Franconia United Methodist Church, 6037 Franconia Rd, Alexandria, invites you to our free Pancake Dinner on Feb 17, 5:30 – 8:00 pm to celebrate Shrove Tuesday. In days gone by, early Christians observed the 40-day Lenten season as a time of fasting. The faithful were forbidden by the church to consume meat, butter, eggs or milk. In order to keep these foods from spoiling, they would have to be consumed by the Tuesday before Lent started. With the addition of a little flour, a tradition came about: Pancakes. Pancakes and more Pancakes! Join us for supper! We are located at the corner of Beulah and Franconia, next to the Franconia Elementary School, convenient to the Fairfax Connector routes 231, 232, and 310. Contact us at 703 971-5151 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Website http://www.franconiaumc.org.