Worshippers may be toe tapping and hand clapping at the Transfiguration One Service Sunday, Feb. 11, at First Lutheran Church.

Worshippers may be toe tapping and hand clapping at the Transfiguration One Service Sunday, Feb. 11, at First Lutheran Church.

The style of the service will be different, but the message of Christ the same.

Area residents are invited to join the congregation at their “Celebrate Mardi Gras,” One Service Sunday, which includes pre-service music at 9:15 a.m., Jazz Service at 9:30 a.m., prior to a Southern-style feast and live auction to benefit the church youth group.

The Rev. Matt Kamprath, church pastor, said the weekend festival “brings to a close the Advent-Christmas-Epiphany cycle. At the same time, it looks ahead to the season of Lent which begins on Feb. 14 with Ash Wednesday. The church world moves from the mountain top of the Transfiguration into the valley of Lent.”

He said at the Transfiguration, Jesus’ clothes and face become a dazzling white while Moses and Elijah join Jesus at his side. “This mountain top experience concludes with the God the Father declaring his love of his Son.

“Mardi Gras is translated literally as Fat Tuesday which comes before Ash Wednesday, the first day before Lent,” he said. “It is a day of celebration and joy before the church gathers to reflect upon Jesus’ passion.”

The River City Six, a group of jazz musicians from the Quad Cities will perform Dixieland Jazz music 15-minutes prior to the 9:30 a.m. worship service on Feb. 11. Their selections will include “When the Saints Come Marching In,” “Amazing Grace,” and “Pennies from Heaven.”

The public also is welcome to join the congregation in the Fellowship Room for some Southern flare and fun after the Sunday morning service.

Haylee Gustafson, director of youth and family ministry, said, “We will continue to enjoy live jazz music while feasting on some good ol’ southern food such as pulled pork sandwiches, corn bread, creamed corn, fruit salad and dessert.”

There will be a charge for the meal.

The youth group is hosting a benefit auction featuring silent auction items and bids can be placed before and after Sunday’s service.

A live auction will be held at 11:45 a.m. to raise funds for the church youth to attend the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) National Youth Gathering in Houston, Texas, this summer.

Live auction items include an overnight stay at Rhythm City Resort, in Davenport; Chicago White Sox tickets; homemade dinners by chefs from First Lutheran Church and more.

Rev. Kamprath said the benefit auction provides an opportunity for the youth and their leaders to raise money to help defray the cost of the trip.

Every three years, 30,000 high school youth and their adult leaders from across the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America gather for a week of faith formation known as the ELCA Youth Gathering.

Through days spent in interactive learning, worship, Bible study, service and fellowship, young people grow in faith and are challenged and inspired to live their faith in their daily lives.