Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent, the 40-day period of renewal, repentance, and abstinence in preparation for Easter. On March 1, Catholics and Protestants of Kernersville will begin the season of Lent together at a Community Ash Wednesday Service—12 pm at Paul J. Ciener Botanical Garden. This 30-minute service will include Scripture, prayers, and the imposition of ashes. A vegetable soup and sandwich lunch is provided by Main Street UMC (across the street) in their fellowship hall for a suggested donation of $5 per person. Call Main Street UMC at 336-993-3411 for more information.