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 seen a fancy seal on a letter or on a certificate? A seal makes things official. A seal shows something really comes from who it says it comes from. Long ago, a king might write a letter, close it with wax, and then make a mark in the wax with his ring. Then, everybody would know that letter really came from the king!
In today’s epistle, Saint Paul writes to the new Christians, “Brethren, you are the seal of my apostleship in the Lord.” Saint Paul taught these people in Corinth about Christ. He helped raised them up to learn more about the Lord. He also helped them learn how to live as good Christians too. These new Christians were “seals of Saint Paul’s apostleship in the Lord” because people would know they came from Christ. They knew it was official!
LEARNING FROM THE APOSTLES: SAINT IRENAEUS OF LYONS
We celebrate Saint Irenaeus today, Aug. 23rd (OC: Sept. 5th). Have you ever thought about your teachers? You know they were students once, too, don’t you? You know they learned from their teachers. In our Church, our teachers once learned
from teachers, too. Today is the feastday of Saint Irenaeus, and he had a very special teacher. His teacher was Saint Polycarp, who taught him so much about the Christian life.
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.