On Monday, August 21st of this year, Bethel Presbyterian Church will fall under the path of a TOTAL solar eclipse. It has been nearly forty years, February 26, 1979, since a total eclipse visible from any part of The United Sates last occurred. The August eclipse will be the first with a narrow path of totality crossing coast-to-coast since 1918. The church grounds offer plenty of green space for an unimpeded view of the sky. The eclipse begins about 1 pm and ends about 4 pm with totality occurring for about 2 1/2 minutes at 2:38 pm. Those interested in viewing the eclipse are welcome to gather at the church. Restrooms will be available. Bring a lawn chair and viewing glasses and be part of this historic event.
“Souper Bowl History.” Why not use Super Bowl weekend, a time when people come together for football and fun, to also unify the nation for a higher good: collecting dollars and canned food for the needy? The senior high youth of Spring Valley Presbyterian liked the idea so much they decided to invite other area churches to join the team. Twenty-two Columbia churches participated that first year, in 1990, raising $5,700 to send to area non-profits. Since then, ordinary young people have generated an extraordinary $118 million for soup kitchens, food banks and other charities in communities across the country. In 2016, $10.5 million in cash and food items was collected. This year's Souper Bowl is on February 5.