Get Ready to Show We Are Sunnyhill Strong!

Saturday, June 27th

Log-In Time/Socializing: 6:30 PM; Auction begins at 7:00 PM Sharp

We’ve all been waiting impatiently for our social lives to resume (re-Zoom?) and now the wait is over! The Sunnyhill Strong Auction is an opportunity to join with your fellow Sunnyhillers to support the work of the church and have fun doing it! Mary-Jo Hennessy will entertain us as we bid on some incredibly awesome stuff, donated by our generous congregation and community partners.

Show that we are Sunnyhill Strong by heading over to RSVP right away! The $5 per household “entrance” fee will be charged to your auction invoice, which will be emailed to you next week.  The Live Auction Zoom link will be emailed only to those who have RSVP’d.

The Auction and Raffle Catalog can be accessed here. We recommend that you take some time to preview the catalog ahead of time, and come Saturday evening, get yourself set up in front of your screen because once the bidding begins things will move quickly.

Purchase raffle tickets and select the baskets to spend them on anytime this week by going here.

If the above is all you need to know, then go sign up and we’ll “see” you Saturday! 

If you still have questions, read on…

Live Auction FAQ’s


What will the auction be like this year?  Like previous years, we’ll have a live auction (via Zoom Webinar) where you’ll place bids on offerings in real time, using the chat function. We’ll be selling raffle tickets before and during the live auction. The raffle winners will be chosen after the auction and winners notified via email. More raffle info can be found below.

Is sign-up required? Yes! See above!! We must have a minimum number of registrants or the auction will be postponed.  Plus you’ll need a link to enter the auction.

What do I need in order participate in the Live Auction? 

It is best to log in with a computer or laptop if possible. If you can’t log in from a computer, please log on early to ensure the appropriate settings on your tablet or phone.

Do I need to have a specific app to participate? Like Zoom?

No, you can just use the link to participate, but you may be prompted to download an application if you have not used Zoom in the past. If you are challenged technically and you have children, ask them to help!

How will the auction work? How will I bid? 

You will use the chat function to place your bid. You will need to clearly state your bid amount and the item number you are bidding on. For example, you will type into the chat box (making sure you are directing your post to all attendees): John Armstrong bids $50 for Item LA 8 stained glass. The auctioneer will announce the bids as they come in. You’ll need to listen carefully and watch the chat area to see if someone is bidding against you. We recommend that you practice this ahead of time if you aren’t an experienced Zoomer.

How many items are there to bid on? What kind of items? 

There are about 50 items in the live auction – some are services, such as legal services, massage, a song,or a sermon. There are baskets (Trader Joe’s, LGBTQ+ themed, etc), and beautiful works of art created by our congregation. Peruse the catalog ahead of time to preview the items and decide which ones you will bid on.

How will I be billed?

The Auction Team will keep track of your ticket purchases and successful bids. You’ll receive an invoice via email soon after the auction is over. Please review it for accuracy and pay it promptly using Breeze or by mailing a check to the church office.

What if I can’t figure all this out or won’t have access. Can I still bid?

Find a friend who will bid for you. Make sure to register to attend or your friend will be charged for your purchases.

Virtual Raffle FAQ’s


When is the the Virtual Raffle?

The raffle will begin Monday, June 22 and run through midnight, Monday, June 29.

No additional submissions will be accepted after midnight, Monday, June 29.

How do I access the raffle?

Click HERE for the form to select how many tickets you would like and how you would like to spend them. Full details about the raffle offerings are in the catalog, HERE.

How much are raffle tickets?

Tickets will cost $1 each. For every increment of 50 tickets, you will receive a $10 discount on your total auction invoice (50 tickets, $10 off; 100 tickets, $20 off).

How to I pay for my tickets?

Your final auction invoice will include the cost of your raffle tickets.

When will the raffle winners be notified?

Winners will be announced during Coffee and Conversation on Sunday, July 5, and subsequently notified via email.

How will winners be selected?

Winners will be determined by an online random name selector (names will be entered once per raffle ticket entry).

Do I have to attend the Live Auction to participate in the Virtual Raffle?

No, you do not need to attend the Live Auction to participate in the Virtual Raffle! All participants in the Sunnyhill Strong Service Auction will receive an invoice including a $5 donation/entrance fee per family.


Other Questions?


What about parties and other events? Have they all been canceled due to the Pandemic? 

No, good news: we plan to offer a limited number of parties and events that will take place beginning in July and throughout the fall and early winter. NOTE: This depends on Allegheny County remaining in the “Green” phase of reopening. Should there be a resurgence of COVID-19 cases in our area, we will need to re-evaluate any pending events.

Certain events can be accomplished virtually, and others are suitable for outdoor, socially distanced gatherings. If outdoor gatherings are appropriate for your circumstances, you can choose to sign up. (We’ll follow CDC recommendations to protect the safety and health of the hosts and attendees, with the primary focus on keeping events outdoors in open spaces. We will limit the number of attendees to ensure an appropriate distance between groups.)

Watch the Beat, Facebook and Sunnyhill Connect newsletter for party information soon.

What if I still have questions? 

Contact Nanette ( or Margaret (