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SUN October 2022 Newsletter
October 04, 2022
Dear Reader:


Hello and welcome or welcome back! I hope all of you are doing well.

In researching ideas for the October issue of this newsletter, I searched what days/holidays are celebrated in October. Here are a few to think about:

* October 1st has several things to celebrate: International Day for the Elderly, International Coffee Day, and World Vegetarian Day.
* October 2nd is the day to celebrate World Custodial Workers' Day, World Smile Day, and World Farm Animals Day.
* October 4th let's celebrate World Animal Welfare Day.
* October 5th is World Teacher's Day.
* October 9thWorld Post Office Day.
* October 10th World Mental Health Day.

There were several more, but some of them were pretty funny such as World Handwashing Day! I refuse to waste your time with all of them LOL!

History of Halloween

Almost every civilization with a recorded history has some day and/or ritual(s) surrounding honoring friends and family who have passed on and are no longer with us. The two that come to mind are the Celtic festival of Samhain and the Latin communities celebrating the Day of the Dead (Dia de Muertos). Unfortunately, some of these celebrations have some rather satanic and pagan practices attached to them.

The history of celebrating Halloween from a Christian perspective dates back to the Middle Ages. The roots of trick-or-treating stems back to a medieval Christian tradition in which the poor would go to wealthy homes on Hallowtide (the eve of All Saints’ Day) to offer prayers for people in exchange for food and/or beer. The word “Halloween” is slang for All Hallows Eve, which is celebrated on October 31st. That is the evening before another Christian celebration, November 1st, called All Saints’ Day and November 2nd All Souls Day.

The focus on symbols of death is not new but it has only been fairly recently that there is widespread emphasis on demons, gruesome images of dismemberment, etc. This has led many Christians to wonder if they should participate at all given current circumstances. There was an author, Jason C. Bivins, who wrote Religion of Fear: The Politics of Horror in Conservative Evangelicalism citing his concern over the glorification of “occult themes” by many.

For some pastors, they see this as an opportunity to educate people about what the Bible has to say about death and the life after this one and give then instruction against devil worship and other temptations. During the 1980’s there was growing concern over children trick-or-treating when several people found candy laced with poison, razor blades in apples, etc. There were also growing incidents of children being abducted by parents who felt their children were old enough to trick-or-treat on their own.

Today we have even more concerns as the deadly drug fentanyl now comes in bright rainbow-colors think Skittles) to attract children. Fentanyl is killing many Americans on a daily basis. I mention this as many people I personally know are unaware of this as the media, for some unexplained reason, doesn’t seem to be reporting on it. Call me a skeptic, but I don’t think it’s a coincidence that these colorful fentanyl pills are coming to this country just in time for Halloween.

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