Greetings from Wittenberg Village Foundation!
“Honoring our Past, Building our Future – Announcing the Crown of Life Chapel Campaign”
Dear Friends of Wittenberg Village,
We invite you to join Wittenberg Village in the campaign renovate our community’s Crown of Life Chapel. Originally built in 1990 by supporting congregations’ “Laborers for Christ” program, the Crown of Life Chapel has served as the central space in the spiritual life of residents, staff and visitors to Wittenberg Village for over 20 years.
In June 2013, Wittenberg Village launched the “Honoring our Past, Building our Future” campaign to update and renovate this sacred space.
Cared for and guided by Wittenberg Village’s full-time chaplain, Rev. Cory Wielert, each resident has an opportunity to grow and strengthen their faith through regular Bible studies, Sunday worship, prayer groups, and daily devotions.
As Pastor Cory states, “Wittenberg Village is mission-focused. We have great care here because Christ is here. The root of our care is to reach people with the love of Christ. I experience it every day that I interact with staff, residents, family and friends.”
Through the support of donors and friends of Wittenberg Village, including private foundations such as the Mill Neck Foundation, we have been able to begin the Crown of Life Chapel renovation project with the purchase and dedication of a new electric piano and the installation of a state-of-the-art hearing loop sound system.
In February 2015, we were both humbled and overjoyed to receive a $250,000 matching gift challenge towards our Crown of Life Chapel Campaign. This donor couple, who wish to remain anonymous, gave after witnessing firsthand how their parents were cared for in the final years of their lives at Wittenberg Village. They also expressed their deep desire to support a sacred place of worship for the residents of Wittenberg Village and for the wider community.
With over $150,000 raised to match the $250,000 we are $100,000 away from meeting the challenge. We hope that you will consider a gift to help us reach the goal.
Your gifts will help Wittenberg Village continue to enrich the faith life of residents, their families, and staff by creating an uplifting, yet intimate sacred space dedicated to joyful worship and quiet spiritual reflection.
The hallmarks of the Wittenberg Village chapel renovation include…
- walls around the chapel provide much needed privacy for quiet spiritual reflection and uninterrupted worship services
- existing cross will be highlighted through enhanced lighting, making it the central element of the chapel
- natural light will help worshippers experience God’s light in their lives while also looking out into the world
- raised platform will be made wheel chair accessible
- A state-of-the-art audio visual and sound system which will enhance the worship experience, especially for residents who are hearing and visually impaired.
Wittenberg Village is worthy of your support. With your financial contributions, and those of your family, friends and the Crown Point area community, we can create a beautiful, intimate and uplifting sacared place of worship and continue our mission of empowering vibrant grace-filled living across all generations.
To make a contribution to support this campaign, please follow this >> Donate Now << link to a secure online donation page, or call Wittenberg Village’s Foundation Regional Director Paddy Homan at (219) 661-3777.
History of Wittenberg Village
Located on 47 acres of land, Wittenberg Village, formerly known as Lutheran Home of Northwest Indiana, began out of the desire of Rev. Dr. Julius W. Acker and Mr. Herbert F. Borman, both from Trinity Lutheran Church, Hammond, Indiana to build a faith-based home for seniors of greater Northwest Indiana. With a bequest in the amount of $100,000 from the estate of Mr. Charles Blume, of Crown Point, a committee was set up to raise additional funds to build what was to become The Lutheran Home of Northwest Indiana.
Much expansion took place from its dedication in 1977 up to 1998. This was done through the support of the wider community and the many neighboring congregations who saw the value in having a faith-based, non-profit serve its people.
In 2000, Lutheran Home of Northwest Indiana was renamed Wittenberg Village when merged with Lutheran Home of Arlington Heights, Illinois to form what is now Lutheran Life Communities.
Today, Wittenberg Village continues on this faithful journey as a Lutheran Life Community, empowering vibrant graceful living across all generations. Your investment in Wittenberg Village, as a volunteer, cash gift, gift of stock, gift annuity or estate gift, is active participation in this shared mission.