Klahanie resident inspires anthem for cancer survivors

December 7, 2010

Klahanie resident Melody Christensen sent her story of breast cancer survival to contemporary Christian musician Matthew West and has heard the tale transformed into ‘Survivors’ on the album 'The Story of Your Life.' By Greg Farrar

The letter from Klahanie recounted a familiar story: a bombshell cancer diagnosis, strength-sapping treatment, but also, interlaced among the sentences, hope.

Melody Christensen, breast cancer survivor and Klahanie stay-at-home mother of four, offered the candid account as inspiration to contemporary Christian musician Matthew West.

Christensen liked the authenticity West imbued in songs about faith amid personal struggle, but as she prepared to send the message on a spring day, she had no expectations.

“I felt like it was time for me to share — even if it didn’t go anywhere — what I’d been through,” she said.

Christensen received a surprising phone call months later. West had used the letter as a springboard for a song about cancer on a soon-to-be-released album.

The album — the aptly titled “The Story of Your Life” — mines intimate and often-heartrending stories from Christensen and other fans.

“Through the years, I’ve been so inspired by the people who would send me an e-mail or share with me at a concert how a song has found its way into their story and inspired them in one way or another,” West said in a phone interview from Nashville, Tenn. “I just started thinking, ‘What if I turned the microphone around?’”

The concept compelled the performer — and songwriter for country stars Rascal Flatts and Billy Ray Cyrus — to act more like a storyteller.

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Kiwanis Club coat and shoe drive ends Nov. 30

November 23, 2010

Clean and gently used coats and shoes of all sizes are being collected by the Kiwanis Club of Issaquah to support the needs of Issaquah Food and Clothing Bank clients.

The coats and shoes will be collected through Nov. 30 at the following Issaquah businesses: Foot Zone, 755 N.W. Gilman Blvd., The Issaquah Press, 45 Front St. S., KeyBank, Starbucks Coffee, Hilton Garden Inn, 1800 N.W. Gilman Blvd., US Bank, 1295 N.W. Gilman Blvd., Eastside Audiology, 49 Front St. N., and Eastridge Church, 4205 S.E. Issaquah-Fall City Road.

The Snoqualmie Ridge branch of KeyBank, 7917 Center Blvd. S.E., will also accept donated coats and shoes.

Donations after Nov. 30 can be taken directly to the clothing bank, 179 First Ave. S.E.

Church hosts Thanksgiving turkey giveaway Saturday

November 15, 2010

NEW — 6 a.m. Nov. 15, 2010

Eastridge Church plans to add a little gobble-gobble to families’ Thanksgiving tables.

The church plans to provide 2,000 free turkeys and bags of groceries to needy families Saturday at churches near Issaquah, 24205 Issaquah-Fall City Road, and in West Seattle, 4500 39th Ave. S.W.

The giveaway starts at 9 a.m. Saturday at both sites and continues until supplies run out. Parishioners distribute the dinner package on a first-come, first-served basis. Recipients do not need to demonstrate need to receive a Thanksgiving bundle. Call the church at 270-6300 to learn more.

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Former Ugandan child soldiers share story Saturday

October 28, 2010

NEW — 10 a.m. Oct. 28, 2010

The tale of Ugandan child soldiers is coming to Eastridge Church.

“Watoto’s Restore Tour: Child Soldier No More” chronicles child soldiers from northern Uganda — a war-torn place beset by some terrible atrocities. The free stage production starts at 5 p.m. Saturday at the church, 24205 S.E. Issaquah-Fall City Road.

The production offers audiences the opportunity to meet the children, hear stories from Uganda and share in the freedom and hope of the children, and offer financial support. The tour features children abducted and forced to serve in the rebel army.

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Walking for a cure

June 8, 2010

Relay for Life tops $225,000 goal

Above, more than 800 people, on 83 different teams, showed up to walk around the clock and raise money for cancer research at Issaquah’s Relay for Life event June 5 and 6 at Skyline High School. Photos By Chantelle Lusebrink

This year, 813 people ran, walked and wheeled in support of finding a cure for cancer at the annual Issaquah Relay for Life June 5 and 6.

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Baccalaureate set for June 10

June 1, 2010

The Issaquah High School Class of 2010 Baccalaureate will be held at 7 p.m. June 10 at Eastridge Christian Assembly, 24205 S.E. Issaquah Fall City Road.

Graduates do not have to sign up to attend but should plan to arrive no later than 6:30 p.m. To participate, gowns and any stoles or honor cords must be worn. Graduation caps are not allowed.

Big crowd for a big church

March 23, 2010


Eastridge Christian Assembly board members cut the ribbon to open the congregation’s new building as parishioners look on March 20 at the dedication of the facility, located at 24205 S.E. Issaquah-Fall City Road. Photo by Greg Farrar

Eastridge invites community to debut of new campus

March 16, 2010

The new Eastridge Christian Assembly building’s soaring interior is big enough to house 45-foot tall fireplaces. By Greg Farrar

When the congregation of Eastridge Christian Assembly outgrew its current facility, its leaders decided to go big for their next church.

A ribbon cutting for the new building is March 20 and the community will get its first look at the upgrades designed for its growing needs.

“The new building is almost four times bigger than the current size,” said senior pastor Steve Jamison. “The area for children alone is the size of the current building.”

To welcome the congregation, organizers are rolling out the red carpet. In addition to city and state dignitaries invited to the ribbon cutting ceremony, Eastridge Christian Assembly has invited guest speakers Matthew Barnett, best-selling author of “The Church That Never Sleeps,” and Pastor John K. Jenkins Sr., senior pastor of First Baptist Church of Glenarden in Landover, Md. To cap the festivities off is a performance by Grammy nominated artist Matthew West.

Established in 1964, Eastridge Christian Assembly had been on Issaquah-Pine Lake Road since the 1990s. When the sanctuary’s seating capacity of 400 inside a 17,500 square-foot building could not fully service a congregation of 1,300, it was time to move.

Jamison said the process began in the early 2000s, and a large parcel of land was purchased in 2002. Actually a couple blocks apart, the visual sightline of the two facilities makes it appear the two driveways lead right to one another. Read more

Issaquah church will give away 500 turkeys and groceries Saturday

November 20, 2009

NEW — 4:40 p.m. Nov. 20, 2009

Eastridge Christian Assembly will give away 500 free turkeys and bags of groceries from 9 a.m. – noon Saturday at the organization’s Issaquah location, 24105 Issaquah-Fall City Road.

Organizers will distribute 500 dinner packages on a first-come, first-serve basis, with no demonstration of need required to receive the pre-Thanksgiving help.

Contact Eastridge Christian Assembly at 392-3253 or visit visit the Eastridge Christian Assembly’s Web site to learn more.

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