2019

The walk will start around 8:30am or 9:00am in the morning with a light breakfast before the walk. Water and energy drinks and coffee fresh fruit offered during the walk. A light lunch will be provided after the walk with some entertainment

If anyone would like to join Bill and Mary’s Copeland’s team please contact us in church or call 239-498-1331.

We are asking our church family to support NAMI financially with a small contribution to help fund local activities for the mentally challenged individuals that live in Collier and Lee County.

St. Valentine’s Day Potluck & Dance on Saturday Evening February 26, 2019

St. Valentine's Day Potluck & Dance

Join us for a St. Valentine Day potluck and dance on Saturday, February 16, 2019 starting at 5:00pm. More information coming.

 

Please Help on Church Directory Updates

A lot of work has been done behind the scenes updating our record keeping, parish lists, and financial tracking.

One area that has been improved is record keeping of our members.

To bring everything up to date we need current information. Please fill in the form on the website, fill in a paper form at Church, or complete the stewardship form you will be receiving shortly.

You can fill in the form on the website here.

 

Calendar At A Glance

JANUARY

  • Saturday, January 12 — New Years Lamb and Chicken Dinner Celebration at 5:00pm
  • Sunday, January 13 — Cutting of the Vassilopita following Divine Liturgy
  • Monday, January 14 — Catechumen/New Member Class at 7:00pm
  • Wednesday, January 16 — Community Bible Study at 7:00pm
  • Thursday, January 17 — St. Demetrios Brotherhood at 7:00pm (NOTE DAY CHANGE)
  • Monday, January 21 — Catechumen/New Member Class at 7:00pm
  • Wednesday, January 16 — Community Bible Study at 7:00pm
  • Thursday, January 17 — St. Demetrios Brotherhood at 7:00pm
  • January 22-26, 2019 — Fr. Hans attends Miami Diocese Winter Retreat in Atlanta
  • Wednesday, January 23 — CANCELLED Mens Bible Study at 7:00pm
  • Thursday, January 24 — CANCELLED St. Demetrios Brotherhood at 7:00pm
  • Monday, January 28 — Catechumen/New Member Class at 7:00pm
  • Wednesday, January 30 — Community Bible Study at 7:00pm
  • Thursday, January 31 — St. Demetrios Brotherhood at 7:00pm

FEBRUARY

  • Saturday, February 2 — 9:30am Divine Liturgy Presentation of Christ in the Temple
  • Monday, February 4 — Catechumen/New Member Class at 7:00pm
  • Wednesday, February 6 — Mens Bible Study at 7:00pm
  • Thursday, February 7 — St. Demetrios Brotherhood at 7:00pm
  • Monday, February 11 — Catechumen/New Member Class at 7:00pm
  • Wednesday, February 14 — Community Bible Study at 7:00pm
  • Thursday, February 14 — St. Demetrios Brotherhood at 7:00pm
  • Monday, February 18 — Catechumen/New Member Class at 7:00pm
  • Wednesday, February 20 — Mens Bible Study at 7:00pm
  • Thursday, February 21 — St. Demetrios Brotherhood at 7:00pm
  • Monday, February 25 — Catechumen/New Member Class at 7:00pm
  • Wednesday, February 27 — Community Bible Study at 7:00pm
  • Thursday, February 28 — St. Demetrios Brotherhood at 7:00pm

Wisdom From The Elders

A guilty conscience is so burdensome that it punishes itself without a judge, and wishes for covering, and yet is bare before God. St. Ambrose of Milan

One cannot love God if one has unkind feelings for even a single human being. Abbot Nikon Vorobiev

Among the virtues there is not only an ontological order, but also a chronological one. The first among them is faith. Venerable Justin of Chelije in Serbia

A man who is growing cold towards God begins first of all to flee attending church. At first he tries to come to services later, and then he ceases altogether to visit God’s temple…Here in the skete we even make the rounds of the cells on feast days, so that no one evades church services. Elder Barsanuphius of Optina

The Christian today — not unlike Christians of other eras, but in ways that are continually “updated” as society carries on — is not told simply that he must not fight the passions, that he must not battle the devil: he is told that the passions are unreal, that the devil does not exist. He is told that ascesis is unnatural, that spiritual warfare is delusional. He is told that judgment is oppressive and the desire to become something defined by another (even God!) is psychologically unhealthy. He is told that to believe in the Church’s tradition is a simplistic, pietistic adherence to the past; that he had better “think for himself.” Bishop Irenei Steenberg

Remember in Your Prayers

Athanasia
Alexandra
Constantina
Maryanne (E)
Ron (E)

Tim
Robert (J)
Mary (J)
Helen (Rogers)
Doug Spencer
Kathy Spencer
Kathy D
Andreas
Sofia Tešanovic
Paul
Dennis H. and Family
Victor Evan
Ann
James
Vasiliki
Efstratia
Alexandra
Nikos
Georgia
Ioannis
Costandino
Jeffrey
Vaso
Dave
Dimitri – Presbyter
Vassiliki
Octavio
Tom
Carl
Rena
Nikolay (5 year old boy in Bulgaria whose parents asked us to pray)
David
Eva K.
Rosie
Kathryn
Jeremy

Constantine
Robert
Jane
Theodora
David
Gina
Micheal
Haralambos
Lillian
Presbytera Rosy
Valentina
Eva W.
Barbara
Angela
Carol Ann
Matthew
Chrysostom
Tim
Pat
Christina
Maria Louise
Maximos
Marian
Photini
Nicholas
Sarah
Constantine Houpis
Anna Marie Smith Baker
Ron Chromulak
Beverly Chromulak
Katerina
Mary Kassis
Baby Maximus
Christine
Maria
Annette Star
Claire Livaditis
Eva Chandilles
Baby Dani
Scott Nedoff
James Hord
Tom

How should we pray for the sick? Remember them daily. Say their names (first names are sufficient) and ask God to bestow mercy and grace on them.

Add or remove names and print this list for easy reference during your prayer time on the St. Peter website.

 

Sunday Readings

Christ Giving Blessing

Epistle

For St. Euthymios

The saints shall be joyful in glory.
Sing unto the Lord a new song.

The Reading from the Second Epistle of St. Paul to the Corinthians. (4:6-15)

Brethren, it is the God Who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” Who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ. But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, to show that the transcendent power belongs to God and not to us. We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed; always carrying in the body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be manifested in our bodies.

While we live we are always being given up to death for Jesus’ sake, so that the life of Jesus may be manifested in our mortal flesh. So death is at work in us, but life in you. Since we have the same spirit of faith as he had who wrote, “I believed, and so I spoke,” we too believe, and so we speak, knowing that He Who raised the Lord Jesus will raise us also with Jesus and bring us with you into His presence. For it is all for your sake, so that as grace extends to more and more people it may increase thanksgiving, to the glory of God.

Gospel

For the Twelfth Sunday of Luke

The reading from the Holy Gospel according to St. Luke. (17:12-19)

At that time, as Jesus entered a village, He was met by ten lepers, who stood at a distance and lifted up their voices and said, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us.” When He saw them He said to them, “Go and show yourselves to the priests.” And as they went they were cleansed. Then one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, praising God with a loud voice; and he fell on his face at Jesus’ feet, giving Him thanks. Now he was a Samaritan. Then Jesus said, “Were not ten cleansed? Where are the nine? Was no one found to return and give praise to God except this foreigner?” And He said to him, “Rise and go your way; your faith has made you well.”

St. Peter Orthodox Church

St. Peter Newsletter January 9, 2019

House and Business Blessings for 2019

Fr. Hans has started house and business blessings.

You can schedule your blessing by:

  • Filling in the form on the website
  • Texting Fr. Hans at 239-248-4775 (leave a few good dates and times and your address – Fr. Hans will confirm)
  • Talking to Fr. Hans at Social Hall
  • Emailing the Church

Phone calls are fine too but only as a last resort please.

Please a several available dates ready. The schedule fills up fast but Fr. Hans will make every possible accomodation to meet it.

St. Peter Newsletter January 8, 2019

Jean Sam – May Her Memory Be Eternal

Resurrection of Christ

With sadness we must report that the Handmaid of God Jean Sam passed away early this morning.

May her memory be eternal.

Jean was a faithful servant of the Christ who gave much of her talents and time to the service of the Church that contributed to its flourishing in the last decades. She refused accolades and recognition and settled instead for the joy that accompanied her service and sacrifice.

Jean’s funeral and burial will take place in Michigan, her home state among her life-long friends.

We will pray for the repose of Jean’s soul with Trisagion Prayers this Sunday and a memorial at the Forty Days.

May the Lord receive the Handmaid of God Jean Sam in place where there is no pain, sorrow, and suffering but only life everlasting.

St. Peter Orthodox Church Newsletter – January 8, 2019

The Sunday After Epiphany

Martyrs Hermylos and Stratonikos of Belgrade; Martyrs Pachomios and Papyrinos of Greece; Venerable Maximos Kafsokalyvitis of Athos; Venerable Eleazar of Anzersk Island; Hilarion, bishop of Poitiers

The Baptism of Christ

The Baptism of Christ

 

New Year Celebration on Saturday, January 12, 2019 for a New Years lamb and chicken dinner! This will be good!

At St. Peter’s we are always a bit late ringing in the New Year. So, in keeping with that tradition join us on Saturday, January 12, 2019 starting at 5:00pm for the roasting of a lamb on a spit along with grilled chicken.

The lamb and chicken are provided but please bring one of the following if you can:

  • Side dishes
  • Salad
  • Desert

If you can help defray the cost of the lamb and chicken, please give a donation to one of the Parish Council members.

 

Vassilopita on Sunday, January 13, 2019

Vasilopita

We will cut the Vassilopita (St. Basil’s bread) on Sunday January 13 following the Divine Liturgy.

 

Our Stewardship to St. Peter’s: The Tree Must Bear Fruit

Please return your Stewardship Support of St. Peter’s for 2019.

We are responsible to increase what God has given us. In the Parable of the Talents, the master gave his servants talents that they are expected to nurture and grow. This is a responsibility we cannot avoid.

The Church is both a place where the increase begins on the inside of us, and to which we much give some our increase. This too is a responsibility we must take on.

A contribution form will be included in the letter you receive. Our goal this year is $200,000. We must meet this goal to avoid using our reserves. If we spend our reserves, we will not be able to obtain a mortgage to buy or build when the time comes to do so (and it will come sooner than later).

All of us may have to squeeze a bit to meet this goal. But if give, the Church flourishes and that flourishing spills over into our lives as well and the lives of our families.

We must increase what we have been given by God.

 

Please Help on Church Directory Updates

A lot of work has been done behind the scenes updating our record keeping, parish lists, and financial tracking.

One area that has been improved is record keeping of our members.

To bring everything up to date we need current information. Please fill in the form on the website, fill in a paper form at Church, or complete the stewardship form you will be receiving shortly.

You can fill in the form on the website here.

 

What’s Coming in 2019?

New classes and bible studies are starting!

Cathechumen/New Member class start on Monday, January 14 at 7:00pm. Catechumens are required to attend but anyone seeking a better understanding of the Orthodox faith is encouraged to attend as well.

General and Mens Bible studies on alternating Wednesdays beginning on Wednesday, January 16. The Mens Study will not begin until February 6 because Fr. Hans will be out of town on January 23 attending the Miami Diocese Retreat in Atlanta.

St. Demetrios Brotherhood meetings (for young men) moved to Thursdays beginning January 17.

Calendar At A Glance

JANUARY

  • Saturday, January 12 — New Years Lamb and Chicken Dinner Celebration at 5:00pm
  • Sunday, January 13 — Cutting of the Vassilopita following Divine Liturgy
  • Monday, January 14 — Catechumen/New Member Class at 7:00pm
  • Wednesday, January 16 — Community Bible Study at 7:00pm
  • Thursday, January 17 — St. Demetrios Brotherhood at 7:00pm (NOTE DAY CHANGE)
  • Monday, January 21 — Catechumen/New Member Class at 7:00pm
  • Wednesday, January 16 — Community Bible Study at 7:00pm
  • Thursday, January 17 — St. Demetrios Brotherhood at 7:00pm
  • January 22-26, 2019 — Fr. Hans attends Miami Diocese Winter Retreat in Atlanta
  • Wednesday, January 23 — CANCELLED Mens Bible Study at 7:00pm
  • Thursday, January 24 — CANCELLED St. Demetrios Brotherhood at 7:00pm
  • Monday, January 28 — Catechumen/New Member Class at 7:00pm
  • Wednesday, January 30 — Community Bible Study at 7:00pm
  • Thursday, January 31 — St. Demetrios Brotherhood at 7:00pm

Wisdom From The Elders

Out of the greatest sinners God makes righteous men. Righteous John, Wonderworker of Kronstadt

Very few men can accurately recognize all their own faults; indeed, only those can do this whose intellect is never torn away from the remembrance of God. St. Diadochos of Photiki

When God recedes in order to educate us, this brings great sadness, humility and even some measure of despair to the soul. The purpose of this is to humble the souls tendency to vanity and self-glory, for the heart at once is filled with fear of God, tears of thankfulness, and great longing for the beauty of silence. St. Diadochus of Photiki

Reading, vigils and prayer — these are the things that lend stability to the wandering mind. Evagrius of Pontus

Prayer that rises up in someone’s heart serves to open up for us the door of heaven: that person stands in converse with the Divinity and gives pleasure to the Son of God. Venerable Ephraim the Syrian

Remember in Your Prayers

Athanasia
Alexandra
Constantina
Maryanne (E)
Ron (E)

Tim
Robert (J)
Mary (J)
Helen (Rogers)
Doug Spencer
Kathy Spencer
Kathy D
Andreas
Sofia Tešanovic
Paul
Dennis H. and Family
Victor Evan
Ann
James
Vasiliki
Efstratia
Alexandra
Nikos
Georgia
Ioannis
Costandino
Jeffrey
Vaso
Dave
Dimitri – Presbyter
Vassiliki
Octavio
Tom
Carl
Rena
Nikolay (5 year old boy in Bulgaria whose parents asked us to pray)
David
Eva K.
Rosie
Kathryn
Jeremy

Constantine
Robert
Jane
Theodora
David
Gina
Micheal
Haralambos
Lillian
Presbytera Rosy
Valentina
Eva W.
Barbara
Angela
Carol Ann
Matthew
Chrysostom
Tim
Pat
Christina
Maria Louise
Maximos
Marian
Photini
Nicholas
Sarah
Constantine Houpis
Anna Marie Smith Baker
Ron Chromulak
Beverly Chromulak
Katerina
Mary Kassis
Baby Maximus
Christine
Maria
Annette Star
Claire Livaditis
Eva Chandilles
Baby Dani
Scott Nedoff
James Hord
Tom

How should we pray for the sick? Remember them daily. Say their names (first names are sufficient) and ask God to bestow mercy and grace on them.

Add or remove names and print this list for easy reference during your prayer time on the St. Peter website.

 

Sunday Readings

Christ Giving Blessing

Epistle

For the Sunday after Theophany of Christ

Let Thy mercy, O Lord, be upon us.
Rejoice in the Lord, O ye righteous.

The Reading from the Epistle of St. Paul to the Ephesians. (4:7-13)

Brethren, grace was given to each of us according to the measure of Christ’s gift. Therefore, it is said, “When He ascended on high He led a host of captives, and He gave gifts to men.” (In saying, “He ascended,” what does it mean but that He had also descended into the lower parts of the earth? He who descended is He who also ascended far above all the heavens, that He might fill all things.) And His gifts were that some should be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, some pastors and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ.

Gospel

For the Sunday after Theophany of Christ

The reading from the Holy Gospel according to St. Matthew. (4:12-17)

At that time, when Jesus heard that John had been arrested, he withdrew into Galilee; and leaving Nazareth he went and dwelt in Capernaum by the sea, in the territory of Zebulon and Naphtali, so that what was spoken by the prophet Isaiah might be fulfilled: “The land of Zebulon and the land of Naphtali, toward the sea, across the Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles;the people who sat in darkness have seen a great light, and for those who sat in the region and shadow of death light has dawned.” From that time Jesus began to preach, saying, “Repent, for the kingdom of Heaven is at hand.”

St. Peter Orthodox Church