August 7, 2012
If you ask the Rev. Mark Meredith if he is a fan of “churchliness” the answer is “no.”
“I hate churchliness,” he said.
He defines the term as being church-bound and thinking that within the four walls of a church is where God is most active.
“We gather on Sunday so we can have our batteries charged so that we can really be about God all week,” he said.
While he has only been in Sammamish for a few weeks and is still looking for a house to buy, Meredith has already started his new post as lead pastor of Pine Lake Covenant Church.
Keeping the lessons of Christianity present in everyday life has been something that has appealed to Meredith since he first committed to the faith in his mid-20s. That was nearly three decades ago, when he was living on Mercer Island and just getting started as owner of a small variety store.
April 3, 2012
Issaquah Trophy & Awards wins best in nation honor
Issaquah Trophy & Awards were awarded with one of their industry’s highest honors — the 2011-2012 ARA Large Retailer of the Year.
“This is an incredible award and is a testament to our staff’s commitment to our customers and the community,” said Jeff Anderson, Issaquah Trophy & Awards President. “We strive to be a leader in our industry and are thrilled to be recognized by our peers as one of the best in the business.”
The ARA Large Retailer of the Year award recognizes general business practices based on integrity and a partnering approach to customer relationships. The selection process considered showroom design and presentation, website design, production technology, employee benefits, recognition industry involvement and community involvement.
Finalists were also submitted to ARA suppliers for a vote.
October 18, 2011
Parents and their athletic children will have an opportunity to save a bunch of money on typically expensive sports equipment soon.
The Kiwanis Club of Sammamish will hold its annual Ski and Sport Swap on Oct. 29 at Pine Lake Covenant Church. Club members highlighted that the event continues to grow and in 2011 will include ample selection of ski and other sports gear.
While the event started as a way of trading mostly ski equipment, it has grown to include sports equipment of all sorts, from skis and snowboards to soccer and baseball equipment.
“I can’t think of a better way to take advantage of recycling or making your recreational sport more affordable,” event organizer Nicky Beedle said. “Why spend top dollar for equipment that will likely be obsolete by the end of next season?”
Community members are encouraged to donate their gently used gear for the swap. You can also swap your gear for credit to put toward other gear you purchase at the Ski and Sport Swap. But of course, donated items fetch 100 percent profit, the proceeds of which go toward the Kiwanis Children and Youth leadership mentoring projects, Beedle said.
The Ski and Sport Swap runs from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 29. Bring items to donate between 5:30 and 8 p.m. Oct. 28 and between 8 and 9 the morning of the sale. Pine Lake Covenant Church is at 1715 228th Ave. S.E., Sammamish.
March 22, 2011
Imagine taking the keys off of a piano and transforming them into bells. The ring of one would sound like a C note, and the jangle of another would emit an E. Shaking three together would sound like the carillon of a chord.
Hear those sounds when young handbell musicians from across the Pacific Northwest convene at Pine Lake Covenant Church for a conference and concert. The public is invited to a free show at the end of the conference, March 26.
Although handbell groups include all types of musicians, many of the groups at the conference will be from churches. One of them, Issaquah’s Our Savior Lutheran Church, started its handbell group, Memorial Bells, after the death of one of its congregants in 1981.
“It got started by an unfortunate loss in the family,” church and handbell director Alice Lewis said. “They gave an amount that purchased part of the bells that we have now.”
Ringing bells is hard, but rewarding work.
“For the most part, they are hand held and rung with a variety of different techniques,” Lewis said. “You learn how to manipulate them in different ways.”
Emily Waltzer, a seventh-grade student at Maywood Middle School and a member of Memorial Bells, said she is looking forward to the conference, where she will learn new ways to improve her handbell performance.
“I’ve always liked instruments,” she said. “I like the sound of the bells and the techniques of the bells and the ways you play them.”
March 22, 2011
Issaquah resident’s story lands in national magazine
Maureen Francisco, of Issaquah, recently wrote the cover story for the national magazine, “Stiletto Woman.”
The article is about Dr. Connie Mariano, a former White House doctor who was the first woman to head the White House Medical Unit. Mariano was also the White House physician to three U.S. presidents and the first female to become a Navy rear admiral.
“Dr. Mariano is an immigrant who shattered the glass ceiling. As an immigrant myself, she’s an inspiration,” Francisco said. “She is a great reminder of the possibilities of what you can achieve in this country.”
Read the entire interview at www.stilettowoman.com.
Learn more about Francisco at www.maureenfrancisco.com.
Clark students win in Books for Bikes program
On March 10, a raffle drawing was held and two new bicycles were awarded to winners Riya Baheti and Tyler Fry, of the Bikes For Books Reading Program at Clark Elementary School.
Presenting the bikes are Reading Specialist Susan Harter, Principal May Pelto and Bill Werner, of the Masonic Lodge.
The Myrtle Masonic Lodge #108 has been sponsoring the B4B Program in Issaquah for five years and this was the first presentation at Clark.
About 30 students participated during the winter and early spring.
To be eligible, they read a certain number of books and then wrote a short essay demonstrating comprehension.
Piano students perform well at competition
The 15th annual Helen Crowe Snelling Memorial Awards piano competition, sponsored by the Sammamish Music Club, was March 13 at Pine Lake Covenant Church.
Twenty-one students from Issaquah and Sammamish participated in the two divisions. The competition was judged by Dr. Irene Bowling, from Bremerton.
Winners in Level 1 (ages 12-14)
-1st — Ethan Chau
-2nd — Menglan Ji
-3rd — Gordon Lee
-Honorable mention — Rebecca Xie
-Honorable mention — Brian Callans
Winners in Level 2 (ages 15-18)
-1st — Tyler Yen
-2nd — Tom Ostrander
-3rd — LinLin Xing
-Honorable mention — Jim Blackett
-Honorable mention — Nirapama Suneel
January 26, 2010
Issaquah community groups, churches and schools are stepping up to help Haiti.
Since Jan. 12, when a 7.0-magnitude earthquake devastated the country, rescue and relief efforts have been sent from around the world amid recurring aftershocks, which have registered upward of 5.0 magnitude.
Haitian officials have recorded more than 70,000 deaths. However, they estimate the death toll may rise to nearly 200,000. Haiti is the poorest country in the western hemisphere, according to the Central Intelligence Agency’s World Factbook.
Locally, Issaquah School District schools, like Sunset and Challenger elementary schools and Liberty High School, have raised thousands of dollars to help relief efforts in Haiti.
Challenger is accepting donations for the U.S. Fund for United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund for Haiti. Read more
August 25, 2009
Bringing an apple for teachers may be an excellent idea the first day, but how about helping them get their classrooms ready?
Some teachers, especially those recently hired, spend long hours putting their classrooms together. Pine Lake Covenant Church is asking for your help.
This year, church pastors and volunteers are sponsoring Help A Teacher Day 2009 Aug. 29. Volunteers are assigned to teachers in the Issaquah School District who need help prepping their classroom.
Volunteer teams will work at Apollo, Challenger, Cougar Ridge, Grand Ridge, Issaquah Valley and Sunset elementary schools, and in special-education classrooms at Tiger Mountain Community and Skyline high schools.
“The idea came in response to all the budget-cut news wires they were sending out to keep the community informed,” Beth Yeager, community mission pastor for the church, said about district and state communications. “Knowing teachers face challenges in the year coming up, with increased class sizes and reductions in resources, this is a way to come alongside teachers.
“We want to support them and to let them know the community is grateful for their teaching, and let them know we are behind and support them.” Read more
August 21, 2009
NEW — 4 p.m. Aug. 21, 2009
Bringing an apple for the teacher may be an excellent idea the first day, but how about helping them get their classrooms ready?
Some teachers, especially those recently hired, spend long hours putting their classrooms together, which is why Pine Lake Covenant Church is asking for your help.
This year, church pastors and volunteers are sponsoring Help A Teacher Day 2009 for the next two Saturdays. Volunteers are assigned to teachers in the Issaquah School District who need help prepping their classrooms.