Teens in Issaquah, Sammamish will wear T-shirts Sept. 10 to support suicide prevention

September 9, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. Sept. 9, 2014

Teenagers in Issaquah and Sammamish will wear special T-shirts to school Sept. 10 as part of National Suicide Prevention Day efforts.

Nick Pringle, a youth pastor at Pine Lake Covenant Church, is spearheading local awareness efforts. He said the last two years have been the hardest of his eight-year ministry career, with many area teens committing suicide.

Five teens in Issaquah, Sammamish and Snoqualmie took their own lives during the past school year. And 2013 was considered the most violent year for teen suicides in King County in the past five years, with the number rising from three to 11.

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Tent City 4 stay eases Faith United fears

June 10, 2014

Faith United Methodist Church’s volatile decision to host Tent City 4 changed a lot of minds, church leaders said as the traveling homeless shelter moved to its next site May 31.

After leaving Sammamish’s Mary, Queen of Peace in January, Tent City 4 set up for an emergency 30-day stay in Lake Sammamish State Park with the approval of the state. With options running low, the regional shelter petitioned for Faith United, located near the Klahanie neighborhood, to host the encampment.

“We kind of had to scramble to get things together, which we did,” Pastor John Brewer said. “After we got out in front of it, the experience itself of hosting Tent City 4 has gone very, very well. It went really without incident.”

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Faith United church welcomes Tent City 4

March 4, 2014

Tent City 4 found a new temporary home.

Faith United Methodist Church’s congregation voted to welcome the traveling homeless shelter to its Klahanie-area property Feb. 25. Pastor John Brewer said the question was directly posed to those members of the church that attended a congregation meeting.

“The decision was referred to the congregation as a whole,” he said. “Those who could be there could cast a vote.”

The congregation approved to host the shelter and the move took place March 1.

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Protests, acceptance fill meeting on whether to host Tent City 4

February 18, 2014

Tempers flared Feb. 11 at Faith United Methodist Church’s community meeting to discuss hosting Tent City 4.

Almost 200 residents — with concerns for children, jobs and safety — crowded into the church on Issaquah-Pine Lake Road in unincorporated King County. The meeting, according to the Rev. Dr. John Brewer, was to share information about the possibility of housing the traveling homeless shelter on church grounds.

“We were approached two and a half weeks ago with a serious request,” Brewer said. “While we had only briefly considered hosting in the summer time, this request came urgently.”

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Attend community meeting about Tent City 4 on Feb. 11

February 8, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. Feb. 8, 2014

Faith United Methodist Church will hold a community meeting at 7 p.m. Feb. 11 to consider the possibility of welcoming Tent City 4 onto its grounds

The traveling homeless shelter applied for a permit to stay at the church, at 3924 Issaquah-Pine Lake Road, asking to move there March 1. Pastor John Brewer said the meeting will aim to answer questions about hosting Tent City 4 and hear residents’ opinions.

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Sammamish Plateau’s largest garage sale returns Sept. 27-28

September 17, 2013

Faith United Methodist Church’s annual Habitat for Humanity garage sale returns Sept. 27-28.

Bargain hunters can peruse and purchase donated merchandise both days.

“During the sale, our building is full of items,” the Rev. Dr. John Brewer said, “and they even spill over to the areas outside the church.”

Brewer said shoppers should arrive early on Friday to get the best deals on the best items.

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