Yesterday, on Shrove Tuesday, we feasted. Today, on Ash Wednesday, we fast as we start the sacrificial season of Lent.
Begin your pilgrimage in one of these welcoming churches:
• Arbutus United Methodist Church, 1201 Maple Ave. Communion hours are scheduled for 10 a.m and 7 p.m. Access by elevator for those with physical challenges.
• Christ United Methodist Church's Communion hour begins at 7 p.m., 2833 Florida Ave.
• Church of the Ascension, 4600 Poplar Ave., offers 9 a.m. and noon Scripture services with ash distributions and a 7 p.m. Mass of Remembrance.
• Halethorpe-Relay United Methodist Church, 4513 Ridge Ave. From noon to 3 p.m., the sanctuary remains open for prayer, personal Communion and quiet reflection. Greeters assist. A 7:30 p.m. family hour includes Communion.
• Our Lady of Victory Catholic Church, 4414 Wilkens Ave., scheduled noon and 7 p.m. Masses. Ashes available.
• Our Savior Lutheran Church, 144 Laverne Ave., invites the community to step inside for 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. remembrance worships.
• St. Clement Catholic Church, 2700 Washington Ave., hosts an 8 a.m. Mass with a Miraculous Medal Novena plus a 7 p.m. Mass with ash distribution.
Roast pork, potatoes with gravy, sauerkraut, beans, applesauce, beets, biscuits and desserts are on the menu from 3:30-7 p.m. Saturday, March 10, Lansdowne United Methodist Church, 114 Laverne Ave. Baked goods sold separately. At the door: adults-carryouts, $10; ages 6-12, $5; free to younger guests.
For details, call Virginia Mullins at 410-242-3039.
Shrimp and bull roast fans welcomed 7-11 p.m. Saturday, March 17, in Our Lady of Victory Church's hall. Tickets $45. Silent auction, wheels, raffles and music plus a banquet of delicacies included.
Reserve a seat with Karen, 410-242-3688.
Breakfast lovers, take note. Two local groups of experienced chefs welcome you to enjoy the fruits of the labor in their kitchens:
• Arbutus United Methodist Church's fellas serve bacon, eggs, sweet rolls, cereals and beverages, 8:30-10:45 a.m., Sunday, March 1, at 1201 Maple Ave. Love offerings accepted.
• Holy Nativity Lutheran Church's cooks dish up platters of free breakfast entrees, 9-11 a.m., Saturday, March 17, at 1200 Linden Ave. Walk in and savor.
Shawn has tidbits at 410-242-9441.
A St. Patrick's feast of ham, cabbage and potatoes will assuage your hunger pangs at 12:30 p.m. Friday, March 9, in Christ United Methodist Church. Pay $2.50 at the door, 2833 Florida Ave., and join the Lunch Bunch.
Food for the soul
Youth from Halethorpe and Lansdowne will forego sustenance by observing the "30-Hour Famine" Feb. 24-25, in Lansdowne United Methodist Church.
To help fight hunger, they will scour the area in search of food donations for the Southwest Emergency Services pantry and seek sponsors to add revenue for pantry purchases. Lend your support.
Call Pastor Kristi Kunkle, 410-242-2141, or Laurie Slack, 443-610-4456.
Enjoy light suppers and Bible studies, 6:30-8 p.m., Mondays in Halethorpe-Relay United Methodist Church. "Final Words from the Cross" continues through the Lenten season at 4513 Ridge Ave.
Lansdowne's Interfaith Partnership offers a Lenten series of gatherings. "Who is Jesus?" calls believers on Wednesdays for 6 p.m. potluck suppers and 7 p.m. worship hours. Details available through the host churches:
• Feb. 29 at St. Clement Church, 2700 Washington Ave., the topic is "Christ, the Politician."
• March 7 at Lansdowne United Methodist Church, 114 Laverne Ave., the topic is "Christ, the Cleaner."
Kids Awesome Bible Club, for ages 5 and up, meets Fridays, 6:30-8:30 p.m. in Arbutus United Methodist Church, Feb. 24-March 30. Lenten-themed lessons, games, arts and crafts and tasty nibbles at 1201 Maple Ave.
Register your youngsters at 410-242-9029.
"Women of the Bible, Alive!" a stage presentation, takes place at 7:45 p.m. in St. Augustine parish hall. Six women step from the Bible's pages to tell their stories. Tickets cost $5 in advance, $8 at the door, 5976 Old Washington Blvd.
Call Karen Beach, 410-551-8784.