First United Methodist Church offers Ash Wednesday “Drive-through Ashes and Coffee” and Evening Service
Center, Texas – Feb. 12 – First United Methodist Church (UMC) of Center will begin the season of
Lent by offering “Drive-through Ashes and Coffee” to motorists on Wed., Feb. 26 beginning at 7:00
a.m. until 8:00 a.m. All drivers need to do is pull up in the church parking lot and roll down their car
window to receive a moment of prayer, ashes on their forehead and a cup of coffee.
Later that day, First UMC invites everyone to their Ash Wednesday service at 6:00 p.m. in the
church sanctuary. During the service, everyone attending our Ash Wednesday service will have the
opportunity, if they choose, to receive the application of ashes in the form of the cross on their
forehead. The ashes simply remind us not only of our limited time on earth, but also of the grace of
God who extends life past death by means of the cross.
Ash Wednesday is the initiation of the season of Lent. The Lenten season is a spiritual journey
spanning 40 days from Ash Wednesday until Holy Saturday before Resurrection Sunday, Easter.
During Lent, we are called to a season of self-reflection, some form of spiritual commitment and
special attention to scripture and repentance. For many, it is also a season in which we adopt
various acts of kindness and compassion.
For more information about First UMC and the season of Lent, please contact Rev. Karen Jones at