New Castle News
NEW CASTLE —
A selection of hot soups warmed and welcomed participants yesterday following the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Freedom Walk.
Anna Bennett, in charge of the kitchen at New Jerusalem Church of God in Christ at 1710 Moravia St., estimated 300 to 400 people would sit down to soup and sandwiches during the afternoon.
The church was open from about 11 a.m. through 5 p.m. for the hungry community.
“And there is always more than plenty,” Bennett said.
The women of the church began cooking soups three days ago, she said.
“Every year we try to get better organized,” she said as food continuously was delivered to the church kitchen. “Maybe one year we will do it.”
The church has hosted the soup luncheon annually for the past 10 years — at the Moravia Street site for the past seven years and at the congregation’s Long Avenue mission prior to that.
This year’s selections included vegetable beef, chicken noodle, mean green bean, white bean chicken chili, 15-bean, wedding, potato, hamburger stew and regular chili.
The young women of the church were challenged to bake cakes for desert.
“We had a nice variety and they all looked very good,” Bennett said.
“I’m glad to see so many young people involved. It is, after all, their day. The past you can’t undo, but the future is yours to prepare.”
Also volunteering were 16 youths and four adults from the Careers Club of Lawrence County Community Action Partnership and West Central Jobs Partnership. The organization prepares local teens for educational enrichment and employment opportunities.
The youngsters of grades 9 to 12 served soup and desserts and made sandwiches.
Two big-screen televisions at the church provided a live broadcast of the second-term inauguration of President Barack Obama, the country’s first black president sworn in on the day devoted to its most famous civil rights leader.
Youngsters also sold candy bars, raising money to attend a youth conference in July in Baltimore.
The Rev. Gary Clark, the church pastor, estimated that 24 will attend from the church.