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 His public ministry. It would last only three short years before crucifixion, but then ultimately He would be resurrected. … [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 Orthodox Christians in our area. There are other people looking for a simple place of worship that is sound in its teaching and clear in its mission. … [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 during the week. It takes some effort, but the reward is great although usually experienced afterwards. May God bless you all. Yours in Christ, Fr. … [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 growth, we are doing very well. But missions take time to grow, and while we are getting on our feet we need your help even more. … [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 enjoys spending more time painting the world around him, working mostly in oils on canvas. He's received a number of awards for his paintings in … [Read more...]