May Valley Alliance Church celebrates 50th anniversary
July 26, 2011
By Quinn Eddy
May Valley Alliance Church will celebrate its 50th anniversary Aug. 7 with a 10 a.m. service and barbecue.
“The service will honor community members and former pastors,” the Rev. Dave Lawson said.
The barbecue will feature bouncy toys and a presentation of video taken over the years. The video will include footage of missionaries and their travels around the world. Mission trips have taken church members as far as Chile, Ecuador, North Africa, West Africa and Peru. On each trip, members have established their own churches.
Short-term mission trips have also taken members to Mexico. Once there, members construct houses for those who are less fortunate.
“People don’t realize the impact this church has had, not only locally but globally,” Lawson said.
The celebration is open to everyone. Past members, members and people who have never been to church are encouraged to attend.
May Valley Alliance Church had its first service on the first Sunday of August 1961 in the Coalfield Grange Hall across from Leonard’s Bar and Grill in Renton. There were 17 present for the first Sunday service.
At that time, the Extension Committee of the Christian and Missionary Alliance had purchased the old Grange Hall and the land the church currently rests on, hoping the location off May Creek Road would be the church’s future home. The new church was built in 1963 with much of the work done by volunteer labor.
Lawson is May Valley Alliance’s seventh pastor; he has been with the church for three and a half years.
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“It’s been a great experience,” he said. “It’s about people — not just a temporary change but a permanent change, as only God can provide.”
May Valley Alliance Church is an evangelical Christian church with a simple mission — to tell people about Jesus, help people grow in friendship with Jesus, and meet the needs of the poor and disadvantaged.
“We believe that Jesus Christ was God who had come to earth to pay the price for our sins,” Lawson said. “If we apologize for our sins, God will forgive us and we can be restored to a relationship with him again.”
Ron Christensen has been a member of the church since 1978.
“Many lives have been changed for the better due to this church,” he said. “It’s a group that really cares about each other.”
To join May Valley Alliance Church one must attend regular services and be part of the church community.
“We want to be a place in the community where people can come and feel welcome,” Lawson said.
Services are every Sunday at 10 a.m. God is worshiped through singing and prayer, and relevant life-related messages from the bible are taught.
“You’ll hear stories about what God is doing in people’s lives,” Lawson said.
During the morning service, a children’s and youth ministry is also held.
“It’s a creative Bible teaching to teach the children about God and their place in the world they are living in,” Lawson said.
Membership is growing due to an increased focus on the church’s purpose and mission, he said. As of now, the church has about 115 members and is predominately made up of young families.
Programs offered through the church include a Wednesday after-school tutoring program put on by volunteers from the Issaquah High School Key Club. On average, 20 children attend weekly.
“They bring in their homework and we help them through it,” Lawson said.
The church is currently constructing a soccer field and playground that will be open to the community. The field should be completed this month.
Quinn Eddy: 392-6434 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Comment at www.issaquahpress.com.