The Office of Thrift Supervision on Tuesday gave permission to a fraternal benefits organization, Lutheran Brotherhood of Minneapolis, to buy Metro Community Bank and become a unitary thrift holding company.

Affinity Group, a marketing company in Ventura, Calif., withdrew its application for a thrift charter on Jan. 26, said Kara L. Bue, a lawyer at Thacher Proffitt & Wood in Washington, which represents the company. Nonbanks have 48 applications for thrifts pending at the OTS.

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