Vienna Church Plans First “Drive-Thru Ashes” for Ash Wednesday

Vienna Church Plans First “Drive-Thru Ashes” for Ash Wednesday

Commuters and area residents are invited to take part in the first “Drive-Thru Ashes” event on Ash Wednesday, March 1 at The Church of the Good Shepherd (United Methodist) in Vienna. Pastor Eric Song will be available from 6:30 to 8 a.m. in the parking lot of the church at 2351 Hunter Mill Road to administer ashes and distribute copies of the church’s 18th annual “Devotions for Lent” publication.

“Ash Wednesday, which begins the season of Lent, is a day when we remember our humanness by the mark of a cross on our foreheads,” said Song, in his first year at Good Shepherd. “We want to provide this opportunity for morning commuters. All are invited to drive through and receive ashes and a cup of coffee for the road!”

Members of the church, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary in Vienna in 2017, also will be on hand to distribute a Lenten devotional booklet written by its members and friends.

Good Shepherd will hold a traditional Ash Wednesday service at the church at 7:30 p.m.

The 18th annual “Devotions for Lent” will be available on the church’s website at The church also will post each day’s devotion on its Facebook page at Printed copies will be mailed to neighborhoods surrounding the church, and a limited number of copies will be available at the church.

“This devotional is filled with words from the hearts of our church members, families and friends,” said Song in a letter in the booklet. “We invite you to read through these pages and be blessed by the inspired words.”

The Church of the Good Shepherd’s Sunday worship service is at 10:15 a.m. and Sunday school for children and adults is at 9 a.m.

For more information, call the church office at 703-281-3987 or visit the church website at or its Facebook page at

The Church of the Good Shepherd -- A United Methodist Church, 2351 Hunter Mill Rd., Vienna, 703-281-3987.