For the fifth year in a row, churches and restaurants in Charlotte's Elizabeth neighborhood are banding together to mark Lent each Wednesday with a service and some soup.
"Wednesday Worship in Elizabeth," open to the public, will begin on Ash Wednesday, March 5, and continue every week through April 16.
Each Wednesday, the service will start at noon, with a soup and bread lunch for $5 at 12:35 p.m.
Seven restaurants and a culinary school will take turns providing the lunch of bread and soup.
All proceeds from the lunches will be donated to the Community Culinary School of Charlotte, which trains adults who have had trouble finding jobs, and to Second Helping, a carry-out kitchen on Central Avenue started to provide jobs for formerly incarcerated women.
This year's theme, "There and Back Again," is meant to evoke reflection on the Lenten journey into the spiritual wilderness and back again.
Here's the schedule, the churches, and the restaurants:
- March 5: Caldwell Memorial Presbyterian and Community Culinary School of Charlotte and Second Helping.
- March 12: St. John's Baptist and Crisp.
- March 19: St. Martin's Episcopal and 1900 Mexican Grill.
- March 26: Center City Church of Charlotte and Common Market.
- April 2: Presbyterian/Novant Hospital and Hawthorne's New York Pizza.
- April 9: Education at Carolinas Medical Center, Mercy Hospital and Nothing But Noodles
- April 16: Hawthorne Lane United Methodist and Sabor Latin Street Grill.
More details here.
-- Tim Funk