Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

This month we celebrate the Reformation of the Church begun with the posting of the Ninety-five Theses by the sainted Dr. Martin Luther.  On October 31, 1517, Luther posted his theses of the purpose of debating the practice of selling indulgences. Indulgences had to do with the forgiveness of sins committed after Baptism.

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Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

Last month I addressed the future as we looked forward to our Sunday School Rally Day with worship in the park on August 30th. Wasn’t that a great day?

Sunday School Rally Day kicked off our new “Education Year.” So this month, as we move forward with a new year of Sunday School, let’s take a look backward also.

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Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

Are you tired of the snow yet? We may finally be coming to the end of it.  I heard one weatherman say that we were close to 100 inches of snow this season.  Of course, that was before the last snowfall we had.  The average snowfall each season is only 66 inches.  I think I have shoveled more snow this year than I have since moving to Indiana from Kansas in 2002.

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Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

Are you still enjoying your Christmas presents? One of the presents I received is a video documentary entitled, There’s No Place Like Home. This documentary follows the attempt of Kansas University superfan Josh Swade to raise $1 million in three weeks. Why? He wants to purchase, at auction, the original rules of basketball and bring them “back home” to the University of Kansas.

Spoiler alert: He succeeds by convincing Kansas alum David Booth to use his financial resources to participate in the auction and offer the winning bid of $3.8 million (including the buyers premium, the purchase price of $4,338,500 set a world record for sports memorabilia).

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