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

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Exploring the Truth that God is Light and Love

The Three Catholic Epistles of St John


Study Outline for 1 John now posted!

Wednesday evenings at 7:30pm beginning June 20.

Full info and our flier available here.


Bring your Bible and bring a friend!


To Complete the Fellowship Hall Renovation

Pledge Match Program ends June 30!

Parish Faithful -

This is to update you regarding the Fellowship Founders Hall Renovation fund drive.  Thanks to the generosity of so many of our parishioners we are “within range”, only about $20,000 short, of our original goal of $210,000.

AND – we still have until June 30, to take advantage of our matching gift program, wherein any new pledges or increases in existing pledges up to $1,400 will be matched, in effect doubling your contribution

If you are at all considering either increasing your pledge or pledging anew, NOW is the time to act and take advantage of the match, Click here to enter your pledge. or email Gary George

We are so grateful to all who have pledged at any amount as it has enabled all parishioners and guests to experience true Orthodox fellowship in a safe, clean, welcoming atmosphere. 

We are truly blessed, and your Fellowship Founders Committee thanks you. 


Fellowship Founders Committee

Full infomation is provided on this special Fellowship Founders Pledge Match page, or you can proceed directly to the Online Pledge Form.


We are again supporting the Woven Oaks Initiative here in Norwood for 2018. Erin Lockridge addressed the parish this past Sunday during the post-Liturgy talk, and shared some of this year's programming with us. One of their dynamic programs is called 'Norwood Grows':

Norwood Grows hosts nearly 130 young people in programs like Garden Camp, Cooking Camp, Explorers Camp, and Girls’ Safe Space. These programs seek to educate, inspire, and empower the children and teens of Norwood, Ohio, using garden, culinary, art, and nature-based curriculum. Norwood Grows programs teach practical skills that can be applied in the life of our community and beyond. They encourage a sense of wonder and deep respect for the natural world and the way it sustains us; and they promote healthy relationships - with plants, animals, our bodies, our peers, and our community. 

Learn more and get connected at Norwood Grows and



Our yearly monastery pilgrimage to visit Holy Transfiguration Monastery in Ellwood City, PA is scheduled for Tuesday, July 11 to Wednesday, July 12.  This visit is open to the entire parish (children especially welcomed) and we want to encourage everyone. Please RSVP to Presvytera Deborah asap so that we can finalize and confirm the dates with Mo. Paula. 

To learn more about Orthodox Christian Monastcism, visit our special Monastic Matters page, and contact Fr Steven...


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!


Visit our 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 a similar 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.



ORTHODOX WORLD NEWS - Headline news from around the Orthodox world, plus daily podcasts on the saints and scriptures, updated via RSS Feed.



'Monday Morning Meditations - Reflections of a Parish Priest', featuring dozens of Father Steven's writings from his Orthodox Christian Meditations Blog, has been published by Kaloros Press, and will soon be available in our parish bookstore.

From the publisher's announcement:

"Fr. Steven offers us a way to practice mindfulness by opening our workaday to the Divine Reality that is so often relegated to Sunday services. It is that Reality that makes Monday mornings meaningful."

Publisher's description and full info, including a link to order direct from Kaloros Press, is available on this special page.




Saturdays at 4:30pm, in the Parish Library, followed by Great Vespers at 6:00pm. We are reading Fr. Thomas Hopko's Orthodox Faith series

* NOTE! - Schedule subject to change! Watch for updates on our schedule and reading assignments. All are welcome. Makes a great 'refresher course' for all Orthodox faithful as well! Contact Fr Steven if you are interested, and to make sure you receive updates by email...



A Special Resource of the Midwest Diocese of the OCA

Dear Parish Faithful — Our Midwest Diocese has developed a Family Life website that His Grace, Bishop Paul is encouraging that our parish families turn to for helpful resources in raising our families in today's world.  —  Fr. Steven



Dear Parish Faithful,
I just discovered this wonderful YouTube video featuring our parish iconographer, Fr. Andrew Tregubov, explaining the traditional method and theory behind icon painting. Quite fascinating. It is relatively short and very nicely produced. Please take the time to watch this. I invited Fr. Andrew to the parish many times, but he always had to decline because of his responsibilities in caring for his parents and in-laws. His wife, Galina, hand stitched our burial shroud that we venerate during Holy Week.
With Fr. Andrew as our iconographer, our parish is blessed with some of the best iconography being created today in North America. 
Fr. Steven



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...



Dear Parish Faithful,

We had a great turnout at the food pantry last Saturday. Thank you, Erin, for getting the word out. We had 20 people today (some families of 2 or more which we counted as one), including 3 new people. That is a great number considering the bags distributed by Erin in advance. As of result, we ran out of many items in the pantry, and we are in great need to restock. We left 3 bags prepared in case someone stops by in the middle of the week.
One item that we have plenty left is canned vegetable...
I want to thank Gary, Amalia (Luana’s daughter) and my daughter, Andrea, for their help today. Much appreciated.
Here is a list of what we need:
-canned soup (not instant or ramen soup)
-canned meats
-box meals
-spaghetti sauce
-peanut butter
-canned fruit and fruit cups
-snacks (granola bars, trail mix, etc)
-boxed cereal and oatmeal (individual packets)
- coffee (no flavor) and individual packets of coffee creamer
-black and pinto canned beans
-chili beans
-dish detergent 
-laundry detergent
-paper towels
-toilet paper
-razors and shaving cream
Thank you all so much for all your support,


Please visit our Food Pantry Ministry page for more info on this ministry...

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