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Serving a celebration

Restaurant-style mission formed after congregation closed

Volunteer Chris Newman serves wine during the opening of Luther's Table on April 16.

Gretchen Mertes, mission developer of the Renton, Wash., coffeehouse, restaurant and bar, said the line of customers continued throughout the day.

Volunteer Chris Newman serves wine
Volunteer Chris Newman serves wine during the opening of Luther's Table on April 16.

Luther's Table is a ministry of St. Matthew Lutheran Church, Renton, other churches and community agencies (October 2010, "'A crazy idea' with walls").

It stands on ground vacated by Renton Lutheran Church, which in its closing helped make the center a reality. The redevelopment includes 52 apartments for veterans and their families.

Luther's Table, where the motto is "Good Food and Generous People," is the site of worship, live music, poetry readings, open mic and theology discussions.


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