SpringHouse Ministry Center opens
A homecoming more than five years in the making, Salem English Lutheran has returned to its newly renovated church building at 610 W. 28th St., now called SpringHouse Ministry Center, a space it will share with two other small, progressive Protestant congregations.
First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and Lyndale United Church of Christ will join Salem in hosting an open house 1 p.m.–4 p.m. Feb. 4. A formal dedication of the building will take place during a special worship service March 25.
Rev. Jen Nagel of Salem said the building now houses three separate sanctuaries that will be shared by the three congregations, each of which attracts about 60–70 people to Sunday services. After a five-year, $4.2-million renovation, the building also houses classrooms, a commercial kitchen and shared common areas.
All three congregations were small churches struggling to survive in buildings that were too large and too costly to maintain. All three see the partnership as a path toward financial stability, as well as an opportunity to strengthen their work in the community, Nagel said.
“The congregations are really compatible,” she said. “We’ve got some similar values and similar angles on our faith traditions.”
The SpringHouse event on Feb. 4 coincides with an open house for Greenleaf Apartments, an affordable housing development adjacent to the church. Salem sold that portion of its property to Brighton Development to finance their share of renovation costs.
First Christian and Lyndale United also recently sold their church buildings and made equal contributions to the project. Lyndale United’s former home at 810 W. 31st St. now houses New Wine Church. The Minneapolis Institute of Arts purchased the First Christian building at 2201 1st Ave. S. in 2008.
Salem and Lyndale United held Sunday services in Intermedia Arts, 2822 Lyndale Ave. S., for several years during the project.
For more information on the congregations or the open house, visit springhousemn.org.
The Linden Hills Library is celebrating its centennial, and the library’s friends group is not letting the milestone go unnoticed.
The group has planned a celebration for Saturday, Jan. 28 at the library, located 2900 W 43rd St. The event will include past librarians, historians, storytelling and music. Activities will run from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
The library was originally located in the ground floor of the Lake Harriet Commercial Club Building a 2720 43rd Street W., and moved to its current location in 1931. It is listed as a historically significant building and was put on the National Register of Historic Places in 2000.
“Many in the area have used this same library since they were kids,” said Carol Shaw, the chair of the Linden Hills Library Friends Group, which formed a year ago.
In 2011, the library saw around 41,600 visitors and circulated 234,000 items. Circulation has increased about 5 percent a year for the last five years, Shaw said.
Lyndale Avenue Bridge closes for construction
The Lyndale Avenue Bridge closed for construction on Jan. 17, two weeks earlier than planned. The bridge will be closed to all traffic during construction, and traffic will be directed to signed detour routes.
“This is an earlier start to construction than we had previously planned, but the mild winter and completion of all necessary approvals means that our crews can get to work,” said Hennepin County Commissioner Gail Dorfman in a statement.
Eastbound and westbound Minnehaha Parkway will remain open during the construction project, as will the majority of the bike and pedestrian paths along Minnehaha Creek. The trail portion under the bridge will remain closed until the construction is complete.
The reconstruction project will include the traffic lanes, improved intersection controls, sidewalks, railings, lighting, and the pedestrian and bicycle access paths that connect Minnehaha Creek and the Parkway.
The East Calhoun Community Organization is holding a Livability Committee meeting Jan. 24, 7 p.m., at Dunn Bros, 34th & Hennepin. There will be a fire, hot cider and cookies. Check out eastisles.org for more information.
There will be an Ice Skating Social on Jan. 22, 1–3 p.m., at the Lake of the Isles Rink, 2500 Lake of the Isles Parkway.
Meeting time change
The East Isles Residence Association has changed the date of their monthly board meeting to Feb. 1, 7–9 p.m., at the Grace-Trinity Community Church, 1430 W. 28th St.