CHARLOTTE – Scouts and adult leaders from Boy Scout Troop 275 in Indian Land, recently installed a large red-cedar cross as the centerpiece of a new brick plaza in front of Living Saviour Lutheran Church on Carmel Road.
The volunteers were helping Senior Patrol Leader Andrew LaFollette complete his Eagle Scout project.
Andrew and his parents, Joe and Robin LaFollette, are members of Living Saviour.
Although Andrew has been working on the project for six months, the final installation of the brick base, the 8-foot-tall cross and sturdy wooden benches took place April 29.
Living Saviour’s Forward Together Team and Andrew decided in 2016 to create a space in the tall pines and cedar at the front of the church that could be used for worship and meditation. The team approved the idea for installing a large cross lying flat in a paver patio but raised several inches above the rest of the bricks.
Andrew then set about gathering the materials, including the wood for the cross. They learned of a large cedar damaged by a storm on a farm in Indian Land. With the owner’s permission, project coach Jamey Laney led a team that cut the tree and milled two large timbers right in Indian Land. The entire troop pitched in to build the patio and benches.
Living Saviour, located at 6817 Carmel Road, welcomes the community to enjoy the new space.