Community Lutheran Church near Frankford was one of several ELCA (Evangelical Lutheran Church in America) churches in the area offering drive-through observance of Ash Wednesday, the beginning of the 40-day Lenten season. The ashes were put on observers’ foreheads with long cotton swabs. Each person was also given pre-blessed and pre-packaged Holy Communion and a Lenten prayer booklet. Community Lutheran saw about 50 cars come through — most with two people in them — in just the first hour of the event on Wednesday, Feb. 17. The Rev. Bettye Wolinski, interim pastor at Community Lutheran, and the Rev. Frank Harpster of St, Peter’s Lutheran Church in Ocean City, Md., offered each participant a brief blessing as they sat in their cars.
Kerin majored in journalism at Ohio University and has worked as an editor and reporter for monthly, daily and weekly publications in Ohio, Pennsylvania and Delaware since 1983. A native of Baltimore, Md., she has lived in Ocean View since 1996.