St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church leader to retire

January 22, 2013

ContributedThe Rev. Ann Lukens, leader at St. Michaels and All Angels Episcopal Church, leads parishioners in worship.

The Rev. Ann Lukens, leader at St. Michaels and All Angels Episcopal Church, leads parishioners in worship. Contributed

The leader at St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church, the Rev. Ann Lukens, plans to retire from the post Jan. 27 after a dozen years.

Lukens spearheaded and oversaw significant expansions at the downtown Issaquah church, including a modernization and expansion of facilities, encouraging more music in worship and deepening St. Michael’s ties to the community.

Throughout Lukens’ tenure, St. Michael’s adapted to accommodate a burgeoning congregation. The church remodeled and added space for Sunday school classrooms a decade ago and, in June 2011, consecrated a 4,985-square-foot addition to almost double the church’s footprint.

St. Michael’s, founded in 1953, used the 2011 expansion to refresh the church façade and add a music center to make room for popular music programs and children’s ministries.

From the pulpit, Lukens led meaningful Holy Week services — Ash Wednesday, Maundy Thursday and Good Friday — offered parishioners a chance to worship in festive attire on All Hallows and, before Lent, Fat Sunday.

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Learn how to harness the Web for job searches tomorrow

June 18, 2009

NEW — 10:37 a.m. June 18, 2009

“Working the World Wide Web” is the Career Connection Issaquah topic at noon tomorrow at St. Michael’s Episcopal Church.

The program starts with a complimentary light lunch and networking, followed by interactive coaching about Internet job searching at 12:30 p.m.

In today’s volatile job market, the old practice of blindly applying to Internet postings is simply not enough. Now, the Web offers job seekers the opportunity to showcase value they can provide to prospective employers, and initiate personal relationships with hiring managers.

The church is located at the corner of Second Avenue and Southeast Darst St. The series continues July 3 with “Low Cost/No Cost Recreation” available to adults and children living on reduced incomes.

Find job resources at Career Connection lunch

June 4, 2009

NEW — 6 p.m. June 4, 2009

Career Connection Issaquah, a free program for Issaquah job seekers, kicks off its first event tomorrow at noon at St. Michael’s Episcopal Church on Second Avenue, across from the Issaquah Community Center.

Following a light lunch, local career transition consultant Teresa Dahl will speak about “Foundations for Job Searching.”

The series continues every other Friday throughout summer with talks by area professionals regarding working the Web, recognizing your strengths, tuning up your résumé, networking, interviewing and even low cost/no cost recreation available in the area.

The series is being cosponsored by the church and The Issaquah Press; it is free and open to the public, with no reservations required.