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 played on a team?
You probably had a coach who told you the plan. For example, if you played baseball, you might have heard your coach tell the team: “You play first base. You cover second. You play right field…” and so on. Your coach had a plan, and he wanted to make sure everybody played a part.
Today, in the epistle reading, we hear Saint Paul acting as a coach! Saint Paul writes to his helper, Saint Titus, “When I send Artemas or Tychicos to you, do your best to come to me at Nicopolis, for I have decided to spend the winter there. Do your best to speed Zenas the lawyer and Apollos on their way; see that they lack nothing.” Doesn’t that sound like a coach? Saint Paul tells his helper the plan, and Saint Titus acts it out. Today, in our church, we have a coach, too.
PROPHET EZEKIEL: THE WORD OF GOD
Did you know we have saints who lived before Christ? This week we remember two prophets. A prophet, remember, is somebody who speaks for God. God tells him what to say, and then he tells the people. Tomorrow is Prophet Elijah (Elias). But on Thursday, we remember the Prophet Ezekiel.
Ezekiel lived 600 years before Christ was born. But he is still a saint of our Church because he was close to God and always tried to do what God wanted from him. God’s helpers from the Old Testament are saints of our Church!
We celebrate the Prophet Ezekiel on Thurs. July 23rd (OC: August 5th).
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.