Zionsville United Methodist Church will celebrate becoming debt-free by holding a mortgage-burning ceremony at 10:40 a.m. April 29 at the church, 9644 Whitestown Rd.
The church was established in 1828 and has since been in four locations. In 2000, it broke ground on its current home. Lester Bradley donated a portion of his property in memory of his wife for the church.
Since the ground breaking, the church has paid approximately $8 million on its mortgage.
“Large challenges such as deciding to go ahead with building a church and raising money takes a lot of faith, but great challenges are met with great leadership, dedication and sacrifice, and that’s what we’ve seen,” said Jeff Glass, chairman for ZUMC’s administrative council.
With the burden of debt lifted, Glass said the church can focus fully on its ministry.
“We still have to maintain the church. That’s still there, but we can turn our attention to missions and being able to reach out more,” Glass said. “Our church has a theme of being more like Christ. How can we be more like Christ with programming and missions and outreach? And we can now be freer to do so by looking forward to the next challenges.”
The mortgage-burning ceremony will take place between the church’s two services. It will be in front of the church. Retired United Methodist Bishop Mike Coyner will officiate.
“Anybody and everybody is welcome. We want to make a big deal out of it,” Glass said. “It’s a big accomplishment.”
For more, visit zumc.org.