Ash Wednesday services set
Several churches have announced plans for their observance of Ash Wednesday, the start of the Lenten season for Christians.
Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of the forty-day season called Lent, which precedes the celebration of Easter, Christ's resurrection from the dead.
The following church communities are planning Ash Wednesday services today:
Divine Redeemer Church, Mount Carmel, 7 a.m. and 6 p.m.
Elysburg United Methodist Church, 7 p.m.
Holy Angels Church, Kulpmont, 8 a.m. and 7 p.m.
Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, Shamokin, 10 a.m.
Mother Cabrini Church, Shamokin, 8 a.m., 5 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Our Lady of Hope Church, Coal Township, 7 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.
Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Mount Carmel, 8 a.m. and 7 p.m.
Queen of the Most Holy Rosary Church, Elysburg, 8 a.m. and 7 p.m.
Salem United Church of Christ, 1300 W. Pine St., Coal Township, 7 p.m.
Seventh St. Primitive Methodist Church, Shamokin, 7 p.m.
St. John's United Church of Christ, Shamokin, 7:30 p.m.
St. Peter's United Church of Christ, Overlook, 7 p.m.
St. Stephen's Church, Mount Carmel, 7 p.m.
- Grace United Church of Christ, Mount Carmel, and the First United Methodist Church, Kulpmont, will hold a combined service at 7 p.m. at First UMC, Kulpmont.
- The First United Methodist Presbyterian Church, Ashland, will host a combined service at 7 p.m., worshiping with the congregation of First United Methodist Church, Mount Carmel.
- Grace Evangelical and St. Paul Lutheran churches will hold a joint Ash Wednesday service at 7 p.m. at Grace Lutheran Church, West Chestnut Street, Shamokin. The Rev. David M. Byerly, pastor of both congregations, will preside and preach.