Super Bowl weekend isn’t just an opportunity to feast on wings and watch the best television commercials of the year. Many faith communities embrace the excitement of the big game by offering service and fellowship opportunities.
Souper Bowl of Caring
Several local congregations have embraced the annual Souper Bowl of Caring. Groups are encouraged to hold their own anti-hunger events during Super Bowl weekend and donate money or food items collected to a local charity.
The Souper Bowl of Caring began in 1990 in Columbia, S.C., with a group of 22 churches. Organizers launched the first fundraiser in an effort to take the energy that surrounds the Super Bowl and propel a youth-led movement to feed the hungry.
The program has since spread around the country, and the group’s organizers report that more than $100 million has been raised to fight hunger.
The youth of White Memorial Presbyterian Church on Oberlin Road in Raleigh are among the local groups raising money during the Souper Bowl of Caring this year. White Memorial will donate what it collects to the Food Pantry of Urban Ministries of Wake County.
One of the hallmarks of the Souper Bowl of Caring is young people collecting donations in soup pots as congregants leave worship services.
Super blood drive
Wake Forest Presbyterian Church is partnering with the American Red Cross for a Super Bowl Sunday Blood Drive.
Wake Forest Presbyterian is among the top 40 churches in the country when it comes to blood donations to the Red Cross. The Feb. 1 blood drive includes game-day snacks and pre-game coverage on a big screen. To register to donate, go to redcrossblood.org and use the code WFPC.
At Windborne United Methodist Church in Raleigh, the Super Bowl feeding frenzy begins as soon as the 10:30 a.m service is over on Feb. 1. Worshipers will share their favorite soups, chilis and chowders for a special souper lunch.
After the meal, the church youth will lead a project making prayer chains and bagging cookie treats for the Kairos prison ministry.
Super indoor yard sale
North Raleigh Presbyterian Church continues its annual tradition of hosting a Super Saturday Indoor Yard Sale on Super Bowl weekend.
Each year, the church’s Faith Ministries Building overflows with gently used items looking for a new home. The sale runs from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, Jan. 31. For a $5 donation, shoppers age 7 and older can get inside and take an early-bird look at 7:45 a.m.
Proceeds from the sale are always used to fund local and worldwide outreach efforts. In addition to the great bargains, treasure hunters are invited to purchase barbecue sandwiches or barbecue plates as well as bake sale treats.
North Raleigh Presbyterian is located at 11905 Strickland Road.
Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Raleigh will host its monthly Coffeehouse from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 30. Coffeehouse features live music, refreshments and a gathering place where adults of all abilities can share in the fellowship.
Good Shepherd Lutheran is located at 7000 Creedmoor Road.