by Rev. Coletta Eichenberger
Community Christian Church of Jefferson City, Missouri, and Table of Grace, a congregation in formation in Jefferson City, have entered into a covenant that invites Table of Grace to “nest” in the Community Christian building on Ellis Boulevard. Both churches are congregations of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the United States and Canada.
Under the new arrangement, Community Christian will continue to engage in all of its current ministries and activities, including Sunday worship, fellowship and Sunday School, and Table of Grace will continue to hold its weekly worship service and church dinner on Saturdays. Rev. Coletta Eichenberger, interim minister of Community Christian, said, “Our church extends an extravagant welcome to our sisters and brothers from Table of Grace to share our sacred space and abundant facilities in the continuation of their important ministries.”
Table of Grace will continue to operate a ministry called “The Pantry” from the Community Christian facility. The goal of The Pantry is to provide food to alleviate hunger in the short-term while providing strategic culinary training and resources to families regardless of income, religion or any other factor. The location of Community Christian on the city bus line will allow The Pantry to better serve Jefferson City residents in need of food assistance.
In responding to Community Christian’s welcome, Rev. Michelle Scott-Huffman, pastor of Table of Grace, said, “At its core, the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) is about unity amidst diversity. We give thanks to God for the opportunity to live out our Disciples identity in shared sacred space with our sisters and brothers at Community Christian Church.”
Community Christian Church was formed in 1964 by members commissioned by First Christian Church of Jefferson City and has been in its current location since 1966.
Table of Grace was established in 2011 as an inclusive community of faith and has been meeting at the former Rickman Center which was formerly owned by the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).