Community Lent Services
- Noon, Wednesday, First Baptist Church of Gainesville, 751 Green St. NW, Gainesville, with guest speaker the Rev. David McDonald
- Noon, March 25, Gainesville First United Methodist Church, 2780 Thompson Bridge Road, Gainesville, with guest speaker the Rev. Doug Dailey
- Noon, April 1, St. Michael Catholic Church, 1440 Pearce Circle NE, Gainesville, with guest speaker the Rev. Calvin Haney
- Noon, April 8, St. Paul United Methodist Church, 404 Washington St. NW, Gainesville, with guest speaker the Rev. Bill Coates
- Noon, April 10, First Baptist Church Gainesville, 751 Green St. NW, Gainesville, the Rev. Terry Walton
Each Wednesday through Easter, local churches are holding community Lent services. The services are held at a different church each week with a different local guest preacher.
The services will be about an hour each at noon with a lunch to follow.
"It's important for the church to go outside of our original faith traditions," said the Rev. Carrie Veal, children's minister at First Baptist Church of Gainesville. "When we come together, we put aside our faith traditions. We can see we all have one savior."
"It reminds us ... it is a separate time and we are preparing for Easter."
Wednesday will be the third installment of the Lent services and the Rev. David McDonald will present a message at First Baptist Church. The last service will be on Good Friday.