Church hosts community campfires

August 4, 2009

By Hunter Deiglmeier

From 6-8 p.m. every Wednesday until Aug. 19, Our Savior Lutheran Church is hosting an Issaquah community campfire.The event is fun for everyone, organizers said.

“They have singing, roasting hot dogs and s’mores, the kids are playing. It’s a very relaxed and social event,” church member Barbara Royce Extract said.

The Rev. Ryan Fletcher, one of the coordinators of the campfires, said the event “is wide open to anybody.” The community campfire allows Issaquah people to socialize together and meet others.

“I just think people like to get to know people in the community,” Extract said.

The campfires are on Sunset Beach at Lake Sammamish State Park, where community members can enjoy the warm summer evenings and watch the picturesque sunset over Lake Sammamish.

“For families with kids, it’s a great way to spend an evening,” Extract said. “Kids can play with kids, adults can talk with adults. It’s a get-to-know-you community event.

“It’s a very simple event with a simple focus.”

The campfires truly represent Issaquah in the summertime, in which the weather is sunny and warm, Lake Sammamish is filled with boaters and swimmers, and people are socializing around a campfire, enjoying each other’s company, and ultimately building up a strong community, Fletcher said.

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One Response to “Church hosts community campfires”

  1. John Panico on August 5th, 2009 6:30 am


    Great idea to bring the community into your church community in a non threatening environment.

    Kudo’s to Our Savior Lutheran Church!

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