"Souper Bowl History" Twenty-two Columbia churches participated that first year, in 1990, raising $5,700 to send to area non-profits. Since then, the ministry has 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 were collected.
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.