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Ash Wednesday 2021 observed in midst of pandemic


March 3, 2021

(Left to right) Reverend Jack Mattingly and Reverend Maggie Lewis offer the sacraments of the Lord's Supper and a cross of ashes imposed on a piece of cloth to J.J. Farris. Farris was visiting from Kansas and joined in the Ash Wednesday service. Imposing ashes on a piece of cloth instead of a worshipper's forehead was a change to assure social distancing during the COVOD-19 pandemic.

Two local churches continued a long standing tradition of a combined Ash Wednesday service. Ash Wednesday 2021 was celebrated between the Chinook United Methodist Church and the Presbyterian Church of Chinook. Pastor Jack Mattingly, with UMC, and Rev. Maggie Lewis, with the Presbyterian Church, led the service. Several other local congregations also held Ash Wednesday services commemorating the beginning of Lent.

This year's Ash Wednesday celebration for the Methodists and Presbyterians was a bit different as worshippers dealt with the realities of COVID-19. With concerns about social dista...

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