Each year as part of our outreach program, the church holds an Oktoberfest. I think that is because our present pastor is a native of East Berlin -- he knows all about such things. The Oktoberfest (peculiarly held in September) has been a tremendous success over the past four or five years that we have been doing it.
There is abundant and delicious authentic German food, a bake sale, a beer garden, German music (featuring said pastor on his clarinet and another pastor on the accordion, no less), and entertainment for the little ones.
There is also a silent auction. My friend Rosita is usually in charge of this auction, and I've tried each year to make and donate a baby quilt. This year's offering is called Orange Crush because it reminded me of that too-sweet-but-so-pretty soda in the glass bottles.