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.
Do you know how you could make other people rich?
They’re opposites, aren’t they? Well, in today’s epistle reading, Saint Paul tells how he was rich and poor, all at the same time. Saint Paul tells us of all the awful things that happened to him, as he traveled around, preaching the Gospel. And he writes that he is “poor, but making many rich.”
Saint Paul was poor because he didn’t have much money or many things. But at the same time, he was rich, because he had the best thing of all. Saint Paul had the good news that our Lord Jesus Christ had opened heaven for him! He had the good news that he could live in heaven with Him forever!
THE FIRST CHRISTIAN COUNTRY: SAINT GREGORY OF ARMENIA
We celebrate Saint Gregory on Wednesday, Sept. 30th (OC: Oct. 13th).
Sometimes saints’ lives are filled with wild adventures! Saint Gregory was a saint who lived around the year 300. His family were nobility, and once, his father did a very wrong thing. He wanted more power, so he killed the king. Gregory was going to be in trouble too, so he escaped and went off to live somewhere else.
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.
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.