Sarah Poole/News Utica Church of Christ’s Minister Doug Swan performs “Amazing Grace” during Wednesday’s Utica Lenten Luncheon.


UTICA — This Wednesday, approximately 90 individuals gathered at the Utica Church of Christ to partake in a cheerful Utica Lenten Luncheon, comprised of a hot meal, songs, prayer, scripture readings and a Bible-based talk from Dave Martin, pastor at Utica United Methodist Church.

Utica Lenten Luncheons have been a part of the Utica-area community for nearly 30 years.

“(The Lenten Luncheons) started back in 1980,” Alan Pratt, Utica Church of Christ’s recently retired minister of 43 years, said. “Gail Buckles from the Owl Creek Baptist Church presented the idea to the ministers in the area. The first year, we (held the luncheons) at Watt’s Restaurant and then we outgrew that. So, we went over to the Pioneer Restaurant, and we outgrew that too.”

“The churches started opening up to us coming there,” Pratt continued. “We’ve been going from church to church for the last 28 years or so.”

Utica Lenten Luncheons

The 2017 Utica Lenten Luncheon schedules is as follows:

March 15 — Brad Kittle, “Seeds Grow at Different Rates,” Utica Church of Christ, 115 N. Central Ave., Utica

March 22 — Jeff Houghton, “Change Happens in Stages,” Utica Church of Christ

March 29 — Terry Holobaugh, “Seeds Contain Both the Past and Future,” Utica Methodist Church, 626 North St., Utica

April 5 — Steve Looker, “Seeds Have a Larger Purpose than Themselves,” Utica Methodist Church

April 12 — Scott Schieber, “Parable of the Sower,” Utica Methodist Church

April 14 — Doug Swan, “Good Friday — Seeds Must Die,” Owl Creek Baptist Church, 4044 Owl Creek Church Road, Mount Vernon


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