September Auction Donation Drop Off Dates:
Sunday, September 8 after 5 pm Mass
Wednesday, September 11 at 3:30 pm
Wednesday, September 25 at 3:30 pm
Sunday, September 29 after 10 am Mass
Please look for Katina Miller in the parking lot,
with a sign and her van's tailgate open to receive all of your wonderful donations!
Our auction team is currently in need of volunteers to make this event the best one yet!
Please see below for volunteer opportunities and email Bonnie Maluchnik at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are able to participate in any of these areas:
Pre-Auction Sales Coordinators assists with raffle ticket sales and youth activities
Communications Team assists in writing anything pertaining to the Auction, creates Auction invitation, and takes RSVP’s to Auction
Procurement assists with summer mailing to local businesses asking for Auction donations, and reaches out to personally ask businesses and individuals for Auction donations
Auction “sign-ups” and games this team brainstorms good games to play or items to purchase for Auction items that include an “experience” for adults or children; for example, a night at an escape room for adults or a children's birthday party at Launch
IT/Technical Support assists IT manager in creating power point slide show for the night of the Auction, and assists in set-up and/or tear down of IT equipment.
Decorations assists in creating the vision for decorations and setting them up for Auction night
Catalog & Bidder Book this is one or two individuals who are MS Word proficient and can assemble auction items in a catalog format (template is already created)
Set-up prior to the Auction
Tear down after the Auction
Store managers these individuals help setting up Auction items the morning of; the night of help bidders in their particular assigned area and keep track of bids
Thank you for your interest and consideration - Bonnie Maluchnik, Auction Co-Chair
This Year's Theme
Thank you to all of those who expressed an opinion regarding a theme for this year’s Auction. The votes are in and we are proud to announce that this year’s event will have a Carnival theme. This theme guides us with School and Parish activities that surround the Auction, and also the decor for the Auction night.
From Father Mike's Column:
As you heard ... , we are rebooting the event that, in recent years, has been billed as the Saint Martha School Auction. So here's the first thing I ask you please to do. Get now to your paper calendar or your electronic calendar, and put this in -- SAINT MARTHA PARISH AUCTION, on the evening of SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 2 at the HUNTINGTON CLUB on the west side of Spartan Stadium. (Yes, we're having a party on All Souls Day but, at least this year, that's a function of the MSU home football schedule.) Seriously, please put that into your calendar now.
So what did you just put in your calendar? Well, there are a few ways to answer that. First, you have cleared the evening of November 2 for a great party. Gorgeous setting, wonderful ambience, excellent food, friendly faces, warm conversation, just a delightful evening.
Second, we're overdue for a great parish social event. We've prayed together every day, we've been lifted up by great speakers, we've enjoyed fish fries and the craft show, we've gathered on many other occasions. But how about an excellent parish party? I've been told that there once was a New Year's Eve party here at Saint Martha, and my home parish had parish-wide gatherings when I was young. So, yeah, November 2 -- a parish gathering for all of us.
Third, this will be an excellent vehicle for supporting all we do to educate and form our young. Our school ministry obviously need significant ongoing support, but we also will be providing resources for many other ministries, including religious education, sacramental preparation, youth groups, young adult activities, retreat opportunities, and more. This parish is committed to educating and forming a new generation of disciples and leaders. We all can help.
Finally, this is a sure means of breaking down any lingering sense that the school ministry and our other ministries to the young are separate endeavors -- that they somehow don't benefit most of the parish. Not so. All across our parish are ministries that, at particular stages of our lives, may or may not directly benefit us. But these ministries indirectly benefit us all (and might, when circumstances change, suddenly be of direct benefit). We all can come together to support the ministries that promise a bright future for our parish and our Church.
So, please. Let's all plan to head over to the Stadium on November 2. It's already a wonderful event. This year's version will be way past memorable!