Sammamish church eyes welcoming Tent City 4

October 8, 2013

Public meeting is set for Oct. 11

Tent City 4 might move to Sammamish.

Mary, Queen of Peace Catholic Church will hold a public meeting Oct. 11 to provide information and gather input from the community about possibly hosting the homeless encampment, which provides meals and overnight shelter.

After the meeting, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Oct. 11 at the church social hall at 1121 228th Ave. S.E. in Sammamish, the pastoral council will meet and likely develop a recommendation for the Rev. Kevin Duggan.

Rich Shively, pastoral administrator, said Duggan will have the final decision and will likely make his announcement the weekend of Oct. 12-13.

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Community Church of Issaquah building goes up for sale

July 24, 2012

The brick-and-stone building along Southwest Mountain Park Boulevard on Squak Mountain, longtime home to Community Church of Issaquah, is for sale, as the congregation searches for a smaller space for worship.

Community Church members — including some members in the current congregation — built the church building in the late 1960s, but the Rev. Keith Madsen said the congregation must adapt in order to continue.

“At one time, we had 300 to 400 people, a large youth group and many other things, back in the ’80s,” Madsen said. “Now, it’s gone through a series of hard times.”

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Bellevue College to hold Issaquah open house for parents, toddlers

May 6, 2012

NEW — 4 p.m. May 6, 2012

Bellevue College’s Parent Education Program is hosting a public open house for a class aimed at toddlers and parents.

Attendees can meet faculty, get more information about classes, and learn how to enroll. The class is scheduled for Monday from 11:30 a.m. to noon at the Community Church of Issaquah, 205 Mountain Park Blvd. S.W.

“In all of our classes, we offer active learning experiences for young children and their parents, plus training in techniques parents can use to improve their relationship with their children. It’s fun because parents and children play and learn together, which also makes our classes unique,” said Lisa Allen, program director.

In the Parent Education Program, children and parents attend the same class. Each class focuses on one of several distinct age levels, ranging from infants through age 7, with curriculum designed specifically for each stage of development.

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Issaquah Cooperative Preschool turns 50

April 17, 2012

Issaquah mother Dana Macario admits she was initially concerned when Tent City 4 took up residency in the parking lot of the community church where her children attend preschool.

Instead of chasing transients out of the facility, however, the parents of the Issaquah Cooperative Preschool combined their efforts to provide a dinner for the Tent City 4 occupants in January.

Many parents brought their children with them on that cold, winter evening to help deliver the food. Macario said it turned out to be a great experience.

“Seeing both parents and children working together to help those in need was such a great example for the kids,” she said. “It felt good knowing that our little group, in our own small way, was doing something to help others.”

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Three men of three faiths promote shared respect, understanding

March 6, 2012

Imam Jamal Rahman, Pastor Don Mackenzie and Rabbi Ted Falcon (from left) make up the Seattle-based Interfaith Amigos. Contributed

The three men give a lot of spiritual advice to the members of their various congregations.

Imam Jamal Rahman said he and his partners, Pastor Don Mackenzie and Rabbi Ted Falcon, who make up the Seattle-based Interfaith Amigos, travel the area and the country trying to spread interfaith tolerance and understanding.

They have even taken their message overseas to the Middle East and Japan. They make regular appearances on TV and radio, and are the joint authors of two books.

The three will appear March 17 at the Community Church of Issaquah.

Besides giving advice to their congregations, the three also give advice to each other, Rahman said. According to the Quran, he said, diversity among humanity exists so people might get to better know one another and themselves. Getting to know each other and themselves better is exactly what the three Interfaith Amigos have done, Rahman concluded.

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Churches’ men’s clothing drive runs through Feb. 26

February 7, 2012

Seattle area streets serve as home to a population of roughly 8,900, according to Jim Rockstad, of Issaquah Christian Church.

Of that total, an estimated 80 percent are men, he said. At the same time, however, about 80 percent of the clothing donated for the homeless is for women and children.

“There is a real need for warm men’s clothing,” Rockstad said.

For the third year in a row, Rockstad is helping organize a winter men’s clothing drive benefiting Seattle’s Union Gospel Mission and the Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank.

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Tent City 4 relocates to Kirkland church

January 24, 2012

Tent City 4 residents pulled up stakes and left Issaquah for a Kirkland church Jan. 21.

The encampment departed as scheduled, despite icy conditions and power outages in Issaquah and across the region.

Tent City 4 settled in the Community Church of Issaquah parking lot in late October. The encampment rotates among Eastside religious institutions every 90 days.

Tent City 4 arrived in Issaquah on a rain-specked morning Oct. 21, as residents and volunteers loaded belongings into trucks parked at Temple B’nai Torah in Bellevue and headed east.

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Church hosts rocker-turned-healer

January 3, 2012

In the 1960s, Ginny Luedeman sang as a member of Morning Glory — a rock band sharing a bill alongside Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, The Grateful Dead and The Rolling Stones.

“I got into drugs and was trying to find some ideas that would help me,” she said.

The compass she sought turned out to be the Church of Christ, Scientist — a church founded by Mary Baker Eddy in 1879. Luedeman, now a spiritual healer and public speaker, plans to share insight about weathering tough times at a series of upcoming Issaquah talks.

The opening discussion is scheduled for the church hosting the Tent City 4 homeless encampment. Camp residents plan to attend the event at Community Church of Issaquah.

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University of Washington students organize medical care for Tent City 4

December 27, 2011

The community often donates clothing and food to Tent City 4, and a group of University of Washington public health graduate students is organizing medical care for the homeless encampment’s residents.

Tent City 4 settled in the Community Church of Issaquah parking lot in late October. The encampment — home to up to 100 homeless adults — is due to remain on the site until Jan. 21 before relocating to a Kirkland church.

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International Smile Power, dentists aid Tent City 4 residents

December 20, 2011

Issaquah-based International Smile Power and local dentists teamed up last month to brighten Tent City 4 residents’ smiles.

The nonprofit International Smile Power and Dr. Jeffrey Zent, a local dentist, combined resources to treat more than 30 Tent City 4 residents at Zent’s offices. For the Nov. 19 event, 20 dentists, hygienists, assistants and drivers participated to offer the residents dental care at no cost.

“This is the second time we have hosted Tent City 4 and it has been a very rewarding event,” Zent said. “We were able to provide 20 cleanings, 36 fillings, 39 extractions and multiple dentures.”

In the past, providing dentures to Tent City 4 residents posed a challenge, but for the November event, denturist Perry Balcom offered his services. Balcom donated many dentures, and International Smile Power donated others.

“In the past, we have been able to fix broken teeth and get people out of pain,” Zent said. “But this year, we have been able to give people a smile or even just a way to eat with Perry’s dentures. This will have a major impact on their life.”

International Smile Power delivers dental health care, supplies, education and training to underserved people in the United States and around the globe.

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