Christ the Savior Orthodox Church
Welcome to Our Parish!

Fr. Vladimir Aleandro
Fr. Vladimir Aleandro
Message from Father Vladimir
"Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest." (Matt. 11:28)

We greet you, dear visitor to our website, with the same greeting that appears over the front door entrance to our church. It is an invitation to everyone from our Lord, God and Savior Jesus Christ Himself to come to His Holy Church.
Mission Statement of our Parish
The mission of Christ the Savior Orthodox Church is to proclaim and live out the gospel of our Lord, God and Savior Jesus Christ as it has been handed down to us since apostolic times. By the grace of the Holy Spirit, we:
  • Worship in the fullness of joy and truth.
  • Unite ourselves with Christ through sacramental life.
  • Reach out and care for others in love.
By being faithful to this life, we are transformed into the Body of Christ, bringing the Kingdom of God to all.
Introduction to Our Website
Our website is designed to provide both a glimpse of our parish family life, as well as to serve as a source of information for parish visitors seeking directions to find the church. Perhaps you have arrived at the website from another Internet location? We encourage everyone to explore our site; to learn further about us and about Orthodox Christianity. Our photo gallery is periodically updated, catching important events in the life of our parish. If you would like to learn more about Orthodox Christianity in general, or about us in particular, we encourage you to contact us. We would love to speak with you.

Saint Nectarios of Aegina, our parish patron Saint, in the process of building a monastery, used the image of a lighthouse saying:

"I am building a lighthouse for you, and God will put a light in it that will shine unto the breadth and length of the whole world. Many will see the light and will come here."

It is our prayer that all who visit this website will be attracted to that same Light, our Lord, God and Savior Jesus Christ and will come join us in worshiping Him.

"I AM the Light of the world; whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life." (John 8: 12-14)


Light a candle in memory of someone at every Service in Christ the Savior Church. 

From the first vision of the design of Christ the Savior Church, there was the hope of having a Traditional Orthodox Choros, chandelier, hanging from the center dome. Although the Council of Steward Representatives and the Parish body approved of the project, it seemed that even by using some of the reserved Memorial money, it would never be in our life time. As I was about to file the design in the “hope drawer” of the file cabinet to await a wealthy donor some day, I looked at those forty eight candles and thought: “Each of those represent a memorial light as we celebrate our 25th anniversary.” Everyone could have an opportunity to dedicate a candle in memory of a loved one. Those names would be put in our Memorial Book and read at the five Memorial  Saturdays each year for the life of this parish. If $250 were given for each memorial candle, this dream  could be a reality. If money for half the candles was given by the middle of February, there is a good possibility we can have it up for our anniversary on June 11. This choros would be electrified, each “candle” would have a 7.5 watt miniature bulb that gives off a delicate golden light very similar to that of candles. We will then be able to eliminate the “brash” track lighting that now lights the dome. Talk to Fr. Vladimir and fill out a form with the name of the person to be remembered and a few sentences about them. Andrew Gould, who is among the finest designers of Byzantine churches comments: “The Byzantine choros were the crowning jewels of late-medieval Byzantine churches, where they hung from eight or twelve chains from the perimeter of the dome. This left the dome itself and its iconography unencumbered by chains, allowing a clear view up through the choros. This is a spatial effect of extraordinary beauty and majesty. There is no more cost-effective way to dramatically enhance the beauty of a church than to install a traditional choros.” 


The Children's Choir sing the Troparion for Lazarus Saturday!

Liturgy in Turkana

Please take a moment to check out this video! It shows the first morning of this summer's mission when we took part in the Consecration of St. Peter in Loupwala. Father Vladimir was the team leader in 2012 when the church was built. It is also the community where Father celebrated their first Liturgy in 2007, after the community had been baptized for one year.


For forty days after Pascha Orthodox Christians greet each other with the Joyful Exclamation:
“Christ is Risen” and the return is “Indeed He is Risen!” 
Christ is Risen!  Indeed He is Risen!
Christos Anesti! Alithos Anesti!
Chrstos Voskrese! Voistinu Voskrese!
Christo ha resucitado! En verdad ha resucitado!
Christos amafafouka! Kwaeli amafafouka!  Ayeru Kristo! Iteni Ayeru!
Krishti U Ngjall! Vertet U Ngjal!
Hristos a înviat!  Adeveret Inviat! 
اﻟﻤﺴﯿﺢ ﻗﺎم


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Our Silver Jubilee will be on June 10th & 11th, 2016!

"Welcome one another, therefore, just as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God." Romans 15:7 In Judaism and Christianity, the concept of the Jubilee is a special year of remission of sins and universal pardon.

Friday June 10, Great Vespers will be at 7:00 pm with Archbishop NIKON. It will be followed by light refreshments.


Saturday, June 11, we will gather for our 25th Anniversary Celebration Liturgy! We will greet the Archbishop at 9:30 to begin the celebration of the Divine Liturgy. Following Liturgy there will be coffee for everyone. Afterwards there will be a brunch on the grounds, attendance is by reservation.  We would love to have everyone stay for brunch but need to know before time in order to plan. Reservations are required. Thank you

 


The Lighthouse
Monthly Bulletin Now Available to Download!

Our monthly bulletin, "The Lighthouse" is now available to download! 

Our May newsletter is here for you to download.

Please note, that this is a larger Adobe file and may take a minute to download. It also requires Adobe reader to open an electronic version (pdf files.) Adobe reader is free; most computers already have it. If you don't have Adobe reader on your computer, you can download the free software at https://getadobe.com/reader/

 



Upcoming Events

Women's Retreat Saturday May 14th

Being Bread by Stephen Muse is the new book to be used by the women as they meet Saturday, May14 for the monthly Women’s Retreat.” Stephen Muses finely written book is full of profound insights, eyebrow raising surprises and unforgettable stories. He adds new depth to a sentence most of us pray at least once daily, “Give us this day our daily bread,” Jim Forest. Please join us. We welcome new people frequently. The book is for sale in our Book Store for men and women alike, who are seeking abundant life in Christ.

 

Men’s Evening Retreat, Thursday May 12, 7:00 pm

All men are invited for movie, discussion and pizza.

 

A Farewell to the Pulley Family. 

Sunday, May 8 will be the official last Sunday for our St Vladimir Seminary Intern, Wes Pulley and his family .They will be moving back to the Diocese of the South. Wes, Lauren, James and Walter have become a special part of our family at Christ the Savior Church during these past months. We will have a “Coffee Hour Brunch” send off on that Sunday

 

Blessing of  graves will be on Sunday, May 15

(instead of Thomas Sunday which is also Mother’s Day and our Farewell.)


Save the date all Live Wires and Teens! Jeopardy 2016 will be held on Sunday, May 22.

Study up on your Old Testament knowledge. Join the excitement and fun. May 15 will be our last class for this school year.

 

“Dome project”

Work on our dome, repairing and painting, installing icon of the Pantocrator and hanging the Choros (chandelier) is slated to begin with the scaffolding going up on May 30.  Please pray for The Blessing of the Lord on this endeavor. 

 

Scholarship Sunday is June 5

HELP ! HELP! Can you help raise the thermometer on the scholarship envelope? We need you. Deadline for donations is May 15.Please and Thank You!!!


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