Thanksgiving Pie Fest Focuses on Gratitude
Pioneer Christian Fellowship (PCF) with the help of Pio Sports Ministry director John Werst hosted a “Thanksgiving Pie Fest” on Monday, November 19th from 6.30 to 8 p.m. in the Stamm dining room of Templeton. The purpose was two-fold: as a goodwill outreach of PCF, and more generally to reinforce and promote the character quality of gratitude, one of the core values of the PCF community.
Pumpkin & apple pie were served to any and all who attended. Well over 300 students ate a piece of pie, and all of those who attended were given a “pie ticket” as they arrived. These 3x5 cards had “I’m Thankful For…” printed on them and students were encouraged to write down something they were thankful for and put the card in a basket as they left. There were 203 cards returned, and many of them conveyed serious and wonderful expressions of gratitude and thanksgiving. On every table were handouts that students could take with them that on one side had “5 reasons It’s Good to Give Thanks” adapted from Sarah Landrum’s writings, and on the other side had a paraphrase of Philippians 4: 6-7.
This “Thanksgiving Pie Fest” event made it into a student social media meme, and by all accounts the event was a big success. As some students noted, “We won’t lie, we like pie,” but even more so it became an occasion for many who came to reflect on the significance of gratitude in their lives. Special thanks to the PCF leadership team, and to John Werst for working out the logistics, and to the Riverwest Church for donating the pies and providing printing for this event.