Bishop Ward encourages people in the North Carolina Conference to join the Western North Carolina Conference in accepting the challenge from United Methodists in the Denver area to collect non-perishable food items. After the game, the number of items will be tallied and many people will be blessed. Monetary donations will count as 1 item per dollar.
Score a win against hunger! Submit the #KeepPounding United Methodist Food Challenge form to make sure your numbers are counted in the total.
No time to start a food drive? Donate to the Food Bank of Central & Eastern NC (#S-00025).
Grace and peace to you in the name of Jesus Christ,
I give thanks today that we are mission-minded United Methodists, always seeking opportunities to serve in the world and to offer help and hope and sustenance.
The Super Bowl is coming very soon and the Carolina Panthers have the whole state of North Carolina very excited. We received a challenge from Denver. Our United Methodist friends there have challenged Carolina Panther fans to see which group could collect the most non-perishable food items. As the Super Bowl approaches, the challenge is simple: wherever you are in the North Carolina Annual Conference, collect non-perishable food – rice, cereal, canned foods – and take those things to a pantry or a food distribution center near you – one of your favorite ministries in your community. Be sure that you count the number of items that you collect in your churches and then, simply go online and send in the name of your church and the number of items, not pounds, the number of items that have been collected. All of these will be added together and we will see after the Super Bowl who collects the most food – the people of the Denver area or the North Carolina United Methodist family.
We’re confident that many will be blessed in this blitz mission opportunity that is extended now to you as Super Bowl Sunday comes. Have fun collecting food for those in need on Super Bowl Sunday.