The 26th annual Sermons a la Carte program begins next Wednesday, March 9 (Ash Wednesday). This is a program offered by the Cherokee churches every Lenten season.
Ministers from the different area congregations take turns delivering a message each Wednesday from 12:05 p.m. - 12:30 p.m. at Memorial Presbyterian Church, 127 E. Willow St. in Cherokee, and congregations from around the area also take turns serving a delicious lunch following the service at 12:30 p.m. The cost of the meal is $3.
This year's theme for the Sermons a la Carte is "What the Cross Means to Me - personal reflections on the Cross of Christ."
Any offerings this year will be distributed between Cherokee County Work Services, C.A.P., Food Pantry, CAASA House, Mid-Sioux Opportunities, Cherokee Hospice and the CCMA.
The week's first message will be delivered by Ethan Sayler, pastor of Memorial Presbyterian Church in Cherokee. Carolyn Hollar of the Quimby/Washta Methodist Church will present the message on March 16; Pastor Jim Steen of Bethlehem Lutheran on March 23; Pinky Person of Faith in Christ Fellowship on March 30; Gregg Johnson of Crossroads Christian Church on April 6; and Sister Janice Hoffman of Immaculate Conception Church on April 13.
Servers will be: March 9 - Memorial Presbyterian and Cleghorn Presbyterian; March 16 - Washta Methodist, Quimby Methodist, First United Methodist of Aurelia; March 23 - Bethlehem Lutheran and Trinity Lutheran; March 30 - Faith in Christ Fellowship, St. Paul's United Methodist, First Baptist Church and Mount Olive Baptist Church; April 6 - First Church of Christ, Meriden Evangelical Free Church, and Oakdale Evangelical Free Church; April 13 - Immaculate Conception Church.