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Downtown congregation to sell building, worship in former ministry site

The billboard outside of Augustana Lutheran Church (ELCA), downtown Minneapolis, announces that the church building is for sale. Metro Lutheran photo: Bob Hulteen

Members of Augustana Lutheran Church (ELCA) recently voted to sell their property at the corner of 7th Street and 11th Avenue in downtown Minneapolis, and move their worship services to the Community Emergency Services (CES) building at 1900 11th Avenue.
“What does [it] mean to be a good steward in a time of grief and transition?,” asks Pastor Michelene Verlautz in the November issue of “Dimensions,” the church’s newsletter. “God is honored whether we pledge ourselves to start a new ministry at CES or conclude that closing with grace and dignity is the best stewardship,” she continued.
CES is a direct service ministry originally founded by the Augustana congregation. The church also houses Cherish Our Children and a preschool.
The Augustana property is listed as “for sale by owner” for $1.25 million.

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