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Journey Through Lent

Shrove Tuesday
Have a pancake supper at home! 
Make Mardi Gras masks. Wear Mardi Gras beads. You can find Mardi Gras supplies at
Make a Mardi Gras King Cake. A recipe is available at

Ash Wednesday
The Ash Wednesday service this year will be offered virtually on YouTube beginning at 7 a.m.  Ashes will be available for pickup outside of the church offices February 16 and 17 so you can apply them at home during the service.
Color a sign that says Allelulia! Bury it. Dig it up on Easter, and proclaim, “Alleluia, Christ is Risen!”
Plant a seed. Water it everyday and watch it grow through Lent. It should rise by Easter.

The clergy will offer a Lenten devotional text message every day during Lent.  To sign up text @lenttexts to 81010. 
Stations of the Cross will be offered as the Wednesday noonday prayers throughout Lent.  They can be accessed at 12pm or anytime thereafter on Youtube. 
Take something on like reading the Bible every day, going for a walk after dinner, or family prayer time.
Give up something like ice cream, screen time on Sunday afternoon, or gossiping. 
Read a Lenten devotional. Church Publishing, Forward Movement, Illustrated Ministry, Episcopal Relief and Development, and Sparkhouse have excellent devotionals.  
Donate food to the St. Francis Food Pantry Food Drive. Drop off non-perishable food outside the church office or in the narthex through Lent.
Set aside some quiet time each morning to pray or to practice lectio divina. 

*Thanks to Jenni Faires, diocesan youth missioner, and Patti Ames, diocesan formation missioner, for some of these Lenten practices.