Martin Luther College (MLC) New Ulm, Minn., has announced plans for a dedication service to open its new Early Childhood Learning Center. The service will begin at 1 p.m. on Sun., Oct. 27 with Rev. Kurt Lueneburg, the director of the Ministry of Christian Giving, leading the worship, which will be held at the Early Childhood Learning Center. WELS President Mark Schroeder will be a guest speaker. An open house will follow the ceremony. The address for the new center is 405 North Highland Ave., a few blocks from the MLC campus.

The new 15,500 sq. ft. training center will allow MLC to meet the professional education needs of its early childhood majors; enroll infants through 5-year-olds; reach out more to families in its community; and offer continuing education opportunities—online and onsite—for those already serving in early childhood ministries.

Currently, WELS has more than 400 early childhood ministries, serving more than 10,500 students. The number of early childhood education majors at MLC has doubled in the last five years, outgrowing the former center’s capacity for offering training experience. Zarling says the new center also will be able to offer continuing education for current early childhood teachers.

The Let the Children Come capital campaign still needs nearly $320,000 to complete its funding goal. “Our hearts were deeply moved when the convention delegates chose to express their partnership with us by designating the offerings from the opening and closing services of the synod convention to our Let the Children Come capital campaign. We sincerely thank all of the delegates for their generosity, and we pray that Jesus will continue to bless our partnership in the gospel,” says Rev. Mark Zarling, MLC president.

Check on the campaign’s progress and see photos of the construction project.