Wayzata Church to Celebrate Historic Building’s Centennial

The Unitarian Universalist Church of Minnetonka (UUCM) will host a centennial celebration of their historic church building with a special worship service and open house on Sunday, May 15, 2016 at 605 Rice Street, Wayzata, Minnesota. The public is invited to the celebratory service at 10:30 am, which will be led by UUCM minister Reverend Kent Hemmen Saleska.

The service will honor the building’s 100 years as a home to three congregations, all still active in Wayzata. The Community Open House will be held from 1:00­4:00 pm and will feature tours, information and displays about the historic building, highlighting its dramatic interior and commemorative stained glass windows. Refreshments will also be served.

The open house is co­sponsored by UUCM, the Wayzata Historical Society and the Wayzata Heritage Preservation Board. These events are free and open to the public. For more information contact the Unitarian Universalist Church of Minnetonka at office@uucmtka.org, (952­) 473­-5900 or visit www.uucmtka.org

Designed in 1916 by prominent architect Harry Wild Jones (Butler Building, Lakewood Chapel) for Wayzata Community Church, this is the oldest church building in Wayzata, and is the recipient of the Wayzata Heritage Preservation Board’s 2016 Centennial Building Award.

This building replaced Wayzata Community Church’s second building, also designed by Jones, which had burned in February of 1916 and was almost identical in design. The building has housed the Wayzata Community Church (1916­-1949), Wayzata Free Church (1952­-1965) and UUCM (1965-­present). UUCM is preparing to break ground this year for a new church home in the Holdridge area of Wayzata, and this historic building will be offered for sale this spring.

The Unitarian Universalist Church of Minnetonka (UUCM) was founded in 1960 and has been served by The Rev. Kent Hemmen Saleska since 2007. UUCM holds Sunday worship services and religious education classes at 10:30 am year round. UUCM’s mission is to inspire, educate and serve as a welcoming congregation on a quest for meaning and purpose to create a community of conscience in our neighborhood and the world.

UUCM welcomes and affirms the worth of all people regardless of age, race, ethnicity, gender, physical abilities, affectional orientation, marital status, or religious beliefs. For more information about UUCM visit www.uucmtka.org, or contact the church at (952)­ 473­-5900, office@uucmtka.org.

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