By Elizabeth Keys
STILLWATER, Okla. —
Laissez les bons temps rouler with a pancake dinner at First Presbyterian Church Tuesday night. The community is invited to join the Shrove Tuesday tradition of eating pancakes and sausages - and let the good times roll.
“Two things are needed,” said church member Cynthia Shawley. “A good grill for making pancakes and experienced pancake flippers.
The Presbyterian’s have both with the addition of a grill as part of the new fellowship hall and members who have trained in making pancakes for the community brunch hosted by the church every Saturday morning.
Shrove Tuesday, also known as Pancake Day, is the day before Ash Wednesday, the first day of the Lenten season. The word “shrove” is derived from the word “shrive” which means “confess.” It is the last feast before the fasting and self-denial of Lent. The Tuesday before Ash Wednesday is also known as Fat Tuesday or Mardi Gras. Pancakes are associated with the day preceding Lent because they were a way to use up rich foods such as eggs, milk, and sugar, before the fasting season of the 40 days of Lent.
The Presbyterian pancakes start flipping at 5:30 p.m. with the Shrove Tuesday celebration continuing to 6:45 p.m, Shawley said. Celtic music will play throughout the evening. Videos from Pancake Day around the world will be featured, too. Donations are appreciated. The Fellowship Hall is on the northeast corner of Sixth and Duck St.
First Presbyterian Church will have a short Ash Wednesday service 6 p.m. Feb. 13th in the sanctuary. The sacrament of Communion and Imposition of Ashes will be observed. Check local church calendars for other Ash Wednesday services.