Structure Going UP!

We’ve seen quite a bit of activity since the last post here. Those of you following ULC on Facebook have seen a few pics along the way, but here as an update from today. Foundations have been laid, some utility work done and now the structure is rising! I was able to actually walk through the future building today and for the first time actually imagine what it will be like to stand in the finished chapel. Very exciting indeed!

Please pray with us for construction to move forward smoothly. And if you’d like to contribute to the building of the new chapel please click the button in the right column of this page.



First Steps!

Our building permits have been issued and our builder, Vanman Architects and Builders is setting up on site! Soon excavation and foundation work will begin. Stay tuned here or at for (hopefully more regular and frequent) updates and pics from the construction.

Construction Delayed Until Spring

As some of you have already heard, construction of our new chapel has been delayed due to issues in getting our building permits from the City of Minneapolis. Recent decisions by the city’s plan reviewer have resulted in issues that could add well over $100K to the cost of construction. While we are hopeful that these issues will soon be settled, the delay has pushed our potential construction start date deeper into the cold months of winter. Beginning construction now would also add significantly to costs (due both to the costs of working in winter and to the reluctance of contractors to bid on the job.) So we have decided both to reconsider the aspects of the chapel design that are causing difficulty with the city’s plan reviewer and to delay construction until the early Spring.

While we are so very eager to get our new chapel built, we are also eager to be cost conscious and to use the resources the Lord has entrusted to us wisely. We ask for your continued prayers as we work through the issues with the City’s plan reviewer, and that all moves forward smoothly, that the new chapel at the U of M be erected as soon as possible.

Your Shopping Can Help ULC

You can support ULC when you shop on Black Friday and throughout the Christmas shopping season. Go to and Amazon will donate a portion of the money you spend to University Lutheran Chapel. Amazon Smile works just like the regular In fact it is the regular You can even sign on when you already have items in your cart and it will remember you. With the amount of online shopping we now do for Christmas, why not use Amazon Smile and help ULC’s new chapel project? I know I will be.

Reformation Matching Challenge Met!

A very big thank you to everyone who contributed during the month of October. You helped us meet the challenge to raise $50,000 in honor of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. The totals are in! $54,618.45 was given in response to the challenge. The matching funds have also been received IN FULL (!!!) bringing the total donated for the 500th to $104,618.45. We are constantly amazed at the generosity of our fellow Christians and the strong support shown to ULC and our new chapel project. Thanks be to God for each one of you and for your continued support of His work at the U of M!

Almost half way there!

Half full or half empty – whichever way you see it, we are delighted with the response to the $50,000 matching challenge for October. With a little over two weeks to go until Reformation Day to meet the $50K challenge, we are almost half way there. As of October 15, $21,268.97 has been given to meet the goal set out by our matching donor. If you have contributed, thank you so very much! If you haven’t yet, now is the time to make your gift toward building the new chapel count for double!

You can contribute now by clicking the donate now button to the right or by visiting the support page on where you can also view the latest updates to our fundraising efforts and construction progress.

Reformation Matching Challenge

In celebration of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, a generous donor has offered to match all gifts received to the Build-it-Back Fund dollar for dollar though the end of October up to $50,000! This is a great time to give thanks to God for the Gospel so freely proclaimed among us by helping us proclaim that Gospel at the U of M with your contribution to the building of the new University Lutheran Chapel!

You can contribute now by clicking the donate now button to the right or by visiting the support page on where you can also view the latest updates to our fundraising efforts and construction progress.

Support ULC Through Amazon Prime Day Purchases

Amazon’s Prime Day is here! Deals start at 9:00 pm ET tonight, July 10 and run through July 11. Prime Day is one of the biggest shopping days of the year.

When you #StartWithaSmile on #PrimeDay, Amazon donates to University Lutheran Chapel. Shop for great deals at

You can support ULC with your Amazon purchases by going through any day of the year too! Its super easy, even if you already have items in your cart.

ULC Missionary at Nat’l LWML Convention

Our campus missionary, Rebecca Schaff, spoke at the national LWML Conference this June in Albuquerque. She was there as a representative of the LCMS to talk to the group about the synod’s domestic missionaries and to highlight the importance of campus ministry to international and domestic students. You can watch a short video of her speech here.

To support Rebecca’s work at ULC and on the U of M campus, please visit her page at You will also find more information about her work on and at

A Great Day! Groundbreaking for ULC.

Here are some pics and the sermon from the groundbreaking service at ULC on Saturday, June 24th. We were filled with joy both to be breaking ground on the new chapel and to see so many of our friends and alumni at the event.

+ Jesu Juva +

Standing Firm on Solid Ground – Luke 6:47-49

Grace, Mercy and Peace be unto you from God our Father and from our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Amen

It is five years to the day since we held the final service at the old University Lutheran Chapel after which that building was vacated and destroyed. At the time and many times in the past five years the words of Psalm 69 have rung true for me, for us:

“Save me, O God! For the waters have come up to my neck. I sink in deep mire, Where there is no standing; I have come into deep waters, Where the floods overflow me. I am weary with my crying; My throat is dry; My eyes fail while I wait for my God. Those who hate me without a cause Are more than the hairs of my head; They are mighty who would destroy me, Being my enemies wrongfully… Because zeal for Your house has eaten me up, And the reproaches of those who reproach You have fallen on me.”

But the Lord heard our prayers and our weeping and has brought us through the floods. And now we stand today ready to begin construction of a new chapel that His Name may dwell in this place again and be proclaimed from here to the nations.

Many thought (and some even hoped) that when the old building fell down, this congregation would fall with it. But our foundations run deeper than backhoes and bulldozers can reach. This congregation had “dug deep and laid the foundation on the rock,” which rock is Christ. And holding fast to Him, praying to Him, treasuring His grace, and treasuring the fellowship He has given us with one another, we were not swept away when the flood came and beat against us. We felt ourselves shaken, but our Lord did not let us fall.

Miraculously the Lord has provided for us all that we need these past several years. He has expanded our ministry in this place, increased our number, and has provided us land and upon which to erect a new house of worship. But He has also increased our awareness that we are not alone, that we have brothers and sisters throughout the Church who have helped hold our heads above the waters and by their prayers and help have been used by God to bring us to this day. And, I believe, He has helped us recognize even more clearly the true nature of the Church as we have suffered with one another, grown with one another, and loved one another by His grace.

And now what shall we do dear brothers and sisters in Christ? Let us build. Not just this chapel, but one another, on Christ. For though we hope this building, once raised, will stand for generations, we know from hard experience that buildings sometimes fall. But our faith, our fellowship, our community, our mission, need not fall, and will not fall so long as we continue to build on Christ. So let us build: faithful to His Word, firm in our confession, gracious and loving in our demeanor, and zealous in our mission.

And the Lord will keep us, for He is gracious. Though we in no wise deserve His favor, He has favored us and kept us. And He will continue to do so, granting us now a font, a pulpit, an altar, a place; where His Word will be proclaimed and His sacraments given for the life of the world and for our forgiveness and life and salvation. Psalm 69, which I quoted earlier, concludes with these words, and so shall I:

“God will save Zion And build the cities of Judah, That they may dwell there and possess it. Also, the descendants of His servants shall inherit it, And those who love His name shall dwell in it.”


The peace of God which passes all understanding, keep your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus, to life everlasting.

+ Soli Deo Gloria +

Building a New LC-MS Chapel at the U of M