No Admission Fee
Vacation Home Auction
Just two more Sundays,
May 12 & 19
Open from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. in the Buchan Reception.
The full-color Auction Catalog is here!
Help us build a new roof---and build community---by supporting this important (and fun!) fund-raising event. The money we raise will help replace the Sanctuary building’s leaky roof. Our Auction goal of $25,000 will more than get us started. Everyone's particiaption will help make it a success.
Rosie the Roofer Reacts to the Auction
Last Sunday’s opening day at the auction buzzed with activity and bidding and will continue for the next two Sundays following both services. Bidders roamed Buchan Social Hall with their completed work sheets from the catalog, recorded their bid numbers, and promptly required 9 events to be marked Sold Out! Apparently, those bidders understood the value of the Buy it Now opportunity to assure their desired event, item or service; meanwhile, other options remaining open for bids deserve regular attention.
Many interesting, exciting, unusual—custom tailored Wonder Woman costume anyone?—entertaining, lavish opportunities still exist for consideration. The process for bidding is straightforward if you’re
beginning your adventure. Pick up a bid number at the table outside the auction site—both the auction and bid number are free to congregants, their friends and family members—peruse the options inside and, if something calls your name, record your bid number. You will receive an email with the final results of your choices and the total amount due to First Church, payable by check, charge, or cash following church on June 3rd or 10th.
Rosie’s Suggestions for Mother’s Day: 3 Ps.
If you’re off to celebrate Mother’s Day Sunday afternoon, there are options for quick, thoughtful gifts for your Mom or a special mom. Consider pie, plants, and presents, all available for immediate purchase with
our Pay & Take plan. Fresh pies baked by the Alliance, perennial plants draped for travel, and gifts festooned with cellophane and ribbon all await your consideration. Pick up all three for an unforgettable celebration and help First Church reach its goal at the same time.
Rosie's Suggestions for Instant Gratification:
Bidding for over 130 events, activities and items begins this Sunday, and runs through May 19. All you need to secure your top selections is a bidding number, available before bidding begins each Sunday.
However, if you’re looking for instant gratification, take a leisurely stroll through Buchan Social Hall and look for items marked Pay & Take! Available for immediate purchase will be single-serving or entire pies to take home and enjoy. The pie corner will be replenished each Sunday with freshly baked treats offered by the Alliance. There is no limit on purchases so take an extra pie home to freeze or indulge in a different, flavorful pie each week.
Then, if you need to pick up a quick gift for a birthday or special occasion, browse the room and examine the festively wrapped gifts for a family member or friend. If your summer plans include a car trip through Oregon, the Travel Oregon option is filled with item to make it a pleasant experience. If there is a gardener in the group, check the package with seeds, gloves, sunscreen and sun hat and watering can. And don’t
overlook the possibilities for kids, cooks or tired feet needing attention. When you find something you like, Pay & Take it!
While a successful auction will provide funds to help repair our leaking roof, it is also a wonderful opportunity to enjoy the creativity of our congregation and build community along the way.
Questions and Concerns About the Roof Repair
We repaired substantial damage to the roof, walls, ceilings and carpet in the Sancutary building not long ago. Surely insurance covered that expense, right?
Because the damage was determined to be a result of a “pre-existing condition,” our budget experienced the full impact of the repairs, leaving little for current concerns; consequently, a successful auction will provide the needed funds for repairs to the old, vulnerable roofs throughout our campus.
Where are the leaks located and how are they being addressed currently?
Even though the tarps may be out of sight, they are constantly on the minds of staff since they cover multiple areas over the flat roofs both above the administrative offices and the historic Channing Room. The walls of some class rooms have also experienced the effects of seeping water.
We had a large capital funds campaign, didn’t the results of that effort include allocations for maintaining all our buildings?
The generosity of our congregation allowed us to renovate existing classrooms and build our much-used, LEED gold certified, Buchan building to become the hub for the activities of both our congregation and numerous community groups.
When our auction goal of $25,000 is successfully achieved, how will repair priorities be determined?
A complete assessment of all needed repairs will be made, a priority list created from that information and work scheduled. Once again, the congregations generosity will address a dire need.
• Rosie, I’ve been hearing so much about bidding numbers and the three auction days of May 5, 12, and 19, but I’m still a bit confused about how this will all take place. Help me out.
Bidding opportunities will take place in the Buchan Social Hall, made festive for congregants and their friends, following each service on the dates mentioned. You only need to be issued your unique bidding number by stopping by the information desk in Fuller Hall on April 21st or 28th or on the official auction days. Armed with your “wish list” created from the catalogue available on April 28, scurry to the Buchan Center and start the bidding process. By the way, your bidding number will also be entered into the drawing taking place at the close of bidding on May 19, and you needn’t be present to win if your number is drawn!
• I’ve been to auctions before where the person registering the highest final bid secures the item listed on the bidding sheet. How is this event different?
There will be numerous opportunities for the traditional “silent auction,” along with the possibility of enjoying an event that includes multiple bidders. Confusing as this may sound, friendly, informed volunteers will be available to explain the process and assist with bidding. The key is to have your number and be prepared to bid.
• I haven’t even seen the catalogue yet but I already know of several great items or events I want to bid on, but how will I know if I’ve been successful?
You will be contacted during the week of May 27, to confirm your selections and discuss your payment options.
• Rosie, I know we are going to use the proceeds from a successful auction to repair the current leaks in our buildings’ roofs, but I still have questions. How can I get some answers about the roof repair?
Because “inquiring minds want to know,” I’ll answer to some of the questions in next week’s eNews and, for those missing that opportunity, details will also be available at the information table in Fuller Hall on the 28th. The tarps may not be visible, but until repairs are made they are our current defense against additional damage.