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St. Paul's Community Lenten Series

The St. Paul's Community Lenten Series has origins as far back as 1897. Today, the Community Lenten Series features notable preachers and a delicious lunch every weekday during Lent. Each 30-minute preaching service begins at 12:30 p.m. Lunch is served in Scott Hall in two seatings at 11:45 am and 1:00 pm. There is no charge to hear the preachers, and 100% of the lunch proceeds are donated to non-profit agencies through a grant application process.

Click to view the 2017 brochure here!


Ash Wednesday, March 1-3:  Fr. Michael Renninger
March 6: Rev. Dr. Valerie Carter
March 7-8: Bishop Will Willimon
March 9-10: Rev. Dr. Valerie Carter
March 13: Rev. Dr. John W. Kinney
March 14: The Rev. Melanie Mullen
March 15-17: Rev. Dr. John Kinney
March 20-24: Rev. MaryAnn McKibben Dana
March 27-31: Rev. Dr. James Green Somerville
April 3-7: Rev. Carla Pratt Keyes
April 10-12: Rev. Steve Eason

Click here for more on our Lenten preachers.


Over 300 volunteers from more than 50 area churches serve a homemade seated lunch in Scott Hall at 11:45 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. A hot or cold plate is offered for $8. Desserts are available for $2 (or $3 à la mode). Takeout orders are available from 11:45 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. 

View the 2017 daily lunch menu (PDF).

Silent Art Auction

As an adjunct to the Lenten Luncheon program, on a biannual basis, St. Paul’s also conducts a silent art auction to highlight the work of prominent local professional and amateur artists from a number of genres.  The works of art are on show continuously during Lent in Scott Hall, where our guests can see them as they enjoy their Lenten Lunches.  Bids are accepted throughout Lent with the works of art being sold to the highest bidder at the close of bidding on April 12, 2017. All profits from the sales of the art go to the benefit of the same causes as the Lenten Lunches program, as determined by a special grants committee formed for that purpose. 

The art on display for sale includes fine paintings, hand-crafted jewelry, oil, pastel, and water-color paintings, fine-art photography, and fine fabric items. 

For more information about our auction and artists, click here (PDF). To see the featured artist of the week, click here. 

Grant Applications

100% of the proceeds from our lunch sales are donated to non-profit agencies through a grant application process. Grants typically range from $500-$2,000 each, and the selection committee prioritizes local and regional agencies whose work benefits:

  • children and adolescents who are at-risk
  • persons with mental health concerns
  • individuals and families who are in the process of rebuilding their lives
  • those in a state of homelessness
  • seniors in need