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Touring group to perform at MDS benefit

‘Boots, Buckets and Barrows’ spotlights assistance group

Quilts

These handmade quilts, including the one on the right made by women of South Union Mennonite Church, are among items to be auc- tioned at the March 30 Ted and Company performance at South Union Mennonite Church. (EXAMINER PHOTO | JOEL E. MAST)


Ted and Company, a Mennonite touring troupe, performs at 7 p.m. Saturday, March 30, at South Union Mennonite Church, 56 State Route 508, West Liberty.

The local presentation — Boots, Buckets and Barrows — is a partnership with Mennonite Disaster Services that is part theater show, part auction, to raise awareness, funds and volunteers for MDS, which provides disaster relief and rebuilding across the United States, Puerto Rico and Canada.

The event is based on the show, The Jesus Stories: Faith, Forks & Fettuccine and is interrupted two times to auction off buckets of home-related items — homemade breads and kitchen goods, games or a bucket of house tools compiled by members of the congregations of the four area Mennonite churches — Bethel,

Jubilee, Oak Grove and South Union. The performers run the auction process, with often hilarious, but effective, results for fundraising.

The play is based on a few of the many gospel stories of Jesus gathered around tables with food to eat and food for thought, exploring who was invited to those tables and who showed up.

“Ted and Company present difficult topics with humor and faith,” said Karla Kauffman, a member of the local steering committee. “We hope the church will be filled for an energetic evening of laughter and inspiration whether or not folks buy anything.”

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