Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana

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March 5, 2014

Pastors offering drive-thru ashes today

Group helps busy people join in Ash Wednesday.

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"I had a parishioner bring the idea to me four years ago, wanting us to do it here. It is quite popular in Episcopal churches around the country, I was told.

"But I did not want to annoy anyone so I proposed that we open it up to the (multidenominational) Ministerial Association. It has been on the back burner for four years now percolating. I was blown away when Monica (Gould), brought it up again (this winter)," he said.

The Rev. Gould, pastor of First Presbyterian Church in Mount Vernon, said she saw this project as a new opportunity for the ministerial association to do something as a group in the community as well as provide a service to the community.

"I did this once at the Posey County Jail. I was astounded. It took two hours. People who had never done this before wanted it," Gould said.

She took that experience forward believing that "Part of the business of the church is getting out and meeting people beyond the walls of the church meeting people where the needs are," she said.

"I see this as a nonthreatening way to do it," Rutherford said. "Some people are hesitant to walk into a hallowed church, but the street corner? I see it as a way to reach lapsed, unchurched and de-churched Christians."

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