Backpack Blessing Time
Backpacks will be blessed both this Sunday August 30, and next Sunday September 6, to accommodate the range of back-to-school and back-to-college times. Stow your backpack in church and we'll call for them after we pray for travelers!
The Beheading of St. John the Forerunner
This Saturday, we will commemorate the martyrdom of St. John the Baptist.
The Beheading of the Prophet, Forerunner of the Lord, John the Baptist: The Evangelists Matthew (Mt.14:1-12) and Mark (Mark 6:14-29) provide accounts about the martyric end of John the Baptist in the year 32 after the Birth of Christ.
Following the Baptism of the Lord, St John the Baptist was locked up in prison by Herod Antipas, the Tetrarch (ruler of one fourth of the Holy Land) and governor of Galilee. (After the death of king Herod the Great, the Romans divided the territory of Palestine into four parts, and put a governor in charge of each part. Herod Antipas received Galilee from the emperor Augustus).
The prophet of God John openly denounced Herod for having left his lawful wife, the daughter of the Arabian king Aretas, and then instead cohabiting with Herodias, the wife of his brother Philip (Luke 3:19-20). On his birthday, Herod made a feast for dignitaries, the elders and a thousand chief citizens. Salome, the daughter of Herod, danced before the guests and charmed Herod. In gratitude to the girl, he swore to give her whatever she would ask, up to half his kingdom.
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Strong Spanish Skills needed!
Archangel Michael Hall often rents to Hispanic immigrants, and some feel comfortable with another Spanish speaker. We need a volunteer who is willing to contact renters after renters contact us. Emmy Maschke would pass the contact info on to our Spanish speaker, who would need to contact those wanting to rent the hall and accompany Emmy at showings to translate. This person would need to explain a little of what renting the hall entails and work with Emmy to schedule a showing. We would also like someone to translate our new application into Spanish. Getting involved with the ministry of Archangel Michael Hall is a great way to serve the community and the church and can be very rewarding. If you might be able to help or have questions, contact Emmy.