TICONDEROGA-The First United Methodist Church in Ticonderoga will observe Ash Wednesday on March 9 with a service in the sanctuary at 7 p.m.
Ash Wednesday starts the Christian season of Lent, which is observed during the 40 days (not counting Sundays) before the celebration of Easter, April 24.
"Lent is a time to prepare and simplify lives and to allow time to connect at a deeper level with God," said Betty Rettig of the church. "All are welcome to the Ash Wednesday service when parishioners will be invited to go on a spiritual journey of self discovery and change during Lent."
The service, conducted by Pastor Scott Tyler, will also include the celebration of Communion and the imposition of ashes.
A Lenten banner will be on display during the season.
"Symbols such as a towel and basin, a rooster, gavel, dice, crown of thorns, palm branch, chalice and spikes will help parishioners with the understanding of Jesus' journey to Jerusalem and the cross," Rettig said. "Each week members of the congregation will read a description and explanation of the symbols that will be added to the banner."
A lunch-time Bible study group will continue to meet on Wednesdays in the church Fellowship Hall noon to 1 p.m. All are invited to participate. People should bring their own lunch and a Bible.
The regular Sunday morning worship services are held at 8:30 and 10:30. Sunday School for Children meets during the 10:30 service and a coffee/social time follows the service.
For more information call 585-7995 or go online at www.tifumc.com.