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 three small children: Lydia, Paul, and Silas. Presvytera Alexandra grew up attending Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church in Asheville, North Carolina with her nine siblings.
Did you ever wonder what you’ll look like when you are all grown up? Or what you’ll be? Or how you’ll spend your time? Maybe you’ve wondered what kind of person you’ll grow up to be.
Today we hear the parable of the sower, the man who planted seeds. He probably wondered how these seeds would grow. He probably hoped they would grow up to be strong and healthy plants, don’t you think? Some of those plants didn’t do so well, but some of them grew and grew. They grew into strong and healthy plants with lots of grain to be picked.
We can learn a lot from this story, but most of all we can learn how we can make ourselves grow. Right now, you are just starting to grow! You are just starting to grow into a strong and healthy Orthodox Christian. You probably know that you have a lot to learn and do. But did you know that you’ll be learning about our Lord, and doing things for our Lord all your life? When you are a Christian, you are always growing. You are growing closer to God, and you’re becoming a strong and healthier Christian.
Let’s remember that growing doesn’t stop when we’re done with Sunday School, or even when we grow up and leave home. As Christians, we can always be growing. We can grow by doing good things for other people, reading the Bible, going to Church, learning about the saints, and more!
SAINT MATRONA OF CHIOS: THE POOR COME FIRST!
Did you ever have a chance to save some money? What did you do with it? Did you keep it for yourself or did you buy something for somebody else? Was it hard to decide what to do with it? S
aint Matrona had to make that decision about money too! Saint Matrona came from the island of Chios, in Greece. She was the seventh child in her family. She tried to listen to her parents and to obey them, but they wanted her to get married, and she really wanted to become a nun. Finally, her parents knew she was serious, and they let her become a nun and dedicate her whole life only to God.
Matrona joined a small, poor monastery. Lots of people would come to visit the monastery, and so they needed a bigger church. Matrona had a little money of her own, and she sold some of the land she had too. What should she do with that money? The monastery needed a bigger church! Matrona had a kind heart, and she thought about the poor people in the village. She convinced the other nuns to build a place for the poor people to take baths, so they could stay healthy and clean. After they had built the public baths, the nuns built the new church. Saint Matrona thought of the poor first.
Let’s remember Saint Matrona’s soft heart, and try to be like her!
We celebrate the nameday of Saint Matrona on Oct. 20th (Nov. 2nd, OC).
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