In Slovakia, the traditional time of pre-Lenten merriment, partying and rich food is known as fašiangy (fosh-ee-ON-gee), similar to the German Fasching or Mardi Gras in New Orleans. Grace’s annual benefit for the Center for Christian Education (CCE) in Martin, Slovakia, will celebrate this season of carnival on Saturday, January 26, with food, music and fun, bringing warmth and light to the cold days of winter.
The dinner begins with a cash bar at 5:30, with dinner at 6:30. There’s also a silent auction. Special guests from the CCE will talk about their work and entertain with Slovak music. Tickets ($50/person; $400 for a table of 8) are available online or you may register using the form.
The CCE operates a Lutheran preschool, elementary and high school in Martin, sharing the good news of Jesus with young people whose parents grew up under communism with no religious education. This year marks the 20th year of ministry for the CCE, and the high school graduated its first class in May. The people of Grace Church and School have shared many connections with the CCE over the years, hosting exchange students and traveling to Slovakia in the summer to teach in the Vacation Bible School.