Celebrating 50 years of Grace UMC Lenten Luncheons

The Record-Herald

This will be the 50th year of Grace Methodist Church Lenten Luncheons. Initiated in 1970, the tradition of a hot lunch and food for thought from a different local pastor each week for six weeks of Lent continues.

Beginning on March 7, glazed meat loaf will be served along with baked corn, Caesar salad, Italian bread and dessert. The message will be delivered by Jay Lucas of Grace Community Church. The theme for all six messages is “The Cross-Shaped Life: Living Like Jesus.” Other pastors, who will be participating in later luncheons, will be Brian Dunham, Adam Lynch, Gray Marshall, Bruce Morrison and Tom Knauff.

The meal is served promptly at noon in Fellowship Hall of Grace United Methodist Church at 301 E. Market St. in Washington C.H. Each week, the speaker will end before 1 p.m., so diners can return to work or continue their day’s activities. Cost of each meal remains at $8 per person and includes a main dish, side and/or salad, bread, beverage and homemade dessert. The ladies and men of Grace Church are pleased to offer this as a ministry to the community. Any proceeds are used for local mission projects.

Reservations are required by calling the church office at 740-335-0460 by the Friday prior to each luncheon. Callers may be asked to leave a message. Payment to “Grace Church UMW” can be made for all six meals, or just one meal at a time, at the door.

Come a little early, as the meal is served promptly at noon. Grace United Methodist Church is located downtown on the corner of North and Market streets, just across from the Washington Fire Station. Please enter the side door, off the alley beside the parking lot on Market Street. Go up the stairs to Fellowship Hall for lunch. Elevator access is available by coming in the handicap accessible front door on Market Street.

The whole community is invited to join this tradition — a very special way to focus on the true spirit of Lent, while enjoying fellowship and good food with many of your friends and neighbors.

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