BILOXI -- The Rev. Barbara Gibson was recently named pastor of Bethel Lutheran Church.
"Because I was here as an interim pastor eight years ago," she said, "it now feels like I am coming home."
Gibson is helping the members develop a new mission statement.
Bethel Lutheran offers communion every Sunday during regular services.
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During the Lenten season, the church plans to hold special services on Wednesday evenings that will include chanted services, evening prayers, confessions and homilies.
The church has special services planned for Ash Wednesday, including dispensation of ashes at noon and 7 p.m.; Maundy Thursday meal at 6:30 p.m. March 24; a Tennebrae service on Good Friday; and Easter services, including a community Easter egg hunt.
Bethel is involved in the community through the Bethel Free Health Clinic, and the church serves homeless people throughout the year.
"When a homeless person comes to our door, we help them," Gibson said. "We need pop-top canned food, ready-to-eat meals, easy-open, non-perishables and things like packs of crackers to give these people who don't have access to a kitchen or can opener."
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