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.
God wants to Save the Lost
Have you ever lost something that you really, really liked? A favorite toy? A piece to a puzzle? A piece of jewelry? Something special from a grandparent? Maybe you searched all over the place for it. And if you found it…do you
remember how happy you were?
This week we hear the story of Zacchaeus. You remember it, don’t you? Zacchaeus was the short man who climbed up in the tree so he could see Jesus pass by. Zacchaeus is the one Jesus called down from the tree, and told him he would stay at his house!
Zacchaeus, remember, was a rich man because he had taken from the poor. He had charged them too much money. But when Jesus came to his house, Zacchaeus changed his ways. He pledged to give half of his things to the poor. He pledged to give back four times as much as he took from them! He made things right with the people. He made things right with God!
SAINT BRIDGET: ANOTHER IRISH SAINT
We celebrate St. Bridget, February 1st (OC: Feb. 14th).
It won’t be long before everybody will be talking about Saint Patrick, Ireland, and green shamrocks. But tomorrow we celebrate the feastday of another great saint of Ireland, Saint Bridget. Nowadays, most people in Ireland are Christian, but Saint Bridget lived long ago, when not many people knew about our one, true God! Lots of people there worshipped trees and other things in nature. Bridget’s father was a pagan, too. He named his daughter after the goddess of fire. He wanted her to grow up worshipping those things, too. But Bridget had other ideas! Even
when she was little, Bridget wanted to follow Christ.