Harvest Dinner & Auctions

Harvest Dinner & Auctions

Yields Abundantly for Food Pantry Ministry

From every indication the October 7th Event was a huge success. Those who gathered enjoyed an assortment of appetizers when they arrived in the Good Shepherd Room. The conversations were lively as people sampled white port and tonic spritzers. Violin music, provided by Andrew Jones, wafted through the church nave. The paintings donated by Pastor Reep to benefit the Food Pantry were displayed across the front of the chancel. After viewing them and sharing in conversation everyone moved to the Fellowship Hall for a delicious dinner. Among the many beautiful donated silent auction items, one listing was incredibly popular. Rev. George Fitch crafted several pairs of bookends utilizing elements garnered from the church nave renovation. The acorn turnings that once graced the communion rail and brass fittings from the former chandeliers were uniquely fashioned
together creating one of a kind historical art pieces. Nine of Pastor Reep’s paintings were put up at the live auction. Seven of the images appeared on the pages of the 2023 St. Paul’s calendar. Two paintings were newly completed at the conclusion of his sabbatical time. These were large scale works, one a dining room still life the other a lakeside landscape. The bidding on both was ferocious! The evening concluded at 8:30 PM with folks joyfully taking their leave. The Harvest Dinner Event netted $18,000 for the Food Pantry. Grateful appreciation is extended to the committee, Chef Greg Mummert, the volunteers, those who donated items, those who purchased tickets, and especially those who willingly entered into the fun of bidding knowing that in the end the hungry are fed.

Paintings auctioned at the Harvest Dinner

The eight paintings were auctioned at the Harvest Dinner are shown below:  Click on the image to enlarge.


Silent Auction Items for Harvest Dinner

These items were auctioned off at the Harvest Dinner.  Click on image to enlarge.

This event has become one of the main ways that our food pantry brings in donations which have become much more important over the last few years as our pantry serves record numbers. During this time, the pantry’s funding from the state and other  mechanisms has decreased.