Last year’s Mardi Gras Service at the Avon Congregational Church was such a success, that once is not enough! Once again, it will get loud and toes will be tapping at the church on Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013, at 10 a.m. The Brass City Quintet of Waterbury, Connecticut, returns to perform traditional and sacred music in the Dixie and Gospel styles.
Mardi Gras is the annual festival that occurs at the end of Epiphany and culminates on the day before Ash Wednesday, marking the beginning of the religious season of Lent. The term, which means “Fat Tuesday” in French, refers to the last day of feasting on rich foods before Lenten fasting begins.
Said pastor Martha Chenault, “Celebrating Mardi Gras is our way of setting up a contrast to the subdued and contemplative season of Lent. We welcome the community to join us on this very special day, and of course every Sunday.”
This Mardi Gras service continues the Leo Boswell Memorial Worship Series. Mr. Boswell, a longtime and beloved member of the Avon Congregational Church, was a singer and soloist with the church choir. The Leo Boswell music series was established in 2011 by an anonymous donor, with the purpose of presenting creative worship services - honoring Leo’s memory and sharing both his love of music and his love of the church.
The music by the Brass City Quintet promises to inspire, with one piece that joins “When the Saints Come Marching In” with the “Hallelujah Chorus.” This service is suitable for children of all ages, and there will be an opportunity for the children to wear some Mardi Gras garb.
The Avon Congregational Church, with its landmark spire, is at 6 West Main Street, Avon, at the corner of Routes 44 and 10/22. There is ample parking in the adjacent church parking lot. Overflow parking is across Route 10, near the Post Office.
The church offers many opportunities for education, song and service. The Director of Music Ministries is Benita Rose, and the Director of Christian Education and Youth Ministries is Jennifer deSimas. Information is at (860) 678-0488 and at www.avon-church.org.