Auction and talent show benefit mission trips

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Dungeness Community Church youths plan house, two camps

Sequim Gazette staff

Dungeness Community Church, 45 Eberle Lane, Sequim, holds its second annual Talent Show, Silent Auction & Dessert from 6:30-9 p.m. Saturday, March 5.


The event and dessert are free, with donations and proceeds from auctioned items supporting three high school youth group mission trips this year.


There are nearly 100 live and silent auction items, including guided boat and fishing trips, a year’s supply of flowers, a Ross Hamilton print and a wine rack from iron artist Steve Lopes.


The talent show features music, dance and performances from church members of all ages.


The first trip to benefit is a nine-day journey during spring break from Sequim to Mexico to work with Amor Ministries to build a house — start to finish — in Tecate.


Sarah Winfield, youth group chaperone and church member, said the focus of this trip is students working together to meet some basic needs for a family by building them a house. Students perform 90 percent of the work. Everything is done without power tools, including hand-mixing concrete.


During the four days of house building, students play with local children and eat meals with the new homeowners. Students sleep in tents, shower with buckets of water and use outhouses.


“It can be a fairly physically challenging week, with illness and injuries, but it is also a very rewarding process that the kids look forward to,” Winfield said.


The youth group first went to Mexico in 2004.


On the second trip, students will spend five days in June in Stockton, Calif., working with children in the old south section of town where drug abuse and gangs are prevalent. They run a camp with crafts, fun activities, creative teaching times, singing, and high-energy games for more than 40 children. They also clean up yards, sidewalks and other areas of the neighborhood.


The church partners with a local couple who runs an after-school tutoring program and recreational activities as an alternative to life on the streets.


The group’s final trip is in August, when students head north to Ucluelet, British Columbia, to provide a week-long day camp for the First Nation children of the Ucluelet Band. They put on a five-day camp for children, similar to the one in Stockton, in cooperation with the social service director for the group.


The church began the camp program in 2005. Local students keep in touch with many of the children they meet via the Internet.


For more information about the talent show/auction, or the youth group trips, contact Dungeness Community Church at 683-7333.



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