WAYNE — That two-piece leather sofa will help pay for fuel for someone’s furnace, the boat ride on Androscoggin Lake will turn into a luncheon for seniors, and the handmade quilt will buy games for the afterschool program and winter game nights.

Wayne Community Church’s annual auction, now in its fifth year, is a key source of support for the Methodist church’s outreach programs throughout the year.

“It’s one of the ways that we help fund the mission and the ministry that we’re doing,” said Kristin White, the church’s pastor. “People will often contact the church for assistance for fuel needs or for food.”

Proceeds from the auction, which continues at the church daily through Saturday, culminating in a live auction and barbecue at 6 p.m. Saturday, go into the church’s general budget to help with community service programs.

Wayne Community Church supports the Winthrop Food Pantry, provides lunches for children when school’s out and runs a gift program in December. Proceeds from the auction also will go toward things such as assistance with medical expenses and operating the nursery school and after-school program, White said.

Last year’s auction raised $13,000, said Carol Ladd, one of the organizers.

The organizers are highlighting dozens of items made in Wayne or in nearby towns, such as a cherry side table made by Robert McKee, a pet portrait by painter Dawna Gardner, and desserts baked by several town residents.

Sue Faulkner, a summer resident who helps organize the auctions, said bidders like the local products.

Her husband, Mike Faulkner, said it takes a lot of phone calls, but is not difficult to find businesses and individuals who will donate to the auction.

“The people in Maine are very generous,” he said. “They really and genuinely want to help.”

Susan McMillan — 621-5645
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