First Unitarian Universalist Church of Berks County

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Annual Service Auction: Program Published!

April 21, 2018

 The 2018 Service Auction will be held at the church on Saturday, April 21, 2018. 

Potluck finger foods, desserts and silent auctions start at 6:00PM, and the live auction bidding starts at 7:00PM.   

Tickets are $10 per adult to help cover the costs of hosting this party. Purchasing these tickets in advance helps us plan a successful event, but they're also available at the door. If you can’t be there, we can arrange a proxy bidder to win on your behalf!

The service auction program is now available! Get a head start by checking out the program below and planning your bids. 

You can show a little love by: 

  • getting a donation of gift cards/certificates or goods from a business (see request letter attached below).
  • bringing any food or beverage donation that evening.  Contact Bonnie Sirott for more info.

Please contact Kent Gutzler with any questions at 610-780-5162 or


What is the Service Auction?

Started in 2001, it is the major fundraiser for our church community.The concept is wonderfully simple. Our members and friends donate items, events, or services to the auction. Bidders "win" the item, event, or service. The money from the sale goes into the church's bank account to pay for programs that benefit your community throughout the year. It's a win-win-win situation!

Some examples of items, events, or services:

  • babysitting, attic cleaning, gardening, transportation to the airport
  • a hosted themed dinner, picnic, beer tasting, barbeque or outing for a group of people
  • a weekend at a vacation home/condo
  • a hand-crafted item, such as art, woodworking, knitted blankets
  • gift certificates, events tickets, gift baskets
A sign-up sheet will be available at the service auction desk every Sunday. You can also submit your donation description by pasting this link into a new window: 

It's about the people!

What does it mean to be a bidder at a church Service Auction? It means you are part of the fun being with fellow UUs, enjoying drinks and hors d’oeuvres and engaging in friendly bidding wars. There is something for everyone, and your winning bids transform into funding for church programs. 

But the Service Auction generates more than money - it generates fellowship and community. Items or services bought through the auction often bring buyer and seller together to form genuine, long-lasting connections.

The Service Auction is a deliberate action to draw each other into our homes – to break bread together, to share a hobby or an experience among us and strengthen our community.

What is the money used for?

Proceeds from this auction will help our church continue to give back to our community through continued participation and support to:

  • Greater Berks County Food Bank (We serve over 100 families each month.)
  • The Minister’s Discretionary Fund (an emergency fund to help people pay for rent, utilities, or food).
  • Our hard-working staff (They nurture our spirits and teach our children every Sunday.)
  • Our sacred worship, fellowship, and work spaces (Our building is a sanctuary for the joys and sorrows of those who seek truth and justice.)
Community, Service Auction