Auction to help church's budget

April 07, 2004|by MARLO BARNHART

SMITHSBURG - With an active membership of about 40, St. Anne's Episcopal Church at 9 Maple Ave. is one of the smaller congregations in Smithsburg. As such, finances are usually quite tight even on a good day.

But with the loss of a vital $30,000 annual grant, the congregation and its pastor, the Rev. Elaine Prince, have had to take measures in an effort to keep the church healthy.

"We are having an auction Saturday, April 24, beginning at noon," Prince said. Both the auction and the auction preview from 9 a.m. to noon will be at Ken Duncan's auction house just up the street from the church on Maple Avenue.


The hope is that the auction will bring in enough money to stave off more drastic measures that could affect vital programs and parish life, Prince said.

The idea of an auction came up last fall and has caught on and is snowballing throughout the Smithsburg community and beyond.

Other congregations have heard St. Anne's call for help and are donating items for the auction. "In some cases, these congregations are saying they want St. Anne's to keep the proceeds," Prince said.

Some furniture, vintage clothing, art work and other items have been collected and more is coming in all the time.

A big plus will be a piece of art from Smithsburg artist Bill Davis, who is donating a framed print of his work, "O Jerusalem," the original of which hangs in the sanctuary of Christ Reformed Church of Christ in Cavetown.

Two signed Civil War-era books written by local authors Edith Morris Hemingway and Jacquelyn Cosgrove Shields will be on the block. The books co-authored by the women are entitled "Broken Drum," and "Rebel Hart."

The list of most wanted items includes crocks, jugs, Mason jars, Griswold and Wagner skillets, old toys, jewelry, record albums, sports memorabilia, baseball cards, buttons, old posters, advertising pieces, comic books, milk glass, quilts, tatting and other decorative items.

Also being sought is more furniture, new and used; kitchen utensils, mixing bowls, china, crystal, flatware, books, clocks, and the like.

"We are soliciting for baked goods which we will sell on auction day," Prince said. "And we are hoping people will also offer services for sale, such as baby-sitting, for example."

The outcome of the auction is critical because this year could be pivotal for the church's future, Prince said.

"The money from the auction will go into our general fund to replace the money we were expecting and didn't get," she said.

Further adding to the general fund will be proceeds from a cookie sale planned during Smithsburg Pride Days in mid-July, Prince said.

She compared the church to the St. Anne rose bush which was donated by the Episcopal bishop and planted along the church building.

"That bush actually inspired our congregation's slogan, 'Bloom Where You're Planted,'" Prince said.

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