CARMEL, Ind. – The Carmel United Methodist Church celebrated being debt-free with a mortgage burning on Sunday, Nov. 27.

Pastor Greg McGarvey said, “After 53 years in this wonderful facility, we are debt-free! I cannot imagine the joy of hundreds and hundreds of members of this church, who through the years have faithfully shared their financial resources so we could experience this day.”

Bishop Mike Coyner was present for the celebration and preached during the worship service.

The church had building projects in the 1980s and 1990s of about $950,000, which were added to an additional $3.5 million following the building of a 2001 addition.

“To be free of those burdens feels great,” said McGarvey.

Photo by Gary Bollier of Carmel UMC

Dave McDaniel (left), Carmel UMC Council Chair, holds the burning mortgage papers as Finance Chairman Gary Noonan and Senior Pastor Greg McGarvey watch with concern.