Harriman Lenten services kick off March 16

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The 16th annual Harriman Ministerial Association weekly Lenten services will start on March 16 in Harriman United Methodist Church.

These services began in 1996, when the Rev. Alton Johnson of Harriman United Methodist Church suggested that the church cooperate with the Harriman Ministerial Association to expand their annual Lenten services.  

Since then, the Lenten services have been an opportunity for Christians to join together for worship and fellowship as they prepare for Easter celebra-

Hal and Margaret Jones of Harriman United Methodist Church look forward to the services each year.

“It is always good to get together with other believers,”  Margaret said, to which Hal added, “It has been good to have the ministerial association involved.”

A 30-minute service begins at noon each Wednesday during Lent.

A soup-and-sandwich lunch will be provided.

Preaching, music and meal  responsibilities are shared by participating churches.

Donations for the lunch will be accepted. Money donated will support the association’s transient assistance fund, which helps those who need food, fuel or lodging as they travel through town.

“This is a special time of renewal and thinking about what happened leading up to the death and resurrection of Jesus,” said Nancy Thompson of Trenton Street Baptist Church, who regularly attends the services.

“The messages are thought provoking, and the fellowship is wonderful,” she added.

Robinette Garner of West Hills Presbyterian agrees.

“I love worshipping with my friends and listening to the ministers from other churches,” she said.  

The services and lunch are open to the public.

Harriman United Methodist Church is at 601 Queen Ave.  

Call the church at 882-1353 or Harriman Ministerial Association Chairman Jeff Jenkins at 882-6640.