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Concordia at Rebecca Residence Celebrates Its 10th Anniversary with the Dedication of a New Chapel
West Deer Twp., PA - Palm Sunday seemed the perfect time for “opening the doors of faith” to the community at Concordia at Rebecca Residence and the sunshine and warm temperatures created a standing room only crowd.
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 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 the Residence and what this new chapel means to them. Virginia loves the acoustics and feels privileged to be a part of this family at Rebecca Residence. All are thankful for this new house of worship.
Mike Kaufman, administrator at Rebecca Residence presided over the ceremony and introduced staff members who have served through the transition. 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, Lawrenceville, Ruth Miller.
Refreshments were served in the Physical Therapy gym across the hall from the chapel corridor. The cost to date 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 are 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.