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The following East County churches will offer special services to observe the Christian season of fasting and penance called Lent, which precedes the celebration of Easter Sunday, April 8.

St. Luke Episcopal Church, 120 S.W. Towle Ave.

Members of St Luke's congregation along with the Rev. Jennifer Creswell will offer blessings and ashes to the community at the MAX station next to Gresham City Hall, 1333 N.W. Eastman Parkway, at 7 a.m. on Ash Wednesday, Wednesday, Feb. 22.

There will be a special Ash Wednesday service at St. Luke at 5:30 p.m. The service is also open to all.

For more information, call 503-665-9442 or visit saintlukesgresham.org.

Gethsemane Lutheran Church, 11560 S.E. Market St.

Shrove Tuesday, Feb. 21: Pancake supper and worship from 5-7 p.m.

Ash Wednesday, Feb. 22: Imposition of ashes at two services, one at noon and one at 7:15 p.m.

On the following Wednesdays in Lent - Feb. 29, March 4, 11, 18 and 25 - the church offers two services, both with soup and bread, the first at noon, and the second at 6:30 p.m., which precedes the 7:15 p.m. service.

All are welcome. For more information, call 503-256-1835 or visit glcportland.org.

The Grotto, 8840 N.E. Skidmore St., Portland

Ash Wednesday Masses will be celebrated at noon and 7:30 p.m. The Sacrament of Reconciliation is celebrated from 11 a.m. to noon Saturdays.

For more information, call 503-254-7371 or visit thegrotto.org.

St. Henry Catholic Church, 346 N.W. First St.

Ash Wednesday, Feb. 22, service at noon.

For more information, call 503-665-9129 or visit sthenrygresham.org.

Wood Village Baptist Church, 23601 N.E. Arata Road

Sunday, April 1: Rich Robinson of Jews for Jesus will speak at 6 p.m. about Passover and then lead the congregation in the Lord's Supper celebration.

The goal is to help people understand the significance of the Jewish Passover and its fulfillment in Jesus Christ.

For more information, call 503-661-7686 or visit woodvillagebaptist.org.

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