July 19 (Portland) and 20 (Albany): MCC Clean Water Fund Raising Concerts featuring traditional and contemporary folk music from Les and Gwen Gustafson-Zook of Goshen, Ind.
August 3-8: West Coast MCC Idaho Panhandle Bike Ride, a week of beautiful rails to trails rides to support MCC water projects.
October 11: 31st annual Oregon Mennonite Festival for World Relief (psst, quilters: the 2014 quilting challenge is to make a mini wallhanging, 22 inches or less)
General auction: $14,000
Quilt auction: $22,260
Silent auction: $2,767
Children’s auction: $273
Auction “blessing bids” and other donations: $7,569
Penny Power: $10,953
Country store: $6,958
Marta’s Haus: $4,943
Fair trade: $3,300
Garden shop: $1,317
Quilt table: $930
School kits: $543
Apples and cider: $4,635
Baked goods: $2,895
Bulk sausage: $692
Food and drink booths: $14,525
Sale day total: $100,423
Albany Barbecue: $5,860
Total for year: $109,963
In the Philippines Mennonite Central Committee is responding to Typhoon Haiyan, providing funding for relief, supporting an initial assessment team of an MCC partner organization, and working with partners to determine needs for longer-term recovery.
With help from supporters like you, MCC is providing an initial $50,000 to Church World Service, which is working with the Philippine Disaster Risk Reduction Network, to respond with urgent food and non-food items. Initially this assistance is focusing on Surigao del Norte and Dinagat Island (both in Mindanao) and on Bohol and Samar (both in Visayas), areas where MCC’s partners have access to be able to help.
MCC also is providing funding to Peacebuilders Community, a Mennonite-related agency, to send a 10-member team from Cebu and Mindanao, trained in disaster preparedness, to Leyte Island, an area where thousands of people are believed to have perished. ■
For the latest information, go to mcc.org.
Trip around the World in rust, green, tan and cream prints; top purchased in Pennsylvania and hand quilted by Salem Mennonite quilters ($2,000)
Broken Star Log Cabin pieced in brown and green forest prints with added animal skin prints, purchased in Arizona and donated by Donna Miller ($1,250)
Framed 8-Point Stars in colors of autumn leaves, pieced and hand quilted by the MCC Material Resource Center quilters ($1,100)
Party Mix with modified snowball blocks in multicolor fabrics, hand quilted by Salem Mennonite quilters ($1,000)
In the general auction, the top-selling item was the very first of the day: a loaf of bread baked by festival chairperson Ron Litwiller, who is president and CEO of Mennonite Village. Given the amazing $1,000 bid, he says, “Several people have suggested I’m in the wrong business.” ■
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