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Lutherans Celebrate By Burning Mortgage Papers


September 7, 2017

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From left to right Sophie Dunbar, Roy Larson, Lorel Durlak, Pastor Mary Shore, Bishop Tim Smith, Gene Shonka, and Ed Hennig watch the Thrivent mortgage papers burn.

The Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd inaugurated its Place of Grace campaign in July 2016. The campaign's goal was to retire both of the church's mortgages: the larger with Thrivent and the smaller against its own endowment fund.

The first goal was met when $350,000 was contributed to the campaign in just over one year. The second, smaller mortgage is expected to be retired by the end of the on-going campaign. At the Sept. 3 worship service, with North Carolina Synod Bishop Tim Smith's participation, the congregation joyously set fire to the Thrivent mortgage papers.

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