Members of Aston Presbyterian Church gather around all the canned goods that were collected for the Souper Bowl of Caring. All food items and monies collected were donated to Chester Eastside Ministries. Shown here (from left) is Nicolas, Mark and Dottie Canavin, Allen Smith, Donna Marie and Bill Gawne, Patricia Zebley and Tommy Zebley.

Members of Aston Presbyterian Church (APC), 2401 Concord Road, are big fans of the Super Bowl and its hunger-fighting counterpart. For the past 22 years the APC congregation has participated in the nationwide Souper Bowl of Caring held on the same Sunday as the NFL’s Super Bowl.

The Souper Bowl of Caring uses the energy of the football’s Super Bowl to mobilize youth in a united national effort to care for people in their local communities who are hungry and to help those in need. Over 3,720 groups participate in this nationwide event.

“I have so much fun engaging the congregation in the spirit of the Souper Bowl and the trick is to tie the message to the real Super Bowl,” said Tommy Zebley, a deacon for Mission & Stewardship. “Every year I come up with a skit involving the children and adults to make this a memorable and fun event. We play football music while we collect all the donations.”

This year to get everyone motivated and in the giving mode, Zebley asked three couples to participate in the Newlywed Game sponsored by the television station, W-APC. The couples were supposed to be tailgaters at the football game. Zebley, as host, asked important questions about the 49th Super Bowl that was held in Arizona. The couple with the most correct answers received a check for their charity of choice: Chester Eastside Ministries.

“This year we collected $230 and 242 canned goods that we donated to Chester Eastside Ministries. Not only is our congregation involved, but the children from our daycare also brought in cans to donate.”

APC holds its Good Shepherd Worship Service Sundays at 10:30 a.m. Childcare is provided. For more information call Lori at (610) 494-2634 or visit http://www.astonpcusa.org/

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