Christian Village honors local
pastors at annual appreciation luncheon
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[November 06, 2019]
On Friday, administration and staff at the Christian Village in
Lincoln held its annual pastor appreciation luncheon, honoring the
pastors of many of the local congregations in and around Lincoln.
The annual event is an opportunity for the CV to show love and
respect for the many pastors and congregations that support the
village throughout the year.
The day began with opening comments and pray offered by CV
administrator Steve Territo. In his remarks he said, “We would
literally not be here without you. Thank you for investing in the
care and support of our elderly.”
Each of the pastors was assigned a table and joined by invited
guests as well as resident members of their respective
As guests enjoyed a time of visiting, the staff of Christian
Village prepared and served food to their tables.
In addition to enjoying a fine meal, each pastor was offered a
choice of one of three inspirational books.
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CV Chaplain and Pastor Ryan Edgecombe visited with each table and offered the
book choices to the pastors or their church representatives.
It was a lovely day and a lovely way for the village to acknowledge the pastors
and reflect that the foundation of the senior care facility started many years
ago with a collection of pastors who desired to provide a non-denominational yet
spiritual option for members of their congregation who were aging and needed
assistance in their golden years.
From the Christian Horizons website: “We were founded in 1962 inspired by one
man’s dream of creating a place where his loved ones could age with dignity in a
Christian atmosphere. He and men from nearby churches raised funds to purchase
property in Lincoln, Illinois, where they built and opened the first Christian
Nursing Home, with 48 beds, in 1965.
“Christian leaders from other areas soon expressed interest in Christian Nursing
Homes. This prompted a long period of expansion—adding memory care, short-term
rehabilitation, skilled care and hospice care, as well as senior independent and
assisted living options in many of our communities.”
The Village since its inception in 1962 has continually changed and evolved to
suit the needs of the community it serves. The Village today offers independent
living duplex homes and apartments, skilled nursing facilities as well as
long-term memory care and a short term transitional facility offering therapy
services and other support for those on the journey from hospital to home.
[Nila Smith with photos by Karen Hargis]