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.
How did you meet your friends? Do you have friends from school and sports and from camp? Do you have friends from church and from your neighborhood? Our friends are special to us because we have something in common with them. We take care of each other.
In today’s epistle reading, Saint Paul writes about his friends too. He writes to the Christians in Corinth, “I rejoice at the coming of Stephanas and Fortunatus and Achaicos, because they have made up for your absence; for they refreshed my spirit as well as yours…Aquila and Prisca, together with the church in their house, send you hearty greetings in the Lord. All the brethren send greetings.”
SAINT EUPHROSYNOS: THE COOK
Do you have chores? Do you help wash the dishes? Walk your dog? Maybe you vacuum the house each week or help with the laundry? If we each have a job to do in our homes, we can get it all done more quickly.
In a monastery, monks or nuns have chores too. On Friday, we celebrate the nameday of Saint Euphrosynos. St. Euphrosynos was a monk who had an important chore to do in his monastery—He was the cook! He always did his chore humbly and without complaining. Saint Euphrosynos was a holy man and was very close to God.
We celebrate Saint Euphrosynos on Friday, Sept. 11th (OC: Sept. 24th).
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.