Committed to the mission

Ann Rundquist, pastor of the Gathering Table in Kansas City, Mo., stands with community members as they share a meal. Gathering Table is a synod-authorized worshiping community that provides meals, showers, worship opportunities and more to the community. Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, meals and worship have moved outdoors.

Once part of a thriving middle-class community located near an area of heavy industry and commerce, Children’s Memorial Lutheran Church in Kansas City, Mo., began to see a gradual loss of membership in the 1970s. “The downsizing really began with problems in the Kansas City school system,” said lifelong member Deborah Taylor. “So many families […]

Children and family

Bridging the distance