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Concerning the Service

The opening service of a new congregation is a celebration for the members of the new community, but more importantly, an opportunity for them to show hospitality to those seeking a church home in the broader community.

It is important to choose a day appropriate for the culture surrounding the new mission–for example, the feast of the Epiphany is of particular significance in the Hispanic community and an effective date for a public launch. Days such as Palm Sunday, Easter, and Christmas are not recommended. Experience shows that dates between late August through the Last Sunday after Pentecost work well in most contexts.

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