A year ago Renton [Wash.] Lutheran Church was demolished to make room for the future. The "future" will soon open in the center of this Seattle suburb, where for more than six decades the congregation served a changing neighborhood. In its place is a four-story center with 58 apartments for veterans and their families and Luther's Table — a coffeehouse by day, pub by night.
The idea for the center and Luther's Table was birthed midway through this decade, as Renton Lutheran faced the reality of its eventual closing. The idea for redevelopment that included affordable housing and community outreach has breathed new life and spirit into the area and people.
|Gretchen Weller Mertes, a pastor of St. Matthew Lutheran Church, Renton, Wash., is one of many who are helping Luther's Table, which opens this fall, live out its motto: "Good Food and Generous People."|
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