Church banks help First United Methodist pay down mortgage debt

Published: Wednesday, April 3, 2013 at 10:16 AM.

Thigpen and her husband, Dr. Lee Thigpen, covered their church bank with a decoupage of family photos. Some showed Cathy's father serving as an usher when the church was in its former location on Wilson Street, and Lee's mother playing the old church's organ.

"We're rooted in this church and, for us, it's been a desire of ours to see it grow," Cathy Thigpen said. "We're doing that. It's exactly what we're commanded to do."

"It worked great and everyone had a lot of fun with it," Dasinger said. "My daughter's 2, so our church was very pink. We got the 'most pink church' award."

Other awards, chosen by impartial judges from outside the congregation, included "most creative," "most church-like," and "Wow!" for the most dazzling, Dasinger said.

"More than anything, it's the sacrificial giving," Cathy Thigpen said. "Instead of having that Starbucks that I love, I can put that money toward my church. That's going to last longer than a cup of coffee."

Contact News Bulletin Staff Writer Brian Hughes at 850-682-6524 or Follow him on Twitter @cnbBrian.

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