Ash Wednesday services planned
Several churches are planning Ash Wednesday services Wednesday.
Faith United Methodist Church in Libertyville has an Ash Wednesday service scheduled for 6:30 p.m.
First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) has an Ash Wednesday service planned for 7 p.m.
First Lutheran Church is planning worship with Holy Communion and Imposition of Ashes at 11 a.m., followed by a soup luncheon and fellowship at 11:45 a.m. A second worship with Holy Communion and Imposition of Ashes is planned for 7 p.m.
First Presbyterian Church will have an Ash Wednesday simple supper at 6 p.m.
First United Methodist Church will have an Ash Wednesday worship service at 7 p.m.
Immanuel Lutheran Church will have an Ash Wednesday soup supper at 5:30 p.m., followed by an Ash Wednesday divine service with Holy Communion, at 7 p.m.
Prairie View United Methodist Church and Packwood Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) will have an Ash Wednesday service at 7 p.m. at the Prairie View church near the intersection of Packwood Road and Highway 78.
St. Mary Catholic Church will have Mass at 8:30 a.m. and 7 p.m.
Word of Life Lutheran Church will have an Ash Wednesday service at 6:30 p.m.
Ash Wednesday is one of the most popular and important holy days in the liturgical calendar. Ash Wednesday opens Lent, a season of fasting and prayer.
Ash Wednesday takes place 46 days before Easter Sunday, and is chiefly observed by Catholics, although many other Christians observe it too.
Ash Wednesday comes from the ancient Jewish tradition of penance and fasting. The practice includes the wearing of ashes on the head. The ashes symbolize the dust from which God made man. The ashes are made from blessed palm branches, taken from the previous year?s Palm Sunday Mass.
SALT potluck planned Thursday
The SALT group of First Baptist Church will have a group potluck at noon Thursday.
Those attending should bring one food dish to share and personal table service.
Knights of Columbus plan fish fry
The Knights of Columbus annual Lenten Fish Fry will be 5-7 p.m. Feb. 16 at St. Mary Catholic Church.
The menu will include catfish or shrimp or grilled cheese sandwich, baked potato, vegetable, cornbread, dessert and drink.
Proceeds will be used to fund scholarships.