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 watched a relay race? Maybe you have seen runners in the Olympics. In a relay race, one runner runs, and then he passes a baton to another runner. Then that runner keeps running. After that, he passes it to somebody else.
In today’s epistle reading, we hear about a kind of relay race in the Church! The Apostle Paul writes to the new Christians, “Now I would remind you, brothers and sisters, of the good news that I proclaimed to you, which you in turn received.” Saint Paul told them about the good news of Jesus Christ, but he had heard the good news from somebody else. It was like he got the baton and ran with it!
And what was that good news? Saint Paul says, that good news was “that Christ died for our sins, and that He was buried, and that He was raised on the third day, and that He appeared to Peter and then to the twelve. Then He appeared to more than 500…then He appeared to James, then to all the apostles. Last of all, He appeared to me.” All these people heard the good news of Jesus Christ. Then they passed it on to somebody else!
We all have heard about our Lord, Jesus Christ, too. Did you know that God wants us to pass the baton on to other people, to people who might not know about Him? You can pass that good news on when you show people you are a good Christian, that you love Jesus Christ, and you love others!
ST. KOSMAS AITOLOS: REMEMBERING THE GOOD NEWS
Do you know what happened in around 1776? That’s when America declared her independence and broke free from Great Britain. But do you know what was happening in Greece at this same time?
For many, many years lots of Orthodox Christians were under the power of the Turkish Ottomans. Sometimes they made it hard for Christians to worship our one, true God.
Even though they came from Christian countries, many years had passed. Lots of people had forgotten about Christ! St. Kosmas wanted to remind them about our Lord.
St. Kosmas is a wonderful saint who went to so many places in Greece and Albania, telling people about Jesus Christ. He reminded them of the Gospel and of all Christ’s miracles. He told them the good news— that Christ rose from the dead and wants to save us! St. Kosmas baptized lots and lots of people, and told them how to be good Christians once again. St. Kosmas died in 1779, while America was still fighting the Revolutionary War.
St. Kosmas died in Albania, fighting for Christ!
We celebrate St. Kosmas on Friday, Aug. 24th (Sept. 6th, OC).
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 with your parish, church school, homeschool, family, and friends.
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.
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