ULC last Divine Services in their chapel this Sunday, eviction Monday

The eviction order that the MNS District BOD sought against ULC received the judge’s stamp of approval.

This Sunday, June 24th will mark the final service held in the sanctuary that was built by Christians from both Minnesota North and Minnesota South Districts, a facility which has served students since its construction.  On Monday, June 25th the congregation will have to the leave the facility for good, taking with them the memories of the ministry conducted in that place.    The Lord has seen fit through the convention of the MNS District to provide some money so that ULC may find a new location from which to conduct His Word and Sacrament ministry to the students of the University of Minnesota.

ULC being forced to leave this location is a sad chapter in the LCMS and our Life Together.

May the Lord be with the members and students who He has drawn to this place as they move  into new opportunities this next year.

Continue to keep the congregation, Pr. Kind, and the students of the University of Minnesota in your prayers.

 

 

 

A note from Pastor Kind on Facebook:

Having lost our fight against being evicted by the Minnesota South District, and having been granted monies by the District in convention to relocate, we have decided to honor the wishes of the convention and seek to put an end to our litigation and move out peacefully prior to the eviction date without appealing the eviction.

The final service at our chapel will be held this Sunday (June 24th) at 3 pm. It will include the Rite of the Disposition of a Church Building (desecration or de-sacralization).

We dearly hope you will be able to attend as we both mourn the loss of our chapel and look with expectant hope to the future our Lord is laying out before us.

About Pastor Joshua Scheer

Pastor Joshua Scheer is the Senior Pastor of Our Savior Lutheran Church in Cheyenne, Wyoming. He is also the Editor-in-chief of Brothers of John the Steadfast. He oversees all of the work done by Steadfast Lutherans. He is a regular host of Concord Matters on KFUO. Pastor Scheer and his lovely wife Holly (who writes and manages the Katie Luther Sisters) have four children and enjoy living in Wyoming.

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ULC last Divine Services in their chapel this Sunday, eviction Monday — 58 Comments

  1. I was at the service Sunday. The service was more heartbreaking than one could imagine.

    The hymn “Built on a Rock” took on an entirely new meaning when the words, “even when steeples are falling” were sung. It was a bitter sweet day, knowing these words will soon come true for the building at 1101 University Avenue.

    Pastor Kind shared the history of the Chapel – the number of people baptized, confirmed, married, and the number of funerals. My husband and I were one of the couples married at ULC. Our daughter was baptized there. It was my church home for over 10 years. There was mention of the wonderful leaders of our church who were there over the years as either guest preachers, or for study weekends. Dr. Kenneth Korby was among the list of those mentioned, and one of my personal favorites.

    The service was solemn, one of restrained sorrow and grief, and yet, there was the message of hope. God does not make promises that He will not keep. We were reminded from scripture of those wonderful promises, words to sustain us all during a mournful service.

    It was with great joy that there was an almost endless procession of pastors present to lend support and comfort to the members of ULC today. There were not many dry eyes as we all processed out of the building singing “The Church’s One Foundation” and walked through the ranks of 25 to 30 pastors lining the Chapel steps at the main entrance. With heavy hearts we heard the words of Pastor Kind as he closed the Chapel doors – forever – at 1101 University Avenue. The words from Isaiah 40 that were read earlier, “Comfort, comfort my people says your God” took on a profound meaning as we watched Pastor Kind greet every Pastor. Words can not describe the support and strength their mere presence must have had on such a day as this.

    As we gathered on the lawn for a group photo, Pastor Kind read a letter from Professor Pless. He sent his tender words of greeting and encouragement, as a dear father would send to a dear child, to give support and comfort. It was so right and fitting to hear his words on this day, at this time. They remind me once again why Pastor Pless was my pastor for so many years in that beloved Chapel.

    In the midst of the sadness and sorrow, is the hope eternal. This day will not be in vain. God will use this too, for His glory.

    Please keep ULC in your prayers. Pray they find the strength and courage to face the days of trial and tribulation still ahead. Their battles are far from over.

  2. @Rahn Hasbargen #48
    “University Lutheran Chapel is now closed, the building and land returned to profane use…”

    I realize that anything not “sacred” is described as “profane,” but this is still a loaded statement, true on several levels.

    At times like these, I remind myself what it must have felt like for Joseph, in the hours after his brothers threw him in the hole and literally sold him out. I remind myself how it eventually turned out, and remember what he told his brothers: “As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good…” (Genesis 50:20)

  3. @Pastor Ted Crandall #2
    I felt quoting the statement was fitting. I have been to three deconsecrations of churches in my lifetime (Including the church I was confirmed in), and heard similar statements of returning the building and land to “profane use”, but never have I felt the statement was more fitting that it was at this service.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Profane_use

    I concur with the emotions involved in yesterday’s service. I love to sing the hymns of the Lutheran hymnal, but choked up many times during the service whenever I thought about the waste this whole process has been…

  4. Pastor Ted Crandall :
    @Rahn Hasbargen #48
    “University Lutheran Chapel is now closed, the building and land returned to profane use…”
    I realize that anything not “sacred” is described as “profane,” but this is still a loaded statement, true on several levels.
    At times like these, I remind myself what it must have felt like for Joseph, in the hours after his brothers threw him in the hole and literally sold him out. I remind myself how it eventually turned out, and remember what he told his brothers: “As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good…” (Genesis 50:20)

    Yeah, except Joseph’s brothers at least finally repented of their evil actions. If only they’d have formed a committee or been incorporated…

  5. Yesterday was an extremely heartwrenching day.

    The morning was really no different than any other Sunday morning over the past 12 years that Pr Kind has served us. We had adult Bible study-actually we are in the midst of studying the Large Catechism-followed by Divine Service. Still, I couldn’t help but think that this was the last time I would be receiving Christ’s body and blood in that place.

    The afternoon vespers service of disposition was attended by over 200, including over two dozen vested clergymen. Pr Tom Aadland, former president of the AALC and current professor of the Lutheran seminary in Kenya, preached an excellent sermon.

    During the final hymn and recession from the building there were few, if any, dry eyes. The first person, to the best of my knowledge, to be both baptised as an infant and confirmed as a youth at ULC was given the privilege to carry the baptismal fount out. As I do not wish to embarrass him, I will not name him, but he was having trouble keeping it together. Another one of our members who was both baptised and confirmed at ULC, again I will not name him, was openly weeping as he carried out one of the torches. I, myself, lost it, as I processed out of the building. I fought valiantly to sing, but my voice was so choked with emotion that were it any other occasion than a funeral one would be hard pressed to call it singing. Once out of the building I was standing next to one of the other elders and I could hear the choke in his voice as he too attempted to sing. One of our former organists, who shall remain unnamed, served as our organist yesterday. She was the last one to exit and as she came out she bowed her head and shielded her eyes in an attempt to hide her weeping.

    Yet in all this we received words of hope and comfort, for we know that the church is not the building, but it is anywhere that the marks of the church, i.e. the pure preaching of God’s Word and the right administration of His sacrements, are found. By God’s mercy and grace we at ULC intend to see that this continues faithfully in our midst, to gather around and receive these gifts, and to invite, encourage, and welcome those around us, especially students, to join our fellowship of faith.

    I humbly thank all who have supported us in the past. Your prayers, words, and alms of support have been appreciated more than we can express. But there is still much that lies ahead in our ordeal. So we beg for your continued support, trusting that you will not forsake us, just as we trust that Christ will not forsake that portion of his flock we call ULC.

    Thank you and God bless.

  6. John,
    Stay tuned, we are working on getting a full new post ready with all of the videos for this. Norm, our tech-guru is uploading them as we speak (and as you have seen pt 1 and 2 now)

  7. Has the LCMS been infected with the same toxic and terminal virus that has caused the ELCA to become heretical ? it is no wonder why both LUTHERAN synods are losing members to more conservative and independent Lutheran groups, my wife’s entire extended family all 250 brothers, sisters, parents inlaws cousins have all left the apostate ELCA for confessional independent lutheran synods , and I am seriously thinking about doing the same

  8. @Glen Meints, ULC Pres & Elder #5

    I echo much of what Glen and others have said, and add the following…

    It was a great comfort to me as a member of ULC and as an elected Elder of the congregation to see the outpouring of support and love at our final service. It was horribly painful and emotional (I am the Elder that Glen mentions as standing next to him outside the building) and it still hurts and no doubt will continue to do so for a time. And yet, as I reflect on the day and look at the pictures and images on Facebook, here and elsewhere, I find comfort in the solidarity and fellowship shown by all in attendance, and this in turn points me back to the wonder and beauty of all that our Lord has done for us and for ULC.

    I am also humbled by the support which so many, both near and far, have shown, and continue to show, for this little flock. Our ordeal is not over; there is still much that lies ahead for ULC, and so your continued support for the sake of the students we have been called to serve, is vital and very much needed. God bless you all for all that you have done and continue to do for ULC.

    By the grace of God, ULC will survive and be strong. We still have the Word, and the sacraments will continue to be rightly administered, and we will continue to be taught and to learn and to receive all of Christ’s wonderful gifts. And ULC is truly blessed to have as our pastor the Rev. David Kind; a man of immense fortitude and strength. Words can not express my admiration and affection for him and all that he does for us at ULC. And yet, I know that this strength comes not from himself, but from our gracious Lord, Jesus Christ, who alone knows what is needful for us and who chose to place Rev. Kind in our midst to shepherd and care for us. We are most truly blessed.

    Oliver Young
    Elder – ULC Minneapolis

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