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Mennonite auction is June 22

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Quilts, crafts, and community are all uniting to benefit a global relief cause.

On June 22, members of the community are invited to enjoy an auction and freewill donation pig roast supper put on to sup-port the missions of the Mennonite Central Committee.

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The local congregations of Fargo-Moorhead- Casselton Mennonite Fellowship, Lake Region Mennonite Church, and Strawberry Lake Mennonite Church have joined to sponsor this event.

According to John Hochstetler, one of the event’s organizers, the auction has been an annual tradition for the past 33 years.

While it initially began in Fargo, the event moved to Minot several years ago. After issues with flooding, the auction finally found a home in Detroit Lakes last sum-mer. Another fundraising effort will be held in Harvey, N.D.

Last year saw an estimated attendance of 340 people at the dinner and auction, and Hochstetler said a similar goal of around 400 has been set for this year.

The supper will begin at 4:30 p.m., with an auction for kids kicking off at 5:30 p.m.. The large auction starts at 6:30 p.m., and will feature quilts, comforters, and other handcrafted items donated for the event.

A baked goods sale with homemade pies will also run over the course of the evening.

The event is free ad-mission, and will also feature live musical entertainment.

All proceeds will be given to the World-wide Relief effort of the Mennonite Central Committee.

The organization strives to respond to basic human needs while working for peace and justice around the world. The MCC began its mission in 1920, and continues to serve through the work of foreign missionaries and local efforts, like the up-coming auction and dinner hosted by area Mennonite congregations.

“The Mennonite Central Committee sends aid to third world countries or wherever there’s need,” Hochstetler said. “We also send food sup-plies if they can’t buy food themselves” he said in addition to the school supplies, health kits, and blankets that are part of the aid provided by the MCC.

The event will be held at Larry Muff’s residence, 9 miles east of Richwood at 3111 County Highway 34 in Ogema.

For more information about the Mennonite community and mission, check out mcc.org.

Contact Larry Muff at 218-983-3376 or Jon Hochstetler at 218-847-7964 with any questions about the auction and dinner.

Article written by Libby Larson of Detroit Lakes Newspapers

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