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 told a lie to you? Have you ever been untruthful about something too? In today’s epistle reading, Saint Paul writes, “Do not lie to one another, seeing that you have put off the old nature and have put on the new nature.” Saint Paul knew that “Do not lie” was one of the Ten Commandments. And in the epistle, he tells others who were new to Christianity not to lie too. When we read the epistle, we know that Saint Paul is telling us today not to lie too.
As Christians, we always want to try to be more like our Lord, Jesus Christ. We know that God is always truthful. Jesus even said, “I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life.” God is Truth, because He is always truthful and honest. What we hear from Him is always right. Read more and download activities.
THE NEW MARTYRS OF RUSSIA
Is it easy to be a Christian? Sometimes, people try to tell us that life is fun and easy if we just follow Christ. But when we read the lives of the saints, it sure doesn’t seem that way! So many of them were poor and uncomfortable during their lives. So many of them were made fun of. So many of them were even killed just for being Christians.
We celebrate these saints on Sat. Jan. 25th (Feb. 7, OC).
Join us this OCN Sunday, 1/20/20
It is designated each year by the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the United States of America to raise awareness of the Orthodox Christian Network Media Ministry Missions. The observance of OCN Sunday is an opportunity for parishes to help OCN take the extra step and go out to more people to share the truth of the gospel. Media allows us to spread the seeds of goodness in Orthodoxy around the world. The Orthodox Christian Network continues to serve the Orthodox community since 1995 and provide unlimited access to Orthodox faith-inspiring programming, services and online community. OCN Sunday this year is January 19th, 2020.
You, your families, parish, and organizations can support OCN in a number of ways:
- Get Your Parish Involved. Speak with your priest about the OCN Encyclical available here to download from the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the United States of America, include OCN resources in your parish bulletin, and take a special collection for OCN. Create a Coffee Hour Table and add OCN to your parish website. We are created for an abundant life. There are over 7 billion people in the world today and over 3 billion of them get their information daily from the internet.
- Be a Change Agent. Get Others Involved. Create a Media Ministry Missions Team at your parish, become an OCN Virtual Volunteer or Contributor, or host a fundraiser to share the impact OCN has had on your faith and others.
- Become a Monthly Share the Light Sponsor. With church attendance declining, it’s the call of our generation to reach people where they are and remind them of the grace of God and His unconditional love. Give the gift that will last generations.
elcome 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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