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Mich. church offers drive-thru Ash Wednesday

February 13, 2013
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photo - George Marvaso,  70, of Novi, Mich., has ashes placed on his forehead while in his car by  Rev. June M. Marshall of the Novi United Methodist Church for Ash Wednesday. Photo by Charles V. Tines, Detroit News via The Associated Press
George Marvaso, 70, of Novi, Mich., has ashes placed on his forehead while in his car by Rev. June M. Marshall of the Novi United Methodist Church for Ash Wednesday. Photo by Charles V. Tines, Detroit News via The Associated Press 

NOVI, Mich. — Some people in the Detroit area are marking the first day of Lent with a drive-thru stop at church.

The Detroit News reports the Rev. June Marshall Smith of the Novi United Methodist Church took ashes outside and presented them to people participating in the church's drive-thru ashes program. It followed two Ash Wednesday services at the church.

Smith says she decided to try drive-thru ashes as a way to bring the church to the people. She says many don't have an opportunity to attend a full service.

Similar drive-thru programs for Ash Wednesday have been held in the past in the Detroit area.

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