Fall Auction 2020 - Pandemic Pandemonium

OCUUC brings back our annual Fall Auction in the time of Covid-19. Nothing stops us from staying safe and having some fun! Here is what you need to know:

This auction will be completely online and the items and events will be offered in such a way as to maintain required distancing and safety. Due to Covid-19 we are not accepting any items that would require or involve physically getting together. Most items will be items (a chocolate cake) or services (Spanish Lessons, computer assistance, a virtual tour). Face-to-face events are discouraged unless safe distances and practices are maintained at required levels. An outdoor dinner for 2 or maybe even 4 if it can be done safely is an example.

There will be no auction dinner as we have had at recent auctions. The auction will occur over a two- week period starting November 7th through 9PM on November 21st. All bidding will be online. Bids will be updated with new bids and bidders will be automatically notified if they have been outbid on an item.

Our twice-yearly auctions are our primary method of raising funds for OCUUC, apart from pledges. In addition to raising money, the auction also gives us a way to socialize with people from church in new and fun ways. There are two parts to an auction: donating goods and services and bidding on the offerings.

Why should you participate in the auction? When you offer an event, you are likely to receive bids from new friends as well as old. It is a great way to get to know each other. You can share a special interest or experience something new.

When you bid on an event, you are likely to receive much more than you spend. The donor will do the work to create a special occasion or service, and all you have to do is bid on it..

Questions? Want to volunteer? We're waiting to hear from you at

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 (with social distancing). 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 to immediately. The more items we have the better we will do! Do remember though that we must follow all applicable health department guidelines for group gathering. If an event is offered that does not comply with guidelines it may not be accepted for bids. Better safe than sorry. You can also donate items directly using the form at:

Plan Your Bidding:
Peruse the online auction items for donations, check your calendar, and plan what you want to bid on. The auction will accept bids from November 7-14. The auction will end at 9 PM on 11/14. A last minute bid will extend the bidding on that item for an additional 10 minutes to allow others to re-bid. This is called “anti-sniping”.

Watch the auction every day to see how your bids are doing. You will get email notifications of your bidding status.

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:

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.

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 Christmas presents 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. Due to Covid-19 many events that would normally be offered for groups will not be available.

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. Zoom can make this happen and we can help you set up a Zoom time for your event.

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.