Church banks help First United Methodist pay down mortgage debt

Church Banks

Paul and Cecily Hinton and their children Jesse, Josh and Melissa, decorated their church bank "representing the whole family," said Cecily, shown with Melissa, 18. Among the artwork were motifs for Florida State University, the University of Central Florida, Auburn University and Crestview High School.

BRIAN HUGHES/ News Bulletin
Published: Wednesday, April 3, 2013 at 10:16 AM.

CRESTVIEW — First United Methodist Church of Crestview members put their money where their faith is.

Throughout Lent, decorated wooden church banks gave churchgoers a colorful place to drop their spare change, contributing the savings toward paying down a mortgage on the church's new family life center.

The Rev. Brandon Dasinger, the church's youth minister and associate pastor, said more than $123,000 was raised during the 40-day campaign. The church still owes around $900,000 on the more than $2 million Crossroads Center.

Members could direct their Lenten gift to benefit the general giving fund or to pay down the center’s debt, Dasinger said.

The Crossroads Center opened in 2012 and features Wesley Hall, a large multi-purpose room that houses the contemporary worship service. The center also provides an expanded youth ministry area with a game room, a main hall and smaller meeting and classrooms.

On Easter Sunday, nearly 40 banks, each decorated by church members, were displayed in the sanctuary.

"They were unreal," member Cathy Thigpen said. "One they turned into a Noah's Ark. Somebody planted theirs and made it look like it had grass and shrubs. People were very creative. Some had shingles on. Someone took pennies and just covered the roof with them."



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