Eupora First UMC schedules 2nd Mardi Gras pancake supper

2/17/2009

Eupora First United Methodist Church is “letting the good times roll” and the syrup flow with its 2nd Annual Mardi Gras Pancake Supper.

The event is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Feb. 24. Reservations to this family friendly event are recommended through the church office. Suggested donations and love offerings will be accepted and will go toward the international mission work supported by the church. The menu includes pancakes, a variety of breakfast meats, coffee, juice and, of course, king cake.

For most folks Mardi Gras is a most associated with the crazy antics and gaudy beads that create the season of fun in Louisiana and along the Gulf Coast. But Mardi Gras has a much more important history and place in the life of the Christian church. “Like with so many of our holidays, it is important for the church to reclaim its ownership of these special days, and to put them into a context that helps lead our congregations and families into more faithful Christian living and celebrating,” says the Rev. Trey Harper, pastor.

Mardi Gras, also known as “fat Tuesday,” or Shrove Tuesday, is celebrated as the last of the three days of Shrovetide and is a time of preparation immediately before Ash Wednesday and the start of the season of Lent, which is a time of fasting and prayer that leads up to the remembrance and celebration of the death and resurrection of Christ, or Easter. Mardi Gras is the last opportunity for merrymaking and indulgence in food and drink before believers are called to 40 days of more serious prayer, sacrifice and faith practice.

At 6 p.m. the next night (Feb. 25), First United Methodist Church will join the congregation of St. John Neumann Catholic Church for Ash Wednesday service.