Local/National Faith Briefs

Cookie walk is Saturday at St. Stephen

St. Stephen Lutheran Church of Marshall (1301 S. 4th  St.) will be hosting its annual  cookie walk from 9-11 a.m. Saturday. There will be a  variety of Christmas cookies, bars and candies — your choice — sold by the pound. Kids can enjoy the craft corner while their parents shop. Enjoy  coffee, hot chocolate, and muffins while you shop.

Group: Football coach’s team prayer a ‘flagrant’ violation

EVANSVILLE, Ind. (AP) — A high school football coach in southwest Indiana committed a “serious and flagrant violation of the First Amendment” by praying with his team after a recent victory, according to an organization that advocates for the separation of church and state.

The Freedom From Religion Foundation is seeking an investigation of Evansville Reitz football coach Andy Hape after he prayed with his team on Oct. 14, following their 49-46 win over Evansville Mater Dei, The Evansville Courier & Press reported .

“It is illegal for public school athletic coaches to lead their teams in prayer, participate in student prayers, or to otherwise promote religion to students,” the Wisconsin-based group said in a letter to the Evansville Vanderburgh School Corp.

School district spokesman Jason Woebkenberg said the district supports people who join students during student-led prayer.