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.
Have you ever talked to somebody who only talks about himself? Maybe he talked about what he wanted to do, what he wanted to eat, what he wanted to play, what he thought was interesting. It’s no fun talking to somebody who thinks only about himself!
Our Lord reminds us that we can’t just think about ourselves all the time if we want to be close to Him. When we have extra of something, let’s think of people who need it. When God gives us something, let’s share it with others! God wants us to show love for others, not just ourselves!
SAINT LAZARUS THE ICONOGRAPHER PAINTING THE LORD.
We celebrate Saint Lazarus today, Nov. 17th (Nov. 30th OC).
Today we celebrate the nameday of a saint who had a special talent for drawing…not pictures of landscapes or animals or portraits, but for holy pictures. Saint Lazarus had a gift for painting holy icons.
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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