ETC… for October 13th

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Are you superstitious? Today is Friday the 13th. Supposedly today is a very unlucky day. Here is what Wikipedia says about the day:

The fear of the number 13 has been given a scientific name: “triskaidekaphobia”; and on analogy to this the fear of Friday the 13th is called paraskevidekatriaphobia, from the Greek words Paraskeví (Παρασκευή, meaning “Friday”), and dekatreís (δεκατρείς, meaning “thirteen”).

The superstition surrounding this day may have arisen in the Middle Ages, “originating from the story of Jesus’ last supper and crucifixion” in which there were 13 individuals present in the Upper Room on the 13th of Nisan Maundy Thursday, the night before his death on Good Friday. While there is evidence of both Friday and the number 13 being considered unlucky, there is no record of the two items being referred to as especially unlucky in conjunction before the 19th century.

Tomorrow is Election Day. If you did not vote early, please vote Saturday. Turnout is expected to be light, however there are tax propositions on the ballot that will effect everyone.

Schools are in Fall Break and it is quickly coming to an end. Students of Red River Schools and Riverdale Academy go back to the books on Monday. That means drivers should be award that the busses are rolling again next week. Look out for kids morning and night and slow down near schools.

This Sunday is Laity Sunday at First United Methodist Church and Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church. Dr. Greg Bell will bring the message at both churches. Wesley Chapel service is at 9:00 am and First Methodist service is at 10:50.

On October 20th there will be a Breast Cancer Awareness event at the parish Health Unit on Red Oak Road. They promise information, prizes and special treats.

CORRECTION: A recent story in the Journal referred to the upcoming PAW Parent Bazaar at Red River Elementary. The correct date for the Bazaar is November 18th.

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