Cape Gazette

Epworth’s Christmas Joy! 365 Silent Auction set for Oct. 20 and 21

Oct 07, 2012
Source: Submitted Items for Epworth's 2011 Christmas Joy! 365 Silent Auction offer a variety of choices.

Epworth United Methodist Church has reached out for more than 22 years to provide a more joyful Christmas to families in the Cape Henlopen School District. In August, the new Christmas Joy! 365 began an extended program of assistance throughout the year, already meeting the needs of back-to-school clothing and supplies for many families. For the upcoming Christmas season, 65 families will be helped with clothing, toys and a dinner food basket.

The major fundraiser for this extended program is the annual Silent Auction to be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 21, in Fellowship Hall. Santa Claus will be on hand for photos of people and/or pets. The silent auction bids will be be tallied and announced at 1:30 p.m. Registration, preview of auction items and bidding will begin 4 to 6 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 20.

The church community, local merchants and service providers have generously donated items such as restaurant and spa gift certificates, golf and travel packages, theater tickets, home décor, art, holiday decorations, jewelry, women’s fashions, toys, gift baskets and services such as landscaping, house cleaning, piano tuning, art and music lessons, and pet services.

The 2012 edition of the Epworth Christmas ornament will be introduced on Sunday with the artist, Geri Dibiase, signing the ornaments from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The ornament combines her photography with the early 1800s Chinese art of eglomise. Each ornament is hand painted by a skilled artist using small brushes and creating images on the inside of the glass. The entire process takes several days and results in a collectible work of art.

The proceeds of the silent auction are used to meet each family’s request for assistance as given to the Cape Henlopen School District’s visiting teacher and homeless liaisons, as well as West Rehoboth Youth Program and Delaware Guidance. These wishes appear as gift tags on the Giving Tree for adoption by the congregation and community. In early December, the tags remaining on the Giving Tree are turned over to the shopping elves so they can finish purchasing the gifts as well as the grocery items and food gift cards for the family’s Christmas dinner food basket. Then comes the sorting and wrapping of nearly 2,000 items with delivery to the families before Christmas arrives.

The public is invited to participate in the Christmas Joy! 365 Silent Auction fundraiser in Epworth’s Fellowship Hall, 19285 Holland Glade Road off Route 1 northbound, Rehoboth Beach. Go to For details, call the church office at 302-227-7743.

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