MASON — A series of Lenten Luncheons have been announced in the Bend Area, all set to be held at the Mason United Methodist Church.
The lunches will be held on Thursdays from noon to 1 p.m.
Pastor Jeffrey Mayfield of the Mason U.M. Church said the meals will be provided by area churches, with a different speaker each week. The service will include a song and a sermon of 10-15 minutes, in order to allow workers to use their hour-long lunch to attend.
Pastor Mayfield said a donation is taken for the lunch, but is not required. All donations go to the local food pantry, he added.
Lent, as defined by the United Methodist Church, is a season of 40 days (not counting Sundays) that begins on Ash Wednesday and ends on Holy Saturday. The 40 days represents the time Jesus spent in the wilderness enduring the temptation of Satan.
Lent is traditionally a time of repentance, fasting and preparation for the coming of Easter. It is a time of self-examination and reflection. Christians focus on their relationship with God, often choosing to give up something or to volunteer and give of themselves for others, according to the church.
The schedule of churches providing the meals and speakers includes:
March 2 – St. Joseph Catholic Church, Father Prakash Sebastian;
March 9 – Fairview Bible Church, Pastor Donnie Dye;
March 16 – St. Paul Lutheran Church, Pastor Neil Tennant;
March 23 – Northbend Church, Pastor Jason Simpkins;
March 30 – New Haven United Methodist Church, Pastor Annette Carper; and,
April 6 – First Baptist Church, Pastor Rob Grady.
In addition, the St. Paul Lutheran Church in New Haven is hosting its annual Friday evening Lenten fish dinners. The dinners will be held weekly at 4 p.m. up to, and including, Good Friday.
Those attending will have their choice of fried or baked fish, choice of sides, dessert and drink for an $11 donation. According to member Sheila Roush, proceeds go back into the community for a number of charitable projects.
Mindy Kearns is a freelance writer for Ohio Valley Publishing who can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.