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.
Do you have a piggy bank? Do you have somewhere you keep your extra money, or where you try to save for something? You probably keep it in a safe place, because it is a little treasure for you, isn’t it? Today’s Gospel reading gives us some special advice for living a good life as a
Christian. We learn about what kind of treasure we should have, and what we should do with that treasure! The Bible says, “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust consume and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven.”
What kind of treasures are these “treasures in heaven”? Well, these treasures are all the good things we do for others—like giving food and money to the poor, visiting the sick or the lonely, helping people who have nobody else to help them. These treasures are also our faith in God. We can make these treasures grow even bigger by coming closer to God with our prayers and with our reading the Bible and by receiving Holy Communion and Holy Confession. These treasures in heaven will grow and grow! This is good advice for us Christians every day, but especially for tomorrow. Tomorrow we start Great Lent, a special time we can grow closer to our Lord!
SAINT CONON: THE GARDENER
Have you ever had to do something very, very hard? Well, Saint Conon did. His whole life was hard, and his death was too. Saint Conon was born and raised in Nazareth, in the same area where our Lord, Jesus Christ lived as a child. Later on, he lived in what is now Turkey. Saint Conon worked hard all his life as a simple gardener. He had a little garden with vegetables, which he sold to others and kept some for himself to live.
We celebrate St. Conon on Thursday, March 5 (March 18, 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.