Sounds of laughter, the smell of delicious food, festive decorations and the voice of an auctioneer saying “Do I hear….sold for $275! That’s a pretty nice price for a pie. And there were a great many fabulous pies auctioned off in the annual Camp Ivydale Dinner and Pie auction held at Linder Road on November 10th.
This event was orchestrated and well attended by members from a number of local congregations of the Lord’s church that share in the use, maintenance and upkeep of the beautiful Ivydale campsite and buildings located near Idaho City. Pie donations were generous in number, and ranged from simple, luscious treats to elaborately themed pieces of art. Regardless of the style, each donated pie was a reminder of the real focus of the event, which is to be good stewards of the gift of Camp Ivydale and to use it as a resource for growing and nurturing God’s kingdom on Earth!
While a great amount of talent was displayed in the culinary arena of pies, the dinner also brought in funds for the camp and it was a veritable feast of prime rib (or roasted chicken), baked potatoes, salad, broccoli, rolls and a variety of home-made cobblers for dessert! Everyone had plenty and then some, as the dinner was consumed and the auction began. And for a couple of hours, pies of various type, size and content were sold to the highest bidder, and God blessed the event richly as so many opened their hearts and wallets to make this lovely evening an overwhelming success. (“For the ministry of this service is not only supplying the needs of the saints but is also overflowing in many thanksgivings to God”, 2 Corinthians 9:12).
But of course, we should not be surprised for we serve a great and gracious God who showers us with so many blessings in Christ, and as his followers we want to be like him, who gave up everything for us! (Philippians 2:1-11)