Last evening the Senior Youth heading to New Orleans for the LCMS National Youth Gathering had an auction of items and services. We had just under a hundred or so items and services to be auctioned off and a room full of anxious bidders. There were a few big ticket items (two quilts, for example) but the majority were bread and butter stuff like youth offering 4 hours or yard work or house cleaning or pet sitting or cooking, etc. What a great evening it was to pull it off together, parents, children, and congregation! What a great delight to have all those folks working together for the larger goal... and $3000 raised to seal the deal as far as the costs of this trip and provide good seed money for the bank account for the next trip (whatever that might be). Thanks to all who worked so hard, who worked so well together, and for the delight of being part of it all.