A football fan and church missions chairperson and a nearby pastor concocted a friendly competition to celebrate the Super Bowl and benefit the Fayette County Food Shelf. To survive their "Souper Bowl" play-offs, Fayette First UMC and Arlington UMC each had to collect 50 cans of soup and 10 boxes of crackers. They exceeded that goal and gathered more for a final game score. As Fayette First missions chair, Kathie Cybela put it, "Rather than emphasize who won, we'd rather combine our totals." The two churches donated 196 cans of soup and 48 boxes of crackers. Food Shelf staff member Karen Martin reported that this is enough to serve about 16 families.
Arlington pastor, Julie Ahrens, spoke for all the players when she said, "The winners in this challenge were the children and those who utilize the Food Shelf." A little fun and friendly competition for a good cause just might benefit congregations, as well.