Lenten Luncheons tradition returns Feb. 23


WASHINGTON COURT HOUSE — Grace United Methodist Church has announced that after a two-year absence due to COVID, Lenten Luncheons will begin on Thursday, Feb. 23. Grace UMC has been in Fayette County for over 204 years and Lenten Luncheons began in 1970.

The hot lunches are followed by a short Lenten message, delivered by a different local pastor each week. The Thursday lunches begin on Feb. 23 and will continue each Thursday, the last one on March 30.

This year the visiting pastors will be, in order, Matt Brookes – Grace United Methodist Church; John Pfeifer – The Gathering Place; Jay Lucas – Grace Community Church; Steve Brand – First Presbyterian Church; Joy Stanforth – Heritage Church; and Mark Armstrong – Staunton United Methodist Church.

The meal is served promptly at noon in Fellowship Hall of Grace United Methodist Church at 301 E. Market St. Parking is available in the alley parking lot and attendees are to enter through the alley entrance, which will be open at 11:40 a.m. Elevator access is available by entering through the main door on Market Street. Each speaker will end prior to 1 p.m., so diners may return to work or continue other activities. The cost for each meal is $10 and all proceeds are used by the church women for local mission projects.

Reservations are required by calling the church office at 740-335-0460 by the Friday prior to each luncheon. Please call between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. or leave a message. Checks may be made to the “Women of Grace UMW” and all six meals may be paid in advance or just one meal at a time at the door.

All are invited to join in this community tradition. This is a very special way to focus on the true spirit of Lent, according to Grace UMC, while enjoying fellowship and good food with friends and neighbors.

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