Finding a place.
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 In June, Kelly and I  visited with Deloris Wedul, matriarch  of the Lutheran Campus Center. She  and her daughter, Sylvia,  welcomed  us into her home where we  shared Kelly’s homemade cookies  and coffee from Mugby (the  coffeehouse to which we  rent space). We talked about life in  Winona long ago while Sylvia  prompted  her mom’s  memories —memories of baking  birthday cakes for  students, enjoying  picnics by  the lake, and welcoming students  into their home for years. We left  blessed, not only by the afternoon  visit,  but by  years of faithful ministry to and with young adults in Winona. Young adults  who found a place…like Scott, Steph, Olivia…

Just days before our visit with Deloris one of our current students, Scott, came to the LCC to say, “I realized recently that this is my place. When something happens in my life, good or bad, I want to come here and share it with the people here.” 

A few weeks later an alumna, Steph, came to the LCC on her day off. She drove forty minutes to simply “be” in the space, do wedding planning, and rest in a place that is sanctuary for her.

A month after that a new student, Olivia, told us that the LCC is what she’s been looking for in college, and she didn’t even know that until she started talking with one of our students over the summer.  She jumped in, decorating our chalkboard wall in order to welcome students—new and current—to the LCC. 

Two weeks after that, Kelly and I sat beneath a large tent outside the LCC on “move-in day” for new Winona State University students, equipped with tootsie rolls, tissues, water, mints and helpful hints to start the year.  We spoke with a handful of parents and students, inviting them into a legacy left by our centenarian, Deloris, and into a place where they can be found, known, challenged, and loved. 

Thanks be to God for Deloris, for this ministry, and for you! You are the ones carrying this ministry into the future, and we are eternally grateful for that.

With joy,
Pastor Corrine
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