Abundant Lights Festival Brings Sights and Sounds of the Holiday Season

Published: Monday, December 14, 2015

Passavant Community ushered in the holiday season with the return of the Abundant Lights Christmas Festival on December 5.

Campus residents and their families, staff and friends from the surrounding community of Zelienople felt the spirit of the season as they admired the outdoor decorations, enjoyed a variety of musical entertainment, explored the model train display and more.

Children were delighted with plenty of activities including face painting, a magic show, and even a visit with Santa.

"Passavant Community has so much to be thankful for," said Laura Roy, executive director of Passavant Community. "We are richer because all of you are, in some way, part of this community."

Throughout campus, candles glowed in handcrafted luminaries to honor or remember loved ones. The names of those being honored were written on tags and placed on the Abundant Lights Christmas tree in the Abundant Life Center. The names were also read at a special tribute ceremony in Scholl Conference Center.

"Tonight's theme is 'let there be light,' and the pure light of God has come to us," said Pr. Reinhold "Dutch" Weber, Passavant resident, during his invocation. "I have seen actions of wonder here at Passavant. We are called to love our neighbors, and there is a lot of that going on here."

Between the luminary sales and a gift basket raffle, more than $14,000 was raised for Passavant's benevolent care fund, which supports residetns who have outlived their financial resources.

"Words cannot express how grateful I am for the support of benevolent care," Roy said.

Special thanks to everyone who donated their time and talents, or made donations to this joyous event. To see a complete photo library, please visit our Facebook page www.facebook.com/LutheranSeniorLifePA.



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