Lent observed with a meal and a message

This year Ash Wednesday is Feb. 13. This special day for the Christian community is the beginning of the Season of Lent. Lent is a 40-day period that gives believers an opportunity to examine their innermost selves through obstinancy. They do this in remembrance of the suffering of their Savior Jesus Christ, who made the supreme sacrifice of death for salvation.

The Dunkirk/Fredonia Clergy Association once again will host the annual Lenten lunches for the local communities. They will be held on Tuesdays during Lent.

At noon each Tuesday there shall be a time of devotion led by the pastor of the host church. Following the short homily, a light meal will be served. Those attending may give a free will offering that will benefit the Chautauqua County Rural Ministry. This ministry assists the homeless, the Friendly Kitchen, the Food Pantry, and other programs.

The Lenten luncheons will be hosted by the following churches on the dates stated:

Tuesday, Feb. 19, St. John’s United Church of Christ, 733 Central Ave., Dunkirk, with the devotional by the Rev. Thomas Lawton;

Tuesday, Feb. 26, Fredonia Baptist Church, 19 Church St., Fredonia, with the devotional by Dr. Donald Howard and meal prepared by Chautauqua County Rural Ministry’s Friendly Kitchen staff;

Tuesday, March 5, Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church, Sixth and Eagle streets, Dunkirk, with the devotional by the Rev. Trevor Hahn;

Tuesday, March 12, St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church, East Main St., Fredonia, with the devotional by Fr. Charles Zadora;

Tuesday, March 19, Fredonia First United Methodist Church, 25 Church St., Fredonia, with the devotional by the Rev. Stephen Wiggers.