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August 21, 2014, 4:08 am

Mennonite Historic Trust plans benefit

The Germantown Mennonite Church at 21 W. Washington Lane will hosti its fourth annual Auction, which will be a silent auction and a raffle, on Nov. 17 at 7 p.m.

More than 60 items will be featured, including jewelry and European board games; but the hosts decided to make this an interesting event by featuring a weekend in Ocean City, handcrafted items, a gourmet dinner for two in the comfort of their home and gift certificates to local restaurants.

The raffle will be for a quilted wall hanging, along with other small items. The wall quilt was handmade by Mennonite quilters.

“The contemporary quilter was Rose Wiebe Haury, and she designed and pieced it,” said Liz Einsig Wise, executive director of the Germantown Mennonite Historic Trust. “The quilting was done by the ladies at the Mennonite Central Committee Material Resource Center in Harleysville.”

This event will help raise money towards the care and improvements of the Germantown Mennonite Meetinghouse, located at 6119 Germantown Ave. This building replaced the original log meetinghouse in 1770 and still stands today. It was named to the National Register of Historic Places in 1968. The funds will also go toward improving the cemetery and grounds of the Germantown Mennonite Meetinghouse, as well as the home to the first permanent Mennonite settlement in North America.

“Because we don’t have an active congregation that meets in the meetinghouse anymore, we want to broaden the base of people that invested in caring about this piece of history that this represents,” Wise said. “This is just not only Mennonite history, but it’s Germantown history. This is history that remains relevant to many people today who want to work to make the world a better place.”

This is a free event and will be open to the public. Structured child care will be provided for parents, as long as arrangements are made beforehand. Before the actual event, visitors are encouraged to stop by the historic meetinghouse to socialize at a pre-event occasion.