While there hasn’t been a compelling reason to tune in to the Super Bowl since 2007, or a righteous outcome since 1986, still most Americans – even semi-deflated Bears fans – will watch the “big game” on Sunday.
It’s a “big weekend” for us at Hope, too – the annual all-church Souper Bowl Food Drive - and hungry Iowans need you to get into this game, rather than just watch!
Our goal is simple: to fully stock every food pantry in central Iowa for the rest of the winter! To accomplish this really big goal, we really do need our entire church family to participate! This weekend, when you come to worship, please bring at least a few bags of groceries (the good stuff, on the most needed list). We’ll also collect aspecial offering of money (100% goes directly to the food pantries). Most food pantries in central Iowa are small and prefer food donations. A few local pantries, however, prefer gifts of money since they’re big enough to hire staff to purchase the food themselves.
Either way, food or money, your donations make a big difference! Local food pantries struggle to keep up with demand this time of year. Generous giving levels that accompany the holidays tend to fade significantly as winter rolls on. Food pantries are left with too many empty shelves, leaving too many Iowans with empty stomachs.
We’re a big church. We can change that. And since we can, according to Jesus, we must. (Luke 12:48) Thanks in advance for being the kind of Christians who show up in a big way for big games (rather than just watch)! See you at the Souper Bowl!
P.S.- Worship this weekend at Hope should be, well… super! We’ll focus on one of my all-time favorite stories (high drama) in Luke’s Gospel (4:16-22) with a sermon called “The Carpenter’s Kid Goes Public!” I’ll preach at all of the services on Saturday night and Sunday morning, and Pastor Jeremy will do the same on Sunday night. Live music. Free bread and wine, too. Come and see!