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Local pastor turns heads downtown as he distributes ‘Ashes to Go’


March 7, 2017

PASTOR JOE MEDLEY, assisted by Linda Rowton, center, applies a cross to Donna Phelps’ forehead in the Post Office parking lot March 1, Ash Wednesday.

Pastor Joe Medley and Linda Rowton walked the downtown area Wednesday, March 1, placing ashes on willing recipients they met on the sidewalks as a celebration of the liturgical holiday Ash Wednesday.

The two were participating, for the first time, in the Ashes to Go program, said Medley, who pastors both the Fir Lawn Lutheran and the Sweet Home United Methodist churches. Ash Wednesday begins the 40-day period of Lent, leading up to Easter Sunday.

Wearing clerical robes and pushing a wheelbarrow bearing an “Ashes to Go” sign, the two circled the downtown area, stopping to visit with p...

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