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Kensill Fund for Hope Auction

posted Sep 4, 2011, 4:16 PM by Lois Kerchner   [ updated Sep 4, 2011, 7:26 PM ]
The Kensill Fund for Hope (KFH) Auction will be held in Fellowship Hall on Saturday, October 1, at 12:00 p.m.  The auction will be preceded by a yard sale starting at 9:00 a.m. This year we will have a chicken barbeque with chicken pieces or a full lunch available from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. (or when the chicken is sold out). Additional luncheon items will be available in the kitchen prior to and during the auction.   So come early for the yard sale, enjoy a lunch and a fun time at the auction.  What a great way to support this worthy ministry area!



-         Bring some treasures you no longer use for the yard sale/auction

-         Donate time, talents, services, food – i.e. babysitting, dinners in your home, pies, yard work, ball games, vacation spots, etc. (Pat Robinson will make certificates for these)

-         Talk to friends with shops/businesses to solicit donations (please inform Mary Yohe of these contacts/donations)

-         Please sign up in the Narthex if you can provide hands-on help prior to or on the day of the auction (opportunities are listed there)



Donations may be placed in Fellowship Hall beginning Saturday, September 17. The church will be open that day and also Saturday, September 24, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. for drop off of items.  To arrange other times to drop off items, you may call  Mary Yohe or the church office at 656.7600.

Lists of donated items for the auction will be posted in the narthex and appear in the bulletin so you can pick your favorite items in advance for your bids.

Our thanks for your continued support for KFH,    

The Missions Committee


The Kensill Fund for Hope (KFH) Auction is scheduled for Saturday, October 1, 2011 at 12 noon in Fellowship Hall.

This Auction is the major fund raising event for the LUMC’s contribution to the KFH fund  - the fund that provides scholarships to students in the Mid Town Parish area of Philadelphia.

This article will share some of the background of this wonderful vision and  its far reaching effects on the lives of the recipients  and  their communities.                                                                                                             

KFH is a 501-C3 foundation established in 1995 as a living memorial to the Rev. Frank Kensill who began serving Mid-Town Parish in an old Gothic stone church at 7th and Norris Sts in North Philadelphia. He and his Wife, Winnie, lived in the parsonage there and served the church from 1957 through 1996, when he was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor. (They are now both deceased.)

They shared their love and a vision that there was hope for those in this dying neighborhood surrounding this dying church.  With a diminishing church income and lack of support of surrounding white churches, the Kensills initiated programs that required more love and labor than money. This white couple with 2 daughters gained the goodwill and respect of their black congregation and neighbors by living there and schooling they daughters in the local school – and by initiating one social outreach program after the other.

They started a Mini-School Program for neighborhood children run by high school volunteers; Club Hope for middle schoolchildren; and Mini-High  for high school students with volunteer mentors from Temple University. It was their vision – and a logical next step - that financial assistance be available to those worthy students from Mid-Town Parish so they might have the opportunity to attend college or technical training beyond high school. The Kensills’ hope was that if these students could further their education and obtain marketable skills, they could break the cycle of poverty and despair found in their neighborhood.

And so in 1995, the Leola UMC, which had been assisting Mid-Town Parish in other areas of their ministry, assisted in establishing the KFH Foundation. In 1996 the first three students from the neighborhood were awarded grants totaling $3,300. These awardees have had a positive impact in their church and neighborhood as will those in the future. Help us keep this hope and dream alive.


Please mark your calendars for October 1, 2011 for the auction - our fundraising event for KFH. Save your special items for the Auction and PRAY for the continued opportunity to support this most worthy cause! 


The Missions Committee