The Athens chapter of the Brotherhood of St. Andrew at St Matthias Episcopal Church is gathering eye- catching items for their Xtreme Auction Extravaganza in June.

Ken Stowe, featured on “Texas Storage Wars,” will return as auctioneer this year. Stowe owns Xtreme Auction Services on East Tyler Street. He often lends his skills for charitable causes.

“He knows what he's doing and is pretty entertaining,” chapter member Douglas Carr said.

The auction lasts from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.. on June 7 at the church on Willowbrook Drive, next to Bel Air Elementary School. Tickets are $10.

Clark said this is the second year for the auction. Chapter members are publicizing it more this year in hopes it will continue to grow.

“Last year, we had about 40 people come out. The people were generous with the bids.”

The Brotherhood members gather up valuables, antiques and other items for the auction. The money raised goes to help charitable efforts.

The local Brotherhood of St. Andrew is relatively new and hoping to grow its membership.

A brief history of the The Brotherhood of St. Andrew on the national Episcopalian website said the organization got its start in 1883 at St. James’ Episcopal Church in downtown Chicago. “Homeless men were sleeping on the city’s downtown streets—  and it was these men the fledgling Brotherhood wanted to save.”

Today, the Brotherhood of St. Andrew is a worldwide ministry with chapters in Africa, Japan, the Philippines, Great Britain, Canada, Haiti and the United States. More than 4,000 members are in the U.S. chapters and more are in Africa, Asia and Europe. They perform an array ministries — from building and operating a medical mission ship to sponsoring homes for women and children in need.

The brothers follow three disciplines — prayer, study and service.

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