Mayors Month of Concern drive helps local food bank

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.”

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Rev. Mark Miller takes his sword to new battle

June 4, 2013

Rev. Mark Miller, laughing at a comment from a guest in his office recently, is retiring from Mountain Creek Christian Fellowship after starting it 20 years ago. By Greg Farrar

Rev. Mark Miller, laughing at a comment from a guest in his office recently, is retiring from Mountain Creek Christian Fellowship after starting it 20 years ago. By Greg Farrar

The Rev. Mark Miller’s dress sword, once worn with his dress uniform when he was a young Marine officer and graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, hangs on the wall behind his desk.

He traded it in for a different weapon: “For the word of God (Bible) is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword.” (NIV).

His old sword represents his “15 milliseconds of fame” as he was sitting in an officers’ club eating a hamburger, and the film crew for “The Great Santini” was panning the room.

With the new weapon, he started the Mountain Creek Christian Fellowship 20 years ago, a church that has been a ministry “to the more marginalized people, people on the fringes.” Miller is now leaving the ministry in the hands of his co-pastor, the Rev. Vanessa Chitwood, as he awaits orders from God for a new assignment.

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