Tabernash’s Church of the Eternal Hills celebrates being debt-free by burning mortgage |

Tabernash’s Church of the Eternal Hills celebrates being debt-free by burning mortgage

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At a recent gathering of the congregation of Church of the Eternal Hills, members and friends excitedly burned the mortgage on their building and property.

Many caring, dedicated and generous Christians worked tirelessly to build their beautiful building near Tabernash in 2001-2002. Much planning and volunteer work went into the building, with an estimated 23,000 hours of volunteer labor used during the building process. Numerous in-kind donations were given to the project too.

Don Smith began the building campaign even before the first shovel of dirt was lifted. David and Tracy Maddox spearheaded the “dump the debt” drive a few years ago. The building was dedicated to the Glory of God in November 2002. A generous donor made a matching pledge last year, which really set the wheels in motion to burn the mortgage. Pastors at the churches, the Rev. Gretchen and Dr. Paul Bretz, were instrumental in merging the two churches in Fraser and Granby into the new facility.

The church marked its 100th year in 2005 at the churches in Fraser and Granby with a yearlong celebration of what happened at the church and in the community during those years. At the “burn the mortgage party” many stories were told about the memories from the church in Fraser and Granby before the congregation moved into its new building.

In addition to the building and property, Church of the Eternal Hills has a debt-free Memorial Garden on its grounds, built with mostly volunteer labor under the direction of Bud Crawford. Also, the Eternal Hills Christian Preschool, directed by Amy Miller, continues to expand capacity for the little ones of Grand County. Eternal Hills Counseling Center, directed by Kathy Hulley, also has an office at the church.

Church of the Eternal Hills welcomed the Rev. Dr. Garrett Hoffmann as its new pastor in September 2007. With his direction and property debt-free, the church has many exciting new programs. Worship services are at 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. each Sunday, with adult and children’s education programs between the services. You can contact the Church of the Eternal Hills at 970-887-0333. It is located on Meadows Blvd. just off Highway 40 North of Tabernash.

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