Little Creek Fellowship Burns 20-year Mortgage
The Little Creek Fellowship Church, Clayton, N.C., set fire to their 20-year mortgage for their sanctuary on December 4, 2021. A mortgage burning is a high Sabbath no matter how long it might have taken a church to pay it off, and thanks to the corona virus this celebration had been pushed off more than a year.
Rick Russell, Carolina Conference treasurer, shared a message placed on his heart, entitled “That They May Be One.” It was illustrated by the true story of shoe companies Adidas and Puma originating as one, but division causing a split. The split was damaging not only to the family involved, but also to the town and employees. It resulted in a different company, Nike, taking the market away from them. He used this illustration to help the members see what can happen when division is introduced.
Following the morning message, as the church leaders began this special section of the morning service, Chad Grundy, Carolina undertreasurer, pointed out the date the mortgage was granted and that it was only seven years prior to pay-off date. A 20-year mortgage being paid off in seven years is a testimony to the members and leadership in their dedication to stewarding God’s moneys. Now that their mortgage has been paid, the members have decided to take part of what they would have put toward the mortgage and invest it in missions outside the United States to help spread the Gospel to all the corners of the world.
After the service, the members had prepared a special meal which was served to all attending, and fellowship spread around the church in classrooms, the fellowship hall, and even the outdoor picnic pavilion, encouraging togetherness while still social distancing.
Carolina | February 2022