January 22, 2013
The leader at St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church, the Rev. Ann Lukens, plans to retire from the post Jan. 27 after a dozen years.
Lukens spearheaded and oversaw significant expansions at the downtown Issaquah church, including a modernization and expansion of facilities, encouraging more music in worship and deepening St. Michael’s ties to the community.
Throughout Lukens’ tenure, St. Michael’s adapted to accommodate a burgeoning congregation. The church remodeled and added space for Sunday school classrooms a decade ago and, in June 2011, consecrated a 4,985-square-foot addition to almost double the church’s footprint.
St. Michael’s, founded in 1953, used the 2011 expansion to refresh the church façade and add a music center to make room for popular music programs and children’s ministries.
From the pulpit, Lukens led meaningful Holy Week services — Ash Wednesday, Maundy Thursday and Good Friday — offered parishioners a chance to worship in festive attire on All Hallows and, before Lent, Fat Sunday.
December 25, 2012
The all-volunteer organization Issaquah Community Services provided more than $88,000 in assistance to local families last year, in the form of rent and utility assistance, or emergency aid.
December 11, 2012
Christmas revelers can create a joyful noise and benefit Issaquah Community Services as St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church hosts Sing & Play Along Messiah! — a concert to aid people in need throughout the community.
Proceeds from the event go to Issaquah Community Services’ Merry Christmas Issaquah fund.
“The real intent behind ‘Messiah’ was and still is to benefit the needs of the local community,” said Jason Anderson, associate for liturgical arts and youth formation at the downtown Issaquah church.
George Frideric Handel composed “Messiah” in 1741 to illustrate scenes from the life of Jesus Christ. “Messiah” ranks among the best-known musical works from the Baroque period, and the piece is especially popular around Christmas
August 21, 2012
St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church underwent a dramatic transformation more than a year ago, adding classrooms, meeting rooms and a music center to the Issaquah church.
Now, the staff is excited to add a chorus of children’s voices to the music center through Musi-quah, the church’s new musical education program.
The weekly afterschool program, for third- through fifth-graders, allows children to discover their own musical voices while exploring the melodic riches of different cultures and faiths, according to Jason Anderson, Musi-quah’s director.
“We were really taken with the idea that you can explore a variety of music from a variety of faiths and cultures,” he said. “There’s no indoctrination or anything, it’s just an exploration.”
July 5, 2011
On June 19, St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church celebrated the consecration of a 4,985-square-foot addition, which virtually doubled the size of the downtown Issaquah church founded in 1953.
While the congregation sang and prayed, Bishop Gregory Rickel proceeded throughout the two floors, blessing new nurseries, Sunday school classrooms, meeting rooms, the music center and the central gathering area.
A highlight of the morning was the inaugural tolling of an antebellum bell newly installed in the tower.
December 14, 2010
There are few classical holiday songs as iconic as Handel’s “Messiah.” St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church invites the community to experience the choral masterpiece while helping others in need.
The church presents Sing & Play-Along Messiah at 2 p.m. Dec. 19. Singers of all ages, abilities and skill levels are invited to join the choir and instrumentalists comfortable playing Baroque music are welcome to join the orchestra. Everyone else is invited to the experience, which benefits the Merry Christmas Issaquah fund — 100 percent of donations go toward helping local families in need. Read more
September 21, 2010
Eager to update a half-century-old building, church leaders and parishioners at St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church plan to break ground next week on a wing to house Sunday school classes and a burgeoning music program.
The groundbreaking marks the latest step in a long process to accommodate a congregation with members ranging from infants to nonagenarians. Read more
March 30, 2010
With Easter less than a week away, several community organizations will host egg hunts the day before the holiday and on Easter.
The annual Easter egg hunt in the Issaquah Highlands, called Highlands 4 Haiti, will be at Grand Ridge Elementary School, 1739 N.E. Park Drive, on April 3. Proceeds from the event will go to World Vision, a nonprofit relief organization based in Federal Way that’s helping children in the aftermath of the Haiti earthquake.
Wristbands, sold for $5 at Blakely Hall, 2550 N.E. Park Drive, in the days before the event, will also be available at the event gate. The event runs from 10 a.m. – noon.
About 1,700 people turned out for the Sammamish Family YMCA Eggstravaganza last year. Organizers expect about 2,000 attendees when the event returns April 3.
The event will be 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. The event will include carnival games, face painting, inflatable obstacle courses and a visit from the Easter Bunny. The event will be at the YMCA, 4221 228th Ave. S.E. Call 391-4840 for more information. Read more
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
June 30, 2009
Organizers of a local group that aims to help unemployed people network with one another during their job searches said job seekers have welcomed the group during its first weeks. Read more