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Make a bowl, make a difference Sunday at FUMC

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Wilson County Community Help Center is sponsoring the second community-wide Empty Bowls Luncheon this year, and the first bowl-making event is being held this Sunday, Aug. 21 at First United Methodist Church in Lebanon.

Open to individuals, families, businesses and organizations, the bowl-making event is the first of two before the final luncheon on Nov. 5 at the church. Sunday, everyone will learn how to make their own ceramic bowl to help feed the hungry.

The event will be open from 1 to 4 p.m. and even if you do not paint or make a bowl, you can still purchase a $20 ticket to participate in the luncheon. All of the proceeds will go to help feed those in need.

The Empty Bowls project began in 1989 by an art teacher in Michigan who wanted his students to use their creative talents to help the community. They created ceramic bowls and filled them with soup and gave the proceeds to feed the hungry in their community.

The organization then developed the idea into the Empty Bowls Project and established the Imagine/RENDER Group. Wilson County Community Help Centers Empty Bowls event in 2010 raised $13,000 to feed the hungry. The community made over 600 bowls last year.

If you are unable to attend the first bowl-making event this Sunday, there is another opportunity to participate. The second bowl-painting event will be held on Sept. 18 at FUMC in Lebanon from 1 to 4 p.m. No reservations are required for all three events, including the luncheon.

The luncheon will take place on Nov. 5 at First United Methodist from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. and even if you didnt make or paint a bowl, you can still participate by choosing a bowl and eating lunch for $20.

Each person attending the luncheon will receive a unique, hand-crafted bowl and a simple meal of soup and bread. The bowl you may take home to remind you of those in the community who have an empty bowl at their table every day.

For more information, you may contact Brenda Gill at 444-7321 or 306-0441.

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