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Saturday, April 7, 2018 | 8:45 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The Country Auction features a variety of goods from across Central Pennsylvania – miniature replicas, quilt racks, hand painted items, glass, furniture, antiques, and collectibles (coins and cards when available). If available, collectible coins and cards will be sold at the Country Auction, April 7, at 10 a.m. Availability varies from year to year.
More information or to contact the Country Auction to donate, call 717-208-4152 ext. 805. Bidders must register for a number at the Registration Table to participate in any or all of the auctions.
The 2018 Country Auction will also feature the annual selling of the PA Relief Sale commemorative pottery pieces. The pieces will be sold at the Country Auction on Saturday, April 7, at 11 a.m.
Each year, a different Mennonite artist creates a celebratory mug in recognition of that sale year. Many artists contribute their talents to items throughout the sale each year. This is another example of that great tradition. This year features the work of Karen Sensenig.
Coffee and Contemplation: Ceramic Mug and Dancing Flame Oil Lamp
While sipping a hot drink, watch the flame dance and divide on the rim of the lamp and imagine the dance of life into which you are invited.
The mug and lamp are made from brown clay and each piece is visibly labeled with "PA Relief Sale 2018.” A fiberglass wick, which never needs to be trimmed, is included. It should be positioned low in the neck of the lamp. Use Ultra Pure lamp oil.
About the Artist: Karen Sensenig is a former teacher and pastor, and current chaplain. A few years ago, she became serious about her new found love of creating dancing flame oil lamps from clay. Her husband, Ken Sensenig, who serves as the MCC East Coast assistant director, built a pottery studio in the basement of their 1850 stone school-house home. June Keener Wink, originator of this clay form, invited Karen to her home in Massachusetts to learn her art. Karen hopes to continue to provide individuals, churches, and other contemplative groups with this tool for reflection and stillness.
Karen also offers spiritual retreats in her home, for individuals and groups. Her work with clay informs her awareness of God at work in the world. Staying with the pushes and pulls of life long enough to see New Life emerge, can lower stress and increase meaning in life. At a church retreat on “Stepping into a Whirling World with a Centered Heart,” Karen demonstrates the importance of centering clay on the pottery wheel.
Karen sells dancing flame oil lamps from her home in Ephrata, Pa. You can contact Karen at firstname.lastname@example.org or 717-371-6485.