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Monday, February 01, 2010

Seattle's First UMC Consecrates New Facility

I was privileged to be at the consecration service for Seattle First United Methodist Church's new church on Denny Way. It has been a long haul for the congregation. Their former church facility was a beautiful historic building on 5th and Columbia, but due to age, damage from earthquakes, and changing needs, it no longer fit the missional requirements of the congregation. After years of effort, a new building program began in another location, allowing the old sanctuary to be partially preserved and used for other purposes. Yesterday the congregation worshiped in their new sanctuary and the bishop consecrated the building. Founded in 1853, First UMC was the first congregation in Seattle. I hope it will be in the heart of our city for many years to come providing valuable ministry for the young and old, the rich and poor, the housed and the homeless, and all who need spiritual healing. Congratulations, First Church! Your journey is just beginning.

At the ceremony yesterday, King Co. Executive Dow Constantine was on hand, as was Dept. Mayor Phil Fujii, two city council members Sally Bagshaw and Tim Burgess, and hundreds of worshipers and clergy from many denominations. We wanted to celebrate the rich history of this congregation, note its struggle to be reborn on Denny Way, and to voice our hope for its missional future.

The Seattle Times carried an article covering the ceremony, the congregation, and its history.

The photo used on this page was taken by Erika Schultz for The Seattle Times: http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/localnews/2010947385_firstmethodist01m.html

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