Dessert auction is sweet success at Bay UMC

Twenty-four desserts. Thirty-four volunteers. A room full of eager bidders. One super-hilarious auctioneer. That is how sweet it was on Sunday, Feb. 9, at Bay United Methodist Church for our annual dessert auction.

In support of our Appalachia Service Project Team, the congregation and friends of our church turn out to bid on delicious homemade desserts. However, this is not just any auction. The generosity and out-pouring of love is amazing and surprising each year.

The dessert auction is well known by our members as a boisterous time where gluttony (oops, generosity) hails in full force. As the tradition goes, volunteers bake their favorite homemade recipes (or get last-minute help from Heinen's) and the audience bids against each other in friendly, giggle-worthy competition. Bids for donuts, big sheet cookies, yummy bars, gluten-free and gluten-full cakes sell into the hundreds of dollars. 

As Randy Geise, our resident comedian and auctioneer, pointed out to the crowd when auctioning off a large cookie cake, “Let’s start at $100, that's nothing.” The audience laughs and plays along knowing that the money is truly for mission. The delicious dessert, bought for around $125, will help rent a van, supply first aid kits or assist with another one of the many expenses.

In the end, the dessert auction helps fund a group of around 47 youth and 23 adults to travel to Appalachia to help make homes warmer, safer and drier. The ASP mission trip will take place from June 7-13 of this summer in West Virginia. For more information on ASP, visit or contact Cindy Gulley at


Cindy Gulley

Cindy Gulley, Youth/Communications director Bay United Methodist Church

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