Community Bible Study marks 10th year, moves to Faith United Methodist Church

August 14, 2012

Community Bible Study celebrates its 10th year on the Sammamish Plateau this year.

“We have been blessed to serve over 500 women in the Sammamish area since inception of this class in January 2003, and look forward to serving many new women and their children in the coming years,” Sue Wood, CBS teaching director, said. “It is so rewarding to see so many women of different denominations studying together. We focus on our similarities rather than our differences.”

The class will be moving this year to a new location — Faith United Methodist Church at 3924 Issaquah-Pine Lake Road — on a new day, Wednesdays, starting Sept. 12. The class is from 9:45-11:45 a.m.

The Sammamish Plateau Community Bible Study also provides a caring children’s program for children from birth to kindergarten, but space will be limited. Learn more at sammamishplateau.cbsclass.org or email Julie Guse at juliegusecbs@gmail.com.

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May 1, 2012

Local students earn Eagle Scout rank

Ian Engelbeck, a senior at Skyline High School, and Douglas Dietzel, a 2011 Skyline graduate and student at Washington State University, have earned the highest honor in Boy Scouting, the rank of Eagle Scout.

Engelbeck has been involved in Scouting since 2000 and joined Troop 636 in 2005. He has been a camp counselor at Camp Parsons on Hood Canal for the past two summers and will work there again this summer. His Eagle Service Project involved planning, supervising and organizing volunteers to build an observation deck at the Evans Creek Preserve in Sammamish.

Dietzel has been involved in Scouting since 1999 and joined Troop 636 in 2004. His Eagle Service Project involved planning, supervising and organizing volunteers to build a shelter at the preschool playground at Faith United Methodist Church.

Both Scouts were honored at a ceremony at Faith United Methodist Church on March 11.

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Issaquah Philharmonic conductor retires baton

August 30, 2011

As Duane Bowen conducted the band at Louisiana State University in the school’s fight song, the cymbal player sneezed and put a gash in his forehead requiring several stitches. Unforgettable moments like that have made maestro Bowen’s career as colorful as it is rich with passion for the art of music.

Duane Bowen holds a commemorative baton given to him by the Issaquah Philharmonic for his service to the group. By Quinn Eddy

At the Issaquah Philharmonic’s final concert of the season June 15 at Faith United Methodist Church, conductor Bowen, 81, announced his retirement from the group. Bowen had been conductor for 12 years.

“I’ve been at it awhile. My hearing isn’t as acute as I would like it to be — the curses of getting old,” Bowen said.

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Still living the adventure after 70 years

July 5, 2011

Issaquah couple celebrates anniversary milestone

At age 94, Ralph Upton has moved 29 times and has been married to his wife for 70 years.

Mary Upton (left) and her husband Ralph share the story of the early decades of their 70 years together. By Greg Farrar

“I think that my dad is unbelievable, an eternal optimist,” his daughter, Beth Upton said. “He has grit.”

Her mother balances the equation.

“Dad was the extrovert and adventurer, but Mom kept the home fires burning,” Beth said. “She kept things calm and paid attention to the details to make things work.”

Both were born before World War I ended, and their faith and adaptability have propelled them through the years.

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Teenagers think inside of the box

November 23, 2010

Cold campout raises awareness of homelessness

Even after spending more than an hour building her cardboard box house and sleeping with nothing but cardboard and a sleeping bag between her and the raw outside, Kristin Dietzel was ready to tackle the day’s challenges as a temporary homeless minor.

But, as the day wore on, Dietzel, an eighth-grade student at Beaver Lake Middle School, found herself growing tired. She had fasted for 24 hours, gone digging through Dumpsters for meals, walked door to door for a food drive and panhandled outside a grocery store in Issaquah, all on the cold, gray day of Nov. 13.

She and 23 other students learned about homelessness in a 24-hour activity called Box Out, held by the Faith United Methodist Church youth group. Director of Youth Ministries Robert Seybold started the program seven years ago, but this is the first year he has organized it in Issaquah.

For Seybold, homelessness is a personal issue. As a teenager growing up in Yakima, he was homeless on and off for three years.

“I just remember what it was like to have to cover myself up with cardboard boxes whenever it would be raining or snowing,” he said. “I would grab plastic bags from the grocery store to prevent them from getting wet.”

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