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No matter how friendly and welcoming a church is, visiting any church for the first time can be a little intimidating. You're probably wondering things like What is the worship service like? Where do I sit? What is expected of me? Are my children welcome?

Coming to ULC

How do I find ULC?
It’s easy to find us! Check our directions and map for help.

Is there a charge for parking?
There is plenty of free parking available. We have a number of guest spaces marked with signs on the left side of the main parking lot.

I have a disability, can I still attend your events?
The building is fully wheelchair-accessible via an elevator, curb ramps, and interior ramps. The ushers or members will be glad to assist you. Large print bulletins are available upon request. If you come during the week, please check in at our office.


How many worship services do you hold and what are the worship times?

During the school year (Sept. through May), we hold two worship services with Communion on Sunday at 8:30 and 10:45 am. Mid-May through mid-September, we hold one worship service at 9:30 a.m. on Sunday morning. 

What can I expect when I come to worship at ULC?

As you enter ULC, you will be welcomed by greeters. Most ULC members wear name badges and are happy to provide assistance if you arrive early and the greeters are not yet available. Ushers will hand you a worship bulletin as you enter the sanctuary.

There is plenty of seating available in the sanctuary. Sit wherever you like, there aren't any reserved seats. There are spaces near the middle of the sanctuary to allow wheelchair users to sit with their family or friends in the pews.

Our worship services are easy to follow by using the bulletin and they last about an hour. Worship at ULC typically begins with a few announcements from the pastor, a gathering hymn, songs of praise and readings from the Bible. Following a brief children’s sermon, the pastor shares a sermon, which is followed by another hymn, prayers, an offering, communion, and a closing hymn. The pastor will give any directions needed during the service.

At Sunday worship, one of several settings in the new Evangelical Lutheran Worship hymnal is generally used. Music may range from traditional to contemporary and might include songs from African American, Spanish language and popular music resources. During Lent and Advent, there are additional worship opportunities typically offered during midweek.

Guests are never singled out or embarrassed. We won't ask you to stand or wear a name tag or anything like that. If you choose, you may fill out a worship card from the pew rack to let us know you came.

We don't expect our guests to put anything in the offering plate, though you are certainly welcome to if you would like. Our members and regular attendees freely give to support our ministries. Many of our members provide their offerings through electronic funds transfer and simply pass the offering plate on Sunday mornings.

Do you offer Communion at every worship service?

We offer Communion at every worship service and all baptized Christians are invited to share in this Holy Sacrament. On Sunday you may be directed to the front of the sanctuary or to the communion rail by the ushers. Both wine and grape juice are available using individual glasses poured from a common cup. Complete communion directions are included in the bulletin. Glutin-free communion wafers are available; just indicate your preference. Notify the usher if you are unable to move to the front of the sanctuary; communion will be brought to you in the pew.

Can I bring my children to worship?

Children of all ages are welcome to attend all worship services and to come to the front of the sanctuary for a children’s sermon. If you prefer, childcare is available during all services and during education hour with a staffed nursery room for infants and toddlers (6 weeks to three years). Nursery staff have passed our child protection policy background check. There is also a cry room available, located in the back left corner of the sanctuary with sanctuary sound provided. Ask the ushers if you need help or directions.

Sunday Education

For children and youth who are pre-school through high school age, we offer Sunday school during the 9:40 am Education hour. There are also educational opportunities for adults. For more information about Sunday Education, please visit Learn and Grow.

Fellowship Opportunities

Are there opportunities to meet outside of worship?

There are social opportunities for all ages and interests. ULC has active ministries for children, middle school youth, high school youth, college students, young families, adults and seniors. Visit the Connect section to see what’s available.

In response to Christ’s call to “love our neighbor” we strive to reach out locally and beyond to serve especially those on the margins of community life. For a more complete description of our service and advocacy opportunities, please visit Community.

If you are a music lover, we have a variety of music programs including youth and adult choirs and a bell choir.

Small groups are ongoing relational gatherings in which 8 to 12 people model and learn how to care for one another, grow through discipleship, reach into the community, and serve in ministry based on their gifts. ULC is a church of small groups because we believe that small groups are one of the best ways for people to build intimate and accountable relationships.

Learning More about ULC...

The obvious ways to learn more are to continue to explore this website and to come visit us. While we're delighted that you're visiting our website, there's no such thing as "cyber-church." Behind everything you see here are real live people. That's what the Church -- and church -- is really all about. So... we hope you'll move from cyberspace to real space and drop in and be our guest sometime at worship or at any of the other activities that may have caught your interest. Our website may be nice, but the real heart and soul of ULC still awaits your personal on-site visit. We believe you'll enjoy what you find here. Come... be our guest. Be as out-going or anonymous as you like. You're always welcome at ULC!

If you would like to meet with a pastor, please contact the office to schedule an appointment.

Another way to learn more about ULC is our new member class. This class is designed to give prospective members the chance to explore what it means to be a Christian, a Lutheran, and a member of ULC. Participating in the class carries no obligation or expectation that you will join ULC. If you are interested, please contact the office to sign up.


University Lutheran Church
1020 South Harrison Road
East Lansing, MI 48823
Office Hours 8:30 am to 4:30 pm M-F

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Sunday Worship
School Year (9.17.17 - 5.13.18)
8:30 and 10:45 am
Education Hour for all ages 
9:40 - 10:30 am

Summer (5.20.18 - 9.9.18)
9:30 am 


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