Thoughts: Basketball is revered in southern Indiana. People from high schools with football, soccer, baseball, hockey, lacrosse, golf, tennis, and swim teams cannot understand the fervent devotion given to a small school’s one team – basketball.
Almost everyone in town attends all home games. Housewives know the point guard’s free throw percentage. Children know the schedule and the coach’s middle name.
Larry Bird played basketball for such a small town team. One summer we drove over to his hometown and parked on the main street, renamed Larry Bird Boulevard.
A lady emerging from the grocery store spotted our Michigan license. She couldn’t have been more startled if we had been from Nova Scotia.
“What are you all doing here?” she wondered.
“We wanted to see where Larry Bird grew up,” we told her.
“You know,” she said, “they tell me he went out east and played basketball and did right well, but he’s just Larry to us.”
And so Nazareth thought – he’s just Jesus to us.
Discussion: What angels do we have among us of whom we are unaware?
Activity: Remember to honor our own prophets.
Remember in prayer this week Connie Gill, Vivian Hansard, Ken Engelmann, George Jonte-Crane, Ken Head, Eunice Kraase, Fred Laws, Sandy Northey and Tom Stevens. Prayers for the family of Debbie Hagelstein on the death of her brother-in-law David.
This Saturday is an all-church Trustee Work Day at 9:00am. Please consider giving three hours of your time to benefit our church and keep expenses down.
This Sunday is the Ministry Fair. Please contact Tom Stevens if you wish to have a table for display.
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