University Lutheran to dedicate new Education Building

BY CATHY BOWDEN Published: May 4, 2012
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NORMAN -- University Lutheran Church and Student Center (ULCSC) will dedicate its recently completed Education Building with a brief ceremony at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, May 5, at the church, 914 Elm.

The Reverend Michael K. Girlinghouse, Bishop of the Arkansas-Oklahoma Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), and former ULCSC pastor, will officiate.

He will be assisted by Interim Pastor Fred Nelson. A meal in the Fellowship Hall will follow the dedication and tours of the building will be on-going.

The “Building to Serve” campaign began during Girlinghouse’s tenure as pastor.

The new facility offers a variety of rooms configured to specific educational needs. Four Sunday School classrooms are designed for young children.

A flexible meeting area can be divided into three smaller classrooms or used for large meetings. Teen and adult learning takes place near a large multipurpose space which can accommodate Sunday School programs.

Offices for the pastor, secretary, director of Christian education and coordinator of college student programs complete the expansion.

Reflecting on the church campus expansion, Nelson said: “We are living our mission of reaching out to others by providing a space that is adaptive to many uses.

"As a church, we are planning many activities and events in the next 6 months to introduce the public to our new facility. We hope others will want participate and hold meetings here, too.”

The “Building to Serve” expansion campaign, chaired by ULCSC member, Eva McGinnis, combined the efforts of the congregation, KAIROS Christian Resource Development and the ELCA Mission Investment Fund.