Presvytera Alexandra Houck created The Children's Word bulletin so children will know they are not only welcome in church, but even more, an essential part of the Church family. She hopes the weekly bulletin will be just one more way we can make kids feel at home in church. Presvytera Alexandra is a graduate of Duke University and Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology. Her husband, Fr. Jason Houck, is a priest at St. Mary's Greek Orthodox Church in Minneapolis, MN. Presvytera Alexandra and Fr. Jason have five small children: Lydia, Paul, Silas, Philip, and Sarah. Presvytera Alexandra grew up attending Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church in Asheville, North Carolina with her nine siblings.
Has anybody ever stolen something from you? Maybe somebody stole a toy of yours or even a bike. Maybe you left your dessert on the table and your sister ate it when you got up from the table! It is not a good feeling when somebody takes something that belongs to you!
In today’s Gospel reading, we hear the story of the rich man and a poor man named Lazarus. We hear about how the rich man wouldn’t help the poor man. He ignored Lazarus, even though Lazarus begged every day outside his gates. Inside, the rich man ate delicious food, but outside, the poor man didn’t have anything. This story reminds us that we have to help the poor! As Christians, we can’t just ignore them like the rich man did in the story today.
God gives us everything. He asks us to love one another. He asks us to take care of one another, including the poor. When we don’t do that, we are taking something that belongs to God. Let’s always remember to share with others, especially the poor people in the world.
Another Feast For Saint George
Today, we will celebrate another day for our friend, Saint George. He was a saint who could have been important and powerful in the Roman army. But he chose to follow Jesus Christ instead. Saint George’s big nameday is in April, but today we remember when the people built a church for Saint George. That was 1,700 years ago! We remember that special day even today because Saint George is such a special saint.
Today, we will celebrate another day for our friend, Saint George. He was a saint who could have been important and powerful in the Roman army. But he chose to follow Jesus Christ instead. We celebrate this feastday today, Nov. 3rd (Nov. 16th OC).
Welcome to “The Children’s Word,” a weekly ministry of the Orthodox Christian Network. Each week, Presvytera Alexandra Houck writes this little newsletter for young parishioners! You will find age-appropriate articles, stories, and activities in every edition. The newsletter is provided in PDF format so that you can easily download and print it, and share it with your parish, church school, homeschool, family, and friends.
Each issue includes a message on the Sunday Gospel lesson and on one of the saints for the week. You’ll also find a coloring page and other activities. It is designed for a 8.5 x 14 page, so it can be printed and folded.
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