Lutheran pastors help paint Habitat for Humanity home

September 26, 2010
  • The Rev. Ed Heim, pastor of St. John's Lutheran Church in Hagerstown, paints a home as part of Lutheran Pastors Day on a Habitat Thrivent Builds house.
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SMITHSBURG - Washington County Lutheran pastors put their faith into action Sept. 15 wielding paint brushes and rollers to help build a Habitat for Humanity house.

Before noon, the pastors had a full coat of primer on the entire house.

The work day was organized by The Rev. Ed Heim of St. John's Lutheran Church and is part of the Thrivent Builds program, which is a partnership between Habitat for Humanity, Thrivent Financial for Lutherans, and the Lutheran Churches of Washington County.

Pastors have played an important role in this project, rallying their congregations to volunteer on the work site and raise more than $11,000 to help build the house.

Lutherans and Thrivent Financial for Lutherans members from across the county have been working on the house since June.

Churches have also provided lunches, water and some materials.

Habitat for Humanity of Washington County is a locally run affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International, a nonprofit, ecumenical Christian housing organization.


It is a ministry that seeks to eliminate substandard housing and to make decent shelter a matter of conscience and action.

Working with families and volunteers of all backgrounds in equal partnership, Habitat builds homes, builds communities, and builds hope.

Partner families put in 500 hours of sweat equity, gain skills for self-sufficiency, and make monthly payments on a no-profit, no-interest mortgage loan.

Thrivent Financial for Lutherans is a not-for-profit financial services membership organization helping nearly 3 million members thrive in life. Thrivent Financial and its subsidiaries offer a broad range of financial products and services including life insurance, annuities, mutual funds, disability income insurance, bank products and more. As a not-for-profit organization, Thrivent Financial brings its members together for social, educational and volunteer activities that support congregations, schools, charitable organizations and individuals in need. For more information, go to

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