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.
What would you do if you had years of free time? Yes, years. Not just a few hours a day, but years! Nothing to do. No need to work. Would you relax, have parties with your friends, or goof off? Or would you spend your time in a different way?
In the Gospel lesson, a man faced that question. He stored up enough food to live for many years. What did he choose to do? “Eat, drink, and be merry,” he said. In other words, he decided to take it easy, have parties, and enjoy himself. He didn’t feel like working. Now he had lots of free time, and he planned to have some fun! But in this Gospel reading, God wants us to know that there is more to life than having fun! As Christians, we must always try harder and harder to improve ourselves. We must always work at being more like our Lord, Jesus Christ.
SAINT NICHOLAS OF METSOVO: RICH TOWARD GOD
We celebrate St. Nicholas on Saturday, Nov. 28th (OC: Dec. 11).
Saint Nicholas Day is coming! Well, yes, in two weeks we celebrate our good friend, Saint Nicholas of Myra. But we have other Nicholas saints too! St. Nicholas of Japan, St. Nicholas Planas, St. Nicholas the tsar of Russia, St. Nikolai Velimirovitch, and so many more!
On Saturday, we will celebrate another Saint Nicholas—not one you sing about in Christmas carols and who is dressed in red. But this Saint Nicholas loved God very much, and even gave his life to show his love for our one, true God.