Lent, the beginning of the Christian holy season that leads to Easter, begins Wednesday. Lent is a somber time, but today is a day of festivities. The Tuesday before Ash Wednesday, called Shrove Tuesday, Fat Tuesday and Mardi Gras, is traditionally celebrated with pancakes, which use up the eggs, butter and dairy in households preparing for Lenten fasts. Here are some events and services:
ST. PAUL'S EPISCOPAL CHURCH: 605 Reynolds St., 5:45-7 p.m., $5 each or $25 per family, to benefit the Haiti Relief Fund; (706) 724-2485
THE CHURCH OF THE HOLY COMFORTER: 473 Furys Ferry Road; 6 p.m., shrimp boil, pancake supper; $10 each or $30 per family, to aid summer mission work in Nashville, Tenn.; (706) 210-1133
CATHOLIC CHURCH OF THE MOST HOLY TRINITY: 720 Telfair St.; 9 a.m., dispensation of ashes only, Masses at 12:15 p.m. and 7 p.m.
CHRIST THE KING LUTHERAN CHURCH: 4232 Evans to Lock Road, Evans; 7 p.m.
EPISCOPAL CHURCH OF THE HOLY COMFORTER: 473 Furys Ferry Road, Martinez; noon, 6:30 p.m.
FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH AUGUSTA: 3500 Walton Way Extension; 6 p.m.
GRACE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH: 639 Georgia Ave.; 6:30 p.m.
HOLY TRINITY LUTHERAN CHURCH: 1002 Carolina Ave., North Augusta; 7 p.m.
LEWIS MEMORIAL UNITED METHODIST CHURCH: 5555 Hereford Farm Road, Evans; 7:30 p.m.
OUR LADY OF PEACE CATHOLIC CHURCH: 856 Old Edgefield Road, North Augusta; 8:45 a.m. and 6 p.m., and a Spanish Mass at 7:30 p.m.
REID MEMORIAL PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH: 2261 Walton Way; 6:15 p.m.
ST. BARTHOLOMEW'S EPISCOPAL CHURCH: 471 W. Martintown Road, North Augusta; traditional service with Scripture, sermon, communion, music and silence, 10 a.m.; nontraditional service with dialogue sermon, music, congregational participation, 6:30 p.m.
ST. PAUL'S EPISCOPAL CHURCH: 605 Reynolds St.; noon, 7:30 p.m.104 Newberry St. N.W., Aiken; 6:45 p.m.
TRINITY-ON-THE-HILL UNITED METHODIST CHURCH: 1330 Monte Sano Ave.; 6:30 p.m.
ST. JOHN'S UNITED METHODIST CHURCH:
ST. MARY ON THE HILL CATHOLIC CHURCH: 1420 Monte Sano Ave.; 7 a.m., 9:15 a.m., noon, 6 p.m.
ST. TERESA OF AVILA CATHOLIC CHURCH: 4921 Columbia Road, Grovetown; 8:30 a.m., noon and 6:30 p.m.
WESLEY UNITED METHODIST CHURCH: 825 N. Belair Road; 7 a.m., drop-in worship service; noon, soup lunch; 12:30 p.m., drop-in service; traditional service, 7 p.m.