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Parking and events


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.

The row of parking space in front of the apartments in the west side do not belong to the church and should not be used by members and guests. Unauthorized parking there will most likely get towed at owner expense.

Authorized permit contract parking is allowed. Please contact the church office for availability.  A select number of overnight parking spaces ($150.00/month) and daily parking contracts ($100.00/Month Monday-Friday only; 7:00am to 7:00pm).
Email to be put on our waiting list for a semester parking space. We also have daily parking contracts available for $100.00 per month. (Monday-Friday, 7:00am to 7:00pm).

Authorized contract parkers must have a vehicle rear view mirror hang tag from the church office to avoid being towed. Contract parking is not allowed in the center rows or under the canopy. Only the back row and west side lot is available for contract parking. Please contact the church office with any questions or concerns.

Parking is restricted on Sundays and for special events. All spaces are reserved for worship service attendee’s, church members and staff on Sundays from 8:00am to 1:00pm.

Parking Safety

  • Always leave your vehicle with the windows/sunroof closed and doors locked, even if you will only be gone a short time.
  • Put valuables/packages in the trunk before you arrive at your destination.
  • Scan the path you walk to and from your car.
  • Check around and inside the vehicle before entering.
  • If something looks suspicious, please leave the area and call 911 from a safe location.

Here is a link to the 2nd Precinct Advisory Council web site for updates and information:

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.