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St. Peter Newsletter February 25, 2020

The Expulsion of Adam and Eve from the Garden
Sunday of Forgiveness (Cheese Fare)

Venerable-martyr Eudokia of Heliopolis; Venerable Domnina of Syria; Martyrs Markellos and Anthony of Pamphylia; Venerable Agapios of Vatopedi monastery on Athos; Venerable David of Wales, bishop of Menevia

The Expulsion of Adam and Eve from the Garden

The Expulsion of Adam and Eve from the Garden

The Sunday of Forgiveness, the last of the preparatory Sundays before Great Lent, has two themes: it commemorates Adam’s expulsion from Paradise, and it accentuates our need for forgiveness. There are obvious reasons why these two things should be brought to our attention as we stand on the threshold of Great Lent.

One of the primary images in the Triodion is that of the return to Paradise. Lent is a time when we weep with Adam and Eve before the closed gate of Eden, repenting with them for the sins that have deprived us of our free communion with God. But Lent is also a time when we are preparing to celebrate the saving event of Christ’s death and rising, which has reopened Paradise to us once more (Luke 23:43). So sorrow for our exile in sin is tempered by hope of our re-entry into Paradise.

The second theme, that of forgiveness, is emphasized in the Gospel reading for this Sunday (Matthew 6:14-21) and in the special ceremony of mutual forgiveness at the end of the Vespers on Sunday evening. Before we enter the Lenten fast, we are reminded that there can be no true fast, no genuine repentance, no reconciliation with God, unless we are at the same time reconciled with one another.

A fast without mutual love is the fast of demons. We do not travel the road of Lent as isolated individuals but as members of a family. Our asceticism and fasting should not separate us from others, but should link us to them with ever-stronger bonds.

Read more on the Greek Orthodox website.

Forgiveness Vespers follows Social Hour This Sunday

Following the Social Hall, we will hold Forgiveness Vespers, a short service followed by the asking of forgiveness of each other to prepare us for Lent. All parishioners are encouraged to stay.

Forgiveness Vespers

Sunday of Orthodoxy Vespers at St. Paul’s on Sunday, March 8 at 5:00pm

Sunday of Orthodoxy

Join area churches at St. Paul’s on Sunday, March 8 for the Sunday of Orthodoxy Vespers. We will process with the icons to mark this great day of the victory of the Orthodox over the iconoclasts — a celebration held every year in every Church since 843AD at the end of the Iconoclastic Controversy.

Refreshments will follow.

Mark Your Calendar: Lenten Community Luncheon March 12 at Noon

Community Dinner

Community Luncheons are starting up! Barbara and Kosta Dionysopoulos are hosting the next Community Luncheon on Thursday, March 12 starting at noon. Appropriate lenten fare will be served.

Our seniors in particular love these gathers. Please let Barbara D. know if you can attend.


Only A Few Copies of the Lenten Cookbook Remain

Lenten Recipies

Tabit Valentine has compiled a cookbook of Lenten recipes available to our parishioners and for sale in our bookstore.

The recipes are good. Many of you have sampled her work during Social Hall and special events and will agree that what she makes tastes great and topped with a good dose of healthy!

Suggested donation is $15 with all proceeds going to the building fund.

Order yours before they run out.

Greek School Schedule

Greek Language School

St. Peter Orthodox Church Greek School with Eleni Stamelou.

PLEASE NOTE: Children’s Beginner Greek now starts at 5:30pm.

  • Child Beginners meet on Tuesday evenings from January 28 to March 24 at 5:30pm
  • Adult Beginners meet on Wednesday evenings from January 29 to March 25 at 5:30pm.
  • Adult Intermediate/Conversational meet on Wednesday evenings from January 29 to March 25 at 4:30pm.

Women of St. Peter’s: Women’s Retreat On Saturday, March 14, 2020


Women's Retreat

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The Women of St. Peter hosts the annual Lenten Retreat at St. Peter’s on Saturday, March 7. Fr. Alexis Kouri of St. Philip’s Orthodox Church in Davie, Florida, is the guest speaker.

If you can help with the event, please contact Mary Copeland or Nancy Forderhase to volunteer.

Please plan to attend this one day retreat. We want to support this effort with a strong showing from the Women of St. Peter’s. A $10 contributionwill pay for the food expenses.

Please sign up on Sundays or RSVP to Mary Copeland at 239-298-1730 or Nancy Forderhase at 859-749-9509.


Our Stewardship to St. Peter’s



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The letter for Stewardship Support of St. Peter’s in 2020 has been sent.

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 $217,000.


Upcoming Liturgies

Saturday of the Souls on Saturday, February 29, 2020 at 9:30am

Saturday of the Souls

Pledge & Income Report – January 2020

Giving in January was $26,846.00. Our monthly goal to make our 2020 budget is $18,167.00. This leaves a surplus of $8,679.00. While this is good, we have to remember that we always have a good January because some people fulfill their yearly stewardship early.

We have received $140,000.00 in pledges towards our budget goal of $217,000. It’s not too late to sign a pledge card. Pledge cards are available in the Narthex or on St. Peter’s website.

Thank you to all of you who support Saint Peter’s.


Calendar At A Glance


  • Tue Feb 25 — Child Beginners Greek School 5:30pm
  • Wed Feb 26 — Adult Intermediate/conversational Greek School 4:30pm
  • Wed Feb 5 — Adult Beginners/conversational Greek School 5:30pm
  • Sat Feb 29 — Saturday of the Souls Divine Liturgy 9:30am


Lenten Service Schedule for March below.

  • Tue March 3 — Child Beginners Greek School 5:30pm
  • Wed March 4 — Adult Intermediate/conversational Greek School 4:30pm
  • Wed March 4 — Adult Beginners/conversational Greek School 5:30pm
  • Tue March 10 — Child Beginners Greek School 5:30pm
  • Wed March 11 — Adult Intermediate/conversational Greek School 4:30pm
  • Wed March 11 — Adult Beginners/conversational Greek School 5:30pm
  • Thu March 12 — Lenten Community Luncheon 12:00pm
  • Sat March 14 — Sts. Peter/Paul Women’s Retreat
  • Tue March 17 — — Child Beginners Greek School 5:30pm
  • Wed March 18 — Adult Intermediate/conversational Greek School 4:30pm
  • Wed March 18 — Adult Beginners/conversational Greek School 5:30pm
  • Tue March 24 — Child Beginners Greek School 5:30pm
  • Wed March 25 — Adult Intermediate/conversational Greek School 4:30pm
  • Wed March 25 — Adult Beginners/conversational Greek School 5:30pm

March Lenten Service Schedule

Sunday March 1 Sunday of Forgiveness

  • Sun Mar 1 — Forgiveness Vespers following Divine Liturgy 1:00pm
  • Mon Mar 2 — Great Compline with Canon of St. Andrew 6:30pm
  • Tue Mar 3 — Great Compline with Canon of St. Andrew 6:30pm
  • Wed Mar 4 — Presanctified Liturgy 6:30pm
  • Thu Mar 5 — Great Compline with Canon of St. Andrew 6:30pm
  • Fri Mar 6 — First Stanza Salutations 6:30pm

Sunday March 8 Sunday of Orthodoxy

  • Sun Mar 8 — Sunday of Orthodoxy Vespers at St. Paul’s 5:00pm
  • Mon Mar 9 — Great Compline 6:30pm
  • Wed Mar 11 — Presanctified Liturgy 6:30pm
  • Fri Mar 13 — Second Stanza Salutations 6:30pm
  • Sat Mar 14 — St. Peter/St. Paul Women’s Retreat 9:00am

Sunday March 15 Sunday of St. Gregory Palamas

  • Mon Mar 16 — Great Compline 6:30pm
  • Wed Mar 18 — Presanctified Liturgy 6:30pm
  • Fri Mar 20 — Third Stanza Salutations 6:30pm

Sunday March 22 Sunday of the Veneration of the Cross

  • Mon Mar 23 — Great Compline 6:30pm
  • Tue Mar 24 — Annunciation Vespers 6:30pm
  • Wed Mar 25 — Annunciation Liturgy 9:30am
  • Fri Mar 27 — Fourth Stanza Salutations 6:30pm

See the entire Lenten Schedule on the St. Peter website.


Wisdom From The Elders

Those who are attached to earthly things, especially to food and drink, to money, become “sensual, having not the Spirit.” And in everything they only see the flesh, not contemplating the spirit, and even rejecting the spiritual side of things. Righteous John, Wonderworker of Kronstadt

Without God’s will or God’s forbearance nothing takes place on earth. Metropolitan Gregory (Postnikov) of St. Petersburg

He who during his earthly life endures many griefs and misfortunes; he who strictly keeps the Lord’s commandments and does not swerve from them— he receives his reward and his comfort in the life beyond death. Theodora

Ones picture of reality, of the world, definitely influences ones view of God. Fr. Seraphim (Rose)

The name of Jesus Christ is terrible for demons, passions of the soul and diseases. Let us adorn and protect ourselves with it. St. Ignatius (Brianchaninov)

As, soon as the tendency to be proud is dispelled and man regains his natural spiritual health, then God will deliver him directly from the passion which torments him, and will also reward him for his extra effort in the struggle. Saint Paisios of Mount Athos

Remember in Your Prayers

Iakavos (Diveris)
Heriklia (Diveris)
Macy James
Joan (Breitenbach)
Mary (Rauch)
Diomidis (Kanellos)

Anastasia (Ann Constan)
Ben (Ben)
Thomas (Ben)
Irene (C. Diveris)
Vasiliki (C.Diveris)
Efrosini (C. diveris)
Charles (Oberg)
Christine (Kouzes)
Nina (Kovalev)
Hugh (Jacquie)
Violet (Jacquie Mom)
Tammie (Jacquie friend)
Baby Luke
Savannah (Jonson)
Bill R.
Pat R.
Priest Kyprianos
Maryanne (E)
Ron (E)
Robert (J)
Mary (J)
Sofia Tešanovic
Dennis H. and Family
Victor Evan
Dimitri – Presbyter
Nikolay (5 year old boy in Bulgaria whose parents asked us to pray)
Presbytera Rosy
Eva W.
Carol Ann
Maria Louise
Constantine Houpis
Anna Marie Smith Baker
Mary Kassis
Baby Maximus
Annette Star
Claire Livaditis
Eva Chandilles
Baby Dani
Scott Nedoff
James Hord

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

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For Sunday of Forgiveness

Sing praises to our God, sing praises.
Sing praises to our King, sing praises.
O clap your hands, all ye nations.

The Reading from the Epistle of St. Paul to the Romans. (13:11-14:4)

Brethren, salvation is nearer to us now than when we first believed; the night is far gone, the day is at hand. Let us then cast off the works of darkness and put on the armor of light; let us conduct ourselves becomingly as in the day, not in reveling and drunkenness, not in debauchery and licentiousness, not in quarreling and jealousy. B

ut put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to gratify its desires. As for the man who is weak in faith, welcome him, but not for disputes over opinions. One believes he may eat anything, while the weak man eats only vegetables.

Let not him who eats despise him who abstains, and let not him who abstains pass judgment on him who eats; for God has welcomed him. Who are you to pass judgment on the servant of another? It is before his own master that he stands or falls. And he will be upheld, for the Master is able to make him stand.



For Sunday of Forgiveness

The Reading from the Holy Gospel according to St. Matthew. (6:14-21)

The Lord said to His Disciples: If you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father also will forgive you; but if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.

And when you fast, do not look dismal, like the hypocrites, for they disfigure their faces that their fasting may be seen by men. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward. But when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face, that your fasting may not be seen by men but by your Father Who is in secret; and your Father Who sees in secret will reward you.

Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust consume and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust consumes and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.

St. Peter Orthodox Church