Kansas City (Kansas and Missouri, USA)
Kansas City is a city (1955 population 585,000; 2000 population 594,000) located at the junction of the Kansas and Missouri rivers, approximately three fourths of which is situated in Missouri and one fourth in Kansas. The Mennonite Church (MC) opened the Mennonite Gospel Mission at 200 South 7th Street (Kansas City, Kansas) in May 1905. Later extension work was carried on in Argentine, a section of southern Kansas City, Kansas. A building at 3105 Strong Avenue was purchased and used for a mission hall. As a result of mission activity in this area the Kansas City Argentine Mennonite Church was built in 1924 at the corner of 37th and Metropolitan Avenue and dedicated in 1925. Previous to this the 7th Street building was sold. In 1946 the Argentine Mennonite Church was organized out of the original Mennonite Gospel Mission congregation. This congregation had a membership of 102 in 1957. An outgrowth of Mennonite mission activity in this area was the Mennonite Children's Home in 1917. It was located at 1620 South 37th Street. In 1946 the Mennonite Gospel Center was established. It was located at 1238 Washington Street and had a membership of 25 in 1957. All of these institutions were established by the Mennonite Church (MC). A Voluntary Service program (MC) known as the Kansas City Hospital Unit was located at 2512 Holmes Street, Kansas City, Missouri. This was also the I-W center for men doing their alternative service in Kansas City. In 1956 the Western District Conference (General Conference Mennonite) purchased a church at 40th and Rainbow Streets, Kansas City, Kansas; it was used by the Mennonite fellowship, which had been meeting in Kansas City.
Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, and Waterloo, Ontario, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 3, pp. 148-149. All rights reserved. For information on ordering the encyclopedia visit the Herald Press website.
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