From beautifully decorated culinary artistry to simple cream-filled pie shells, the scene was a lovely sight to behold at the annual Camp Ivydale dinner and pie auction held at Linder Road church on November 2, 2019.
While our senses were filled with the fragrance and the beauty of these scrumptious desserts and the delicious meal provided, the purpose of the gathering was not to display our various culinary and artistic talents, but rather we were gathered to bring honor to God by fulfilling the instructions of Jesus to go and make disciples, teaching them to obey all he had commanded (Matt 28:19-20).
So, how does eating a tasty meal and auctioning pies fulfill the “Great Commission”? The answer is summed up in the history of Camp Ivydale and the ripple effect in the lives of the children, young adults, and families who have attended various camps that have been held on this lovely property located in Idaho City. It is a place to retreat from the noise of the world around us, spend time and attention on connecting with God and his Word, while experiencing the beauty and wonder of his creation.
As with all earthly things, there is the continuing need for necessary maintenance, refurbishment and new construction to keep this special place available to help grow and nurture the body of Christ in the Treasure Valley area. The dinner and pie auction is one of several joint fundraisers that the local congregations hold annually to finance camp activities. God promises to bless us with all spiritual blessings in Christ (Ephesians 1:3), and as we try to seek his kingdom first, he has also given us financial blessings through the generosity of his people (Matthew 6:33).
The auction was a great success as a fundraiser and an evening of joyful fellowship with one another. We offer a special thanks to everyone who contributed to make this fundraiser a successful event.
“They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.” (Acts 2:42)