First Lutheran Church turns 125; celebrates paying off large loan for repairs

PARKERSBURG W.Va, (WTAP)- The First Lutheran Church in Parkersburg has spent the last year celebrating 125 years of service to the Mid-Ohio Valley.

Sunday afternoon, the group held a picnic on the front lawn of the church as their final birthday celebration. As part of the event, church officials held a ceremonial “burning of the debt”, where loan documents that the organization took on to complete a large electrical project were burned.

Organizers say that improving the facility has helped them continue to serve the community.

“Our building was built in 1927 and the electric was not faulty, but it was getting old so we thought we needed to have new state pf the art electricity for the 100 more years. It cost us about a quarter million dollars. It’s been a real joy to see people give and be generous to make sure that we have a facility that is up to code and ready to go for another hundred years,” explains Rev. Ian Reid, the senior pastor at First Lutheran Church.

The electrical project began in 2014 and was paid off in May of this year.

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