Meadow Glade Church Burns Bank Note

May 01, 2009 | Krissy Barber

On Sabbath, March 21, a large group filled the sanctuary at the Meadow Glade Church, in Battle Ground, Wash., to celebrate a momentous occasion. A large glass bowl sat on a pillar in the middle of the platform. A single piece of ivory paper sat in the bowl. A red fire extinguisher was placed next to the pillar. On the other side an easel stood with a large piece of paper.

In the glass bowl was the church’s promissory note; members had paid the church expansion project off—all $2.4 million of it. In fact, they had paid it off much sooner than anyone thought possible. The families of the Meadow Glade Church, many of them young, had worked together to pay off the expansion project.

Special guests came to help celebrate the occasion, including Mike Curaulo, Battle Ground, Wash., mayor; Elder Max Torkelsen, North Pacific Union Conference president; Al Reimche, Oregon Conference president; Jon Corder, conference vice president of finance; and Elder LeRoy Finck, Meadow Glade Church retired pastor. Wanda Vaz, Portland Adventist Medical Center hospice chaplain, gave special music.

The guests and pastors of the church gathered around the glass bowl and Hope, the young daughter of Jim Bollin, pastor, stepped forward to help light the note. As the congregation watched, they sang a hearty rendition of the doxology and then spent a few moments in silent contemplation and rededication to God.