St. Michael’s consecrates church addition
July 5, 2011
On June 19, St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church celebrated the consecration of a 4,985-square-foot addition, which virtually doubled the size of the downtown Issaquah church founded in 1953.
While the congregation sang and prayed, Bishop Gregory Rickel proceeded throughout the two floors, blessing new nurseries, Sunday school classrooms, meeting rooms, the music center and the central gathering area.
A highlight of the morning was the inaugural tolling of an antebellum bell newly installed in the tower.
Construction planning began three years ago with a discussion about facilities needed for realizing the parish mission of “bringing faith to life in the heart of Issaquah.” After working through several creative concepts developed by architect-parishioner Joe Donahou, the congregation held a successful capital campaign and broke ground last fall.
Aedifex Inc., of Seattle, managed the nine-month construction phase while teams of parish volunteers handled the landscaping.
St. Michael’s is well known for charitable outreach into Issaquah and beyond.
When the recession hit in 2009, the congregation organized a series of free Career Connection Issaquah lunches offering professional career consultations to job seekers.
The parish regularly collects staple food items for the Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank, and staffs a monthly supper for hungry neighbors at the fire station. Every summer teens organize a Bible camp for farm worker children in the Skagit Valley.
Each December, a Messiah Sing-Along raises funds for Issaquah Community Services, and during the recent program year, a total of $12,400 was raised and distributed for charitable purposes, including drilling a fresh-water well for a Third World village.
St. Michael’s is also well known for its vibrant music program, led by Dr. Jason Anderson, who also directs the Compline Choir at St. Mark’s Cathedral. Anderson is pursuing grant money to found an Issaquah children’s chorus to be housed in the new music center.
If you go
The community is invited to visit St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church any Sunday at 8 or 10 a.m. Find more information about parish programs and people at www.stmichaels-issaquah.org.