I've heard of a barn raising, but not a barn lowering! Are you going to build another structure with the wood or use it for other projects?
I think barn raising is the way to go, it not only gets a job done but it builds charity (as in the love of God) within families and neighbors! That said, our portion of the wood is going to be used for various buildings and whatever else we need wood for. It's also a good project for little boys with lots of energy.... they get to pound out all the nails! :D