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Photo submitted A sign in the foreground bears a message about the renovation of Grace Lutheran Church.

Grace Lutheran Church of Minot, an Evangelical Lutheran Synod of Wisconsin (WELS) church, is undergoing renovations.

Grace Lutheran has been an operational church for several years but did not have its own permanent space. In 2017 the search began to find a home for Grace Lutheran. After several failed attempts to find the right church building, in 2019 Grace Lutheran found a space and in the spring of 2021 new renovations began.

For Pastor Nate Walther and his family, Minot has been an adventure. They began church services at Minot’s Grand Hotel in 2014, where they had services for six years in a conference room. This has occasionally raised new guests’ eyebrows at the thought of a church meeting outside of a hotel, but that’s not at all uncommon.

“It will be a beautiful church and will reflect our values ​​as a congregation,” says Walther. No matter where we gather “We realize that wherever two or three gather in the name of God, he is with them”, says Walther.

Finding the Old North Hill Baptist Church to gather and worship was a blessing as it has sometimes been difficult for a growing Lutheran congregation to hold the conference hall for a growing traditional Lutheran congregation. When North Hill Baptist realized they would be selling to Grace Lutheran, it was a relief to know that continuing to share the gospel would be the future of the building.

Grace Lutheran’s space offers community programs such as “Mornings with Mom” which will resume this fall and welcomes families with young children to discover structured and thematic activities. “The Noodle Ministry” is also a program at Grace, which provides local ministry prisoners with premium ramen noodles.

The building renovation is expected to be completed by the end of the summer and will provide and invite more benefits to the community in the future. Grace Lutheran has numerous weekly Bible studies throughout the year, a holiday Bible study in August, and plans for a grand reopening or church dedication this fall.

“We love people and want to serve and help meet the needs of the community”, says Walther.

Grace Lutheran Church does family ministry, provides a faithful setting in the neighborhood, and is invested in the community, seeking to serve during joyful and difficult times.

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Barry F. Howard