Signal Mountain Baptist Church hosts missions auction Feb. 26

Signal Mountain Baptist Church hosts missions auction Feb. 26

February 23rd, 2011 by Katie Ward in Community Signal Mountain

Signal Mountain Baptist Church invites the community to an Auction for Missions Feb. 26.

The auction begins with a 5:45 p.m. meal followed by a 6 p.m. silent auction and a 7 p.m. live auction.

"It's our 12th year to host the auction," said minister of education and missions Sally Ensley. "We will auction off gift certificates from area businesses, antiques, furniture, gift baskets and various items."

She said sports tickets and athletic club memberships tend to be auctioned off first every year. Paddles will be sold for a small fee to enter the live auction.

"We have raised about $5,000 at the auction before and we hope to do that again," said Ensley.

She said the auction will benefit two missions to Kentucky to assist the cities of Lynch, Denham, Cumberland and Barbourville.

"We have 35 youth interested in going on the mission trips," said Ensley, who goes on the trips. "We have 10 adults interested."

She said that since 2000 the church has distributed presents in Kentucky every holiday and completed summertime building repairs.

"Throughout the years of going, we have painted 12 houses and five churches," said Ensley. "We always stay in a church building and eat peanut butter and jelly sandwiches."

She said all the auction donations go to the mission to buy paint for homes and to help feed the homeless.

"We've built relationships in Lynch," said Ensley. "It is a very desolate poor, depressed community. It lifts the spirit of the people to see a group come back year after year to help."

• To learn more about the Signal Mountain Baptist Church Auction for Missions, call the church at 886-1244. The church is located at 939 Ridgeway Avenue on Signal Mountain. The church asks for reservations and a small fee for the auction meal consisting of lasagna, salad, tea and coffee.