A dozen soups and nearly 80 people intersected at the Centralia United Methodist Church the afternoon of February 17.
That is when the church held its annual soup dinner to support its youth mission projects.
This year the event featured the following crock-pot-cured culinary stylings:
- Chili, – Sandy Schnarre
- Creamy Tortellini soup – Steph Greene
- Chicken Noodle – Mary Ann Sander
- Taco – Morgan Hahn
- Broccoli Cheese – Bev and Ed Reynolds
- Vegetable Beef – Seth and Mandy Lafferty
- Potato Soup – Sara Haskell
- Chicken Cabbage Veggie Soup – Tom and Laura Pavlak
- Red Lentil Soup—Pastor Bill and Helen Schnackenberg
- White Chicken Chili – Tina Ray
- Pizza soup – Nikki Banta
The event raised over $700 for the mission project, Pastor Bill Schnackenberg said.
While the 2020 youth mission project has not been decided, organizers said some of the proceeds will fund a youth mission trip to Heifer International in Arkansas this summer.
While they hope the mission trip is not as distant as last summer’s trip to Montana, organizers are still expecting to need approximately $15,000 to fund it. On organizer said the 2020 trip might be to the Appalachia region to help with some disaster recovery efforts, if such an opportunity exists. “We will know more this summer,”
Typically, the church’s mission trips include parents as well as youth.
“We want these to be family-oriented,” Schnackenberg said. “We want it to be a family-based experience.” He added that things worked best if the participating youth were at least “middle-school aged.”
Typically, 40 to 50 people participate in one of the church’s mission trips, including a few youths from other churches.
“They get to experience how other people, often those less fortunate than them live,” Schnackenberg said, “They get to see their struggle and learn the value of helping others have a better life.”