Hastings church raises money for expenses, local organizations

HASTINGS, Neb. (KSNB) - What better way to warm up, and help those in need, than with a steaming bowl of hot soup.

The First Congregational United Church of Christ in Hastings hosted their annual "Super Soup Sunday" on November 10. (Source: Kelsey Dickeson, KSNB)

The First Congregational United Church of Christ in Hastings hosted their annual "Super Soup Sunday" on November 10.

People enjoyed homemade chili and chicken noodle soup. For desert, people chowed down on pie, cookies and brownies. After lunch, people could check out a bake sale and craft fair.

The church's Women's Fellowship has put on the event for 45 years.

"It's just a great family time together," said Marilyn Stickels, a member of the church. "We enjoy being together. We have a great collection of cooks, and so everybody likes to show off their skills, their things they like to make and their homemade treats."

Ten percent of the money raised will go to a local charity that supports children or poverty issues. The rest of the money will go back to the church.

They haven't decided what organization to give the donations to yet, but will decide once they've collected the money from the fundraiser.

"Our women's fellowship is amazing, especially with their food ministries, food ministries to our church, but also supporting food ministries out in the community," said Jessica Palys, pastor at First Congregational Church. "We just are really lucky to have an amazing group of women that work really hard, and keep us all well fed."

The church is gearing up for lots of events during advent season.

On December 12, the church will have a "Blue Christmas" service to help people dealing with grief and loneliness during the holidays.

They'll also have a Christmas musical on December 14.