ONALASKA, Wis. (WXOW) - Many churches around the area are offering Ash Wednesday services today.
What about those who are too busy to go?
Onalaska United Methodist Church offered a drive-thru ash option for the second year in a row. The system allows commuters to drive up, order a hot coffee and receive ashes from their vehicle.
Pastor Park Hunter will then offer to say a prayer for each visitor, to honor the holy day that represents death and repentance.
"This is a way to serve those who are on the go," Pastor Park Hunter of Onalaska United Methodist Church said. "They can stop by here to get prayer, receive the mark of the ashes and we also offer free coffee so they can dash off to work."
Ash Wednesday kicks off Lent, which lasts until Easter Sunday on April 12.