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9/24/2013 4:55:00 PM
Cottonwood church burns mortgage
Presbyterian Church Mortgage Burning
Presbyterian Church Mortgage Burning
Verde Valley Presbyterian Charter members (l-r) Fran Whetten and Maryann Eggert display the cake
Verde Valley Presbyterian Charter members (l-r) Fran Whetten and Maryann Eggert display the cake

Jon Hutchinson
Staff Reporter

COTTONWOOD -- There was plenty of reason for celebration Sunday. Verde Valley Presbyterian Church Pastor Naomi Barcanic and members of the church congregation fired up the grill to celebrate the end of an obligation, by burning the mortgage on the church building.

Pastor Naomi explains that the congregation had already sold a small parcel of land this past summer, but suddenly a windfall came along with the donation of a sizeable check from an anonymous donor. The combination of the two events totaled just under $50,000, enough to retire the note and put some away.

The event called for a small barbecue of the paperwork, a brief service topped off with a celebratory cake.

The Verde Valley Presbyterian Church (USA) was originally founded in the early 1980s and the completed church building on Hombre Drive was dedicated in 1995.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Wednesday, September 25, 2013
Article comment by: Don't burn the real thing

Probably better to burn some symbolic scrap paper rather than your actual paid off mortgage.

Your mortgage is a legal document that proves you actually paid off your debt and so now own your property free and clear. Also shows creditworthiness and credit history.

Posted: Tuesday, September 24, 2013
Article comment by: Mary Eichman

Congratulations!! There is a very nice group of friendly people in this congregation.

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