Oh Happy Day! Wis. Church Gets $10K Windfall

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A state treasury mix-up resulted in quite a surprise for one church in Neenah, Wis.

State treasury workers took an inventory of all the savings bonds in their vault and found dozens of bonds that were meant to go to Trinity Lutheran Church more than 13 years ago.

A former church member willed them to the church when she died, but somehow they ended up as unclaimed property.

At the church's annual picnic, State Treasurer Kurt Schuller presented the congregation with a check for $10,000.

"I am so proud and so pleased and thankful to the Lord to be able to present this check to this wonderful church. Way back then she was thinking of her congregation in this way that she could bless us here in the future," Schuller said.

Doug Engelbrecht, the church's pastor, said the church will use the money from the lost savings bonds to install an air conditioning unit.

Trinity Lutheran had been using only ceiling fans and open windows to cool its building through the muggy summer.  

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