Mincemeat Pie Top Longbranch Church Auction

Pastor John Day, of the Longbranch Community Church, auctions off an apple pie at a church fundraiser.
Pastor John Day, of the Longbranch Community Church, auctions off an apple pie with the help of his assistant and daughter AnnaGrace at a church fundraiser.

Begging for bids, more than a dozen beautiful pies were on display on a red checkered print table cloth at the Longbranch Community Church Sunday (Nov. 23) to help raise scholarship money for college-bound congregants.

This was the church’s first bid in using an auction to raise money.

“We used to have bake sales,” Betty Watkinson said.

The ladies of the Ruth Circle — a group that has been raising money to support the church for years —  decided this year to hold an auction instead.

Since the church group had never done an auction before, they needed an auctioneer.

When asked who ought to auction off the pies, according to Watkinson, “in unison the ladies said John.”

John Day is the mandolin-picking, folksy-voiced preacher with the boyish charm pastor of the Longbranch church.

Day can now add auctioneer to his resume.

“He is just so funny,” Watkinson said.

And rather effective.

The mincemeat pie garnered a whopping $50, followed closely by the Bacardi rum bundt cake with $40.

Going once, going twice…

From the sound of it, this church is sold on auctions as fundraisers and early afternoon entertainment.

Good morning Longbranch.

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