2024 CVUF AUCTION - FUNraiser 2024

Goods and Services Auction, May 18, 2024, 4:30 p.m. Comox United Church

The CVUF Fellowship will once again be hosting our ever popular and exciting FUNraiser Auction. It’s a great and FUN opportunity for members and friends to support the Fellowship and to spend time having fun with each other in a laid back, social setting.

The FUNraiser is a combination potluck, yard sale, and live auction of donations made by you, and local businesses.

Donations are items you put up for auction and agree the money you receive when they are sold will be donated to the CVUF, and you will get a charitable receipt for those funds.

Suggestions and examples from previous FUNraisers include:

Hosted activities and events: bike tour, assorted types of dinners, brunches, lunches or other meals for 4, 6 or more, movie or games nights, skating party, tea in the garden, picnic lunch, storytelling evenings, tour of workplace, round of golf, day of sailing, hiking, card or game parties

Services: bike tune-ups, computer or letter writing help, lessons (voice, Pilates, music, yoga), garden advice or help, family tree research, dog sitting, handyman services, spring cleaning, coaching, fitness, massage, reiki or tarot card reading sessions, transportation services, car washes, use of a van, truck or trailer for a day, weekend cottage getaway, camping, a week in Hawaii

“Yard Sale” Items:

Home-made food items such as preserves, baked items, candy, lunches or dinners to go, gift baskets

Non-food items: Scarves, shawl, knitted items, clothing, paintings, photographs, pottery, homemade greeting cards, books, concert tickets, what have you?

Bring your yard sale items tagged with the price you think they are worth and set them out on tables we will have set up. Please have your item delivered by 4:00 p.m.  People can buy them for cash at your price, or if you want, include your name on the price tag, and interested buyers can come and haggle with you.  All sales will be first come, first served, and final.

For several weeks before the auction, we will be receiving donations of services and high value goods.  You can donate hosted activities and social events, services, food items, non-food items, workshops or anything else you think people might be interested in buying or participating in.

The “Yard Sale” will start at 4:30 p.m. Dinner will start at about 5:15 p.m.

The dinner will be a potluck.  Bring your favorite meal or dessert and share them with friends.

The Live Auction and dessert will follow the dinner.  The yard sale will end after the live auction, and if your item hasn’t sold you will be responsible for picking it up.  Any items not picked up will be donated to Too Good to be Threw.

How to donate an item or event:

In person: Fill out the Donation Form attached and leave it in the Church office, or give it to Dan, Mike G, Juliana, George or Greg. Forms will also be available on the Board table, back of Worship Hall.

Online: Use this link  https://form.jotform.com/230741118205041

Be sure to include your name and email address, and a full description of donated item or service, # of people/times/items, and the minimum bid.

If you have any problems, or if you have a high value “good” such as a painting, or a used car, contact Dan Leahy at danleahy7@gmail.com or at 778-992-0615.

If you won’t be able to attend, but would like to place an advance bid, contact Dan.  Advance bidders will be billed after the event and asked to send payment to Reverend Arran.  This will keep any advance bidders identity requiring “inclusivity” financial support confidential to all except Arran.  If you cannot make the auction, we will be sending out a catalog of auction events a week or so prior to the auction.  Please phone Dan with your advance bids @ no later than 24 hours prior to auction @ 778-992-0615

If you have any questions, please call or email Dan at danleahy7@gmail.com or at 778-992-0615

How do you pay?

The FUNraiser is about raising money for the fellowship, and about having fun. We believe in inclusiveness, and we don’t want anyone to miss out on the fun because they have limited resources, especially this year with the impacts of Covid 19.

So, everyone who signs up for the auction will get a credit of $100. You will be billed for the amount you spend over that credit of $100.

But wait a minute you might say, if everyone gets a “free” $100, how can we raise any money? Good question!

We will let you know what you’ve spent. Depending on your means, and what you’ve spent, you can respond in one of the following ways.

–      If you’ve spent more than $100, you can reimburse the Fellowship by adding $100 to the amount you are billed.

–      If you’ve spent less than $100 you can reimburse the Fellowship for the amount that you actually spent.

–      You can reimburse the Fellowship with as much, or as little as you are able, but don’t be shy about spending that $100 credit!

If you have resources, and want to help out those who don’t, you can also reimburse the Fellowship with more than you’ve spent, and in that way, help out those with limited resources!

Let’s help the Fellowship, help each other, and have some fun!

Download Funraiser Details with Printable Form


Do you only gather on Sundays?
Answer:  We have programs throughout each month—-please check out the various activities in our ‘Adult Programs’ and our ‘Family Programs.’ Besides these ongoing programs, we also have workshops and special family events and community events. Those will be highlighted on the calendar page of our website. If you would like to know more about what’s happening, sign up for our monthly newsletter.


What provisions do you have for people with disabilities?
Answer:  For those who are hearing impaired: We have headsets available from the person in the sound booth (at the back of the Sanctuary on the left-hand side).

We also have reading glasses available from a Greeter.

For wheelchair accessibility: The main entrance is on to the foyer and Sanctuary (worship space) lounge, and wheelchair access is by the ramp on the left-hand side of the main doors. There is a ramp that takes you down into the hall, and also to a wheelchair accessible bathroom. At this time, there upper level is not wheelchair accessible. The lower level is accessible off the lower parking lot entrance (on the right-hand end of the building when you face the main entrance). If you would like to attend a service or event and want to know if it is wheelchair accessible, please contact our office, so that we can do our best to make our event accessible to you.

How do I get there?
We share space with Comox United Church, 250 Beach Drive, Comox (corner of Comox Ave., near St. Joseph’s Hospital).
Are you welcoming of all people?
Answer: Unitarians believe in the worth and dignity of every person. We welcome people of all ages, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, culture, and abilities.
What do Unitarians believe?

Unitarian believe a wide variety of things. You will find Unitarian Buddhists, Taoists, Christians, Agnostics, Atheists and Humanists as well as people who do not or cannot classify their beliefs. What we have in common are our seven principles, which form the foundation to how we want to be together in community and live in the world.  We believe in creating a spiritual community where we can be accepted whatever we believe and however we want to make a difference in the world.


Unitarians believe that how we live our lives is the best way to show what we value. We have a different way to approach religion: we believe each person has the right to make their own decisions as to what they hold to be true and right—we choose not to have a set of beliefs our members are required to hold, or a particular teacher that we follow as a movement. That means there is more diversity in our midst (those who believe in God/a higher power, those who don’t and focus more on humans’ ability to do what’s right, and those who are still searching for how to name what they believe). People come from various religious backgrounds, and some from none at all.



What keeps people here together as a spiritual community?
Answer:  We affirm common principles. Unitarians also draw on various sources for our inspiration: the world religions,the findings of science, earth-based spiritual teachings, and our own individual experiences that inspire awe and wonder in us. Some draw on all of them, some draw on several more than on others, it is each person’s choice. We come together in a caring, all-ages community to share what we are learning, support one another in the hard times, and celebrate in the good times. What unifies us is our desire to share our experience of life, to celebrate what is important to us, and to engage together in an exploration of life’s meaning.
What is there for our children? Is there childcare and/or Sunday School? What is taught?
Answer: Supporting families is an important part of how we support or community and live our values.  We have a program for all ages–from our nursery to our youth group. We have a part time Director of Spiritual Exploration for Young People, who oversees our programsYou can learn more about our family programs here.
What should I/my family wear to a service?
Answer: You should wear whatever you are most comfortable in. Some people dress casually (jeans are fine), and some people dress up. Your children should wear something they can play in.
What can I expect when I come to a Sunday service?
Answer:  We offer weekly Sunday services from September until the end of June. Sunday services start at 4pm and go to 5-5:15pm.  We aim to provide a range of experiences for people attending Sunday services so we have created a schedule that changes depending on the week. Services come in a variety of formats to nurture our spiritual and intellectual exploration. Go to the ‘Services’ page to learn more about what formats we offer and what services that are coming up.

After the service we have social time in the hall. On the 1st Sunday of each month, we have a potluck meal together. 3rd Sundays we offer some light refreshments. 2nd, 4th & 5th Sundays we spend time visiting after the service before we head off to our own evening meals.

5th Sundays – These interactive, fun multigenerational services are held in the hall.


Why are there Christian crosses around?
We share our space with the United Church.  The Church owns the building and graciously have welcomed us into their building so we have a place to gather.  Also, some UU’s identify as Christian.  We aim to be as welcoming and inclusive as we can with the images you see around the facility and that includes respect for our Christian members and our hosts.