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.

Combined services

- 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.