November 26, 2013
Issaquah Christian Church’s 11th annual One Meal, One Hope Challenge fundraiser returns this Thanksgiving with the aim of buying meals for everyone at the Union Gospel Mission.
Since 2003, the challenge has raised more than $61,000, used to purchase more than 34,000 meals for those in need at the mission.
September 17, 2013
The Mayors Month of Concern Food Drive for the Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank continues until Oct. 12.
The food bank finds itself in dire need after the summer months left its shelves bare.
“Usually, the summer months are our lowest time for donations,” said Cori Walters, Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank executive director. “It’s not common that we run out of mac and cheese.”
September 10, 2013
The Community Church of Issaquah, the city’s longest-established church, has been without a home since February.
After 45 years on Mountain Park Boulevard Southwest, Community Church of Issaquah sold the building to the Living Hope Bible Church.
While exploring locations for a permanent home, the congregation is temporarily worshiping at 1:30 p.m. Sundays at Issaquah Christian Church, 10328 Issaquah-Hobart Road, while maintaining an office at 85 N.W. Alder Place, in downtown Issaquah.
July 4, 2013
NEW — 6 a.m. July 4, 2013
Join the Issaquah community today in celebrating America’s independence and Issaquah’s history.
Bouncy houses, live entertainment, face painting, slug races and hay hunts are just a few of the activities planned for the Fourth of July festivities from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Kids and pets can also dress up and decorate their bikes for the annual Kids, Pets ‘N’ Pride Parade, which will begin at 10 a.m. at Rainier Boulevard North and Northwest Dogwood Street, and end at Veterans Memorial Field.
The Issaquah History Museums will set up stations for old-time laundry, dress-up, butter churning and logging, so kids and adults alike can experience Issaquah’s history firsthand. Read more
April 2, 2013
After more than 30 years in the same building, Issaquah Christian Church members are enjoying their new facility — on the same property — that is now large enough to hold the growing congregation.
The church, founded in 1970, originally held services at Gibson Hall on Newport Way. In 1980, the church moved to its current location at 10328 Issaquah-Hobart Road and remained in the same building until it completed its new building in October 2011.
“We had looked forward to it for about 10 years, so now we have a sense of accomplishment,” senior pastor Brad Bromling said. “It makes things possible that have not been possible in the past.”
October 30, 2012
It may be hard to imagine paying more than $400 for a pie, but at the Compassion House Benefit Pie Auction, it’s not so far-fetched.
At last year’s event, some pies sold for more than $450, with all of the money going toward Compassion House, a local nonprofit organization that provides transitional housing to families in need.
“You know when you have an auctioneer that is capable of selling some pies upwards of $450, that people have an open heart for giving,” said Rick McCarty, the executive director of Compassion House.
June 26, 2012
Fireworks are banned in Issaquah and surrounding areas, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t plenty of ways to celebrate Independence Day.
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.
December 13, 2011
Santa, please help tell true story of Christmas
A funny thing happened when I was asked to play the role of Santa for Northwest Pugs — a meetup group my wife co-organizes for local pug owners.
Cute photos of their dogs with Jolly St. Nick would have to be without me, for you see, I didn’t fit into the silly suit.
Who in China designs a costume of a fat man that an actual horizontally challenged person cannot fit into? Luckily, my wife found a more svelte volunteer to fill the position.
However, once my services were no longer needed, I decided to turn the tables and think about what I would ask of Santa, if I were to discover one with a lap ample enough to hold my weight without risk of injury.
My wish of the bearded one would be an emphasis on the return of the true meaning of Christmas to include more of the original bearded one. That would involve getting the ACLU’s grubby little paws off the holiday.
November 22, 2011
The annual Christmas tree lot at Issaquah Christian Church will open at noon the day after Thanksgiving.
The lot is on church property at 10328 Issaquah-Hobart Road S.E., a mile and a half south of the city limits.
“Buy a Noble fir for a noble cause” at the lot where proceeds from sales support missions, including Mexico homebuilding. Each year, a team of adults and teens travel to Mexico in June to build homes there at no cost to those in need.
This year, 38 adults and teenagers participated in the building of about 15 homes and a church near Tijuana. A model Mexico home has been constructed on the church property and people are encouraged to tour the model.
The model home measures a scant 11-feet-by-22 feet — a castle to families south of the border who often live in cardboard boxes.