Soup Sales Raised Money for Charity and Supported Berkley, OP Businesses
(Berkley First Pastor Zack Dunlap and Judy Lowery, Feb. 27, 2021)
Berkley, MI – At the Empty Bowls, Empty Seats drive-through event on February 17th, Berkley First United Methodist Church distributed 102 quarts of soup, along with communion elements, invitations to Easter worship and activities for the kids.
“It was so great to see all the familiar Berkley First faces come through the line and just as great to meet new people who happened to have been driving through the parking lot. Berkley is an amazing community to live and work in, I am blessed for sure. We even had some folks drive through just to donate to our missions without taking any soup home! It warmed my heart to be a part of it all.” Julie White, Children’s Ministry Coordinator at Berkley First UMC.
Generous participants donated over $1,500 to continue feeding hungry people locally and six businesses in Berkley and Oak Park were supported through the purchases of soup and bread – Star Bakery in Oak Park, Alex’s of Berkley, Bagger Dave’s, Berkley Common, Country Oven, and The Lunch Cafe.
According to Patty Reynolds, active church member and volunteer in missions, it was an “awesome experience where we could support 4 local Berkley restaurants by purchasing quarts of soup and distribute them in a drive- through fashion. The remaining 48 quarts of soup were donated to the Redford-Brightmoor Initiative that our church supports on a frequent basis with volunteer hours, meal prep and collection drives. During COVID, RBI has a Saturday lunch program where residents of the Brightmoor neighborhood can drive by for a meal… It was a win-win on so many levels.”
From Pastor Zack and the folks at Berkley First, “Thank you to everyone who made Empty Bowls, Empty Seats such a success. God is up to good things!”