Between Epiphany and Lent, between the Mardi Gras parades and Ash Wednesday, there lies Shrove Tuesday. One local example of celebration would be at Santa Fe’s St. John’s Lutheran Church which will have its annual Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Feb. 13 at 13136 state Highway 6.

“Shrove Tuesday originated during the Middle Ages,” according to the website ShareFaith. “As in contemporary times, food items like meats, fats, eggs, milk and fish were regarded as restricted during Lent. To keep such food from being wasted, many families would have big feasts on Shrove Tuesday in order to consume those items.”

So, in Santa Fe, unlimited pancakes will be available for $5.

For details, call 409-925-3093.


There will be a first-of-its kind “Ashes to Go” event from 7:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. Feb. 14 at Friendswood’s Dairy Queen located at 206 S Friendswood Dr.

“It’s a way to bring the gifts of worship out of church buildings and into the byways of life,” said the Rev. Geoffrey C. Gwynne, rector of the city’s Good Shepherd Episcopal Church. “Simply by pulling into a special parking area in order to stop and receive ashes on the forehead along with a brief prayer and blessing, many of God’s people will be provided with a wonderful, unexpected moment of liturgy and grace. The ashes are a reminder of our mortality as well as a call to renewed relationship with God.”

For details, call 281-482-7630.


The 21st annual Praise God in His Sanctuary gospel musical concert will begin at 5:15 p.m. Feb. 17 at Avenue L Missionary Baptist Church, 2612 Ave. L, in Galveston.

“The lord has blessed this for decades as a fundraiser for our 178-year-old church,” said longtime member Pat Pervis. “We work to bring in a different mix of talent each year from our youth to the most celebrated singing groups. This year, we’ll have the Spiritual DCs as our the featured guests, as well as the Galveston Community Band, the Galveston Voices and Echoes of Praise, and more. It’s free and an experience you’ll not find at any ordinary musical, because it’s a rare thing, wonderful and talent-filled.”

Proceeds donated will help the church with renovations and other projects.

For details, call 409-974-4083.


Looking back: Lemuel Haynes may not be a name you hear celebrated during Black History Month, but it would be hard to find a reason not to include him among the notables. Few folks have overcome so much and been as far ahead of their time, according to a story in Christianity Today magazine. It notes that Haynes lived in servitude after his parents abandoned him when he was less than six months old. Nevertheless, he managed to become a minuteman during the revolutionary war serving until typhoid fever mustered him out of Washington’s army. He taught himself theology and memorized every Bible verse that mentions grace. Later he learned both Greek and Latin and received the first honorary master’s degree in recognition of his work.

He became the first black pastor of an all-white congregation in America. The place was Vermont. The year was 1788.

A strong opponent of slavery, he served churches across New England, preaching for four decades. Haynes died at age 80 in 1833.

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