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.
Can you think of a time you left home, and your parents gave you some instructions? Maybe you were going off to school, and you heard your mother say, “And don’t forget to…” Those might have been the most important words she told you!
In today’s epistle reading, we hear some of the last words Saint Paul said to the early Christians. He was giving the Christians in Ephesus some last instructions. “And don’t forget to…” Saint Paul might have said. But what did he tell these Christians? What was so important?
Saint Paul told them, “We must support the weak, remembering the words of the Lord Jesus, for He Himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’” St. Paul tells the Christians how we must help others. We help poor people. We help sick people. We help lonely people. We help older people. We help little children. We help sad people. Saint Paul reminds us to help the weak, the people who need us!
After Saint Paul said these things, he was sent off to Jerusalem, where he wasn’t allowed to teach the new Christians anymore. So, that’s why these were his last instructions. We are Christians too, so let’s remember St. Paul’s important words. Don’t forget to help the weak, the people who need us!
SAINT KALI: HELPING THE POOR
Sometimes we hear messages more than once, don’t we? In today’s epistle reading, we hear Saint Paul reminding us to help the poor. This week we hear about a saint who spent her whole life helping the poor. Her life is a message to us, too!
We don’t know much about Saint Kali. We don’t know if she lived 1300 years ago or 700 years ago. We do know that she lived a very holy life. She tried to be like the good Christians who came before her. Kali was very rich, but she gave away a lot of her money to the poor. She invited people who didn’t have homes to live in her house. She asked God to help her feed the hungry, and He did. When she gave away bread to the poor, she never ran out, no matter how much she gave away!
In our Orthodox Church, we have many hymns and songs about the saints. The hymn to Saint Kali tells about how much she helped people when she was alive, and about how much she still helps people now that she is with Christ in heaven. The hymn tells how Saint Kali never gets tired of helping people. Let’s ask God to be that way too! We celebrate St. Kali on Tuesday, May 22nd (June 4th, 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.
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