Through the years, many people have flipped for the pancakes at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church’s Annual Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper. The event, which sometimes has attracted as many as 500 people, funds student academic scholarships.

The 2016 event will be from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the church, 2651 California St. in Columbus. Cost is $6 for adults and $3 for children ages 3 to 11. Besides blueberry and chocolate chip pancakes, crêpes will be available. The event generated about $350 last year, according to organizers.

The connection between Shrove Tuesday (the day before Ash Wednesday, marking the beginning of Lent’s fasting for many) and the Episcopal Church dates to the Anglican Church in England. Many English mark the day as Pancake Tuesday.

The term “shrove” is derived from the word shrive meaning to confess or absolve. Since the Middle Ages, Shrove Tuesday has been a day for confessing sins.

Years ago, the fundraiser drew community leaders such as then-Cummins Engine Co. leader J. Irwin Miller and the Rev. William R. Laws, longtime pastor at Columbus First Presbyterian Church, who became a champion for civil rights.

Information: 812-372-7869.

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Brian Blair is a reporter for The Republic. He can be reached at or 812-379-5672.