This year's "Souper Bowl" featured an exciting competition between the McLouth and Tonganoxie United Methodist churches. Of more than 9,000 cans collected, McLouth gathered 3,729 cans, shattering last year's record of 3,329 cans.
McLouth UMC delivered to food pantries within our community, Oskaloosa, Meriden and Topeka. They included a new food pantry this year: The Crossroads Cowboy Church in Williamstown, just east of Perry. Its pantry gives away food twice a month to roughly 100 families in the area.
McLouth UMC is very pleased with the results this year, even though it didn't collect more than Tonganoxie. Both teams were winners. They're blessed to have participated in a competition that will truly be a blessing to many families.
All food pantries need and appreciate donations of non-perishable food items. Everyone may help by contributing to your local pantries. The size of your donation isn't important. Whatever it is, God will bless it.
• Rick and Beverly Muzzy joined with the Leavenworth Chapter of Kansans for Life at the annual KFL Valentine Banquet in Overland Park. The group from Leavenworth County had about 30 people in attendance, within a huge crowd of supporters from across Kansas. The evening featured dinner, a program, and an auction. Master of ceremonies was Dr. Jack Cashill, and speakers included Mary Kay Culp, Joan Radakovich, Julia Holcomb, and Gov. Sam Brownback.
• American Legion Riders Post No. 41 will hold its monthly meeting at 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 19, at Elle's Diner on U.S. Highway 24-40 in Tonganoxie.
• McLouth Friendship Club’s Covered Dish Luncheon will be at 11:30 a.m. Monday, Feb. 20, at the Community Center. All adults 50 and older are welcome. Please bring food to share, and your table service.
• Rural Water District 9 (Leavenworth County) will have its annual meeting at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 21 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Tonganoxie. All members are encouraged to attend.
• First Baptist Church welcomes everyone to join its comprehensive Bible study, titled “The Bible’s Big Ideas,” which will start at “The Beginning.” The first of these Sunday evening sessions, which will run until November 2012, will begin at 7 p.m., March 4. This will be a continuous study of the entire Bible, all the major men and women, all the major events, and all the major points of geography. This course will include self-tests, worksheets, and optional homework (Bible readings and reflections). At completion, we’ll be able to put these people and facts together in their proper chronological order as we think our way through the grand movements of the Bible. This course will be divided into five sections, with breaks in between. Please join us.
— Please submit McLouth Community information, announcements, and upcoming events to Beverly Muzzy: firstname.lastname@example.org or (913) 796-6935.