Past and present members of Covenant Lutheran Church will come together on Sunday, July 28, to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the church’s dedication and the end of a long term mortgage.

The theme is “together we celebrate.”

Senior Pastor Ralph Baumback will perform a special worship ceremony at 9:30 a.m. at Covenant Lutheran Church, 1525 N. Van Buren St. Following the ceremony there will be an outdoor burning of the church’s mortgage documents to celebrate the retirement of the existing mortgage debt. Participants will each get a piece of the mortgage documents to throw in the fire.

There will be light refreshments provided and photos and memorabilia of the church’s construction and dedication in 1979.

The dedication service was held July 22, 1979, more than six years after two Lutheran churches, Our Saviors Lutheran Church and Central Lutheran Church, merged on June 1, 1973.

“The original dedication of the beautiful new church was a wonderful celebration, but it was only the beginning of the life of Covenant,” JoAnn Gilbert wrote in a news release. “In the years following, it has become the spiritual home for many families and friends in and around the Stoughton community.”

The church has grown since the dedication, according to a news release. Together with the congregation, leaders of Covenant have added a larger education wing, remodeled rooms and offices and installed a Columbarium.

There was a successful “I Love My Church,” campaign that allowed the church to pay off the mortgage several months ahead of schedule.

Covenant Lutheran will celebrate its 50th anniversary as a church in 2023.

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