Church building shuffle includes local Lutheran congregation
Oak Hill Lutheran, Bloomington, got a new worship center out of the deal.
Oak Hill Lutheran Brethren Church, 8101 Xerxes Avenue South, Bloomington, Minnesota, has purchased the worship center at 8901 France Ave. S., pictured at right. The second Bloomington site became available when its previous occupant, the congregation of Calvary Christian Reformed Church moved to a facility in Edina.
The Edina structure was previously occupied by Grace Church of Edina. Grace Church has constructed and recently moved into a large worship center in Eden Prairie.
The “new” building in Bloomington will give Oak Hill Lutheran a 100% increase in seating capacity and will more than double fellowship and classroom space.
Following a period of refurbishing that includes installation of a new sound system and carpeting, the first public service is planned for sometime this fall.
Included in the purchase is a home on the corner of 90th and France that will be utilized as housing for young adult men who will operate and maintain the house while assisting in various ministries and programs of the congregation.
Oak Hill Lutheran has been part of the Bloomington community since 1963. The Rev. Kevin Foss serves the congregation, which is affiliated with the Fergus Falls, Minnesota-based Church of the Lutheran Brethren.
A staff person at Oak Hill told Metro Lutheran that, once the congregation relocates, the name will change. “Oak Hill” refers to the elevated rise with its stand of oak trees, where the current building is located.