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.
The Children’s Word bulletin was created so children will know they are not only welcome in church, but even more, an essential part of the Church family.
This week’s edition:
HOW TO BE SMART
Who is the smartest person in the world? That’s a hard question to answer. You might think of an astrophysicist or a mathematician. You might think of somebody who has been in school for years and years. There is even a man in Michigan who has earned 29 degrees for his college work! Some people might think that being smart means knowing almost everything! But in the Gospel reading today, we hear what our Lord says about that. In the Gospel, we hear about some of Jesus’ followers. Some of these helpers were simple fishermen and simple workers. They hadn’t gone to school and studied for years and years. But the Gospel tells us that Jesus prayed, “I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that you have hidden these things from the wise and understanding and revealed them to babes; yes, Father, for such was your gracious will.’” God shows little children His truth. Even children can be holy. Even children can be close to God. Even children can know things that the super smart people don’t! So sometimes, in your Sunday School class, you might know all the answers. But the most important thing is being close to God, following Him, and trying to do the right thing.
SAINT LUKE THE EVANGELIST
Do you have a favorite author? Maybe you really like a book series, and you wish it would never end. Maybe you keep wanting to read more and more. The Holy Bible was written by lots of authors. And when you get to reading it, you might have a favorite author or a favorite chapter. Today we celebrate the feastday of Saint Luke. He is called an evangelist, because he wrote down the Good News (evangelon, in Greek) about our Lord, Jesus Christ. Remember, we have four Evangelists: Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. They all wrote about Jesus’ life, what He said, and what happened to Him. One great thing about Saint Luke is that he wrote a sequel to his Gospel! You might have heard some stories from the Acts of the Apostles. That’s the chapter of the Bible where we hear about the new Christian Church. We hear about how it grew and grew. We hear about the first Christians who gave so much to spread the good news of Jesus Christ. We hear about the dangerous adventures of Saint Paul and Saint Peter. We love Saint Luke the Evangelist because he gave us the Good News too. And we can read that Good News anytime we want to read the Bible! We celebrate Saint Luke’s feastday today, October 18th.
What’s in an icon? Did you know Saint Luke was an artist too? He drew some of the first icons of our church. Can you see who is in the icon he is drawing? It’s Mary, the Theotokos.
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