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Monday, October 22, 2007

Invaders from Mars

posted by on October 22 at 13:43 PM

As we speculated in September, Mars Hill Church is moving in to Tabella’s old digs.

Mars Hill Church is buying the property that was once home to the controversial Belltown nightclub Tabella Restaurant & Lounge.

The property at 2333 Western Ave., which sold for $3.95 million, will become Mars Hill’s new downtown campus, said Tim Gaydos, the church’s downtown pastor.

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I see a gay "kiss-in" when they have their first church service!!!

Posted by Just Me | October 22, 2007 1:53 PM

Damn it! I live just down the street!

Posted by Chris | October 22, 2007 1:55 PM



Posted by Levislade | October 22, 2007 1:57 PM

Does this mean there will be a crackdown on churches when shootings and beatings happen nearby?

Posted by T | October 22, 2007 2:05 PM

This is great news for my girlfriend and I. Being very spiritual, we want a religious experience, but we don't feel comfortable in a "mainstream" church with it's theology and dogma.

Mars Hill fits our contemporary urban lifestyle well. Plus, it will only be a short drive from our condo on Capitol Hill to the new campus. Hopefully, there is a Starbucks nearby, because we are usually needing coffee on Sunday Mornings, LOL.

Now, if they can only provide doggy daycare for Bandit, our Dalmation, it would be totally cool.

Posted by Condo Guy | October 22, 2007 2:23 PM

Are they exempt from property taxes?

Posted by DOUG. | October 22, 2007 2:25 PM

Fuck, from what I've heard from West Seattle residents, this place will be just as loud...only on Sunday mornings.

Posted by Lake | October 22, 2007 2:26 PM

Belltown's about to get Jesus shoved right up its ass.

Posted by Greg | October 22, 2007 2:29 PM

Hey Condo guy- FYI you're living in sin. Co-habitation is a no-no you naughty Christian, you.

Posted by mongo like slog | October 22, 2007 2:32 PM

pitchforks & torches.

Posted by maxsolomon | October 22, 2007 2:37 PM

Hey Condo Man: You are going to burn in hell!!! LOL!!! Sinner!!! You make God puke!!!

Well, not really, god is not real. But does your girlfriend know I fucked you up the ass this last weekend or is that our little secret? 'Cause I have the pictures you wanted. Let me know!

Posted by Just Me | October 22, 2007 2:43 PM

Jesus Christ!! Is there no place left for my children to be safe from these so-called "christians" and the abominable lifestyle choices that they are forcing on the world. Yes I suppose they are a silly lot. ...though quite likely dangerous over the long term. I'm advocating we consider a "final solution" to this problem.

Posted by god | October 22, 2007 2:47 PM

I command that all of you people partake in smoking weed at work and participating in all forms of sodomy!!

Posted by GOD the Almighty One | October 22, 2007 2:55 PM

They also just opened a church on 95th and 35th in Wedgewood. Listen to the intro bio on the pastor for that location (it is on the Mars Hill Website):

"James Harleman is the Campus Pastor of the Mars Hill Church | Wedgwood Campus. He and his wife Kathryn have been part of Mars Hill Church since 1998.

Pastor James: My story begins as a fetus in Burien. My mom had health complications and almost died in childbirth. She’d been forewarned that having a second child would be risky, and Roe Vs. Wade had been decided in January, 1973. I thank God my parents loved Jesus, had a godly heart for children and felt called to bring me into the world. I was born in downtown Seattle."

Yeah, lucky your parents loved jesus cause if they did not obviously you would have been aborted. Obviously only jesus loving people are capable or willing to carry children to full term. Fuck, I hate this church....

Posted by Just Me | October 22, 2007 3:17 PM

the time at church is better spent watching football or researching stocks.

Posted by Bellevue Ave | October 22, 2007 3:30 PM


Just another example of the old saying, "be careful what you wish for".

Can't wait for the inevitable whining from the neighbors when they start getting their "Sunday Morning Wake-up", though.

Posted by COMTE | October 22, 2007 3:55 PM

I hear these people are all about Jesus...

Posted by huh | October 22, 2007 4:05 PM

Does this mean that they will be handing out literature about their church on the streets of Belltown when Im trying to enjoy an evening cocktail at one of the many fine establishments in the area? Good grief.

Perhaps they should look at the church on 8th and Madison. I hear they are closing due to lack of funding and attendance problems. They should be helping their own flock. What gives?

Posted by aquaticboy | October 22, 2007 4:08 PM

aquaticboy, that's a corney old-fashioned church. The seating is uncomfortable, and it's not suited to the style of Christian Grunge that today's distinctive Urban Residents crave: hip and edgy, but with a message for us with a spiritual bent. Also, there's no room in there for the video screens that are essential to the service.

My Girlfriend and I were both raised in "tradtional" religions, but they didn't speak to us like Mars Hill does. Mars Hill is a church for the new Seattlite. It's message is as sharp and concise as the granite on the countertops in our Capitol Hill Condo, as vital as the double lattes we both order from Starbucks every morning, and as fashionable as anything you would find in Nordstrom, which is our favorite store. It's honest and, yes, occassionally gritty.

Posted by condo guy | October 22, 2007 4:43 PM

Christianity is a religion of perverts, if this church moves into your neighborhood, watch your children. Child molestor Christians will attack them.

On another note, I'm still looking for the hip Temple for Sabbat Worship on Capital Hill. Could the Stranger please do a guide to local Jewish religious services? I know many of The Stranger staff are observant Jews, where do you go to Temple?

Posted by Issur | October 22, 2007 4:44 PM

Issur, My Girlfriend and I love Jewish People! We really like those Noah's Bagels, and we often cook with Kosher Salt when we have other couples over to our condo for dinner parties.

Posted by condo guy | October 22, 2007 4:48 PM

Anybody want to put down money on a troll fight?

Posted by Greg | October 22, 2007 4:59 PM

aquaticboy, the church, First Presbyterian, at 8th and Madison is not of the same flock as Mars Hill.

Posted by Chris | October 22, 2007 5:21 PM

Nice try, "Condo Guy", but your overwrought testimonials are lifted right from the Mars Hill website.

That being said, if you and your girlfriend are down with a superficial, miscogynist veneer of whitebread christianity served on an LCD platter, more power to ya.

Posted by ls | October 22, 2007 5:38 PM

All the idiots frat boys and Bellevue bitches will now have a place for the after party where they can ask forgiveness and all that shit.

Why the hell is the church called Mars Hil anyway? Do they think Mars is heaven?

Posted by noodles | October 22, 2007 6:41 PM

Mars' Hill is another name for the Areopagus in classical Athens. The Apostle Paul spoke on the Mars' Hill, and for this reason it is also a Christian symbol.

All I ever learned about Xtianism I learned from Wikipedia. We need to bring back that possessive apostrophe, btw. Or call it the Hill of Ares.

He was the God of War, in case you were wondering who he is. Paul is the patron saint of homophobes. Άρειος Πάγος or 'Hill of Ares' was the chief homocide court of Athens.

Posted by elenchos | October 22, 2007 7:04 PM

bring it on; i'll drive into the shitty and offer my services as youth pastor...the new crop of young christian girls...ohhh baby!!

Posted by pervy suburban dad | October 22, 2007 7:53 PM

Jesus, Jesus, Jesus
Sweetest name I know,
Fills my ev'ry longing,
Keeps me singing as I go.

Isn't that right, Muffy?

Posted by Bauhaus | October 22, 2007 9:36 PM

T@4: One can only hope.

Posted by WenG | October 22, 2007 10:42 PM

Praying that God will reveal to Seattle that He is who He says He is (in the Bible), that He can do what He says He can do, that we are who He says we are, and that if we believe we can do all things through Christ, and that God's Word (the Bible) is alive and active in our lives.

Posted by Andrea | October 23, 2007 4:03 AM

I want'a get down on my knees and start pleasing Jesus. I want'a feel his salvation all over my face.

Posted by monkey | October 23, 2007 7:21 AM

hey maybe being in the downtown area mars hill could open a soup kitchen to feed the homeless...oh wait, i forgot, mars hill doesn't serve anyone but themselves.

Posted by seth | October 23, 2007 11:23 AM

Seth, so when Mars Hill opens up their soup kitchen downtown how do you think you'll respond?

Posted by Bill | October 23, 2007 2:12 PM

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