PHOTO GALLERY: Home Harvest Celebration commemorates end of church's mortgage

Saturday, October 1, 2011 | 9:56 p.m. CDT; updated 10:21 p.m. CDT, Saturday, October 1, 2011
Sherry Helm helps her granddaughter Hannah Helm, 4, paint a pumpkin Saturday at the Home Harvest Celebration at Community United Methodist Church. The event included live music, hotdogs, s'mores, hayrides and games.

COLUMBIA — The mortgage on Community United Methodist Church, 3301 W. Broadway, is finally paid off, and the congregation celebrated with a Home Harvest Celebration on Saturday at the church.

The event began with blues music, and a bonfire was lit for attendees to roast hot dogs and marshmallows. There were be games and hayrides for all ages.

"The elimination of the monthly mortgage will allow us to support more ministry efforts financially, such as making the building more welcoming,” Worship Leader Julie Gibson said.


Corbin Buechter, 2, paints a pumpkin Saturday at the Home Harvest Celebration at Community United Methodist Church. The event was also a celebration of the church now having full ownership of its property.
Members of Community United Methodist Church roast marshmallows and hotdogs Saturday at the Home Harvest Celebration. The Community United Methodist Church has been at its location off West Broadway for 14 years.

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