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.
Have you ever had a chance to help the hungry? Not just making a snack for yourself, but really helping some people who don’t have much to eat or money to buy food. Have you packed meals, or have you given money to IOCC or a local food shelf? Have you helped at a soup kitchen?
In the Gospel today, we hear about how God wants us to help the hungry and the needy. In the story, God will welcome these faithful and
helpful people into heaven. Why? Well, because our Lord Jesus Christ will say, “For I was hungry, and you gave me food. I was thirsty and you gave me drink.”
Then, these happy people will ask, “When did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink?” And He will answer, “Truly, as you did it to one of the least of these my brethren, you did it to me.” God wants us to know that when we help others, it is like we are helping
our Lord Jesus Christ Himself!
SAINT WALBURGA: A HOLY GERMAN NUN
You probably have friends named Nicholas or Katherine or George. Or that might be your own name. But you probably don’t know anybody named Walburga! On Tuesday, we’ll celebrate Saint Walburga’s feastday. Even though she has a strange name, she is a great example to us! Saint Walburga was a princess in England. She left her home to teach people in Germany about our Lord, Jesus Christ. (This was before many people in Germany knew about Christ.) She started a women’s monastery there. But even more importantly, she tried to live like Christ. She prayed to God all the time, and she was very humble. She tried to help everybody who came to her.
We celebrate St. Walburga on Tuesday, Feb. 25 (March 9, OC).