Park United Methodist Church's Nov. 3 Soup Day had three selections of soup on hand so that everyone could find a favorite.

Park United Methodist Church's Nov. 3 Soup Day had three selections of soup on hand so that everyone could find a favorite.

Rodney Cox was busy filling bowls of the three soups, while Barb Riley and Jerry Ruhr sat selling tickets at a nearby table.

Coordinator Evonne Crim's recipes were developed when she operated downtown Hannibal restaurants years ago.

She first worked at, then owned the Bird Street Cafe. She later owned the Riverman's Inn on South Main where the Hannibal Arts Council is now located.

“I can't express how much of a close-knit family Park Church is,” Crim said. “It's a small church.”

Many members help prepare for Soup Day, she said. “We had all three soups done in five hours (on Friday).”

Parishioner Judy Bindemann spoke to that effect as she helped in the dining room. “It's a church-wide effort, and everybody works hard,” she said.

Crim said many people come back year after year.

The proceeds from Soup Day will go toward church expenses and mission outreach, she said.

In addition to serving in the dining room, the church members were offering carry-outs, with a choice of dessert.

Tables were covered with baked goods, homemade crafts and silent auction items.

Several areas offered Christmas decorations.

“All the goodies are donated,” Crim said.

Atril Hayes was buying a variety of cookies from Barbara Brown, reporting she would freeze them and give them away later.

Another area of donated items featured tapestries, Crim said. “The quilt guild meets here twice a month and donated all those beautiful tapestries.”

Pat Ruhr brought her 2-year-old great-granddaughter, Raleigh Hudson, to Soup Day.

She said Raleigh visits her grandparents' farm. "They have John Deere tractors, so when Raleigh saw a toy John Deere tractor (in the silent auction items), she said, 'Can I take it?'”

Ruhr told her it would be in an auction, but she would buy it for her. “I made sure I made the last bid.”

Several silent auction items were sports memorabilia, while others were holidays décor.

Madi Weatherford found a St. Louis Cardinals cup that she wanted as she shopped with her grandma, Lisa Korobey.

In the silent auction, Betty Williams was pleased to find a Santa clock with chimes.

For more photos of Park United Methodist Church Soup Day, see photo gallery.

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