Countywide pre-Lenten celebration set

The Rev. Brian VanFossen will be the guest speaker at United Churches 32nd annual countywide Ecumenical Pre-Lenten celebration 7:30 p.m. March 2 at New Covenant United Church of Christ, 202 E. Third St.

VanFossen, the pastor at St. Joseph the Worker Parish in Williamsport, will challenge us to go out together to proclaim the good news.

Annually in scheduling the event, the United Churches alternates between a Catholic and a Protestant church, with a speaker of the other tradition.

The host pastor is the Rev. Karin Stork-Whitson. Also participating will be clergy and laity from many traditions including the American Baptist, Episcopal, Lutheran, Presbyterian, Roman Catholic, Independent and United Methodist traditions. Special music will be provided by New Covenant United Church of Christ. The New Covenant Congregation also will provide a time of fellowship and refreshment after the service.