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UMC celebrates milestone

Posted: June 30, 2012 1:30 a.m.
Updated: June 30, 2012 1:30 a.m.

Members of the community join in a mortgage-burning celebration at Santa Clarita United Methodist Church.


It began like so many other building projects in a church: dreaming, blueprints, a capital campaign and a lot of hard work.

Thousands of people have worshiped in the sanctuary at Santa Clarita United Methodist Church since it was built 25 years ago.

People have gotten married, babies have been baptized and countless children has attended vacation Bible school in the sanctuary.

The congregation joyfully came to a milestone June 3, celebrating the burning of the mortgage. Of the 23 original building committee members, 15 were able to attend services and 11 stayed to see the burning ceremony.

The Rev. Stan Fix, who was pastor from 1996 to 2008, and the Rev. Sharon Rhodes-Wickett, who was pastor from 1980 to 1990, were also able to attend.

As in life, so it is with a mortgage. Everything changes. The history of the mortgage reflects the history of the congregation and the church’s community.

The original mortgage was refinanced several times. As those different interest rates were read during the ceremony, it brought many smiles and gave cause to remember what was happening in the life of the church in those years.

After the ceremony, the congregation enjoyed an annual picnic with good food, good conversation and fun for the kids.

Our current pastor, the Rev. Melissa Roux-MacKinnon, was the lucky target of many water balloons.

Before the mortgage-burning ceremony, Rhodes-Wickett preached at both worship services. Her sermon called the congregation, no longer mired in the past by a mortgage, to look, plan and move into the future.

Santa Clarita United Methodist Church is doing just that. With the addition of a second worship service and new musical groups, the church is speeding into the future with excitement and anticipation.

Santa Clarita United Methodist Church conducts worship at 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. on Sunday mornings. Sunday school is available during both services and the United Methodist Youth Fellowship meets Sunday evenings at 6.

For more information on the church, check out our website at


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