NSUMC to hold Mardi Gras Jazz Lenten event featuring DMHS musicians

North Scottsdale United Methodist Church invites the community for the Mardi Gras Jazz Lenten Reflection Service and Luncheon.

The free event will be held from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., Sunday, March 3 at the church, 11735 North Scottsdale Road in Scottsdale.

According to a press release, the celebration begins during the 10 a.m. service with reflective prayer and sermon for the Lenten Season; exiting the service with the merriment of a New Orleans’s Jazz band and process to the fellowship hall for a free luncheon.

Attendees entering the Mardi Gras Jazz Luncheon will be welcomed by the award-winning Desert Mountain High School Jazz band, the release said, adding that attendees will begin the Lenten Reflection by “literally donning a mask,” representing the figurative mask that people wear.

Pastor Dave Wasson will offer a Lenten Reflection suggesting that everyone remove their figurative masks of self-deception, self-control, plus the literal masks people are wearing; lay down the things that keep them from connecting to God, the release described.

After the opening reflection, attendees will enjoy Jazz music from the DMHS Jazz Band and have a traditional New Orleans meal of homemade gumbo, rice, French bread, coleslaw, Popeye’s Cajun chicken and King’s cake shipped direct from Haydel’s Bakery in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Lent is the period of 40 days, which comes before Easter in the Christian calendar, and begins on Ash Wednesday, noted the release. By observing the 40 days of Lent season, Christians replicate Jesus Christ’s sacrifice and withdrawal to the desert for 40 days.

For information, call 480-948-0529, or see nsumc.com.

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