For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in… Matthew 25:35

     Thirty years ago, the Souper Bowl of Caring began with a simple prayer from a single youth group:

“Lord, even as we enjoy the Super Bowl football game, help us be mindful of those without a bowl of soup to eat.”  Over $150 million has been collected since Souper Bowl of Caring began in 1990.

     Our youth will be collecting your monetary donations after worship on February 2nd by holding soup pots in the narthex.  Their collection this year will be used to support the Snackbag program at Lacey Spring Elementary School.  Anything not used for that program will be donated to the Broadway Food Pantry.


    Come enjoy an evening of entertainment, February 16th beginning at 6:00 p.m. in the fellowship hall.  Plan now what you would like to share with the group.  It may be playing a musical instrument, vocal music, poetry, reading, a drama, comedy.  You may choose to do something as an individual or choose a friend or group to join you.  Sign your name or group on the sheet provided on the table in the narthex. There is no age limit to participate.  The program will be over in time to get those youngsters home and to bed.  *You do not have to share an act to come.  An audience is needed to do the applauding and share laughs.  The evening will conclude with a dessert bar. Please bring something to share.  Questions: see Kathy Leininger, Beth Hinegardner or Judy Wine.


Community Fellowship Meal

Please join us for our Free Community Fellowship Meal held on the 3rd Wednesday of every month.  This month’s meal is scheduled for Wednesday, February 19.  All are welcome to come anytime between 5 and 6:30 p.m.!

Music News

Sunday, February 16 Sara Beardsley will be playing the organ during the morning service. Welcome back Sara!

The adult choir will be rehearsing each Thursday night in February @ 7:30 p.m. and will be in the choir loft each Sunday morning.

Board & Commissions Retreat 

     There will be a Board AND Commissions Retreat on February 22nd beginning at 9 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall.  We are going to do some brain-storming on where we would like our congregation to be in 5 years, 10 years, etc.  Come with big ideas – let’s think outside the box!  There will be finger foods for breakfast and lunch will be served.  Child care will be provided.  Commission members: please let your commission chair know if you will be there so they can plan appropriately.  Questions:  See Alice Bair, Board Chair.

CPR/AED Course Planned

     The church plans to hold a CPR/AED Class in early 2020.  Nellie Ritchie will instruct the class at the Broadway Emergency Squad. An interest sign-up sheet is in the narthex. 

Children’s Disaster Services Training

     Since 1980 Children’s Disaster Services (CDS) has been meeting the needs of children by setting up child care centers in shelters and disaster assistance centers across the nation.  Specially trained to respond to traumatized children, volunteers provide a calm, safe and reassuring presence in the midst of the chaos created by tornadoes, floods, hurricanes, wildfires any natural or human caused disaster.  If you would like to train to be a CDS volunteer the next training in our area will be held on:

March 6-7, 2020: Fri. 4:30 p.m. to Sat. 4:30 p.m., Bridgewater Church (420 College View Drive, Bridgewater). Register online at:

     More information can be found on the narthex bulletin board. Questions?  Talk to Alice Bair, Martha Reish or Judi Miller who have been through the training and have responded to one or more disaster sites.

Habitat House Update

    The Habitat House project is moving forward.  The house is under roof and the professional trades (electricians, plumbers, HVAC installers) are working on their aspects of the home.  In mid-October they should be finished and insulation, drywall and painting will begin.  There is a need to provide the volunteers with a lunch.  The crews vary in size but are generally 5-8 people.  Anyone wishing to help, please contact James Driver, 335-4043 or email

Directory Updates

Please make sure the church office has your correct address, phone, email, birth date & anniversary.  You may email the above information to or put your written updates in the door pocket of the church office.  If you are not listed in our church directory & would like to be, please let us know!

 Interest Survey

   The Nominating Commission invites you to complete an Interest Finder Survey. Blank forms are available on the table in the back of the narthex.  Completed forms may be placed in the basket at the same location.  In addition an electronic version is available here:

    Completing the survey will not obligate you for any job, service, or responsibility. The Nominating Commission is seeking to find your interests as part of our church family.