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Three Charlotte churches serving love and food 

When I wrote about country cuisine a few weeks ago, several readers prompted me on my oversight of United Church of Prayer -- which is one of the downtown churches offering weekday lunches:

• The $7.99 lunch at United House of Prayer for All People, 1019 S. Mint St., features Southern comfort food, served cafeteria-styled from 11 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. weekdays. Daily specials include fried fish on Thursdays and Fridays; ribs are on Fridays, too. House of Prayer can host up to 200 for lunch, and on some days buses stop by, so it can get crowded. Desserts range from sweet potato pie to peach cobbler. 704-377-1835.

• On Wednesdays during the school year (September to May) First Presbyterian Church, 200 W. Trade St., serves lunch to, on average, 85 people after a noon church service. At the helm of this kitchen is a 2006 Johnson & Wales University graduate George Hamilton. His menu changes weekly, but the buffet may include chicken pot pie or flank steak with squash casserole; although Hamilton says their extensive salad bar is the most popular feature. The $5 cost includes drink and dessert.

• Also on Wednesdays is the Power Lunch at First Baptist Church, 301 S. Davidson St., from 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. The weekly menu is online: or call 704-369-2132 for a recording. Dishes may include alfredo linguine with grilled chicken, or roasted pork loin with apple cranberry topping, asparagus, rice, hot roll, and dessert for $5.

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