Souper bowl of Caring being held

By Sandy Johns
    For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in.  Matthew 25:35

    More than 30 years ago, the Souper bowl of Caring began with a simple prayer from a single youth group in Columbia, South Carolina: “Lord, even as we enjoy the Super Bowl football game, help us be mindful of those without a bowl of soup to eat.”
    Since that day, more than $153 million in dollars and food items has been raised to make a collective impact on hunger in local communities.  It has become a powerful movement that is transforming the time around the Big Game into the nation's largest celebration of giving and serving.  
    The First United Methodist Church of Bourbon has been donating to the cause since 1999. This year, they invite (challenge) you to share in their efforts to collect money and food items for the local Bourbon Food Pantry. Every collection of food or money is donated to this local charity and stays in the community.
    By working together, we can demonstrate how God blesses our collective efforts to make a significant impact on the neighbors in need.  
    For information on how to participate, please go to website:  After registration, you will receive a packet of free resources with guidelines for holding a successful collection.  Registration gives you a profile page which connects you and your team with other participants in all 50 states. Be part of this movement that is sharing God's love with those in need.  Let's make the nation's largest weekend of football into the nation's largest weekend of caring.  Please give generously on Super Bowl Sunday.