United Methodist Church online auction underway, ends May 26 (394)

GILFORD — The first annual on-line auction sponsored by First United Methodist Church of Gilford is underway and bids are coming in – and there are still many, many items available.
The auction has certificates for the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens in New York City, activities throughout Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Maine as well as the New Hampshire sites that we take our children and visitors to see.
There is also a book donated by a local author, Sy Montgomery, certificates to local businesses and restaurants, and a plethora of antiques and collectables.
Go on-line to www.umcgilford.org and follow the instructions for setting up a password in order to bid. Then look at the pictures and start bidding. Keep checking in to rebid. When the auction is over, bidders will be notified of what they have won. Send in the money and the item is yours.
The auction began on May 5 and ends on May 26.
This marks the 16th year the church has had an auction. There will be the traditional live auction in the late summer, but the on-line auction is something new.
First United Methodist Church moved from Laconia to Gilford in the 1960's when urban renewal claimed their property and building in Laconia. Thanks to a gift from the Royal Smith family, they were given land in Gilford to raise a new building. Looking toward the future, the congregation decided to build a "modern" building, rather than the traditional New England style church. Today, the building has gathered a number of nicknames based on its shape and programs it has housed -"The Flying Nun's Hat", "The Ski Jump", "The Flying Diaper", and "The Hungry Dove".
Over the years, the church has opened its doors and the parking lot to many community groups for meeting space. While some make a donation to the church for the use of the building, these donations rarely cover the actual cost of utilities, maintenance, etc. In the past year, groups have included Girl Scouts, Carter Mountain Brass Band, parking for Gilford Old Home Day, Boy Scouts, Streetcar Theatre Company, Lakes Region Singers and Youth Chorus, Life Line Screenings, practice space for area musicians, and more. In addition the church supports local agencies including Common Pantry, New Beginnings, and Headstart, and national and international projects.
The church has been having yearly auctions to help cover the cost of hosting these activities.