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FPS Auction Countdown (to April 2)

auction 2016 logoThe donations are coming in and we’ve got some great items and services for you to bid on! And there is a lot of interest in this year’s addition of a reverse auction. There is still time to participate in both.

Some of the best items are those donated by First Parish members and friends! Wondering what to donate this year? The possibilities are endless: pool parties, cookouts, and dinners are always a hit and they keep the fun going throughout the year. Maybe you’d like to host an election night get together in November or perhaps a Super Bowl party next February. Do you knit, sew, or garden? Maybe you’re a computer whiz? Or have some other skill or hobby that you’d like to share. And don’t forget to ask some of your favorite merchants to donate a gift certificate. Submit your donation form on line at: or fill out a manual form (available in the church office).

Then there is the reverse auction! Do you have some service you need but just can’t find the right person? Perhaps you need your stereo repaired, your garden weeded, some wood split, or maybe you have a pile of mending you never get to. Or maybe you just can’t get the hang of your new computer, smart phone, or some clever new software. Chances are there is someone at First Parish who would be happy to provide the service, especially if it helped the church. The reverse auction will connect you!

If you have something you would like to purchase, simply send a description of the service to . Tell us what you would be willing to “pay” First Parish for the service. We’ll include your desired item as part of the silent auction. Anyone willing to provide the service will sign the bid sheet, you’ll pay the church, and you and your new helper will arrange for the work to be done.

By now we hope you have marked your calendars for Saturday, April 2nd, at 6:00 PM. Bring the kids – there will be childcare with pizza and a program.

While the Auction is THE social event of the year, getting ready for it and helping out the night-of are also fun and a great way to get to know folks. The Auction Team needs help with making phone calls, setting up during the day on Saturday, helping serve food, and bringing the Parish Hall back to normal after the Auction ends. Sign up at Auction Volunteer.

Auction tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the door.

Any questions, please contact the Service Auction Committee: Sherene Aram, Sherri Cline, Gail Hardenbergh, Jan Hardenbergh, Anna Lee, and Sheila Murphy. Or email us at

See you at the Auction!