KETTERING, Ohio (WDTN) — David’s United Church of Christ in Kettering has been holding “Ashes to Go” for the past few years kicking off the Lenten season, but this year the cold weather caused the service to be moved indoors.
“We realized it wasn’t going to get any better today, and then the snow this morning didn’t help,” said Senior Pastor Brian Q. Newcomb.
“Ashes to Go” is a service for folks who are crunched for time or who can’t sit through a traditional hour long mass. Traditionally, they can drive up, receive their ashes, and be on their way. This year, they had to go inside the church lobby.
The pastor said last year, the church had about 20 cars drive through during their morning session. This year the cold only brought six people to the church in the morning.
“I usually stand out in the parking lot, and I’m weather protected and greet people as they come by. They usually pull in and turn around and I offer them ashes,” said Newcomb.
Despite the cold, the church wasn’t going to let weather trump worship.
“In a few seconds, I cross their foreheads with some ash and send them out with a quick prayer,” said Newcomb.
David’s United Church of Christ is also holding an Ash Wednesday service at 7 p.m.