Mendenhall UMC oofers drive through ashes on Ash Wednesday, Feb. 14

Mendenhall United Methodist Church will offer drive-through ashes on Ash Wednesday, February 14, 2018 from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.   Rev. Dr. Kurt Appel, Church Pastor, will be on hand to provide ashes, a blessing, or even a prayer to all who “drive-through” at the corner of Main Street and Highway 149 in downtown Mendenhall.

Ash Wednesday starts the Lenten season, which is an observance of the 40 days before Easter Sunday and represents the time Jesus fasted in the wilderness before being tempted by Satan. The period is a time of reflection and observed with a combination of prayer, fasting, charity and service. The tradition of Christians marking their foreheads is a symbolic reminder that all humans eventually return to dust and ash.

 “For a lot of people, it’s important for them to mark the beginning of Lent with Ash Wednesday.  However, with the busyness of our lives sometimes it’s just hard to make the time to attend an Ash Wednesday service.   Taking this experience to the community is a way to help,” said Rev. Appel.  “We just want to make it convenient for anyone to experience the beginning of this holy season or penitence and reflection.”

“You don’t have to be a member of any particular denomination, either. Drive-through ashes, as well our Ash Wednesday church service, is open to everyone,” Appel said.

The Ash Wednesday service will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, February 14 in the church sanctuary. 

Mendenhall United Methodist Church is located in downtown Mendenhall at 331 Ash Street.

For more information, contact Rev. Appel at 228-342-0777.


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