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Scottdale Mennonite Church hosts 1st public auction

| Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2013, 9:01 p.m.
Marilyn Forbes | For The Independent-Observer
The Scottdale Mennonite Church welcomes everyone Saturday for an evening of fun and has several baskets that will be offered at a Chinese Auction. From left: are Mark Fox, Janice and Dan Walter, Audra Shenk and Gloria and Levi Miller. Members of the community will have their chance to bid as the Scottdale Mennonite Church hosts its first public auction on Saturday. The auction will include such items as floral arrangements from Miss Martha’s Tea Room and Floral, a Vera Bradley bag, a wood-fired, brick oven pizza dinner for six, a grilled venison burger dinner for six, a Lakeview Golf Resort and Spa condo rental for the week of June 15-22, 2014, and a one-week rental at an Ocean City, N.J., beach home that can be used anytime between November 2014 and May 2015. The proceeds from the event will benefit a newly forming Christian congregation of Bhutanese led by Suraj Bhandari. A dinner will be served from 5-6:30 p.m. The Chinese auction will be held from 5-7 p.m. and the bidding auction will begin at 7. The event will be held in the fellowship hall of the Scottdale Mennonite Church at 801 Market St.

There are few things that are more thrilling and entertaining than a live auction, where buyers get wrapped up in the excitement of the bidding process as they try their best to acquire a desired prize.

Members of the community will have their chance to bid as the Scottdale Mennonite Church hosts its first public auction on Saturday.

“We have done other things similar internally here within the church, but this will be the first time that we are having an event like this that we are bringing to the community,” Mennonite Church service and mission committee member Audra Shenk said of the event. “We think it will be fun and people seem to enjoy auctions.”

The auction will include such items as floral arrangements from Miss Martha's Tea Room and Floral, a Vera Bradley bag, a wood-fired, brick oven pizza dinner for six, a grilled venison burger dinner for six, a Lakeview Golf Resort and Spa condo rental for the week of June 15-22, 2014, and a one-week rental at an Ocean City, N.J., beach home that can be used anytime between November 2014 and May 2015.

“We have some really nice things for the auction that we hope will bring people here,” member Mark Fox said.

In addition to the regular bid auction, there also will be a Chinese auction that will feature several theme baskets and a handmade quilt that was created by the ladies of the church's quilting group.

Prior to the auctions, there also will be a dinner starting at 5 p.m. that will include chili or potato/sausage/kale, soup, cheese and crackers and raw vegetables, apple crisp, pumpkin bars and ice cream.

The dinner will be offered on a donation basis.

“We staggered the times a little so people can come to a particular part if they like,” Shenk said of the evening.

The proceeds from the event will benefit a newly forming Christian congregation of Bhutanese led by Suraj Bhandari, who came to believe in Jesus Christ after having his paralysis healed while being held in a refugee camp.

Bhandari, along with 5,000 other Bhutanese, are now settling in the Pittsburgh area legally and members of the Allegheny Mennonite Conference are supporting their efforts to get established.

“All of the churches in the Allegheny Mennonite Conference are doing different things and different fundraisers that will benefit them.” Shenk said of the group.

The dinner will be served from 5-6:30 p.m. the Chinese auction will be held from 5-7 p.m. and the bidding auction will begin at 7.

The event will be held in the fellowship hall of the Scottdale Mennonite Church at 801 Market St.

Marilyn Forbes is a contributing writer.

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