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.
God will help, but we can too! Look at the little icon to the left. It’s not hard to see who is the rich man. But it’s not hard to find the poor man either, is it? He’s the one on his knees, looking for food. This is an icon that tells a story, a story from the Bible. It is the story of a rich man, and a poor man named Lazarus. You’ll hear that Gospel reading today at church, but just remember those two men. The rich man had a great life, but he wouldn’t help the poor man, Lazarus. That rich man must have seen poor Lazarus many times, but still he wouldn’t help him. He wouldn’t give him food or clothing or a place to stay. Did you know the name Lazarus means something? Lazarus means, “God will help.” Maybe the rich man thought, “Oh well, I don’t need to help that poor guy. God will help him!” Maybe he even prayed for him. We see people who need help too. Did you know something? God wants us to pray to Him and ask for help. But He also wants us to do something, when we can! In another part of the Bible, we hear that when we see somebody who is hungry or who doesn’t have good clothes, we can’t just say, “Go in peace; keep warm and well fed.” We have to do something! We can help him or her. So always remember, praying is always good. But we can help others with our own two hands, too!
Another feast for Saint George: The Church in Lydda.
Did you know Tuesday is Election Day in the United States? Next year is a more important year, when we will elect a new president. But this week, you might hear about people who want to be on school boards or have other positions. Sometimes people have good reasons for getting elected. But sometimes those people just want to feel important. Sometimes they want to get elected to be powerful. This week 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 on Tuesday we remember when the people built a church for Saint George. That was 1700 years ago! We remember that special day even today because Saint George is such a special saint. That first church was destroyed. Then it was rebuilt. Then it was destroyed again and rebuilt again. This last one was built almost 150 years ago. You can visit it if you ever go to Palestine, in the Middle East. You can pray in this amazing place. Saint George’s tomb (his body) is still there. And you can see how Saint George is important to us. And his prayers are powerful, too!
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