Open Service Auction Parties!

If you missed out on a Sign Up there might still be time. Below are the open Service Auction events and parties still available for SIGN UP! You can sign up by using our Auction website, or by contacting the church office (281-298-2780). 

201 ⬥ Sidewalk Affirmations Limit: 15 Cost Per Person $12 Join us at Northshore Park for sidewalk affirmations. Whether you want to draw a rainbow peace sign, write Black Lives Matter or "You Are Worthy," leave a message of support, love and joy for our neighbors. And bring a friend with you. Water and some light snacks will be provided. Alcohol free event.
Date: Friday December 3, 2021: 4pm
Donated by Kathryn Donohue and Abby Hutchinson

203 ⬥ Santa’s Back! Limit: 14 Cost Per Person $25 Bring yourself, your favorite Christmas season snacks, and your family holiday stories and legends. I have a collection of 44 Christmas-themed figurines including Santas and historical seasonal figures to award to party guests. Some are tree decorations and some are free-standing figures. Did you sign up for the Santa party two years ago? Phil and I were sick, and we want to have the party this year. If you signed up last time when the party didn’t happen, call me for info. We’ll play a special game to choose our figures, then you can trade around. I’m looking forward to hearing your touching, funny, and heartwarming stories. Alcohol-free event.
Date: Saturday December 11, 2021: 2-5pm.

204 ⬥ Ask Mira Anything Limit: 100 Cost Per Person $25 As our resident Nutrition Educator (not to mention author, public speaker, and preparedness guide), Mira will host an Ask Me Anything Zoom meeting. Bring all your nutrition, wellness, and preparedness questions. You’ve got questions, Mira’s got answers. Virtual, alcohol-free event.
Date: Saturday December 18, 2021 – 1 – 2:30pm
Donated by Mira Dessy

205 ⬥ Annual White Elephant Party Limit: 50 Cost Per Person $15 Did you receive a gift for the holidays that you just can’t bear to use? Something awful, bawdy, or just not your style? Or do you have something in your gift closet that you have not been able to find the right occasion to give it away? Have we got the party for you!! Bring to the church one wrapped gift (gag gift, bawdy gift, or simply unwanted gift) per person, along with an appetizer or dessert to share. We’ll begin the exchange with drawing of numbers and . . . let the stealing begin!! We’ll supply soft drinks. No children or easily embarrassed adults allowed, since slightly naughty and bawdy gifts are! BYOB event held at Northwoods.
Date: Friday January 7, 2022: 7pm
Donated by Service Auction Committee

207 ⬥ Sign Making Limit: 12 Cost Per Person $15 Come to Northwoods and find all the supplies to make a sign to put in your window, hold at a game or carry at a march or protest. This event will be in the parking lot, so dress
accordingly. Water, tea and apples will be provided. Alcohol free event.
Date: Saturday January 15, 2022: 3pm
Donated by Kathryn Donohue

208 ⬥ Personal and Family Rituals Limit: 16 Cost Per Person $20 What makes a good family ritual? Is it something you do EVERY time? Birthdays? Holidays? Vacations? Can you just mention one to a family member and they laugh, or tear up, or hug you? Are you the one who always brings. . . what? . . .to a gathering? Do you and your family have favorite customs or rituals that you can share? A ritual can be serious or silly. Family stories that only happened once are also fine. And rituals you WISH you had (growing up or now) can be fun, too. Come tell us! Come for a conversation and get some ideas for your own family. This party will happen on Zoom.
Date: Saturday January 22, 2021: 2-4pm
Donated by Beth and Phil Marshall

209 ⬥ 5th annual Studio Ghibli movie watching Limit: 50 Cost Per Person $15 Through his film company, Studio Ghibli, director Hayo Miyazaki has produced some of the most beloved animated movies, loved by adults and children alike. Previously we have watched My Neighbor Totoro, Pony, Kiki’s Delivery Service. This year we will watch Howl’s Moving Castle. Outdoor event. See https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0347149/
Date: Saturday January 22, 2022 – 6:30pm
Donated by Brenda, Abby, Sophie, and Jaunetta Cooper

210 ⬥ Open Mike Night Limit: 20 Cost Per Person $35 Back by popular demand, it’s the 13th Annual (well, except for Covid) Parade of NUUC Talent. If you haven’t experienced this party, it’s a can’t-miss event that you won’t want
to. The procession of poets, singers, musicians, storytellers, actors, and everything in between who have graced us with their talent for the last 12 years is unreal. Our living room becomes a pressure-free, intimate venue (this is not a contest, and it’s not karaoke), with an audience of your closest friends to wildly applaud your efforts. What
more could you ask? In addition to enjoying the hidden talents of your friends, you get to feast on a spectacular selection of appetizers, desserts, and beverages. NOTE: If you sign up for one of these slots, you are expected to perform! But you can also attend as a non-performer by signing up on the next sign-up sheet.(sold out) Vaccinated guests only, please. Will move to NW if Covid requires more social distancing.
Date: Saturday January 29, 2022 – 6:30pm
Donated by Rusty and Kate Rhoad, Sue Ridgway, Kathryn Donohue

212 ⬥ It’s time for Mexican Train! Limit: 14 Cost Per Person $25
Join us for a lively evening of dominoes! We use 12/12 colored dominoes for this fun game. Don’t know how to play? We will teach you! Bring an hors d’oeuvre or snack to share and your favorite beverage. Unsweet iced tea and water and a healthy dessert will be provided. We start with hors d’oeuvres and snacks, then play 4 hands. We stop play for dessert and end the party with 4 more hands. If we are playing on two or more tables, two top winners at each table rotate after 4 hands to another table, so we all get to know each other. Alcohol-free event.
Date: Saturday February 5, 2022 – 2pm
Donated by Beth and Phil Marshall

213 ⬥ Personal Essay Writers of Northwoods Limit: 10 Cost Per Person $25 Join the Personal Essay writers of Northwoods for an in-person gathering. We will meet at Hallie’s house, enjoy a convivial sip and munch, and then settle in for delightful readings of personal essays which this group has been sharing for over a year (you will be listening! No writing required). These are rich insights into such concerns as The Defense of Useless Things, America’s Favorite Quiz Show or What is Jeopardy?, Becoming a Goddess, and more.
Date: Saturday February 5, 2022: 7pm
Donated by Hallie Moore

214 ⬥ In-Person CPR Class Limit: 8 Cost Per Person $35 Participants will be able to attend a classroom setting where we will learn all of the necessary skills to perform Adult and Pediatric CPR and First Aid and then have a skills
session which will allow participants to practice and refine the skills learned on professional mannequins. At the end of the class, participants will be tested on the learned skills and receive an official Red Cross CPR certification that is valid for 2 years. Please note: Participants MUST be able to demonstrate adequate skills during the test out phase to receive certification. This class will run approximately 4 hours from start to certification. Tabbi is a certified Red Cross CPR Instructor. Alcohol free event.
Date: Saturday February 12, 2022 – 12 noon
Donated by Tabitha Donohue

215 ⬥ Hybrid CPR Class Limit: 8 Cost Per Person $35 Hybrid CPR Class- Participants will be able to access an online CPR/First Aid course to learn all of the necessary skills to perform Adult and Pediatric CPR and First Aid. Participants will then be able to attend a skills session which will allow participants to practice and refine the skills learned on professional mannequins. At the end of the skills session, participants will be tested on the learned skills and receive an official Red Cross CPR certification that is valid for 2 years. Please note* Participants MUST be able to demonstrate adequate skills during the test out phase to receive certification.
This class will run approximately 1 hour to practice skills and test out.
Date: February 12, 2022 – 4pm
Donated by Tabitha Donohue

217 ⬥ Colorado Craft Cocktails and Cuisine Limit: 16 Cost Per Person $50 Come enjoy perfectly crafted cocktails featuring Breckenridge Distillery’s award winning Bourbon, Gin, and Vodka. Featuring distinctive recipes, including the fam ous Obi Wan Old Fashioned. Perfectly paired with delicious gourmet small bites, this will be a treat for your palate. Indoor & outdoor seating available.
Date: Saturday February 19, 2022 – 6:00pm
Donated by Mary Branson and Terry Leyenberger

218 ⬥ Waterway Art Stroll Limit: 30 Cost Per Person $15 Be a hometown tourist. We will meet in Town Green Park Sunday afternoon and stroll along appreciating 4-6 pieces of art. I’ll bring a wagon to bring water, tea, fruit and chips. Photo opportunities will abound with a few props (hats, scarves, silly glasses, bubbles)
brought along with which to have some fun. Alcohol-free event.
Date: Sunday February 20, 2022: 4pm
Donated by Kathryn Donohue

227 ⬥ The Office Themed Party Limit: 30 Cost Per Person $20 Party at The Office! The Party Planning Committee will offer pizza from Pizza by Alfredo, baby carrots, wine with an oaky afterbirth, and other Dunder Mifflin favorites. We will watch three 22 minute episodes, with The Office trivia and games in between. The trivia winner will receive the coveted Dundie Award. Never seen The Office? Come for pizza: the great equalizer. Hosted by Northwoods’ very own Pamcakes, Jamie Thompson, in Scranton, PA (the sanctuary).
Date: Friday April 8, 2022: 7pm
Donated by Jamie Thompson

228 ⬥ Ice Cream Sundae Party Limit: 10 Cost Per Person $15 Old-fashioned ice cream party. Be creative in fashioning your own custom ice cream delights. Many flavors, toppings, and special additions available. Conversation with old friends and people you’d like to be friends with. Families welcome. Vaccinations required. Alcohol-free event.
Date: Saturday April 9, 2022 – 2:30 pm
Donated by Carol Stromatt

229 ⬥ Beginning Line Dancing Limit: 20 Cost Per Person $25 Taught by a real seasoned instructor, Cassandra Jones. You will learn some of the basic steps for songs like Old Time Rock and Roll, Cut A Rug, Tush Push, and Waltz Across Texas. The Merriams will provide drinks & nibbles. In the Garden Room.
Date: Saturday April 30, 2022: 7pm
Donated by Shari Wood-Merriam

230 ⬥ Life Takes Wings Limit: 50 Cost Per Person $40 “Life Takes Wings” is the fascinating memoir of Lynn ippelmeyer, female aviation pioneer and the first female 747 captain. Lynn, a long time friend of Northwoods, will host a light lunch and introductory presentation, followed by a book reading. Every participant will receive a signed copy of her book. Come and enjoy this unique opportunity to laugh along and learn about Lynn’s journey! Alcohol-free event.
Date: Sunday April 10, 2022 – 1:00pm
Donated by Lynn Rippelmeyer

234 ⬥ Jewelry Making Party Limit: 10 Cost Per Person $35
We will create ceramic pendants on the first meet. After they are dried, we will add beads and string the pendants on cording. This will require two dates total. Light refreshments
provided. Alcohol-free event. Date: Saturday April 30, 2022: 1-4pm
Donated by Susan Ridgway

235 ⬥ Geeks WhUU Drink Trivia Night – Virtual Limit: 40 Cost Per Person $25 Join this event for a fun, fast-paced night of trivia hosted by Geeks Who Drink. You’ll join up with team members (virtually or in person, depending on your comfort level) and battle it out for bragging rights.
Date: Saturday April 30, 2022 – 7pm
Donated by Sara DaSilva

237 ⬥ Grandma Lopatriello’s Sunday Sauce Limit: 8 Cost Per Person $30 It’s called a Sunday ‘sauce’ (some NY Italians call it Sunday ‘gravy’) because it’s generally made early Sunday morning and it simmers all day, to be eaten late in the afternoon/evening. By either name, it’s a tomato based savory sauce with meat and herbs in it (while it could be made vegetarian, it would take away some of the richness of it). Generally, it’s eaten on its own, with bread, or with some kind of pasta. Oh, and you have to have wine to drink with it – lol. We will enjoy some small bites/appetizers while I demonstrate how to start the sauce the way grandma made it (while we all drink wine or
whatever is the drink of choice). By the end of the evening, the sauce would be in the simmering phase and if anyone wanted to bring some home (to finish simmering at the time of their choosing) then can take some home with them. Bring your own wine.
Date: Saturday May 14, 2022: 6pm
Donated by Michelle Buckner

239 ⬥ Royal Icing Summer Sugar Cookie Limit: 15 Cost Per Person $40 Decorating Class All supplies will be provided to decorate 6 sugar cookies and take them home. I will guide you through the selected designs. You will also receive my recipes and tips and tricks note sheet. Colors and designs of attached file may vary slightly. You can see my work on my Facebook or Instagram www.thecookievalor.com . Alcohol free event at Northwoods. Covid protocols as applicable.
Date: Saturday June 4, 2022 – 2pm
Donated by Hilary Valor

242 ⬥ Wild (and Sweet) Bunco Bunch Limit: 50 Cost Per Person $10 Put on your hot and bright colors (or not: costumes encouraged but not required) and join the wild women of Northwoods for a night of high-stakes bunco at the church. Please bring $10 cash and an appetizer or dessert to share. Your Service Auction Committee will provide water, wine, beer, and sodas. And lots of dice!!! If you are new to Northwoods, this is a great function to attend. You move around, so get to interact with a number of people. If you’re not new to Northwoods, it’s still good!
Date: Friday August 12, 2022: 7pm
Donated by Service Auction Committee

243 ⬥ Strategy Games Limit: 24 Cost Per Person $15 Tables will be set for 2-4 players of Innovation, Dominion, Ticket to Ride Europe and/or Caverna. You will get to pick your seat ahead of time and know what to come prepared to play. No previous experience required, but an enjoyment of strategy games is a must! Tea, water, fruit, cheese and crackers will be provided (and maybe some dark chocolate). Feel free to bring some other food for yourself. Alcohol-free event at Northwoods.
Date: Saturday August 27, 2022: 3pm
Donated by Kathryn Donohue

244 ⬥ Friendly Jigsaw Puzzle Competition Limit: 12 Cost Per Person $20 Paired partners will enjoy putting together a beautiful 300 piece puzzle – the best time wins bragging rights. The top 3 teams get to take home the puzzles! Light snacks and drinks provided. Location dependent on sign-up number and COVID situation at the time. Adults and tweens welcome. Alcohol-free event.
Date: Saturday September 10, 2022: 1 – 4pm
Donated by Kate Rhoad

246 ⬥ Beatnik Night at Dragonfly Place  Audience Limit:20 Cost Per Person $20 Join us for a groovy evening of poetry readings, soliloquies, improvisational jazz (if you like!), or anything else you’d like to perform at our dive bar Dragonfly Place provided by our own talented Northwoodsians. Sign up on the other list to be a cool cat performer. Sign up here to be part of the hip audience. Go ape over the delicious party snacks and beverages. Dress the part if you like. Berets and turtlenecks welcome! Dig it man!
Date: Saturday September 17, 2022 – 6:30pm
Donated by Susan Powers

248 ⬥ Happy Birthday Bilbo! Limit: 14 Cost Per Person $20 Come to the Annual Birthday Celebration for Bilbo Baggins, the famousest of all the Hobbits! There will be food, drink, music, more food, games, videos, enough food for proper after-dinner tucking-in-the-corners, and good conversation about the incredible Professor Tolkien and the astounding World he created. All Hobbits, friends of Hobbits, and other devotees of Middle-earth. (Peter Jackson fans may also come; masking may be required, depending on guests). Held at Paddy Gordon’s house this year!
Date: Saturday September 24, 2022: 6:30 – 10:30
Donated by Jeff Graeber

249 ⬥ Open Mike: Night of Naughty Limit: 16 Cost Per Person $35 Back by popular demand after a short hiatus: we are proud to present our 4th Open Mike: Night of Naughty. Performers are invited to make an off-color presentation of their own choosing. Song, story, dance, painting or photography, whatever your imagination inspires you to do. Adults only. NOTE: If you sign up here, you are expected to perform. For those who aren’t bold enough to perform/present but can’t stand the thought of missing out, there’s a slightly more expensive spectator’s version of this party. (sold out) Vaccinated guests only, please.
Date: Saturday October 3, 2022 – 6:30pm
Donated by Rusty and Kate Rhoad, Sue Ridgway, Kathryn Donohue

251 ⬥ Wine Tasting at the Merriam’s Bar & Grill Limit: 15 Cost Per Person $25
Come see if you can tell the difference between a $3.00 and a $65.00 bottle of wine. Both white and red wines will be offered. Date: Saturday October 15, 2020: 7pm
Donated by Rud Merriam and Shari Wood-Merriam

252 ⬥ For Science-loving Kids Limit: 3 Cost Per Person $25 Teresa Allen will escort three lucky kids (age 8-13, please) for a tour of the Houston Museum of Natural Science. Lunch at the museum will be provided. Alcohol-free event. Date: TBD by all parties
Donated by Teresa Allen

254 ⬥ Let’s Go to the Movies!!! Limit: 11 Cost Per Person $15 Who knows what we are going to see, but we’re going to the movies! Mira will rent out the movie theater (date to be determined) and 11 other lucky people get to go with her. She’s a fan of comedies, science fiction, and period dramas. Horror and gore fans need not apply. Refreshments not included. Date depending on what’s showing when.
Date: TBD
Donated by Mira Dessy

255 ⬥ Healthy Readers Book Club Limit: 100 Cost Per Person $60 Join Mira for a year of reading fascinating books on the topics of health, wellness, nutrition, the environment, and more. 10 books per year (we read and discuss one/month), curated by Mira. Membership includes a private forum where Mira shares book annotations and resources plus a monthly virtual book club discussion. Can start in November or December. See https://theingredientguru.com/the-ingredient-guru-bookclub/ for more details.
Date: Can start November or December
Donated by Mira Dessy

259 ⬥ Northwoods Notecards Limit: 12 Cost Per Person $15 Our beautiful Northwoods ceramic display in the vestibule was created during a Service Auction party several years ago. Now you can have a set of lovely notecards of that artwork. 5 cards and self-seal envelopes. Date: n/a
Donated by Stewardship & Generosity Committee