Novices Fill Up Empty Bowls

by Sister Julie Ann on August 7, 2011

How it works…create cool bowls…eat yummy soup…feed hungry people. Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity Novices are joining with the Two Rivers Optimist Club, a friend of youth, for a benefit of the  Two Rivers Ecumenical Pantry: Let’s Fill Up The Empty Bowls in Our Community.

Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity Novices create and contribute ceramic bowls for Two Rivers, WI Optimist Benefit for the are ecumenical food pantry. Photos by Sister Natalie Binversie

Right now, with the help of Silver Lake College of the Holy Family professor, Sister Mariella Erdmann, Sister Monica, Sister Regina Rose and Sister Leslie are doing step 1 : creating cool ceramic bowls. Step 2 is a delicious meal of soup, bread, dessert and beverages on Oct. 2, 2011 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. On that day the Novices hope someone will buy their hand-painted ceramic bowls to help raise funds to feed hungry people as they gather at J.E. Hamilton House Behringer Room in Two Rivers.

On average, TREP serves 428 families. The need is ever present and has increased with the downturn of the economy.

Read Novice comments about this experience, click on name below.

Note: Franciscan poet Sister Nancy Kinate shares ‘In Earthen Vessels—2 Corinthians 4:7-18 in slideshow. Click here to read in full context.

15 thoughts on “Novices Fill Up Empty Bowls”

  1. Sister Theresa Schleis says:

    What a beautiful display of dishes,  dear Novices keep up your great work.

     I truly enjoyed looking at them.  what a great job well done.

     Sister Theresa Schleis

  2. Sr. Elaine says:

    What a marvelous and creative idea! Your pottery work is truly beautiful. God's hand is at work in each of you as you express your creativty while reaching out to others. God's blessings upon you.

  3. I really appreciated the meditation, reflections, pictures and poetry that drew me into Jeremiah 18 which has always been one of my favorite passages. God does continually remake us into His image. Thank you for the uplifting, inspiring and colorful posting.

  4. sannette says:

    What a wonderful idea! The pictures and the reflections are inspiring. Thank you. And what a wonderful opportunity for our Novices to consider the Potter and the clay and the shaping of our lives. I am sure the dishing up of the soup will be as moving as the making of the bowls. God bless you!

  5. Kay Klackner says:

    What a neat meditation to read your words of experience, pray the poem, and view the awesome pictures.  Feeds both the body and the soul! Thanks!

  6. Sr. Leslie says:

    Thank you for yout comments Sisters. It was really fun to do this potter project.

  7. srsharon says:

    What a unique and creative idea of working with Two Rivers Optimist Club to replenish Two Rivers Food Pantry, Srs. Regina Rose, Leslie & Monica.  Sr. Marella was a wonderful resource in creating the bowls. The image of Christ being the POTTER is a special reminder in my life that He molds each of us over and over IF we are pliable.  Thank You for living the Beatitudes in “feeding the hungry.”

  8. Sadrianna says:

    What a marvelous project – so creative and for such a good purpose. Congratulations to Sr. Leslie, Monica and Regina Rose for using you talendts…..

  9. Maryann Nugent says:

    The Two Rivers Optimist Club couldn't have found three better optimists to share in their good work for the community.  Thank you Sisters Leslie, Monica and Regina for your joyful and creative response to the needs of God's people.

  10. Srosangela says:

    Congratulations to each of you for your creative idea and sharing with the less fortunate. You are using your time and talents for others – a true Franciscan trait. God bless you and all your endeavors.

  11. Sreginarose says:

    Great job taking pictures, Sr. Natalie! Thank you for capturing this experience for us!

  12. I believe it was St. Francis who said:
    The one who works with his hands is a laborer.
    The one who works with his hands and his head is a craftsman. 
    The one who works with his hands and his head and his heart is an artist.” 
    Thank you Sisters, for working with your hands, head, and heart!!!!   

  13. I wondered who was the photographer! Pictures are outstanding!

  14. Sr. Delores Wisnicky says:

    Thank you for the very reflective pictures.   Hands connect us to the creativity of God.  May the Lord use us for His Work in the Kingdom.   Sr. Delores

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