Category Archives: Campaign

$20K Challenge Met and More!

A very big thank you to all of you who contributed to our Build-it-Back fund throughout December. Not only did we receive enough contributions to receive the full $20,000 in matching funds, but more than double the amount needed for the match! As a result, over $60,000 were added to the Build-it-Back fund last month: money that will be used to improve the new chapel and to lower the amount ULC will have to take out in mortgage (once the building loan is converted.) We thank God for the generosity of our donors, and for granting us to have a chapel again at the U of M campus.

$20,000 Advent & Christmas Gift Matching

Christmas gifts on the wooden backgroundChristmas is often called a time for giving. As Christians we know that Advent and Christmas are actually more about receiving than giving: receiving the prophecies of the coming Messiah, receiving the gifts that the Messiah has won for us and bestows upon us through His Church, receiving the message of His coming again, receiving the proclamation of His birth anew as we celebrate His incarnation, life and work among men for salvation. We receive so very much from the hands of our Savior! And during these seasons we rejoice in what He gives us.

But it is also proper give in response to the gifts we receive. This year I present you with a wonderful opportunity to help us fund the newly dedicated University Lutheran Chapel. A generous donor has offered to match every gift received into the Build-it-Back Fund by the end of December dollar for dollar up to $20,000!

And we still need your help. The chapel has been built, and is now in use; but it is in need of some finishing touches. There’s a sacristy lacking cabinetry, a vestry in need of a wall (yes, a wall!) and storage cabinets, a choir loft in need of risers, and the list goes on! This year we also hope to be able to begin work on a communion rail and a new pulpit to improve both the seeing and hearing of the sermon. And there’s the expense of servicing the mortgage, which, though small in terms of most mortgages for the new construction of churches, is large in terms of a campus congregation’s resources.

Now is a great time to give and to show your ongoing support or the new University Lutheran Chapel and our ministry to students at the University of Minnesota. To donate, you can send a check to us at 316 10th Ave SE, Minneapolis MN, or donate online through our web portal. And may our Lord grant you and most blessed season of receiving His gifts.


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.

December Matching Challenge Met!

Thank you to everyone who has been supporting the Build-it-Back project for the new chapel at the U of M. I am pleased to report that in December ULC received nearly $100,000 toward the project ($97,576). Around $60K of this was monies received in fulfillment of previous pledges. The rest was comprised of new gifts, several from first-time supporters of the project.

We had set an ambitious goal of raising $500K in pledges and gifts in 2016. We fell a little short of that goal, but are so very thankful for the generous support of all of our friends, alumni, members and other donors. Our fundraising total for 2016 was $346,670. Of that amount, $200,665 was received outright, the rest being pledges that will be fulfilled over the next 2-3 years. These amounts do not include the $500,000 district grant which was also presented to us in December.

You can keep up with the chapel project and funding by visiting the Construction Update page. And again, thank you for your prayers for and contributions toward the new chapel!

Progress Reports Available

You can now follow our progress more closely online. In addition to our blog posts here, there will be a monthly update on Build-it-Back fundraising and on the construction of the new chapel at the regular ULC website, There is also a direct link to the progress report page at right on this blog, just under the Martin Luther Donation button. We hope this will help everyone supporting the new chapel project have a better idea of just where things stand as we get ever closer to making the chapel plans reality!

ULC Receives $500K Grant from MNS District for New Chapel

It has been in the works for a while, but we are excited to announce that last week the Minnesota South District Board of Directors approved a campus ministry grant of $500,000.00 to ULC to help us build the new chapel at the U of M. The motion to approve the grant, which was part of a larger campus ministry plan for the entire District, passed unanimously at the May 3rd meeting. What a difference four years and having new, supportive District leadership can make!

(I know many of you will ask, so I’ll say this up front: this is a no-strings-attached grant to help us build. ULC will still be the sole owner of the property.)

The $500K grant that ULC will receive is a portion of the monies the MNS District has been holding for the sake of campus ministry since the sale of the old ULC chapel and the campus chapel at Mankato State University. With no campus ministry plan passed at the 2012 convention, and a complete change of leadership with the retirement of former DP Lane Seitz and the election of Rev. Dean Nadasdy at the same 2012 convention, the question of what to do with the money loomed large at the 2015 district convention. You may recall that a resolution was passed (with overwhelming support) directing the District leadership to come up with a comprehensive plan for campus ministry for the entire District, but with special emphasis on the ministries at the U of M (ULC), Mankato State, and Concordia St. Paul, and with attention to ULC’s need for a permanent place of worship. A campus ministry committee was formed of campus pastors and other campus workers, and then a smaller working committee, of which I was a part.

renderings on titleblocks.psdA plan was drafted by that smaller working committee and, with the support of President Nadasdy and our MNS mission exec, Rev. William Utech, went before the missions committee, and then up the chain to the Board of Directors, where it was approved! This campus ministry plan will be a help to many campuses in our District, and especially to ULC as we look to break ground on the new chapel later in 2016 (God willing!). For this we give thanks to Christ, who continues to so very graciously care for His flock at ULC and to uphold the mission of bringing the Gospel to the students of the U of M.

If you’ve taken the time to look over our new Build-it-Back Prospectus you will see that this $500K grant is but one part of the funding needed to make the new chapel a reality (its listed as “requested grants” under Sources of Additional Funding). But this grant puts us on the home stretch. We hope you will consider supporting the Build-it-Back project by making a pledge today. ULC Pledge card  You can also contribute online by clicking the “Donate Now” Luther picture on this page.

The new chapel is finally within reach! By God’s grace and with your help it will happen.