Community Church finds temporary home

September 10, 2013

By Staff

The Community Church of Issaquah, the city’s longest-established church, has been without a home since February.

After 45 years on Mountain Park Boulevard Southwest, Community Church of Issaquah sold the building to the Living Hope Bible Church.

While exploring locations for a permanent home, the congregation is temporarily worshiping at 1:30 p.m. Sundays at Issaquah Christian Church, 10328 Issaquah-Hobart Road, while maintaining an office at 85 N.W. Alder Place, in downtown Issaquah.

Church leaders have said many were worried they sold their church, which couldn’t be further from the truth.

“We sold our property because we believed strongly that God wanted us to be spending less time and money on a building and more time and money on ministering to people in Christ’s name,” the church’s pastor, Dr. Keith Madsen, said in a news release. He added they are still “caring for people and helping them to know of God’s love.”

In terms of world need, the church recently sent $1,500 to help build a school in Haiti, another $1,500 to help care for victims of domestic abuse in Baja, Mexico, and $1,500 to help train missionaries in Brazil.

Locally, the church is sponsoring the “breakfast bar” program at Issaquah Valley Elementary School, continuing to assist the homeless, and offering rental and utility assistance to seniors through contacts at Eastside Friends of Seniors and Issaquah Community Services.

The Community Church of Issaquah was born as the Issaquah Baptist Church on May 2, 1890. After a slow start, the Baptists combined with a Methodist church, which was also struggling, to become The Community Church of Issaquah.

The church has always been active and was one of the institutions instrumental in starting Issaquah Church and Community Services, now known as Issaquah Community Services. They have also hosted Tent City for the homeless three times.

Learn more about The Community Church of Issaquah by calling 392-6447 or emailing drkmad2006@yahoo.com.

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