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January 13, 2013 at 8:16 PM

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Mars Hill at home with history


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Katie Costello, center, sings during Sunday services at Mars Hill Downtown Seattle in the century-old First United Methodist Church building. The congregation held its first services there Christmas Eve, but kept working to ready the facility for its grand opening.

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Mars Hill Downtown Seattle celebrates its grand opening at the former First United Methodist Church building on Sunday.

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Tim Gaydos, lead pastor for Mars Hill Downtown Seattle, center, talks with Joshua Johnson and his mother Amy Johnson-- descendants of Seattle founders David and Louisa Denny. Mars Hill Downtown Seattle celebrated its grand opening in the historic, downtown building on Sunday.

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During the early service, founding pastor Mark Driscoll speaks in a video sermon at the grand opening of Mars Hill Downtown Seattle, now housed in the former First United Methodist Church. Driscoll spoke in person during the next service.

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Worshippers pray at Mars Hill Downtown Seattle during their grand opening in the the former First United Methodist Church building Sunday, Jan. 13, 2012.

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Worshipers pray at Mars Hill Downtown Seattle during their grand opening in the the former First United Methodist Church building Sunday, Jan. 13, 2012.

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Alec Whitmore, 19, from left, Nicole Rodriguez, 18, Corinne Sampson, 18, and Carly Smith, 19, listen to services at the Mars Hill Downtown Seattle Sunday, Jan. 13, 2012.

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Nicole Rodriguez, 18, takes notes during services at Mars Hill Downtown Seattle Sunday, Jan. 13, 2012. The congregation, housed in one the city's oldest churches, offers three services on Sundays.

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The century-old First United Methodist Church building now houses Mars Hill Downtown Seattle. Before the move, the congregation conducted services at a remodeled Belltown nightclub.

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Members of the Mars Hill Downtown Seattle congregation listen to services Sunday, Jan. 13, 2012.

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Jacqueline Hill, center, worships with members of the Mars Hill Downtown Seattle congregation Sunday, Jan. 13, 2012. The church plans to preserve the historic building as much as possible.

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