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Lutherans to help build Habitat home

March 31, 2009

Habitat for Humanity will hold a ground-breaking ceremony for a home sponsored by Thrivent Financial for Lutherans and the Lutheran Churches of Washington County on Saturday at 11 a.m.

A luncheon will follow at St. Mark's Lutheran Church.

The site is on Lanvale Street. The lot does not have an official address yet, but is the third lot to the right of last year's Faith House at 1024 Lanvale St.

Habitat for Humanity and the Lutheran churches of Washington County will be building the house with the help of a grant from Thrivent Financial for Lutherans.

The Rev. Ed Heim of St. John's Lutheran Church will be master of ceremonies, and guest speakers will include the Rev. Gerry Johnson, dean of the ELCA Lutheran churches, the Rev. James Murr Jr. on behalf of the Lutheran Missouri Synod and representatives of Habitat for Humanity.

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The house will be the home of Tessa McCarney and her children, Sherissa, 7, and Hunter, 5. McCarney is a native of Hagerstown and is employed by the Home Depot Direct warehouse facility.

The building of the house will be made possible through a grant from Thrivent Financial for Lutherans, a national nonprofit financial services organization, and through the commitment of the local Lutheran community. Thrivent Financial for Lutherans has committed $75,962 to the project, which includes land and a 10 percent tithe back to Habitat for Humanity International to build homes in developing nations. The Lutheran churches of Washington County have committed to raising $11,687 in funds and materials for the project and providing at least 50 percent of the labor to build the house.

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