Fledgling Pillars Temple church returns to ‘Biblical basics’

May 1, 2012

After meeting with some friends, Issaquah’s Dave Patterson decided to do something that probably wouldn’t occur to many people.

He decided to start a Christian church.

The result of the efforts of Patterson and others is the Pillars Temple, a fledgling nondenominational, evangelical church that held its first services in October. The recent Easter holiday was somewhat of a coming out for the church, sort of a formal launch.

“Just to announce we are committed,” Patterson said.

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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.

St. Michael’s parishioners and church officials celebrate the consecration of a large addition to the downtown Issaquah church June 19. Contributed

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.

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South Africa relief is topic at Sammamish church Sunday

March 11, 2011

NEW — 4 p.m. March 11, 2011

Former Issaquah resident Melissa Van Der Wath will give a talk Sunday at Sammamish Presbyterian Church about her experiences in working with the people of South Africa.

The presentation starts at noon. The church is at 22522 N.E. Inglewood Hill Road.

Van Der Wath is in the area this month to spread the word about her work with the Hebron Community Project, an organization started by a family friend in an effort to aid positive change in South African society.

The community of Citrusdal, where she now lives in South Africa, has no electricity, no sewer or drainage, and only three toilets and three taps of running water for about 2,000 people.

Since moving to the area, Van Der Wath said she feels blessed by the support of the people she left behind, especially the involvement of Sammamish Presbyterian Church, where the pastor, Becki Barrett, is a close friend.

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Join Issaquah resident for farewell sermon before Brazil mission

January 5, 2011

NEW — 4 p.m. Jan. 5, 2011

Before Issaquah’s Christian Paul McOmber leaves for a two-year mission in South America, he will say goodbye to his friends and the community at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

McOmber plans to spend the next two years in Maceio, a seaside town in eastern Brazil.

“To all the people who have stood by me, or guided me in my path of life, I want them to know that I am leaving on my mission, because I want the people of Brazil to feel the love of my mentors, friends and family through me,” he said in a statement.

McOmber will deliver his farewell sermon from 12:45-2 p.m. Sunday at the church, 922 216th Ave. N.E., Sammamish.

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Church hosts summer campfire series

July 27, 2010

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.

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Good Samaritan church introduces new choir master

July 27, 2010

Good Samaritan Episcopal Church has hired John McEwen as new choir master and director of music.

McEwen’s first Sunday is Aug. 1, and he will play and direct the 10 a.m. service of Holy Communion, Rite II.

John arrives in the Seattle area from Florida, where he spent 10 years as the music director at Unity Church of Tampa. He has degrees in piano performance pedagogy and music education from the University of South Florida, and a Master of Arts in rehabilitation and mental health counseling.

Good Samaritan is at 1757 244th Ave. N.E., Sammamish.

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Shepherd of the Hills welcomes new pastor

July 20, 2010

The Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church has a new pastor after a year and a half of searching. The Rev. Drahus Oslik is a young and enthusiastic man, excited to bring his passion for ministry to Issaquah.

The Rev. Drahus Oslik is taking over as head pastor at Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church. ‘I'm absolutely excited to be here,’ he said. By Paige Collins

His goals for the new ministry are to use the congregation’s energy to its fullest, to use his previous experience to bring new ideas and to encourage members to reach out to the community.

Oslik’s first service at Shepherd of the Hills was June 27 and he said he came away from it amazed by the energy of the congregation.

“I couldn’t have wished for a better first morning,” he said.

The church had been without an official pastor since November 2008. The process of finding the right one included the formation of a call committee, determination of the congregation’s priorities and multiple interviews with possible candidates, said Don Benson, a call committee member.

The church’s priorities as determined by the committee were preaching and teaching, the formation of youth ministries and community outreach, Benson said. Read more

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Community Church of Issaquah seeks to serve new congregation

July 13, 2010

Woun Kim, a part-time minister with the Japanese Baptist Church in Seattle, is helping the Community Church of Issaquah with its outreach program. Contributed

Nestled near the base of Squak Mountain, the parishioners at Community Church of Issaquah grew with a burgeoning community and has seen drastic changes come to a once sleepy, rural town.

They, in turn, have changed with it, bringing daring ministries, like Tent City 4, to Issaquah.

Now, they enter into uncharted territory again. This time, they are trying to find a new congregation to take up their mantel, said interim Rev. Dick Birdsall.

“There are a lot of things that have changed,” he said. “But nothing would make the church’s members happier than to see something new emerge from this building.”

The group has been together for decades — many even helped construct the building in the 1970s. However, the parish’s members are getting older and the number of members is getting smaller. The congregation is now about 50 members, compared to about 300 in the ’70s, Birdsall said.

In addition, Birdsall, who came out of retirement to lead the small congregation last year, is going to leave the church at the end of August.

To cope with the changes, he and his members reached out to other Baptist churches in their organization, the Evergreen Association of American Baptist Churches, for ideas and help.

They found support from leadership at Japanese Baptist Church in Seattle and its part-time minister, Woun Kim. Read more

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Local Chabad to debut new Torah scroll

September 8, 2009

Just in time for the Jewish High Holidays of Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur, a new Torah scroll will be completed at the Chabad of the Central Cascades, a Jewish outreach, educational and social service organization in Issaquah. Read more

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Church hosts community campfires

August 4, 2009

From 6-8 p.m. every Wednesday until Aug. 19, Our Savior Lutheran Church is hosting an Issaquah community campfire. Read more

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