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.
As Christians, we are really just beginners!
Sometimes we might think we know a lot about our Church, especially when we answer all the questions right in Church School. Have you ever had to follow an example? Maybe when you were learning to read and write, you traced letters. Or when you wanted to learn how to draw something, you colored the pattern just the way they told you to. If you follow the pattern or example closely, your work will turn out just right.
In our Christian faith, we need examples too! Saint Paul is a wonderful example to us, and we can follow him to turn out to be great, strong, Christians. In today’s epistle reading, Saint Paul tells his students in Corinth, “I urge you then, be imitators of me.” Saint Paul knew that God had shown him the right way. Now, he wanted the Christians to imitate him so they would turn out right. He wanted the new Christians to follow his example.
A HOLY DOCTOR: SAINT DIOMEDES THE PHYSICIAN
We celebrate Saint Diomedes today, Aug. 16th (OC: Aug. 29th). Nowadays, we have been thinking a lot about doctors, haven’t we? So many people in the world are sick, and we are thankful when we have good doctors and nurses to
take care of us.
Did you know our holy Orthodox Church has lots of doctors who were also saints? We can think of Saint Luke the Apostle, Saint Luke the Surgeon, Saints Kosmas and Damianos, Saint Panteleimon, and one day, maybe you can also learn about Saints Zenaida and Philonella, too!
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.