By Portia Williams
For 27 years, the Scioto County Ministerial Association has been hosting the annual Lenten Luncheons at First Christian Church. The tradition continues to attract members of the community beginning Monday, April 14 until Friday, April 18.
With daily meals prepared by different churches throughout the community, SCMA looks forward to hosting gatherings accompanied by the singing of hymns, prayer, and brief sermon messages from local ministers.
David Smith, pastor of Evangel Temple and president of SCMA, said they are anticipating attendance to rise with each day of the luncheons.
“The initial got off to a slow start, but it was a great program. The speakers have been wonderful, and the enthusiasm of all who have attended has been very good. Today we had a much better attendance, and that is somewhat typical, as the week progresses it usually will peek toward the middle,” he said.
He said the luncheons create an atmosphere of unity among the churches that participate.
“We have done this for a very long time, and it is a very important part of our year, one that is well-received by a variety of churches. It is the one time in the year, that for five days we actually come together, and everybody lays aside their labels, and we just renew our faith,” Smith said.
The line up of speakers include: Monday - Rev. Chad Benner of Coles Blvd. Church of Christ; Tuesday -Rev. Allie Vorhees of Morningstar Parish; Wednesday - Rev. Darrell Nickles of Lifepoint; Thursday - Rector Steve Cuff of All Saints Episcopal Church; and Friday - Mr. Craig Gilland of Seventh-Day Adventist Church.
The Lenten Luncheons begin at noon at First Christian Church, 843 Third Street, and are free and open to the public.
Portia Williams can be reached at 740-353-3101, ext. 286, or on Twitter @PortiaWillPDT.