Building a Bridge of Hope
Ingomar Church has been a generous and faithful supporter of both local and international mission organizations. The dollars donors designate to Mission Outreach at Ingomar Church go straight to agencies that support individuals in numerous ways. Food pantries, soup kitchens, after-school programs in public housing, temporary housing for women and children, and wigs for cancer patients are among many of our long supported missions.
The pandemic has been difficult for all, and our Mission Outreach committee is no exception. We were only able to fund our supported organizations for less than half of their usual funding last year. One of the biggest losses was the income from the rummage sale, now cancelled for the third time this spring.
A New and Creative Solution
Please join us for the “UN-Rummage Sale for Community COVID Relief” on March 27 at 7pm. It is a Virtual Event and Online Service Auction to provide an avenue for funding to replace lost income from our annual rummage sale. All proceeds will directly aid our local community organizations.
We can’t be together in person, but don’t miss this church-wide opportunity for fellowship while helping to provide relief for people in our local community. This event is a fun, new and different way to join the continuing missions work of Ingomar Church, raising money for local organizations that help people in our own backyards – North Hills Community Outreach, Bethany House, Daily Bread Soup Kitchen, HEARTH, and Hair Peace Charities. Let’s join together as a church to step up and provide financial support to those in need.
What is an online auction? It is a simple way to bid for the service items, similar to Ebay. Join us on YouTube at 7pm on March 27 to learn about the organizations we are supporting and the auction items available. You will then link over to the auction site for bidding. The link will also be on our website and our social media pages closer to March 27. When you find an item of interest, you may place your bid, and register your information and payment method (credit card or check). You will receive an email letting you know if you are the highest bidder and if your bid won the service.
How do you get involved? There are many ways! Instead of selling rummage, we are selling services! Members of our church are offering up something that they can do – elder care, handyman work, ethnic cooking, and many other things. Can you tutor, detail a car, offer a night of babysitting? Your service will be auctioned off in the online auction and the dollars earned will go directly to the organizations listed above. Email your idea to [email protected], and use this form to register the info about your service. Please register your idea by March 14.
Even if you don’t have a service to auction, please support the causes by attending the program at 7pm on March 27 on Youtube (in the same way you participate in our online church services).
You can get involved in the program too! Do you or your family like to sing? We will be recording a song and you can be a part of it by recording yourselves singing to a karaoke version of our themes song – Love Can Build a Bridge by The Judds. Send your request to [email protected] and we will send you the file to sing to. Record it on your phone and send it back via email!
This is a new and different approach, but what remains constant is the generosity of Ingomar Church in missions work and missions giving. Join us in building a bridge to hope!
You Can Be Involved
There are plenty of opportunities for all to get involved! Up for auction are various services, provided by members or friends of the church. Services can include absolutely anything that you have expertise in or that you are good at.
For example, two Master Gardeners are offering to plant your annuals this year, another soup expert will bring you a soup-based meal on two dates of your choosing. Pastor Cyndi was at a service auction just before the pandemic and bid on (and won) Indian dance lessons! A CPA could review your return and offer tax saving advice. A family could offer to do a spring yard cleaning. Do you speak a foreign language? Perhaps you could auction off a certain number of language lessons.
The possibilities are endless. Ideas are listed below, but simply think of what you can offer. This is a great opportunity for families to bond together to experience mission work and for teens to earn service hours while helping those in need in our backyards.
The online auction will allow individuals to bid on the services that you offer, and the final bid amount will go directly to local organizations. In addition to providing items for the auction, we need you to help spread the word! When we are all working to invite people we know, who don’t necessarily have to be local, we will make this first virtual fundraiser a big success! (Distant attendees can still bid on Zoom items.)
Please consider how you can be involved and help to build a bridge of hope. Request more information via the Connect Card or send your offer to [email protected].
Here are some ideas for Ways You can donate Services to be Offered at Auction
Please define what you are offering by specifying how much time or number of items you are offering. If you can approximate a value of the service, please do, but it is not necessary. There can be multiple offers of items. Involve your families and your kids. Kids can offer services or lessons to other kids! Please keep COVID safety restrictions in mind.
Consider your profession:
- Attorney – 2 hours assisting with a contract or legal issue or helping someone get started with a will or estate planning
- Stylist – one hair cut
- Graphic designer – design an invitation or another item
- CPA – analyze a previous tax return to see if there are tax savings possible
- Electrician – hang a fixture, change a light switch
- Piano Tuner – one tuning
- Photographer – one family photo shoot
- Genealogist – two hours genealogy work
- Painter – paint a room
- Interior Designer – evaluate one room in a house and offer arrangement suggestions
- Home Care Specialist – help someone navigate the options for elderly parent care
Consider your talents and interests:
- Cook and deliver a meal
- Cook and deliver a pie of choice or a decorated birthday cake
- Provide an authentic international themed meal
- Teach wine tasting
- Teach a Zoom lesson on how to cook your specialty item
- Children can do basic cooking lessons via Zoom for other children
- One free night of babysitting
- Dog sitting or dog walking
- Teach a fishing lesson
- Any kind of yard work – mowing, trimming, raking, weeding, pruning, shoveling snow
- Plant flowers or vegetables
- Water plants or gardens while the homeowner is away
- Two hours of cleaning
- Load up and haul away unwanted items
- Wash and detail a car
- Help pack or lift or provide muscle for a home project
- Help go through items for someone downsizing
- Making 5 or 10 scrapbook pages
- Lessons in knitting or crochet
- Lesson in flower arranging or wreath making
- Personalized baby blankets or baby item
- Zoom lesson on how to make ________ (fill in the blank)
- Teach Computer Skills
- Teach how to blog
- Sew a Halloween Costume, make a curtain, hem or alter clothing items.