Marvin United Methodist Church, 300 W. Erwin St., will host a Stephen Ministry Introductory Workshop from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Feb. 22.

The workshop is designed to help congregations strengthen their caring ministries by equipping laypeople to be caregivers, organizers said in a news release.

“Stephen Ministry helps our members fulfill their Christian calling to love one another,” the Rev. Gerry Giles, Marvin’s pastor of congregational care said in a news release. “Loving and caring for people isn’t just the pastor’s job — all Christians are called to minister to one another. We really look forward to this workshop as a way of helping others become aware of this calling.”

The needs for care within congregations and the community are more than pastors could handle alone,” Giles said.

“Thankfully, we enrolled in the Stephen series and are now equipping our members to provide quality one-to-one Christian care,” he said.

The cost of the workshop is $15 for one or $50 for a group of four or more from the same congregation. For information about Stephen Ministry or to sign up for the workshop, call Stephen Ministries at 314-428-2600 or visit

Ash Wednesday

Marvin Church pastors will impose ashes on the downtown Tyler square from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. on Ash Wednesday, Feb. 26. Christians who want to observe Ash Wednesday are invited for prayer and the imposing of a cross on their foreheads.

In Old Testament times, people used ashes as a sign of repentance. They would sit in ashes, roll in them, sprinkle ashes on their heads or even add them to their food and drink. They did this as an outward sign of their inward posture of repentance. Today many liturgical churches observe Ash Wednesday, the first day of the season of Lent, by the placing of ashes in the shape of a cross on the foreheads of individuals as signs of repentance.

The Lenten custom is attributed to Pope Gregory I and has been practiced universally since 1091.

Traditional Ash Wednesday services will also be held in the Marvin United Methodist Church sanctuary at 12:05 p.m. and 6 p.m.


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