Christ the Savior-Holy Spirit Orthodox Church
Archpriest Steven C. Kostoff
4285 Ashland Ave, Cincinnati OH 45212 - (513) 351-0907

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PARISH NEWS - If you would like to receive updates on parish life at Christ the Savior-Holy Spirit, please contact Fr. Steven and request to be added to his email distribution list.

 


SPECIAL ONE-EVENING BIBLE STUDY

'By the Sea of Tiberias' 

On Wednesday evening, April 25, we will have a Bible Study session on John 21. Last summer, we studied JN. 13-21, but we were unable to cover chapter 21.

So, as that chapter covers events of Christ's Resurrection, it should prove to be more than a little timely to discuss that marvelous chapter, and thus closing our study and discussion of St. John's Gospel from last summer.A good way to keep alive the paschal spirit of this unique season in the Church...

Join us as we encounter the Risen Christ, 'by the Sea of Tiberias!'


KAIROS PRISON MINISTRY

THANK YOU to all our Cookie bakers for our April 2018 in-prison weekend!

PLEASE REMEMBER TO PRAY for our Kairos in-prison team, and for the prisoners, this week and weekend, April 26-29!

ALSO, our Kairos Prison Ministry Team has posted a special appeal for volunteers. There are many of ways to support this ministry, both behind the prison walls, and within your home, from here at the parish, or even from your kitchen. Learn more here...


CHRIST IS RISEN!

INDEED HE IS RISEN!

Whether you are a 'Cradle Orthodox', a convert, or a new seeker or inquirer, we greet you on Pascha, the Feast of Feasts, the Resurrection of our Lord, God and Savior Jesus Christ!

This powerful historical event launched the Christian Church on its journey through history, and transformed the cosmos, even destroying death and granting us Eternal Life. As we sing in the hymns of Pascha, "Now all is filled with Light!" 

Explore our Pascha to Pentecost Resource Section to learn more, and join us for our services. You can also read Fr Steven's Pascha Meditations. and meditations on the Resurrection, beginning with this important article: The Resurrection of Christ and the Rise of Christianity.

We will also soon be announcing our annual Summer Bible Study series, so keep watch for further info. We look forward to seeing you!


LENTEN RETREAT RECAP

Visit our new 2018 Lenten Retreat Archive page to read Fr Steven's summary of this special event in the life of the parish, led by renowned speaker and ecclesiastical tailor Kh. Krista West. Also posted is a beautifully done video of her giving the same presentation in 2016 - ideal for those who could not attend, or who would lke to revisit the subject of the How and Why of Beauty in the Orthodox Church. A photo gallery from the retreat and numerous links and info make for an excellent ongoing resource.


PARISH CALENDAR SYNC — NEVER MISS ANOTHER SERVICE OR EVENT! — This is a wonderful feature of our website, as once you sync our calendar to your iPhone, iPad, Android device, PC or Mac, it will automatically update as we post our parish schedule on our pop-up calendar. Just use the provided sync buttons to enable. Our calendar is featured on our Home page and our Schedule page. Learn more here.


 

SUBMIT PRAYER REQUESTS ONLINE - Our Ministries Page now has an easy to use Prayer Request Form, so you may place your prayer requests straight from our website. You can also use the form to have your email address added to our Prayer Chain.

 


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The Great Commission
The Great Commission

Orthodox Christian Mission Center Presentation

Join OCMC and Presbytera Michelle Jannakos on Thursday, May 3 at 6:30pm, at the Athenian Restaurant, 10966 Reading Rd,  Sharonville,OH 45241 for a presentation and discussion about the missionary work of our Orthodox Church in many parts of the world. The Orthodox Christian Mission Center in St. Augustine, Florida currently has 20 long term missionaries and sends about 150 individuals and families on short term mission teams.

These missionaries do their own fundraising and count on our support. Please join us to learn more about making disciples of all nations! There will also be food and Live Greek music by George and the Corner Band! If you have not received an invitation to our event and would like one please contact Jim Raptis at  dimitrirap at gmail dot com. Full info available on the event flier in PDF format.


LYDIA'S HOUSE COLLECTION EXTENDED

Dear Parish Faithful,

Christ is Risen!

We would like to extend the collection for Lydia’s House for a few more weeks. The blue bin is in the fellowship hall. Items needed include:

Items - Infant bath tub • Diapers sizes 1, 3, 4, 5 • Conditioner • Body wash • Razors • Kitchen cleaning spray • Toothpaste/floss

My thanks, Presv. Deborah


 

HOLY WEEK - PASCHA IN OUR PHOTO GALLERY

Relive the Lord's Passion Week and Resurrection through dozens of images in our Photo Gallery. Covers Holy Thursday through Agapé Vespers. And be sure to join us for our divine services, and a Special Bible Study on the Gospel according to John Ch. 21 (Wed. Apr 25), as we continue to proclaim the Lord's Resurrection...


BACK IN PRINT!

The Divine Liturgy of the Orthodox Church
Meaning, Preparation & Practice

by Archpriest Steven C. Kostoff

Third Edition, with a new Epilogue by the author...

Seekers, catechumens and Orthodox faithful alike will be blessed by this trustworthy and inspiring guide to the Divine Liturgy and the Life in Christ, composed by our beloved pastor, a faithful presbyter of the Orthodox Church in America.

Paperback, 64 pages, full color cover; $9.99 retail.

Full info here, plus special link to order with a 20% discount!


FOOD PANTRY UPDATE

  • RESTOCKING APPEAL

Dear Parish Faithful,

The parish food pantry is open to the neighborhood one Saturday each month. Below is a list of items we could use.

  • Canned Veggies (Peas, Green Beans, Carrots, Corn)
  • Canned Fruit
  • Canned Evaporated milk
  • 100% juice boxes
  • Canned chicken
  • Chicken and Tuna Helpers (please, no hamburger helpers)
  • Granola Bars
  • Breakfast bars
  • Small boxes of cereal (10-12 oz range)
  • Individual Oatmeal packets
  • Chunky Soups (please buy 2 of the same soup)
  • Ravioli O's
  • Crackers (Saltine and Club)
  • Snack Crackers (Lance peanut butter or cheese crackers)
  • Individual cookie packs
  • toothpaste & toothbrushes
  • soap
  • toilet paper

Thank you, as always to the parish, for so faithfully supporting this important ministry.

Please visit our Food Pantry Ministry page for full info...