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April 8, 2019
At the Legacy at North Augusta–A National Lutheran Community, one special thing was missing from the campus, a Chapel. Having a Chapel was on the wish list of Executive Director Cherie Powers and this March her wish came true.
The Chapel at The Legacy is a wonderful combination of vision, prayer, gifts of all kinds and sizes as well as celebrating and remembering a number of churches who reached the end of their ministry.
Evan Davis brought the missile from Melanchthon Chapel to The Legacy, which led to a conversation with the Trustees at Melanchthon who made a gift in kind of their beautiful altar and lectern.
A beautiful quilted wall hanging was provided to hang behind the altar from Norma Frederickson, a member at Grace Lutheran in Winchester, Va. The wall hanging was commissioned by Chaplain Bill Boldin, at The Village at Orchard Ridge, The Legacy’s sister community, and Pastor George Sims who was the Director of Philanthropy at the time.
The Legacy’s Chaplain, Carl Trost, contacted Linda Youngblood to make a liturgical banner and through his conversations discovered she was a direct descendent of Sarah Utermehle, National Lutheran’s benefactor, who over 128 years ago donated land to create the National Lutheran Home for the Aged, which is now National Lutheran Communities & Services, The Legacy’s parent organization.
Pastor John Wertz, Director of Evangelical Mission and Assistant to the Bishop as well as a board member at The Legacy, worked with the Council and Trustees at Redeemer Lutheran as their ministry ended. Redeemer made a gift in kind of a baptismal font, a paschal candle and several other items.
Finally, Pastor Rod Ronneberg, another board member to The Legacy, arranged the donation of a processional cross from St. Peter’s in Churchville.
On Tuesday March 12, 2019 The Legacy held a dedication of the Chapel led by Bishop Humphrey presiding, with Chaplain Carl Trost and Pastor Rod Ronneberg preaching.
The Legacy is blessed to have a new worship space to be shared among all God’s people at The Legacy and throughout the community.