Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Ash Wednesday service postponed until Sunday

The Ash Wednesday service will not be held because of the weather. 

Shrove Tuesday Pancake Breakfast POSTPONED

Shrove Tuesday Pancake Breakfast POSTPONED

The weatherman says the temp will be NINE!
So, staying at home, to us sounds just fine.
Keep yourself warm and safe from all weather,
We'll post here again when we'll all be together

          FOR PANCAKES!

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Ash Wednesday community service, February 18, noon

". . . there is something about Ash Wednesday—the day the church sets aside for people to acknowledge, before God and one another, our mortality, our finitude and our moral failings."

All are welcome.

Marshall Gras Shrove Tuesday Pancake Breakfast

Marshall Presbyterian Church will be opening the February 17th Marshall Gras celebration with a Shrove Tuesday pancake breakfast at the church, 165 Main Street, 7-10am, $5 at the door. Shrove Tuesday, which is also known as Shrovetide Tuesday, Pancake Tuesday and Pancake Day, is the day before Ash Wednesday, the first day of the 40-day penitential season of Lent.
"Shrove Tuesday" comes from the word “shrive,” meaning "confess." The term “Mardi Gras” is French for “Fat Tuesday,” which refers to the practice of the last night of eating richer, fatty foods before the ritual fasting of the Lenten season begins. Back in the day, pancakes were eaten because they were a way to use up rich foods such as eggs, milk, and sugar. Lenten fasting emphasizes eating plainer food and refraining from the good stuff. In many cultures, this means no meat, dairy, or eggs. 
Factoid: Christians in Newfoundland mix small tokens into the pancake batter. Children take delight in discovering the tokens, which are supposed to predict the future. For example, the person who finds a coin will be wealthy; someone who finds a nail will become (or marry) a carpenter. However, anyone who finds a nail in their pancakes at our Shrove Tuesday fundraiser will receive a tetanus shot!  wink emoticon (Note: Marshall Presbyterians will NOT be mixing anything other than food elements into our pancake batter!)