People will receive a cross of ashes on their foreheads during an Ash Wednesday ceremony.

Six weeks of Lent will begin on Feb. 14, at the Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd and St. Mark's Episcopal Church, by gathering for Ash Wednesday.

People will receive a cross of ashes on their foreheads as they are reminded, Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return."

Pastor Katherine Brick noted, "We are mortal. We are not God. This is a moment to take a solemn look at ourselves. The disciplines of Lent -- prayer, fasting, scripture reading, and helping those in need -- can help us do that."

"These are not sacrifices we offer to God, but rather Lent is God's gift to people starving for meaning, for courage, for comfort, and for life. Through these disciplines we are reminded anew that we are God's own adopted and treasured children and that we have purpose," Brick explained.

All are welcome to come join the Lutheran/Episcopal congregation at 395 SE C St., in Madras, as they gather for Lenten worship.

The schedule includes: Wednesday, Feb. 14, Ash Wednesday, at noon there will be an Ashes in the Park event at Sahalee Park; 7 p.m. worship, with Imposition of ashes at the church. On the Thursdays of Lent (Feb. 22 and March 1, 8, 15, and 22) there will be 5:30 p.m., Soup Suppers and at 6:15 p.m., Evening Prayer.

Individual confession and absolution is available following Thursday worship, or other times by request. Call Pastor Katherine Brick at 503-997-1994 to arrange other times.

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