BlogCategory: Spotlight Stories

More To The Story – The Hinkles

Olive + Oak and The Clover and The Bee are two of the most popular restaurants in Webster Groves. While the restaurants are successful, the story behind the restaurants may be the most amazing part.  Co-owners and congregants Mark and Jen Hinkle share how a tragedy became the start of... Read More

Posted on: May 28, 2019

More To The Story – Ryan McClure

Part of serving at risk youth in our region — is removing barriers to their success. One man’s vision has grown to an international organization. Congregant Ryan McClure recognized that he was uniquely equipped to make a difference — proof that there’s always more to the story…

Posted on: May 21, 2019

Lifting Up Literacy This Easter

For the past 5 years, The Gathering’s Literacy Project has been investing in St. Louis schools. The program has grown from a few mentors in one school, to 125 volunteers serving in our three partner schools; Peabody Elementary, Washington Elementary, and Laclede Junior Academy. Every week mentors meet with kindergarten... Read More

Posted on: May 6, 2019

Greater Impact – My Own Library

As you may know, Greater Things is, in part, about greater impact — and our ability to change lives. It’s because of your generosity that we’ve been able to invest in My Own Library, perhaps even more important than that we’ve invested in these kids. All of this is possible... Read More

Posted on: March 25, 2019

Greater Reach – Making Space For New People

Two years ago we began a generosity initiative called Greater Things. One of our goals was to increase our reach and make space for new people in our church. There are hundreds of stories of people who came, people who stayed, people who invited others and people who became deeper... Read More

Posted on: March 25, 2019

Greater Depth – Gathering Students

We always want to be celebrating how God is moving in us and in this community. One of the ways we see this playing out is amongst young people here at the church who are seeking a deeper relationship with Jesus. Three years ago there wasn’t much student ministry happening... Read More

Posted on: March 18, 2019

Emerge Stories

“I feel like the community of The Gathering has helped me heal so much.” On February 23-26 thousands of United Methodists from around the world will gather in St. Louis for a Special Session of The General Conference to decide how the church will be in ministry with LGBTQ individuals... Read More

Posted on: February 22, 2019

A Church Where Everyone’s Welcome

In late February, the United Methodist Church is holding a Special General Conference right here in St. Louis to address how we are in ministry with LGBTQ persons. It is a global gathering of Methodists from all over the world and will have important implications for each local church. The... Read More

Posted on: January 17, 2019

You’re Invited To The Gathering Metro East Preview Service!

Hello Everyone, I know I’ve had the chance to meet many of you, but for the folks I haven’t met yet, my name Is Todd Roach, and I’m site pastor at The Gathering’s Metro East Site! As you read this though, you may be saying to yourself – The Gathering has a Metro... Read More

Posted on: January 8, 2019

Andrew & Allie’s Story

For Allie and Andrew, a trip to Mozambique led to a life-changing gift and a new approach to Christmas.  As a church, we are preparing to give away our Christmas Eve offering for safe water in Mozambique in a few weeks, and we invite you to be a part of... Read More

Posted on: December 3, 2018

Amy & Steve’s Story

For so many of us, Christmas is a time of more. More food, more parties, more gifts, more everything. Especially for families, this season comes with added pressure to make every moment special. One family in our congregation has found a new way to make Christmas special by keeping less... Read More

Posted on: November 27, 2018

Kate and Landan’s Story

Money is a means to be able to participate in God’s kingdom in the world, but getting a handle on your finances isn’t always easy. This weekend we shared Kate and Landan’s story of how Financial Peace University helped them live into the idea of Less Is More. We have... Read More

Posted on: November 5, 2018

Mark’s Story

“When I started with Gathering Students I felt really unsure. Excited, but also intimidated in a way because I have no experience with high school kids.” Mark’s story started like many stories, with a small yes. Over time he moved from feeling unsure about leading a Student CoreGroup to seeing... Read More

Posted on: October 22, 2018

Become a Literacy Project Mentor!

The start of another school year means the start of another Literacy Project year! This year we are expanding to a third school and increasing the number of students we will mentor. If you want to be a part of work that really is making a difference in the lives... Read More

Posted on: August 7, 2018

Garrett & Jenny’s Story

“Not just monetarily, but giving time and energy has gone to increase my relationship with God, and with the people around me that are on the same journey.” Garrett and Jenny have been attending The Gathering for about six years and are active members of our Webster Site. They began... Read More

Posted on: July 9, 2018

Lany & Steffani’s Story

“We have a congregation that isn’t sitting in the stands, on the sideline, they’re in the game. People are energized and actively engaged in the betterment of the church.”  This weekend Lany and Steffani Lautenschlager shared some of the things they have learned living a generous life. We are so... Read More

Posted on: June 5, 2018