Spring Auction 2022: “Summertime Heat” - Saturday, May 21

OCUUC brings back our annual Spring Auction!

Summertime Heat: 2nd Bi-Annualish Chili Cookoff and FUNraiser Auction May 21st at 3:00pm.

Download a copy of the Auction Catalog here.

For chili and/or cornbread judging entries, let us know at The Auction Table in the courtyard or send an email to

For auction submissions, go to or fill out a form at The Auction Table that we will input for you or send an email to

Buy your dinner tickets for $5.00 in advance so the committee has a head count to secure chili toppings, beverages and desserts. You can buy them at The Auction Table on Sundays or you can let us know at and we can do several things to accept your $5.00!

Chefs - bring your own crock pot and we will supply a power strip. Have your ingredients (not quantities, of course - have to keep some secrets) fully listed and available for tasters to read for allergies and dietary reasons. You will be serving and talking up your concoctions! If you have a serving item beyond shredded cheese and onions, bring that and serve it as well. I serve my chili with sour cream and my cornbread with honey!

This season, we would love to focus on the FUN in fundraising. We are looking forward to your high-stakes submissions for weekends, wine tastings and surf and turf, of course, but we also want to encourage you to “go out on a limb” so to speak, and offer events that you have been thinking of but were not sure if people would bid on it. Be willing to try it out! This is the season for it! Pool parties, sand castle tournaments, pickle ball at the park, marshmallow roasts at a bonfire, movie nights, bird watching, a trip to the dog park with all the woofs - get creative but go for FUN!

We will repeat something we tried out last time. Physical items will mostly be part of a silent, online auction also hosted at The submission deadline is also May 7 at midnight but the bidding won’t close till 9:00pm on May 21 to give the live auction attendees time to get home and check their bids before it closes. The physical items will not be displayed on a table at the church, they will have photos on the website. If you win the item, you and the donor will arrange for item pick up.

Any questions, ask a committee member (JoLynn and Joel Ibanez, Tom Loughrey, Peggy Hepler, Debra Quam and Meg Wilson) or send an email to Looking forward to enjoying your recipes and bidding on your submissions in the Summertime Heat!

The auction is open to all: Members, Friends, Visitors and their friends and relatives. Here’s how it works:

1. Offer Something:
You decide what you want to offer, how many spaces you have available, a starting bid and a description of the item or event. You can donate your item directly. Simply go to

Register yourself at the site providing your name and other contact information. Once done simply click on the “Donate an Item” button at the top of the page. Complete the information requested and submit. That’s all there is to it.

For instance, you might offer:
Mom’s Homemade Apple Pie - an old family recipe handed down over several generations. It’s a classic version complete with lattice crust. Served warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and you have a treat that can’t be beat!” -- 2 pies offered -starting bid $18.00.

You can offer a service, such as helping someone with a dinner party, and you can offer an event, such as a dinner or a picnic hike. You can offer an item, such as concert tickets or baked goods, home canned goods, holiday treats and more. Keep in mind that this is a fundraiser, so pick something that others will want to spend their money on. You may make as many offers as you want. If you need help thinking of something to offer, or how to plan your event, speak to us at the Auction table on the patio on Sunday, or send a message to

You can start submitting items immediately. The more items we have the better we will do! You can also donate items directly using the form at:

Plan Your Bidding:
Peruse the online auction items for donations and plan what you want to bid on.

When do I pay?
You can pay for your purchased auction items at the close of the auction with a credit card), or you will be billed, which must be paid before the next auction (they're held in fall and spring).

In addition to your bill, you will also be sent a list of the items you offered and who bought them.

What if I buy a seat for an event and I can’t attend?
You are financially responsible for the seat you bought as it could have been sold to someone else. You can offer your place to a friend (especially a new member or visitor who wasn’t at the auction) or you can contact the host to see if they want to invite someone else.

What if I offer an event and then can’t host it?
You can try to find another day, time or type of event that you are able to host. Remember that you promised something that someone was willing to pay for. The sooner you contact your buyers to work out another plan, the better.

Are there any other guidelines?

Things to keep in mind:

Hosting: If you host an event, choose a date. We sometimes think it’s best to ask bidders for their availability but history on this shows that people are choosing which items to bid on based on their calendars already. They are coordinating bidding on multiple events and since Saturdays in particular are popular, if an event does not have a date, they tend to worry that there will be conflicts so that item ends up with fewer bids, earning less money for our beloved church!

Use of the church: If you would like to use the church for an auction event, please remember that you must check the church calendar with Sarah Jones, Administrator and it must comply with prevailing COVID restrictions.

Families: When you are deciding what to offer, keep in mind parents like to do things with their children (such as a bounce house party in your backyard or a hike and a picnic), children like to do special things without their parents (such as making crafts for holidays or a trip to the zoo) and parents like to do things without their children (such as poker night). We try to have a good mix.

Timing: Auctions are organized approximately twice per year – spring and fall. Try to plan some things that happen months from now.

Work involved: It is really fun and a lot less work to host an event with a friend. Talk to your friends about hosting together or just brainstorm ideas for offerings.

Questions? Contact or stop by the Auction table in the courtyard on Sunday morning.


You can view a summary of your purchases including the prices you offered. Simply login to: and check your purchases.

All of the auction items that you purchased will be listed. If you donated any items, just click on the 'donations' link to see who bought your items.

Other things to consider:

  • The people who attend the auctions have a good time and enjoy good food.
  • We raise money towards the Church’s operating expenses.
  • Those who attend get something direct and tangible in return for a donation to the Church.
  • Many of the events offered for auction are a great way to find people in the church with similar interests and are a wonderful way to share your hobbies, interests, and special places with others.
  • Often the events purchased get you to places and activities that you might not ordinarily go to or engage in because you are unaware of them.
  • The events offered at the auctions provide important social interactions to help build our community through building personal relationships.
  • Both the buyers as well as those offering items for purchase achieve satisfaction knowing that they are helping our Church community.