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.
Did you ever have a friend or a classmate who was nice to you sometimes…but then ignored you other times? Maybe you played together
and hung out together a lot…but then all of a sudden that friend didn’t want to be with you? That sure doesn’t feel good, does it? Today is the third Sunday of Great Lent. Today, we remember the precious Cross. We remember how our Lord Jesus Christ died on the Cross. We remember how the Cross is always a sign of God’s power and love. But when we read the Gospel today, we also remember what we have to do, too! The Gospel says, “Whoever is ashamed of me and my words…of him will the Son of man also be ashamed, when he comes in the
glory of his Father with the holy angels.”
Let’s not be like a friend who isn’t always a friend, somebody who plays with you and then ignores you. Let’s be God’s friend all the time!
TRUSTING GOD’S PLAN: THE FEAST OF THE ANNUNCIATION
Wednesday is a big day! It’s the day we celebrate when the Angel Gabriel came to tell Mary that she was going to have a baby. And who was this baby? Our Lord, Jesus Christ, of course! At first, Mary, the Theotokos, was afraid, but she knew to trust in God. She knew that God had a special plan for her. God has a special plan for all of us, too, but we have to trust Him to help us with it!
We celebrate this great feast on Wed., March 25th (April 7, 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.