The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


Chillin' on eBay

Internet rummage sale part stewardship, part outreach

A typical church rummage sale conjures up images of coffee brewing and people chatting while they sift through clothing, old Tupperware, half-completed sewing projects or mysterious castoffs that call forth memories of bygone days. But the sale at Messiah Lutheran Church, Wauconda, Ill., is anything but typical. It's year-round with the hours of a 7-Eleven and thousands of bargain-hunters. It's on eBay.

Coordinated by member Penny Claiborne, the site helps Messiah with an enviable challenge: meeting the needs of a growing congregation. Since Charles Merkner arrived as pastor in 1986, the 225 worship attendance has more than doubled. And the growth shows no signs of stopping.

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