Church hosts summer campfire series

July 27, 2010

By Kirsten Johnson

On hot summer evenings, nothing quite beats a good campfire with plenty of food, fun and singing.

This summer, Our Savior Lutheran Church is putting on the Midweek Community Campfire Series. The campfires are held every Wednesday night at 6 p.m. through Aug. 18 beside the lake at Lake Sammamish State Park.

The church invites all members of the community to join them. There will be hotdogs, s’mores and worship songs at every service.

Associate Pastor Ryan Fletcher said he hopes that the campfires will attract members of the church and nonchurch members alike.

“These are for anyone and everybody,” Fletcher said. “We are really trying to get the word out and get folks from every walk of life. Having it in a public space makes it less about us and our church, and more about the wider community.”

Lake Sammamish State Park was once the location where American Indian tribes held potlatches. Like the church campfires, those potlatch gatherings were focused on community and bringing people together.

Attendance at each campfire service tends to vary. Fletcher said it’s typically from 25-60 people.

Food volunteer Dianne Tanner said that the Wednesday evening gatherings would be especially great for younger couples and families to socialize and meet other people from the Issaquah area.

“They’re great for people who are looking for a relaxing, uplifting thing to do with their families,” Tanner said. “It’s good, clean fun.”

The campfires are put on entirely with the help of volunteers. Fletcher first began the campfire series several years back, and has continued them each year in the summertime.

“He’s a young pastor and he’s innovative,” Tanner said. “He tries to do different things that will encourage all members of the community to participate in Christian fellowship.”

The church has many events planned for the summer, including a day camp for children from Aug. 2-6. More information about the day camp, the Wednesday night campfires and other church events can be found at and

Kirsten Johnson: 392-6434 or Comment at

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