Time lapse video of new sanctuary construction.
University Lutheran Church is gearing up for a full month of activities in preparation for students’ arrival to Purdue’s campus. Renovations are nearing completion at the church’s new location on Northwestern Avenue. On August 6, University Lutheran began meeting for worship services at the Lutheran fraternity, Beta Sigma Psi, 525 N. University St. The church will continue to collaborate with Beta Sigma Psi throughout August, moving outside for worship and a cookout on August 20. On August 27, they will meet under the tent again, holding a student picnic after service with inflatables, a dunk tank, and music.
During the University’s Gold Rush Week, ULu will promote their new ministry space, building anticipation and attracting interest for their grand opening on Northwestern Avenue later this fall.
University Lutheran has been making steady progress on the move since the April 28 sale of the Chauncey Hill property and purchase of the former Exponent building at 460 Northwestern Avenue; a centrally-located building in the heart of Purdue’s campus. With summer renovation projects in full swing, University Lutheran is moving rapidly ahead with plans for the grand opening this fall, in time for the 500-year anniversary of the Reformation.
The new three-story location with basement provides better visibility, easier access, and more student-centered gathering spaces. Located across the street from the Purdue Engineering Mall, the location includes a new sanctuary for the congregation on the third floor, as well as space for a future coffee house and study center on the ground floor. The projected date for opening their new sanctuary is tentatively September 24.
The transition to a new building may have seemed unimaginable a few years ago, but God knew what the future held for University Lutheran. By relocating to a modern space in the heart of campus, God is doing immeasurably more than anyone could have imagined for student outreach—an idea that is highlighted in the congregation’s theme verse, Ephesians 3:20–21:
“Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.”
We appreciate your continued prayers as University Lutheran completes their sanctuary renovation and begins this next exciting chapter of ministry.