The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


'We're here to stay'

A church faces the future by going back to 'the neighborhood'

Between spoonfuls of soup, William explains to a professional in a button-down shirt how difficult it is to live on $539 a month when rent is $400. Across the table, Edith says she feels lucky to rent a room with a kitchenette for $70 a week. The two are regulars at a Wednesday community supper at Grace Lutheran Church, Lancaster, Pa., where feeding the hungry is only one objective. For Grace, mission in the new century begins by reconnecting with a neighborhood that has deteriorated in the last 30 years as the 126-year-old church stayed middle-class.

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