Focus on Fostoria - Sept_17_03

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Fostoria Focus - September 17, 2003

Good Shepherd Home Dedicates New Chapel
By Leonard Skonecki
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Much of religion is about spiritual renewal, so it was appropriate that Good Shepherd Home completed a renewal of its newly remodeled chapel on Sunday.

"This chapel is dedicated to our residents. It's for them that we created this," Good Shepherd Administrator Chris Widman said.

The chapel renovation added much needed space by expanding into the adjacent conference room. The expansion was necessary since many residents and family had to sit in the lobby outside the chapel because their was no room.

The $115,000 project also included renovation of the dining area in the 500 Wing and a new sound system.

The old beams that were part of the ceiling of the old chapel were reused as part of the expanded platform in the front of the chapel.

"We're very excited about what we have to offer Fostoria, and what we have to offer our community," Chris said. "We are a church-based facility, associated with the Church of the Brethren, and this is one of the ways we can minister to the residents who come here."

Good Shepherd has a full time chaplain, Jim Sampson, on the staff.

John Ballinger of the Northern District of the Church of the Brethren delivered the sermon for the service.

"There are times when I can come to celebrate significant events in the life of the district. This is indeed one of those today," he said.

Musical selections were performed by the Hope Lutheran Contemporary Group and Good Shepherd's Don Lee, Kevin Gordan and Liz Morgret.

Liz also wrote a song, "Lord, Let Us Do Your Will," especially for the dedication.

Approximately, 120 people attended the rededication.

Among them were Earl Lehman, who was Good Shepherd Home administrator when the chapel was built, and Oscar Garner, who was chairman of GSH's board of trustees at the time.

Garner came down from Toledo because he wanted to see how the old chapel looked. He said it was "a real fine job."


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