Staff photo by Cathy Spaulding
Members of several churches gathered for a distribution of ashes Wednesday at St. Joseph Catholic Church. The Ash Wednesday observance was part of an ecumenical service for the beginning of Lent. It was the first of seven Journey to Easter services — 12:05 p.m. Wednesday through March 28 at different churches — leading to Easter. Each service features music and a message, followed by a light lunch at the church. The Rev. Johnny Derouen, pastor of First Baptist Church, crosses Joe Hannah’s forehead during an ecumenical Ash Wednesday service at St. Joseph Catholic Church.