Monday, March 31, 2014

First Universalist Church gives to Fish Choice Pantry

Doug Bickley, Fish Choice Pantry (Left) receives a check from Mark Reedy of Thrivent Financial, as part of First Universalist Church Souper Bowl Sunday.

Mark Reedy of Thrivent Financial presents a $350 check to Doug Bickley, representing FISH Choice Pantry. Thrivent Financial and First Universalist Church of New Madison have teamed together to tackle hunger in Darke County through the Souper Bowl of Caring. Started more than 20 years ago, the Souper Bowl of Caring has become a powerful movement that is transforming Super Bowl weekend into the nation’s largest celebration of sharing, caring and serving communities across America. First Universalist collected funds and food for FISH, with Thrivent helping with matching funds from their Care Abounds in Community program. A total of $1,207 was presented to FISH, plus the many food items that are donated each month at First Universalist.

First Universalist Church is a vital congregation with many projects helping those in need. The church was honored to join Thrivent to tackle hunger locally, culminating the project with a Souper Bowl of Caring celebration luncheon following the 10:00 morning service on February 2. Thrivent Financial is a century old Fortune 500 Financial Service organization supporting the values of faith, family, stewardship and service. FISH Choice Pantry serves the Darke County community by providing food through a “choice” walk-in pantry for those in need. Thrivent, First Universalist, and FISH are proud to work together to tackle hunger in Darke County.

Learn more about Souper Bowl of Caring at

For information about Thrivent Financial, call 937-996-3403

First Universalist is located at 331 E. Washington St., New Madison. Phone 937-996-3403
FISH Choice Pantry is located at 400 Markwith Ave., Greenville. Phone 937-916-6033

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