Youth auction will help refurbish church gymnasium

First Posted: 7/8/2014

The River of Life Fellowship Youth Group will hold an auction Saturday, July 19 to benefit the group’s gym refurbishing project.

The church is housed in the former site of Lehman High School on Outlet Road, and the gym has seen a lot of wear and tear since then.

“(Students) used to play baseball in here,” said Tracy Kreller, auction organizer.

The church holds events in the gym throughout the year, including basketball and volleyball tournmanets, Vacation Bible School, the Ekklesia Coffee House and church dinners and breakfasts, to name a few.

Kreller said the youth group’s goal is to raise $50,000 to fix up the gym space, which includes installing new lighting, refinishing the floors and painting the space.

“We’ll be working from top to bottom,” said Kreller. “The floors are the most important thing. They haven’t been coated in a long time and it’s slippery now.”

Since the church congregation moved into the building nearly a decade ago, the entire first floor has been renovated and the sanctuary was placed in the former wood shop classroom. Kreller said the gym sees a lot of action, but costs to make repairs have been limiting.

“We just started fundraising for this project this year,” she said. “We’ve had a volleyball tournament, a chicken dinner and a breakfast. The Vacation Bible School donated all their money to the fund. We’re up to about $3,700.”

Kreller hopes the auction will bring in some big bucks to earmark towards the project, especially with some of the interesting items that will be placed on the auction block.

“We have an industrial refrigerator, a telescope and someone donated a table saw,” said Kreller. “The idea for the auction started as a way for (members of the church) to clean out our houses. The church people have been really nice about donating things.”

In addition to some of the more costly items, there will also be housewares and furniture available for bidding, some of which are vintage or antique pieces. Toys are also a big draw, with one of the more appealing items being a battery-operated car.

“We’re going to start at 10 a.m. and stay until everything’s gone,” said Kreller.

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