MENOMONEE FALLS (WITI) -- Starting on Ash Wednesday, more than 1 billion Christians around the world enter the season of Lent, a time of solemn spiritual preparation for Easter, the culmination of the church's calendar. Ash Wednesday derives its name from the practice of creating ashes by burning palm branches from the previous year's Palm Sunday and placing these ashes on the heads of participants. But some didn't get their ashes inside a church on Wednesday, February 18th.
We're always on the go, so perhaps it's not surprising that even one of the most sacred services is now presented for your convenience.
"Everybody has busy lives, so it's Ashes to Go! We want to be out here for people who can't make it to Mass," Rev. Amy Anderson said.
On a sidewalk in Menomonee Falls on Ash Wednesday, a group of pastors moved from the pulpit to the people.
"You can just drive up and we'll come to your car window," Rev. Anderson said.
Darlene Thoreson stopped by on her lunch hour.
"I think this is a great idea because a lot of times when we're working, we don't have time to get to church," Laurie Serchen said.
On this day, for folks who couldn't make it to church, church came to them.
"First time with the drive thru!" Serchen said.
They stopped in search of something on a day when the temperature was at zero and the wind chill was well below.
"Hands are a little bit cold, face is a little bit cold, but otherwise doing well," Rev. Anderson said.
This group of pastors warmed a community by wearing their spirituality on their sleeves and their faith on their foreheads.