|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.