Allen Temple Baptist Church in Oakland recently celebrated a “Mortgage Burning Ceremony” for Allen Temple Arms, a community of homes for seniors with limited incomes. The mortgage, taken out in August 1981, was paid off after 30 years. Left to Right are: Rev. J. Alfred Smith, Jr., Allen Temple’s current pastor. Rev. J. Alfred Smith, Sr., Cornell Maier, Chairman of Kaiser Aluminum, retired; Dr. Ramona Tascoe, Allen Temple; and Leo Sorensen, A.T.&T., retired.