The Lutheran connection to Groundhog Day

You know the guy in the tuxedo and top hat who holds up Punxsutawney Phil every year on Groundhog Day?

Well, he’s a Lutheran.

“Phil is fun, but our faith is in Christ,” says Bud Dunkel, 78, a retired roofer.

And two congregations of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America serve up soup and sandwiches every year to thousands after Phil sees or doesn’t see his shadow.

The big day is coming on Monday.

If you want to know more, the ELCA News Service has the details.

(AP photo/Keith Srakocic)

Gary Stern

Gary Stern covered education in the Lower Hudson Valley for several years during the early 1990s. Now's he back on the beat. He believes that schools are one of the main reasons that people live around here and that educational issues -- from curriculum to financing -- are among the most challenging things that journalists can write about. He continues to be amazed by the complexity of educational jargon. Gary got his B.A. at SUNY Buffalo and his M.A. from the University of Missouri Journalism School (where his master's thesis was about the best ways to cover education). He lives in White Plains with his wife and two sons, who attend public schools.