Mega Sale Update By Liz Ridpath Posted January 22, 2021 In Featured, News Mega Sale Update2021-01-222021-01-22https://popmn.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/pop-logo_horizontal_color-e1473696608865.pngPrince of Peace Lutheran Churchhttps://popmn.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/mega-sale-update-scaled.jpg200px200px 1 In May 2020, the Mega Sale Leadership Team announced that there would not be a Mega Sale in 2020 due COVID-19 precautions. In that same announcement, we also mentioned that the status of the 2021 Mega Sale was unknown. It is now January 2021 and the leadership team has revisited the possibility of a 2021 sale. As you might imagine, in light of the pandemic, there are still plenty of question marks about what this summer may look like. In addition, there are other variables that must be considered: The Christian Life Center (CLC) building has been sold. We are allowed to remain in the building until the new Mission Outpost space is completed in fall 2021. The Worship Center building will not be available for a sale in 2021 as there will be a fair amount of construction happening in the building. The small parking lot between the 2 buildings will be used for staging construction materials for the remodel of the Worship Center and will not be available. Most of the lower level of the Christian Life Center will not be available for a sale as it now houses Mission Outpost. Clearing Mission Outpost for a Mega Sale is not possible. The upper level of the CLC is currently vacant, but the lower level parking lot (previously used as the furniture area) would not be available either. There is a very slight chance that we could be moving Mission Outpost to its new home in August/September. Moving Mission Outpost and having a Mega Sale, would be very difficult as in several areas, we utilize the same volunteer base. Our volunteer numbers have declined dramatically in the last 3-5 years for various reasons, making it challenging to provide a quality sale even when we had a Mini-Mega Sale in 2018 and 2019. Taking all of these factors into account, Mega Sale leadership has determined that it is not possible to have a Mega Sale in 2021. We have also discussed the long-term future of the Mega Sale in the new building in 2022 and beyond. As we considered the needed space, donations, and people to make it all happen, we also revisited the mission of the Mega Sale. The services that Mission Outpost provides every day overlap with many of the critical areas of the Mega Sale (not all departments) and all items are provided free of charge for local families in need. In addition, the space available in the new building has less overall square footage and is shared with many ministry areas throughout the week. Two of our parking lots have also been sold with the CLC. After prayerful conversation and consideration of all the factors listed above, we have come to the very difficult decision that the amazing 29-year history of the Mega Sale must come to a close. As we reflect back, we’d like to thank all the volunteers and donors who helped make the Mega Sale so special. The sale impacted our volunteers, everyone who donated items or came to shop, and the Prince of Peace congregation in so many ways. Great friendships were formed, many hours were given to serve others, countless items were donated and recycled each year, and many different ministries and organizations benefited from the proceeds. The Mega Sale had a significant impact on the local community, but one of the coolest things is that it also impacted many ministries beyond Burnsville, beyond Minnesota and beyond the United States. The Mega Sale will always be remembered as a great community-wide event. It will be dearly missed, but everything has a season… to quote a well-known passage in Ecclesiastes. So, THANK YOU to everyone who has volunteered, shopped and donated items these past 29 years. We are grateful for your support. Stay well, stay safe. The Mega Sale Leadership Team Liz Ridpath Recent PostsHalfwayMega Sale UpdateHumility [part two]2021 Annual Congregational Meeting Results Comments Kay Erickson January 25, 2021 We are sad that the MegaSale is a thing of the past. Yet, it will most likely open up other opportunities to serve. I know I was worried about the wear and tear on our new building. I also know the leadership team didn’t make the decision lightly.