The Archangel Michael, 1470 Catalonia
Gardner Museum, Boston
This day in the church year-September 29- is also known as Michaelmas. Coming near the autumnal equinox it has seasonal significance especially ( I learned this week) in England. The fall terms at Oxford and Cambridge begin on Michaelmas. It has little or no general significance that I know of in American culture. It is however a day to think about the interesting place angels occupy in the cast of characters our faith presents to us. I enjoy thinking about angels, especially about the warrior Archangel Michael. His presence in Christian tradition and art helps us to see that our spiritual lives are sometimes battle grounds, furthermore, that there is help all around us.
We’ll have two special presentations, one by Stanley Muncherian, the Thrivent representative in our area. I think you will enjoy hearing his story. He hosts a radio show for children. He will stay for the coffee hour to speak to you about Thrivent Financial for Lutherans. If you want more information about how such a financial services organization came to be, you will find it on the Thrivent website. It is a fraternal organization dedicated to the well-being of Lutherans and to service in the community. Thrivent members, of which there are several in our congregation and among our parents and relatives, designate Peace as a recipient of fraternal dollars.
The second presentation will be by Deb Vogt and members of the 50th anniversary committee. They will introduce the theme they’ve chosen for our anniversary year (2014) and talk about some of the activities they’re planning.
Sunday school parents meeting after coffee. This is an important meeting for all parents. Please plan to attend. Kim Canning has prepared information to support you as parents of Sunday school age children.
Apple picking at Shelburne Farm Sunday afternoon at 1:30 pm. Thanks to Kim Ho for initiating this event, which has become a nearly annual outing for members of Peace. Apple picking will be the confirmation activity for the week.
Bring in canned goods for the food pantry.
Building and grounds work day October 5. There is painting, tree and brush removal in addition to cleaning and window washing. All are welcome.
Blessing of the Animals next Sunday, October 6 during the Sunday school hour. Bring your pet to church or fetch your pets after the service and bring them back to church for the blessing at 11 am.
We are looking for a nursery attendant at Peace. If you know someone who might like a childcare job on Sunday mornings, contact Pastor Johnson.