Getting started!

Led by Bishop Jerry Mansholt, more than 50 students, alumni, members of Westwood Lutheran Church, Bishop Emeritus Charlie Maahs, and other friends of Lutheran Campus Ministry at KU gathered Saturday November 19th for the ceremonial ground breaking for Westwood House, the future home of LCM in Lawrence.   The Lutheran Campus Ministry community joined in singing,prayer, and breaking ground for the new ministry home.   106 years (and a day) after Carl Wilhelmsen, the first pastor of Westwood Lutheran Church preached his first sermon in Kansas City, his granddaughter, Norma Nielsen, turned over the first shovelful of earth for Westwood House.  Architect Mike Myers joined in the celebration to present an initial set of drawings for the new ministry center.  Construction is scheduled to begin early in 2012, with completion in time to start ministry in the fall.  Located just across 19th Street from Oliver Hall, Westwood House will provide an ideal location for student outreach with the KU community.   The front of the house will be used as a coffeehouse and gathering space, while a new chapel multipurpose space will be built at the rear.   The Lutheran Campus Ministry community is grateful to all who have contributed time, energy, and financial resources to making this new beginning possible.    You all are invited to the dedication of the new home on October 14th, 2012, as we celebrate the 90th anniversary of the founding of the Lutheran Student Association of America in Lawrence, and 50 years of staffed ministry at KU.