Gloria Dei gets a new addition
St. Paul congregation expands its facilities.
Members of Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 700 S. Snelling Ave., St. Paul, Minnesota, dedicated a renovated and expanded worship and ministry facility on May 19. The festivities included a formal service of dedication, followed by tours of the building and a reception.
The first use of the renovation was for an Ascension Evening Hymn Festival on May 9. Three days later the cornerstone for the expanded space was set in place.
The $4.75 million project created an additional area of 17,000 square feet which provides a large gathering space, interior open-air courtyard, additional classrooms, re-modeled offices, upgrades to sound, electrical, and me-chanical systems, and additional ramps and elevators for handicap accessibility.
Gloria Dei’s senior pastor, the Rev. M. Susan Peterson, said the expanded space was created “[to] allow us to continue to expand our mission of serving our neighbors and extend our network of ministry in this community and beyond.”
Gloria Dei is an ELCA congregation with 2,400 baptized members. It is the largest Twin Cities congregation to have become a Reconciling in Christ congregation, one that welcomes all people regardless of sexual orientation.