Trinity Lutheran Church will hold its second annual Polka Worship at 10:30 a.m., on Sunday, October 12. What's a Polka Worship? Oma and the Oompahs of New Braunfels will play Polka tunes with familiar hymn lyrics. Come join the fun and worship to some toe-tapping German music. This form of worship began over 20 years ago in Minnesota as a Catholic Polka Mass. At Trinity, we use it during the German Oktoberfest season.
During the sermon time on the same day, we will have guest missionaries do a short Power Point presentation. Dave and Sylvia Riggs, missionaries with Wycliffe Bible Translators in Southern Mexico, will speak of their work at both the 8:00 and 10:30 services. During the Sunday School hour at 9:15, they will share more extensively about the difficult work of translating the Bible into indigenous Indian languages and the rigors of raising a family while in the missionary field. Come hear their story.
Dave and Sylvia have worked in Bible translation and literacy amongst the Amatlan Zapotecs since 1981. The Amatlan Zapotecs are an indigenous people living in the mountains about halfway between the city of Oaxacaand the Pacific Ocean. While the Bible is available to them in Spanish, many of the Amatlan Zapotecs speakaonly their own native language. Many others know only enough Spanish to get by in the marketplace, hardly enough to understand the Scriptures. Until the Riggs began their work, the Amatlan Zapotecs had never been able to read the Bible in their own heart language.
In 2003, after more than twenty years of hard work, Dave and Sylvia and their native Zapotoc co-translators completed the translation of the New Testament in the language of the Amatlan Zapotecs and, amid great rejoicing, presented it to the people.
For the past several years the Riggs have been involved in administration and services for other Bible translators working with other people groups in Mexico. After a few months of Partnership Development in the United States they will return to work with the Amatlan Zapotecs to produce a bilingual Zapotec-Spanish dictionary and a translation of portions of the Old Testament into Amatlan Zapotec.
Trinity Lutheran Church is located at 703 N. Main Street in Blanco. Service times are at 8:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Sunday School begins promptly at 9:15 a.m. All are welcome.