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 because Spina proudly announced that he was going to drop nearly 100 pounds and play college basketball -- all in less than one year. Now as Spina’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 transfiguration or metamorphosis of Christ on Mount Tabor, when our Lord appeared in His divine glory before the Apostles Peter, James, and … [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 become established? It was established through the preaching of the Gospel by the Apostles. The word “apostle” means “one sent forth” with the … [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, and despite mistakes and injustices along the way, would nevertheless rise as a beacon of freedom and hope in the world. This call of freedom and … [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 service in mid-May. About 50 to 60 parishioners meet at 9:30 every Sunday morning at the Holiday Inn at Alico Road and Interstate 75. He chose the … [Read more...]