“Souper” Bowl of Caring — A Reflection of Jesus’ Love in Action

nullWhen the Esther Guild of Trinity Lutheran Church, Pine Bluff, Arkansas, was planning our projects for 2019 the idea was to choose more projects that involved our “hands to work for Him and our feet to go on His errands.” We used the LWML website to come up with some of our ideas. We particularly liked “A Year’s Worth of Caring” which was the January 2018 activity in the Mission Service Activity Archives. (Note: There is also an updated 2019 “year’s worth” in the archives.)

The January project was the “Souper Bowl of Caring.” Esther Guild invited our entire church to participate. An old kettle was set in the narthex with a sign explaining what it was for. The project was promoted in the church newsletter and bulletin. In all, Esther Guild collected 70 cans of soup and 12 boxes of 4-pack crackers. The donations were taken to our local food pantry, Neighbor to Neighbor, to help feed and warm the hearts of people in need during these cold winter days.

Of course, making monetary donations to worthwhile causes is always helpful. However, it seems the projects that are more hands-on give us a better connection to the people we are trying to reach and help. Esther Guild certainly enjoys these types of projects and we are putting more of them on our project list this year. The “Souper Bowl of Caring” was a good way to start the year sharing our blessings with others.

Submitted by
Erin Foster
Trinity Lutheran Church Esther Guild
Pine Bluff, Arkansas
Mid-South District