Wednesday, February 13, is Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent. Lent is the forty days leading up to Easter Day, a representation of the forty days that Jesus spent fasting in the wilderness. It is a tradition here at St. Thomas’ during Lent for children to collect coins in a “mite box” as a special love offering for Jesus. On Easter Sunday, all children are invited to bring their mite boxes, decorated with flowers, to church. As the children come to the altar rail for a blessing, there will be a special cross at the chancel steps to deposit the boxes. When finished, we should have a cross full of beautiful flowers and all the mite box money will go towards St. Thomas’ Outreach programs. Mite boxes will be distributed in Sunday school and can also be picked up in the church Narthex.