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Parking and events


We are currently in the midst of installing a solar canopy in our parking lot.  Making use of renewable energy for the church.  This is going to limit our parking availability considerably thoughout November and December.  Please watch out website for further updates.  Starting November 7th, parking is restricted and not allowed in the center section of the north lot, leaving only the back row available, many of which are contracted out.  The west lot is also reserved.  Please do not park in reserved sections as your vehicle may be towed if it interferes with our construction project.  Most importantly, make sure that we have your contact phone and email so that if a move needs to be done, we can contact you.  The area in red on the map below is restricted with no parking allowed.


Parking is tough in Dinkytown, but fortunately ULCH has one of the few remaining surface parking lots in the neighborhood! Parking is free for members of the congregation. We will be starting our Solar Installation mid September.  Parking may be limited.  Please contact the church office for availability.  Non-members are welcome to park in our north lot Mon.-Sat. for a donation of $5 per day (parking on Gopher game days is $15).  Please email ulch@ulch with your confirmation #, license plate, name and phone number when paying online.  The west parking lot is reserved. It is VERY IMPORTANT that you provide contact and car information. We are currently involved in a solar construction project that may require cars be moved on short notice.   A select number of overnight parking spaces are available monthly. Email to be put on our waiting list for a monthly space. You can pay for parking inside at our main office, through our giving page or Click here to pay via paypal

Parking is restricted on Sundays. All spaces are reserved for worship service attendee’s, church members and staff on Sundays from 7am to 3pm. (Do not park in front of the apartment buildings on the northwest corner.)

Weddings and events

University Lutheran Church of Hope rents its facilities for non-member weddings.
The cost for renting the facilities of University Lutheran Church of Hope is $1000.
This price includes:

  • Use of sanctuary (non-air conditioned) for rehearsal, an agreed-upon time for preparation and pictures, and the wedding service.
  • Use of lounge as a “staging area” for snacks, a casual meeting area for wedding party, etc.
  • Custodial services
  • Wedding coordinator who will communicate/meet with you to plan for the use of our facilities, oversee rehearsal and assist as necessary on the day of the wedding
  • Use of dressing areas for Bride & Groom and wedding party (dressing areas are air-conditioned)

It is the responsibility of the couple being married to arrange for clergy. Clergy of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) are preferred. Other denominations will be welcomed with pre-approval.

The price does not include:

  • Musician(s), (though our music director may be available for non-member weddings)
  • Costs for clergy, flowers and other accoutrements.

As a Reconciling in Christ congregation, we welcome marriages of all couples.

In order to request a date, please contact our church administrator, Nathan Obrestad. A reservation will include a $100 non-refundable deposit.