HOT SPRINGS – Bethesda Lutheran Elementary students were treated last week, on Tuesday, Oct. 31, to a play about the family of Martin Luther, performed by K-2nd teacher Marianne Allen who played Martin Luther, and Secretary Lynn Mason who played Luther’s wife.

Martin Luther (1483-1546) was a German monk, theologian who translated the bible into German. He is also considered to be the founder of Protestantism. The play performed on Oct. 31 helped to celebrate the Reformation that Luther helped to begin 500 years ago, on Oct. 31, 1517, which created a division from the Catholic Church and the establishment of Reformed and Protestant Churches.

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Following the play, students enjoyed a “mystery meal” which was individually created for each student as part of an exercise to create a Coat of Arms. The exercise first explained each element in Martin Luther’s Coat of Arms, which includes a black cross in a heart, surrounded by a white rose and a blue sky.

For each student’s “mystery meal,” they selected items for their own Coat of Arms, with those items also each representing different food items which would be part of their lunch that day. Items on their list included such things as Fountain of Life, A Mighty Fortress, Church Pillar and a Sword, with foods being anything from a hot dog, to potato chips, ice cream or a cupcake.

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