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Sale of First Congregational to Mars Hill Church final

Post by Steve Maynard / The News Tribune on Dec. 4, 2012 at 3:27 pm with 5 Comments »
December 4, 2012 3:27 pm

The sale of the historic First Congregational Church in Tacoma to Mars Hill Church is final.

Mars Hill’s purchase of the building near Wright Park for $1.9 million closed Nov. 30. Mars Hill is raising $1.5 million to renovate the building as the site of Mars Hill Tacoma, the 15th location for the Seattle-based megachurch. It hopes to start having services in the church at Division Avenue and South J Street in fall 2013.

First Congregational Church continued its weekly worship Sunday in the Knights of Pythias building at 924 Broadway. The church is in talks with three Tacoma congregations to buy one of their churches. In one case, First Congregational would be a co-owner.

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  1. fryingpan says:

    There goes the neighborhood!

  2. Reason_enemy_of_faith says:

    The scientologists say humans came to earth 33 millions years ago. The Mormons say that the Garden of Eden was in Missouri of all places and that Native Americans are ancient Israelites. Jehoval Witnesses will let their kids die and not give them blood transfusions. The 7th Day Adventists say if you don’t worship on the Lord on Saturday, rather than Sunday, you will burn in hell for eternity.

    The hundreds of Christian sects (methodists, lutherns, catholics, presbyterians, baptists, etc., etc., etc., etc., etc.) all say the other is wrong and if you don’t believe in their specific dogma and all its minutiae you will burn in hell for eternity.

    Let alone if one of the thousands of other religions in the world (Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam, Sikhism, Judaeism, Shamans, etc., etc., etc.,) is the REAL religion and they say everyone else is going to burn in hell for eternity. It’s like trying to win the powerball lottery just to save my a ss from burning in hell for eternity. Eternity is a long frickin time and burning is really, really painful (would even make a person want to kill themselves!).

  3. doriandrea says:

    This breaks my heart. First Congregational Church was an incredibly open and loving community. In a previous article, TNT stated the new owners, Mars Hill, has no female church leaders because “that’s what the bible teaches.” This is a scary, dangerous CULT. Thousands of people attend this “church” across several states and those same people (men) are out in the business world. Can you imagine having one of the members as your boss?

    Not to mention the beautiful organ housed in the building. Going to guess it’s not going to be in use for this new Jesus-Mart that offers “earplugs at the door.” Gag me. Another one bites the dust, Tacoma. Would have been better as a parking lot for MultiCare; would have been less insulting.

    Truly hope that the FCC congregation remains a family and finds a good home.


  4. rooster_02 says:

    Time to tax the church the moment they set foot in it. Discrimination and politics from the pulpit.

  5. NoeticChristian says:

    First Congregational Church is still alive and thriving in their new location. The building was just too big and needed too much upkeep to stay there. They now have the opportunity to continue on with their ministry of supporting those in need, embracing the LGBTQ community, helping those who have been abused spiritually, and providing a spiritual community for those who consider themselves spiritual but not religious and are yearning to become involved in something bigger than themselves. The people at First Congregational Church share a pluralistic stance and support the rights of all people to worship in a capacity that supports their needs; however, oppression and subjugation is not supported in any way. It has been the history of that organization to stand behind those who were persecuted and that practice will continue to occur. They will not tell anyone what to believe nor try to convince anyone that there is only one way. There are many paths and they are open to helping seekers find their own truth. I am glad they are still able to worship. We need more churches like this. A philosophy that transcends the old paradigm is what is needed. Many have lost touch families and friends and need a supportive community. The concept of radical hospitality should be supported and will continue at First Congregational Church.

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