Your Name: Bruce Horn
Your Group: St. John United Church of Christ
Location: Bellevue, KY
Years Participated: 11
First Year: 1999
This Year: Collected $181 for Hosea House, Newport KY
Way to go!
How did you hear of Souper Bowl of Caring?We have participated in this event for numerous years. Our Pastor participated in this outreach at his previous churches. Also, we received a letter from the Souper Bowl of Caring organization, inviting us to participate.
Why did you choose to join the Souper Bowl of Caring team?We believe this is a very worthwhile cause. It fits perfectly with our Mission: "Our caring congregation feeds the spiritual and physical needs of the community."
What does your group do to participate in the Souper Bowl of Caring movement?We collect money and canned soups from our congregation and visitors.
What have you found is most successful for raising cash and food items?Traditionally, on the day of the actual Super Bowl, we use kitchen soup pots and ladles to attract participation. One person stands at each exit door at the beginning and end of service to greet everyone as they enter/leave the church and encourage the to pitch in loose change/bills for this outreach. In addition, we have designated tables at each door clearly marked for the placement of cans of soup.
Was there any particularly meaningful or moving story from your collection you would like to share?Probably the most endearing moment is when the youngest attendee walks to the person with the soup pot and places their own change into it, very proud of their contribution. It is very heartwarming and moves the entire congregation.
Tell us a little about where you donate your collection to.For many years we have delivered the collected cans of soup to the Henry Hosea House, located at 901 York Street, Newport, KY 41071. Their mission is: "To provide food and nourishment for the bodies and souls of the men, women and children of the Northern Kentucky/Cincinnati area."
Are there any resources you feel Souper Bowl of Caring could develop to enhance your collection?I think it would greatly increase the awareness and participation of our congregation if we have large posters, and possibly flyers and handouts, to display and distribute several weeks prior to the day of collections.
What does participating in Souper Bowl of Caring mean to your group?The Outreach Missions Group at St. John UCC works very hard to fulfill our Vision and Mission. And the Souper Bowl of Caring is one example of accomplishing our goal.
What does it mean to you?As a member of St. John UCC's Outreach Missions Group, I strongly believe that we all should pay it forward. All of God's children deserve to be loved and nourished. And everything I can do to feed that need is a blessing to me as well as the community around me.