When gazing at a wall calendar, the following information stands out. Yes, there are the seven days of the week on top and the dates of the month below. But what also stands out are the special events that are depicted on the dates in which they fall.

Monday, Feb. 20, has been labeled as being President's Day. Those of us who have been around for awhile remember that in February we would celebrate separately the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln and George Washington. Now, we see the celebration of these two presidents falling on Monday, bringing with it a long weekend. Who doesn't want to have a long weekend once in a while?

Students of history all know the accomplishments of George Washington. No matter who will call 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. as their residence, we all know and accept the fact that Washington was the first president of the United States.

Just like every other president who followed him, Washington saw the necessity in having people he could work with to be members of his cabinet. We all know that it is much easier to work with people who are on the same page as us verses those who differ from the course that has been mapped out.

Our Lord had the twelve disciples, and we see in the ministries of the twelve the laying of the foundation of the church. We see in this band of twelve the person of Peter, the leader of the twelve.

The name Peter, translated from the Greek, means "rock." We can learn a few things about Peter from the pages of Holy Scripture where he is depicted as being a fisherman as well as a married man.

What an honor for Peter to be told by Jesus that, "You are Peter and on this rock I will build my church." This is a great reward granted to Peter, based on the fact that he was the first to make the confession of faith. The true rock of our church is Christ Himself. All of our churches should be built on a faithful confession to Christ, the same kind of confession of faith that Peter had proclaimed.

We see ourselves in the person of Peter. Yes, Peter made the confession of faith but we also know that it was Peter who denied the Lord in the courtyard of the high priest.

We could easily point the finger at Peter and be critical of what he did, but let us look at the particular circumstances. Peter was in the courtyard by himself, the others disciples had fled, and his friends were no longer with him. What was he to do?

We see in Peter's later ministry a man who saw what he did and saw the need in establishing the roots of the Christian faith. In the person of Peter we see and hear the sermon preached on the First Pentecost promising the coming of the Holy Spirit and reminding those assembled that Jesus was the Messiah.

We know that things can become difficult. We know that if life were easy it would be quite boring. The key in handling what is brought before us is that we remain focused on Christ and His message.

We should look at the Apostle Peter as the humble example of seeing through our mistakes and bettering the community around us. Only then can anything we do be seen as being sturdy as a rock.

The Rev. George Chioros is the pastor of Saints Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church in Newport News. He can be reached by e-mail at FRGChioros@aol.com