Mortgage Fire Ceremony Held at Tehachapi Seventh-day Adventist Church | Way of life
With much preparation for visiting conference officials and the president of the church’s Los Angeles headquarters and former pastors, the SDA Church of Tehachapi celebrated a much-anticipated day to burn their mortgage document. Debt-free for months during the pandemic, the ceremony did not take place until December 4, 2021.
It was a day dedicated to remembering the beginnings of the church. From April 1993 they cleared the way on five rocky acres on Woodford-Tehachapi Road south of Schout Road, which was no easy task and aptly nicknamed by some “the Church on the rock”.
While the Fellowship Hall was being built, the founding members continued to rent the community church in downtown Tehachapi where they worshiped on Saturday Sabbath, raised funds, and planned bees for Sunday work. After enduring delays, winter cold and other problems, Fellowship Hall was completed in three and a half years, but in May 2008 they needed to push ahead with the second phase of their plan – the Main Shrine, which would be more adequate for their growing membership.
With a mortgage agreement with the Southern California Conference of Seventh-day Adventists and donations and pledges from loyal parishioners, the Main Sanctuary was built and completed in about a year in April 2009 and the mortgage agreement ended in June. 2020. This was the cause of much jubilee, especially with the original founding members who have been present here at Tehachapi for 50 years. It was a jubilee indeed for Harold and Sharron Bullard, who came to Tehachapi in 1970!
Tehachapi SDA Church welcomes all who wish to worship with them every Saturday at 11 a.m. at 20335 Woodford-Tehachapi Road south of Schout Road. You will find Pastor Jose Gutierrez and the church members friendly people.
If you need more information, call 661-822-1174, or visit the website at tehachapica.adventistchurch.org or the Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/TehachapiSeventhDayAdventistChurch/ or the YouTube channel , where they have videos of their Sabbath worship services. If you want to learn more about last day events such as Armageddon, Antichrist, 666, the Millennium, One World Order, they have videos on a series: “Decoding Bible Prophecy”, which s is held from July 28 to August 15. , 2021.
Gina Furbeyre is newsletter secretary and newsletter editor for the Tehachapi Seventh-day Adventist Church.