Minnesota Prairie Roots

Writing and photography by Audrey Kletscher Helbling

Joyful in service: Supporting a Faribault family at a breakfast & silent auction fundraiser July 26, 2018

WHEN MY FRIEND LISA’S HUSBAND died from complications related to cancer while traveling in Sweden nearly two months ago, I was heartbroken. Heartbroken for my friend and her daughters. But also heartbroken for myself because Michael was my friend. And pastor.


A story I wrote about the fundraiser which published in the Faribault Daily News.


From 9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. this Sunday, July 29, my faith family, Trinity Lutheran in Faribault, is hosting a breakfast and silent auction fundraiser for the Nirva family. Proceeds will help cover medical and other expenses related to the unexpected death of their husband and father.

We are all called to serve others. I firmly believe that. I am honored to be on the team planning and implementing this fundraiser by handling the publicity and by coordinating the silent auction. The generosity of people donating primarily handcrafted and homegrown items humbles me. I purposely sought donations from creatives at Trinity rather than hit up local businesses. From garden art to garden-fresh bouquets to quilted items, woodcrafts and much more, the variety of auction items showcases a wide range of gifts.

Gifts. That’s an important focus in helping others. Not only will this benefit yield financial gifts. But, perhaps more importantly, it represents a show of love and support for a grieving family. And that is the real gift.


Thrivent Financial is providing seed money for the fundraiser through its Thrivent Action Team Project.


If you live close enough to attend and are moved to help this family, please come for the breakfast of pancakes, scrambled eggs, sausages, fresh fruit and beverages prepared by a caring crew of Trinity folks. (Unfortunately I can’t be there given a previous commitment.)

Give as your compassion moves you and your finances allow. There’s no set price for the meal, but rather a free-will offering.



I also encourage you to check out the silent auction, which opens at 9 a.m. and closes at 11:45 a.m. All 50-plus items will have a cash-and-carry option, meaning you can pay a preset price and the item is yours, no bidding necessary.

In a few days, our crew will be in full pre-fundraiser work mode. Even with use of only one hand, I can write and organize. We each have gifts that we can use in serving others. That’s so important to remember in a time when the world too often seems self-centered and angry and just plain mean. We need to refocus on kindness and goodness and being there for one another.

In the words of Mother Teresa:

Faith in action is love—and love in action is service.

And one more great quote:

Never worry about numbers. Help one person at a time and always start with the person nearest you.

Who can you help today?

© Copyright 2018 Audrey Kletscher Helbling


16 Responses to “Joyful in service: Supporting a Faribault family at a breakfast & silent auction fundraiser”

  1. Beth Ann Says:

    What a wonderful event and out pouring for this family who will be so comforted by the continued show of support and love. That’s what family is all about and your church family is the perfect example of that. I hope you have a very successful fundraiser for the event.

  2. valeriebollinger Says:

    This sounds like a wonderful event…I’d love to see the silent auction items but the time doesn’t work for me. I’m so glad you are able to help out with this fundraiser, despite the use of only one hand.

    • I have yet to see the silent auction donations, which I will be pricing on Saturday. But I know we will have many one-of-a-kind beautiful creations crafted by our gifted Trinity family. Additionally, there will be some themed gift baskets and more. The generosity of people is overwhelming.

  3. becky spitzack Says:

    Thank you for the great publicity!
    I’ m sorry you will not be able to be there…God bless

    • I really really want to be there, too, Becky. But this was the one date that worked best for the majority of us who are organizing and working at the fundraiser. And I have another obligation on Sunday. I have been able to do lots of advance work and still have much more to do.

      I am happy to promote this event. I’m excited to see your mom’s floral greeting cards when I work on bid sheets on Saturday.

  4. Sheri Eichhorn Says:

    What a lovely, lovely entry, Audrey. Kindness is the greatest gift we can share with one another.

  5. Beautiful 🙂 I serve my community every day in what I do in my professional world. I am also a big supporter of the Veterans and Seniors. Kindness is the greatest gift we can share with each other along with caring and compassion. Happy Weekend – Enjoy!

    • Thank you for all you do to serve people in your community. You have such a giving spirit and an always positive attitude. I appreciate you.

    • I appreciate you and the service you do. Especially around Domestic Violence and other causes. My grandma is my giving guide and through hardships comes positivity and hope 🙂 I want to make time and spend my energies on the good, especially those that make me feel good and wanting to share that goodness with others.

      • Bless your grandma for being the kind and giving person she is and for being such a great example to you. My mom has been my role model in compassion.

        I love that word HOPE. Right now I am glancing to my left to see the HOPE stone which sits on my desk and has for several years. I hold hope. And I try to offer that in my writing, especially as you note, to those who are in abusive relationships. There is power in words. Power that can be used in a positive way.

      • I love your statement – “Power that can be used in a positive way.” Power does not need to be hurtful, hateful and harmful.

  6. Missy's Crafty Mess Says:

    Those are two great quotes thanks for sharing. I hope the fundraiser went well for this family. So heartbreaking to loose any loved one especially unexpectedly!

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