Dear Mars Hill Downtown Seattle family,
I wanted to send along an encouraging note that was posted publicly a few days ago.
When we were praying close to six years ago about the kind of community we wanted to see develop in center-city Seattle and what it would mean to be a church for the city, it was concluded that it would mean that if somehow we disappeared, that the city/neighborhood would actually miss us. That our absence would be felt, because we had provided love and good works to our city. When we discussed that a few years ago, it was simply a subjective, difficult to decipher goal, that we were not sure we would ever be ever to objectively meet.
It was to the elders’ and staff’s much joy this week to see a note that the Belltown Business Association sent out to the Belltown community regarding our move to a different space outside the neighborhood. Here’s what they said:
Congratulations to Mars Hill Church on this notable move. Mars Hill Church have made many contributions to the Belltown community including their large scale, annual community cleanup campaign. We will miss Mars Hill!
I want to say thank you! Thank you for sharing and showing the love of Jesus to our city! Thank you for realizing that our life is not our own—it’s Jesus’. Thank you for being an example and sowing thousands of seeds that are producing a great harvest. I love being your pastor and I love serving along with you in this great city.
As a side note: Our move out of Belltown does not mean our work in Belltown is over by any means! The foundation that we have laid here will continue, as there are lots of folks that live and work here, and our involvement here will continue on. Brittany and I live in Belltown and I’m continuing to serve on the board of directors for the BBA. Our move simply gives us more opportunities to expand our ministry into other neighborhoods in Seattle.