Issaquah Christian Church members enjoy new facilities

April 2, 2013

By Hannah Grandine

After more than 30 years in the same building, Issaquah Christian Church members are enjoying their new facility — on the same property — that is now large enough to hold the growing congregation.

The church, founded in 1970, originally held services at Gibson Hall on Newport Way. In 1980, the church moved to its current location at 10328 Issaquah-Hobart Road and remained in the same building until it completed its new building in October 2011.

By Greg Farrar Pastor Brad Bromling poses in the 300-seat Issaquah Christian Church sanctuary, with the tall cross at the window’s interior that was made by member David Gallagher, of Hobart, with an exterior cross created by member Larry McNeely, of Enumclaw.

By Greg Farrar
Pastor Brad Bromling poses in the 300-seat Issaquah Christian Church sanctuary, with the tall cross at the window’s interior that was made by member David Gallagher, of Hobart, with an exterior cross created by member Larry McNeely, of Enumclaw.

“We had looked forward to it for about 10 years, so now we have a sense of accomplishment,” senior pastor Brad Bromling said. “It makes things possible that have not been possible in the past.”

The previous worship center could only hold 100 people. With a congregation of about 200, that meant there needed to be two Sunday services in order to accommodate everyone. In the past, to have the entire congregation together at once, an event would have to take place off-site or in a large tent, Bromling said.

Now, the new worship center is able to hold 300 people. Having a space that can accommodate the whole congregation allows for greater fellowship, worship leader Diana Johnson said.

“Having everyone together at once is just exciting,” she said.

Besides having a larger space, the church is also hoping to expand in other ways. There are plans in the works for a pump house on the property to become a teen center to house youth group events. The church also hopes to acquire a generator in order to use its worship center as an emergency base for families in the event of a power outage.

With the new space, the church has extra room to welcome more people. Johnson said she hopes to eventually draw in enough people to have two full services in the new larger worship center.

The church’s main goal with the new expansion is to strive to be more involved with people in the community, Bromling said.

“We would love to invite anyone who hasn’t seen it yet to come see and check it out,” he said. “We are very blessed.”

Sunday school classes for all ages start at 9:30 a.m.; worship begins at 10:30 a.m. Sundays.

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