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United Church to hold auction Sunday

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By Special to the Monitor

The United Church of Los Alamos looks ahead to spring break this weekend as it holds its Mexico Mission Auction, starting at 2 p.m. Sunday. The annual event puts funds into church coffers to help build homes for the needy during what is normally a chance to take a break.At press time, 64 builders have signed up to attend the weeklong construction project in Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico. Four members of this year’s construction crew are what the team calls “four- year seniors,” meaning these students have spent every spring break since their freshmen year building homes for those less fortunate.Randy and Laura Erickson will board the bus for their 27th build trip. The big number includes a few additional builds with other congregations and a few summer trips.Laura said she enjoys the sense of community that each trip creates within the building team. They become a family. The team gets to know the Mexican families that receive the gift and learn how former families are doing in houses that have become their homes.This year, the auction contains items that are both new and “new to you.” The “new to you” category includes household furniture like televisions, small appliances, couches, shelving units and a desk. The new items include gift certificates to places like Maria’s Restaurant in Santa Fe, Santa Fe Quilting and a tool set from Frank’s Supply. A bit closer to home, we find handmade creations of quilts and wall hangings from Myrna Strong and Laura Erickson, and airtime from AM 1490, KRSN.Albert Elder, who is best known for being the Office Manager at Posada Dental Works, is an adult chaperone for the upcoming trip. Elder said he is impressed by the energy of the young people each day. “I am moved by the level of commitment that they bring to the build sites. They complete the assigned tasks everyday no matter how much heat, wind or rain,” Elder said.Elder is also the Mexico Mission Auction Chair for 2008. He has spent many hours during the last few weeks working with church youth to ask the community for auction donations.The youth team works to prepare a database to be ready for the auction this Sunday.The afternoon begins at 2 p.m. with free desserts to enjoy during the silent auction and the preview of the live auction. The live auction begins at 3 p.m. with a surprise auctioneer and concludes when the final gavel is dropped.The church hopes to acquire the funds needed to purchase the building materials prior to the trip as well as food to feed crew members three square meals a day.Those interested in donating funds for the trip can contact the church at 662-2971.