If you were fortunate enough to be with a pretty rowdy group of revelers at Reformation Lutheran Church during the first of three parts of the Mardi Gras celebration, knowing the definition of Mardi Gras may have won you a bingo prize. All of the questions during the game tested one’s biblical knowledge. It took a little more competitiveness to win the “Balloon Bust”. Some of your brothers and sisters are creative in their winning strategies. “Pass the Egg” wasn’t without its controversy, but settled quickly in a very loud and loving way.
If using up the fat in the larder is the goal of Mardi Gras, the fabulous food was up to the challenge. Wonderful hush puppies loaded with butter, great sausage in the jambalaya, and not to mention wonderful dessert! They all deserve mentioning: hand dipped white chocolate pretzels, Bananas Foster (this writer’s personal favorite), homemade bread pudding, and of course, a King Cake.
The third part of the evening may have been the shortest in time, but the deepest in meaning. As the Alleluia banner was put away for the season of Lent, we were reminded why we observe 40 days of fasting, prayer, and repentance and why we can look forward through the penitent season, to bringing out the Alleluia banners, and raising our Alleluias in praise of the one true God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
Thanks from all to the Fellowship and Christian Education Committees for their very successful and much appreciated hard work. Mark your calendars for next year. Lord willing, we will be able to celebrate, and prepare, together in 2017.