Wedgewood United Methodist Church is having an online auction with the proceeds going to the Building Fund. I’ve never asked for money on my blog, but I feel responsible for the Building Fund at Wedgewood. I was the pastor there when we decided to build the 1.1 million dollar addition and incurred the huge, expensive mortgage. When I retired, they named the multi-purpose room “The Hartley Family Life Center.” There have been times when the church has struggled, but, by the grace of God, they always come up with the mortgage payment every month. They are on target to pay off the Building Fund in 2025, just four short years away.
Over the years the addition has been used for sports leagues, youth group, dodgeball, big church dinners, funeral dinners, and the Trash and Treasure Sale. They have continued ministry in the space through Boy Scouts, housing homeless families, pancake breakfasts, and youth overnighters. During the pandemic they held worship services in the Hartley Family Life Center because there was more room for social distancing. The offices and classrooms in the addition are a blessing to the people of the church every day.
Wedgewood has raised money for the Building Fund in the past through spaghetti dinners, a huge annual rummage sale, and live auctions. But, as you know, most things have been suspended for the last year and it has been hard on the church. So they are having an online auction to try to make up a little of what they need.
You can go to the online auction by clicking here. Pictures of items are posted as they are received. I donated two handwoven kitchen towels and a hand knitted Papillion shawl. The auction starts Monday, May 3, and continues through the week. You can also make a donation directly to the Wedgewood building fund without bidding on an item. Unfortunately, the items will not be shipped, but you can arrange to have them held until you can pick them up in Akron.
One of the things I really like about giving to the church is that I know where my money is going. Every penny raised through this auction will go directly toward the church Building Fund. None of it is diverted to other expenses or administrative costs.
Don’t feel obligated, but maybe you enjoy online auctions as much as I do. If so, please check out the Wedgewood Building Fund online auction and see what they have to offer. I thank God for this faithful church and their continued witness and ministry in their community.
Updated May 10: The church raised over $2,000 in their auction!