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Trinity Lutheran Church combined its services on Feb. 7 and hosted a small mortgage burning ceremony to mark a milestone for the Farmington church.

With help from its congregation, the church paid off its mortgage early.

The congregation raised a total of $35,000, including a $6,000 gift left to the church last fall. The money covered the remainder of the mortgage, as well as some other expenses.

The church, located at 1221 E. 20th St., took out the mortgage in 1991 to build a fellowship hall next to the existing church.

When the hall was constructed, the church’s pastor was the Rev. Art Meyer.

Meyer, who is now the chaplain at San Juan Regional Medical Center, attended the mortgage burning ceremony last weekend and sang and played the guitar and violin.

Meyer still serves as the church’s substitute pastor. The church’s current pastor is the Rev. Larry Davis.

On Feb. 7, the congregation watched as Meyer and Davis burned the mortgage over a grill in front of the church.

After the ceremony, there was a service, as well as a potluck in the fellowship hall.

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