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Local church operates a different kind of drive-thru service

Local church operates a different kind of drive-thru service

BROADHEADSVILLE, Pa. - Drive-thrus are not only for fast food; a local church is serving up blessings to people driving along Route 209 in Monroe County.

"If even one person who comes by today is reminded of the Lenten season and chooses to observe that season, we've been successful," said Ann Melot, pastor of Zion United Lutheran Church, on Wednesday.

Ministers from Zion United Lutheran Church waited with ashes in hand just as the sun rose over Route 209 in Monroe County.

Instead of heading inside the Broadheadsville building for a service, people are driving up to get their blessing.

"We have a perfect location to try something like that," added Melot.

The "Ashes to Go" concept came about after Melot found similar events online.

She says the church isn't trying to replace the traditional Ash Wednesday service.

"It's an opportunity for folks who would otherwise not go to a service to still in a small way recognize the importance of the day as the start of the Lenten season."

As cars lined up, ministers prayed and then read a Bible passage from Genesis.

"My daughter told me last night and she said mom it will work for you today," said Kunkletown resident Sharon Beinart. "Because out of the two churches that I go to neither one of them could I make a mass. So this is perfect today."

At most drive-thrus you can't get out of your car to place your order, but this is a unique drive-thru and everyone is served.

The saying goes, 'the Lord works in mysterious ways.'

Some never thought a church built in the 1800's would ever be offering this type of service.

"The fact that it's drive-thru and I'll be able to get my ashes and probably I would have missed it," said Fred Faulstick, from Saylorsburg.

Close to fifty people received ashes and the church is thinking of possibly doing it again.

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