Twenty-ninth Sunday after Pentecost
Twelfth Sunday of Luke
Venerable Paul of Thebes and John the Hut-dweller
Venerable Martyr Pansophios of Alexandria; Venerable Gabriel of Lesnovo
Services This Week
No services this week. Fr. Hans is out of town.
- Thu Jan 12 – Sat Jan 14 — Fr. Hans Out of Town
NEEDED: Two Volunteers Every Sunday to Act as Front Door Monitors
We need two volunteers every Sunday to be stationed at the front door to greet visitors, answer questions and to keep an eye on safety.
Joe Repya is heading this effort and will create a schedule and assignments. If you can help please give Joe a call at 612-270-4443.
Adult Education: “The Winter Pascha” Series via ZOOM Cancelled on January 12, 2023
Fr. Hans will be attending the Antiochian Archdiocese Nominating Convention on January 12. Class resumes Thursday, January 19, 2023.
Cathechumen Classes Resume This Sunday January 15, 2023
We will meet after Social Hall.
Baby Shower for Amanda Woolf on Sunday January 15, 2003
The Woolf’s are expecting a new baby girl. A small baby shower will be held for them on Sunday, January 15 on the far end of the social hall. Everyone is welcome to offer their congratulations to the family.
If you would like to offer a gift, a baby shower registry is available on Amazon.
Be My Valentine! Valentine’s Day Celebration and Fellowship Saturday, February 11, 2023 at 5:00pm in the Parish Fellowship Hall
Valentine’s Day Celebration and Fellowship
Saturday, February 11, 2023, 5:00pm in our Parish Fellowship Hall
Enjoy Dinner, Desserts and Dancing
Bring your own drinks/refreshments
RSVP to Tina Kucera at 239-980-1520 by February 5, 2023
We Have a Social Hall Coordinator!
With activities increasing we needed someone to coordinate events in the Social Hall. Barbara Sasen is our new Social Hall Coordinator. She will keep track of events and coordinate the work between the Kitchen and Social Hall. Please direct all questions to her.
Any even will require the filling out of an event form. They are located on the counter in the Church Narthex.
Mark Your Calendars for Two Upcoming Retreats!
Saturday, February 4, 2023, 10:00am to 12:00pm – Journey to Pascha by Fr. Hans
An overview of Lent and Holy Week to prepare us for observing these days in an Orthodox manner.
Saturday, March 4, 2023 – St. Peter’s Women’s Retreat “The Prayer of Ephraim” by Presbytera Susan
What the prayer means, when and how to pray the prayer, how it ties into our personal sanctification during Lent. The retreat follows the Saturday of the Souls Divine Liturgy that morning.
Leaving a Legacy – Remembering St. Peter’s in Our Estate Planning
The growth and success of St. Peter’s is certainly inspiring. Through it we see the benevolent work of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and the commitment, generosity, and fortitude of our members and friends who worked and contributed to the growth of our parish. St. Paul says that we are to become “co-laborers with Christ” and our support of St. Peter’s is one way that happens.
That work can continue long after our work on this earth is completed. Through planned giving today, we can leave a legacy that helps ensure the good work of St. Peter’s in the future.
For more information including an informational packet that answers many questions please see Fr. Hans.
Let’s Pray the Paraklesis to the Theotokos Daily
Our goal at St. Peter’s is to have one person or family pray the Parakelsis to the Theotokos for at least one day of every month. For each day of the month, individuals or even an entire family can sign up to pray the Paraklesis in their homes on the day/s which they select.
Get more information on how to participate from the St. Peter’s website.
Cafe of Life – Sacrifice is Well Pleasing Unto God
Many wonderful things are happening here at St. Peter’s and one of them is providing for the hungry and homeless at the Cafe of Life. This mission is possible due to your generous donations and support.
So as we step into the new year , let’s be Orthodox on purpose and remember what the Scriptures teaches us….”Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God” (Hebrews 13:16)
Thank you and IC XC NI KA!
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The Social Hall All Stars are the men and women that make St. Peter’s Social Hall happen. Thank you All Stars!
- BARBARA DIONYSOPOULOS
- Al Joseph
- Bonnie Joseph
- Marianthi Kazakos
- Sandy Krotov
- Niki Locklear
- Ray Locklear
- Eleni Moran
- Koula Ormanidou
Procedures for Hospitality
Please note: If you would like to bring in your own prepared food, please contact Tom Haley at 239-887-0753 a week before the upcoming Sunday. That way we know not to prepare any food for Sunday.
- On most Sundays we will serve lighter refreshments like coffee, sweets, hummus, olives, feta, pita and similar items. Please continue bringing these items. Even though we have a range (unlike our former facility), we appreciate items that are “ready to be served.”
- Please do not donate coffee. We have a space age coffee brewer that we acquired at no cost if we buy our coffee from one supplier. If you bring in coffee, we can’t use it.
- We cannot continue preparing meals for Memorials, Name Days, Anniversaries, and other celebrations. We don’t have the appliances or manpower to do it well. We do, however, have the name of two catering companies that can prepare and deliver the food if you would like to sponsor a celebration. Please call Tom Haley at 239-887-0753 for details and to make arrangements.
- If you would like to bring in your own prepared food, please contact Tom Haley at 239-887-0753 a week before the upcoming Sunday. That way we know not to prepare any food for Sunday.
The Safest Way to Come to Church
US 41 is a busy highway and the intersection at Hickory Drive does not have a stop light. We recommend turning on Sanibel Boulevard and following Coconut Road instead.
Helping Our Seniors With Parking
With the church growing the parking lot is close to full every Sunday. Younger parishioners, could you park in the grass lot even if spaces are open in the paved area? That way our seniors can park closer to the entrance and avoid the grassy area where it is easier to stumble and fall.
Calendar also available on the St. Peter website.
- SUN Jan 08 — THE SUNDAY AFTER THEOPHANY 8:30am, Divine Liturgy 9:30am LIVE STREAM
- SUN Jan 08 — CANCELLED
Catechism Class 12:15pm
- Thu Jan 12 – Sat Jan 14 — Fr. Hans Out of Town
- Thu Jan 12 — St. Nicholas Academy (No liturgy today)
- Thu Jan 12 — CANCELLED
“The Winter Pascha” Adult Education 7:00pm on ZOOM/ Fr. Hans out of town
- Fri Jan 13 — CANCELLED
Men of St. Paisios 7:00pm Social Hall/ Fr. Hans out of town
- Sat Jan 15 — MOVED TO NEXT WEEK
Parish Council Meeting 10:00am
- SUN Jan 15 — THE TWELFTH SUNDAY OF LUKE 8:30am, Divine Liturgy 9:30am LIVE STREAM
- SUN Jan 15 — Catechism Class 12:15pm
- Tue Jan 17 — St. Anthony the Great Divine Liturgy 9:30am LIVE STREAM
- Wed Jan 18 — Sts. Athanasios and Cyrill Divine Liturgy 9:30am LIVE STREAM
- Wed Jan 18 — St. Macarios the Great Divine Liturgy / St. Nicholas Academy 9:30am
- Thu Jan 19 — “The Winter Pascha” Adult Education 7:00pm on ZOOM
- Fri Jan 20 — Men of St. Paisios 7:00pm Social Hall
- Sat Jan 21 — St Maximos the Confessor Divine Liturgy 9:00am NOTE EARLIER TIME LIVE STREAM
- Sat Jan 21 — Parish Council Meeting 11:00am
- SUN Jan 22 — THE FIFTEENTH SUNDAY OF LUKE 8:30am, Divine Liturgy 9:30am LIVE STREAM
- SUN Jan 22 — Catechism Class 12:15pm
- Wed Jan 25 — St. Gregory the Theologian Divine Liturgy / St. Nicholas Academy 9:30am
- Thu Jan 26 — Divine Liturgy / St. Nicholas Academy 9:30am LIVE STREAM
- Thu Jan 26 — “The Winter Pascha” Adult Education 7:00pm on ZOOM
- Fri Jan 27 — Men of St. Paisios 7:00pm Social Hall
- SUN Jan 29 — SUNDAY OF THE CANAANITE WOMAN 8:30am, Divine Liturgy 9:30am LIVE STREAM
- SUN Jan 29 — Catechism Class 12:15pm
- Mon Jan 30 — The Three Hierarchs Divine Liturgy 9:30am LIVE STREAM
- Tue Jan 31 — Holy Unmercenaries Cyrus and John Divine Liturgy / St. Nicholas Academy 9:30am
- Thu Feb 02 — GREAT FEAST: PRESENTATION OF THE LORD IN THE TEMPLE / St. Nicholas Academy 9:30am LIVE STREAM
- Thu Feb 02 — “The Winter Pascha” Adult Education 7:00pm on ZOOM
- Fri Feb 03 — Men of St. Paisios 7:00pm Social Hall
- Sat Feb 04 — Journey to Pascha Lenten Retreat 10:00am – 12:00pm Social Hall
You desire that the Lord should rejoice you by His love, rejoice on your part the hearts of others by your tender love and kindness. Righteous John, Wonderworker of Kronstadt
The mind, when it is united to the heart, is filled with unutterable joy and sweetness. Then it sees that the kingdom of heaven is truly within us, for it now sees it within itself. And as it seeks with pure prayer to stay and be strengthened in it, it regards all outward things as repulsive and hateful. St. Ignatius (Brianchaninov), Bishop of the Caucasus and the Black Sea
The person who is struggling to the best of his abilities, who has no desire to live a disorderly life, but who in the course of the struggle for faith and life falls and rises again and again, God will never abandon. And if he has the slightest will not to grieve God, he will go to Paradise with his shoes on. The Benevolent God will surprisingly push him into Paradise. Saint Paisios of Mount Athos
Nothing so strongly draws our hearts to love as does love. And Our Lord’s love for us is a love that cannot be compared with any other love and is truly inexpressible and divine. Metropolitan Gregory (Postnikov) of St. Petersburg
If we wish to pray, then, let us begin by combatting anger, defeating lust, and destroying pride. Bishop Irenei Steenberg
PLEASE NOTE: The names list in “The Current Prayer List listed to be removed after September 1 have been taken of the list. If you would like someone added back please send a text to Fr. Hans or send the name through website here.
- Names will remain on the list for three months.
- If you would like to keep them on longer please mention it to Fr. Hans. We will keep the names on the list for as long as the person needs prayers.
- Names will include the person who requested the prayers and the month the name will be removed.
- The permanent list includes friends and members of St. Peter’s and others including shut-ins.
Were names dropped that should have remained? Please mention it to Fr. Hans. He will add them back.
Updated Oct 24 / Resets Dec 1.
Current Prayer List
Barbara (Dusckas 3/23)
Claire (Dusckas 3/23)
Lynn (Hurely 1/23)
Irene and unborn baby (Tsikitas 1/23)
Linda (Pappas 1/23)
Ekaterina (Chapekis 1/23)
Mikaela and unborn baby (Irena 1/23)
Lee (Hurley 1/23)
Emmanuel (Kalousdis 1/23)
Katherine (Dusckas 1/23)
Vassiliki (Diveris 1/23)
Zena Touma (Contorelli 1/23
Lamia Touma (Contorelli 1/23
Matthew (Contorelli 1/23
Emmanuel (Kaloudis 1/23)
Marlene (Tewis 12/22)
Tina (Johnson 12/22)
Nicholas (De Lorenzo 12/22)
Priest Anthony (Karbo 11/22)
Archpriest Dionysius (Valentine 9/12)
Anthony Presbyter (Kerr 10/22)
Angel (Ghanem 10/22)
Edgar (Chapekis 9/22)
Evthriki (Jacobse 9/22)
Christos (Johnson 8/22)
Jon Paul (Andrew 8/22)
William (Brubaker 8/22)
Peter (Tewis 8/22)
The People of Ukraine and People of Russia and all those who are suffering in the war
Permanent Prayer List
Baby Dani (Repya)
Presbytera Rosy (in Pakistan)
Founders, Members, Benefactors and Friends Departed this Life
Fr. Stephanos (Shagoury)
Panagiota (Bea Chionis)
Panagiota Margarita (Palis)
Angela (Coran K
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.
For the Twenty-Ninth Sunday after Pentecost
How magnified are Thy works, O Lord; in wisdom hast Thou made them all.
Bless the Lord, O my soul.
The Reading from the Epistle of St. Paul to the Colossians. (3:4-11)
Brethren, when Christ, Who is our life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory. Put to death therefore what is earthly in you: fornication, impurity, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry. On account of these, the wrath of God is coming upon the sons of disobedience. In these you once walked, when you lived in them. But now put them all away: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and foul talk from your mouth. Do not lie to one another, seeing that you have put off the old nature with its practices and have put on the new nature, which is being renewed in knowledge after the image of its Creator. Here there cannot be Greek and Jew, circumcised and uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave, free man, but Christ is all, and in all.
For the Twelfth Sunday of Luke—“Ten Lepers”
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.”