Five Local congregations begin joint celebrations of Easter season


March 16, 2022

Congregants in a joint Ash Wednesday service held the American Lutheran Church in Chinook are shown receiving the 'imposition of ashes' last week. The service was sponsored by the five congregations from three towns working toward more shared ministries. YAV's Emma Kate Lander and Brendan Stump are shown imposing the ashes on congregants foreheads.

The "five congregations from three towns" recently celebrated a joint service for Ash Wednesday. Over the years some of the congregations have gathered to celebrate together. This is the first Easter season assembling of the new group made up of three denominations from Chinook, Harlem and Havre. The success of their first joint Christmas Eve service this past December encouraged the group to bring the congregations together for the start of Lent and other services leading to this year's Easter celebration.

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