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First Congregational Church members will walk to new home Sunday

Post by Steve Maynard / The News Tribune on May 16, 2013 at 11:31 am with No Comments »
May 16, 2013 11:45 am

Members of First Congregational Church of Tacoma will walk from their old church near Wright Park to their new church home Sunday morning, carrying the altar Bible.

First Congregational has purchased Hope Lutheran Church in Tacoma’s South End. The Congregational Church members will hold their first service at Hope Lutheran, 7209 S. Puget Sound Ave., at 11 a.m. Sunday.

First Congregational purchased Hope Lutheran for $650,000, said Phillip Blackledge, trustees chairman for First Congregational. But as part of the deal, Hope Lutheran will continue holding its own worship service on Sundays at the church. It will be able to do so rent-free for 30 years, Blackledge said. Two other congregations also will meet in the building.

The event will mark the end of a transition for First Congregational. Mars Hill Church purchased the historic First Congregational Church for $1.9 million in November. Since then, First Congregational has been meeting in leased space in the Knights of Pythias building at 924 Broadway.

Blackledge said as many as a dozen people from his church will walk from their old home at Division Avenue and South J Street to Hope Lutheran. The walk will begin around 7:30 a.m. About 30 people attend First Congregational.

After renovations are carried out, Mars Hill plans to use the First Congregational 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 this fall.

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