(Photos below) About 150 residents, families, staff, board members and friends enjoyed remarks from the chairperson of the Rebecca Residence Foundation Board Missy Unkovic, who talked about the creation of a partnership between Concordia and Rebecca Residence. “They liked us, and we liked them,” she noted, and in the last decade, the Rebecca Foundation has been generous in its support of the needs of the facility.
Representing the Concordia Lutheran Ministries parent board, Dave Alsing walked the crowd through the changes when one moves from his/her home to a place like Rebecca Residence, including the “church that you leave and the pew that has your name on it.” He invited all who live there to make this new chapel their home church.
Keith Frndak, President and CEO as well as chairman of the Concordia at Rebecca Residence Board, spoke of the similarities in the history of Concordia and Rebecca Residence, and the hope that “we serve thousands over the next hundreds of years to come.”
Final remarks were provided by three residents – Jack and Gertrude Skelly and 100-year old Virginia Morrison told of their lives and how they came to Rebecca Residence, and what this new chapel means to them.
Mike Kaufman, administrator at Rebecca Residence, presided over the ceremony and introduced staff members who have served since the transition to Concordia ownership 10 years ago. Each was presented with a certificate of appreciation.
The Rite of Dedication was conducted by Concordia Chaplain Paul Rist, who led the singing of the hymn, “Praise to the Lord, the Almighty, the King of Creation,” accompanied by organist at Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church, Lawrenceville, Ruth Miller.
Refreshments were served in the physical therapy gym across the hall from the chapel corridor.
The chapel cost of $746,755.36 is being supported by a capital campaign titled “Opening the Door of Faith.” A total of $380,001 has been raised. You are invited to strengthen the ministry through a donation. A special area on the hallway wall leading to the chapel will recognize all donors who contribute $500 or more to the campaign. Checks are payable to Rebecca Residence, 3746 Cedar Ridge Road, Allison Park, PA 15101.
For more information on Concordia at Rebecca Residence, call 724-444-0600 or use the Contact form on our website.