Mary, Queen of Peace hosts interfaith holiday concert

December 17, 2013

Mary, Queen of Peace Catholic Church and Temple B’nai Torah present a holiday interfaith concert from 7-8:30 p.m. Dec. 18 at Mary, Queen of Peace, 1121 228th Ave. S.E., Sammamish.

The guests of honor are Tent City 4 residents.

The concert features:

  • The Interfaith ensemble from Temple B’nai Torah, led by Cantor David Serkin Poole and music director Glenn Lestz, performing popular Christmas songs.
  • Musical ensembles from Mary, Queen of Peace, led by liturgical music director David Yackley, performing sacred and secular Christmas songs.

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Skyline targets pediatric cancer research

December 17, 2013

Teenagers are generally a competitive bunch, and Skyline High School tried to take advantage of that during its Winter Wonder Week fundraising campaign.

From Dec. 9-13, the school’s Associated Student Body leaders organized a series of fundraising activities to benefit the Ben Towne Foundation, a local organization that supports pediatric cancer research at Seattle Children’s Research Institute.

The ASB brought in donations through: an acoustic music night; a “Buff Puff” volleyball tournament that featured a match between the Skyline varsity squad and staff members; and a “Pack the Rack” basketball doubleheader against rival Issaquah, where students were encouraged to wear blue shirts in support of cancer research.

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Sammamish church eyes welcoming Tent City 4

October 8, 2013

Public meeting is set for Oct. 11

Tent City 4 might move to Sammamish.

Mary, Queen of Peace Catholic Church will hold a public meeting Oct. 11 to provide information and gather input from the community about possibly hosting the homeless encampment, which provides meals and overnight shelter.

After the meeting, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Oct. 11 at the church social hall at 1121 228th Ave. S.E. in Sammamish, the pastoral council will meet and likely develop a recommendation for the Rev. Kevin Duggan.

Rich Shively, pastoral administrator, said Duggan will have the final decision and will likely make his announcement the weekend of Oct. 12-13.

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Church to hold community meeting on Tent City 4

October 3, 2013

NEW — 10:19 a.m., Oct. 3, 2013

Mary, Queen of Peace Catholic Church will hold a meeting to provide information and gather input from the community about possibly hosting Tent City 4.

The church’s pastoral council met Oct. 2 as part of the church community’s “process of discernment,” said Rich Shively, pastoral administrator. The council did not offer any formal recommendation that evening, Shively said, but discussions were generally positive.

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Sammamish church eyes welcoming Tent City 4

October 2, 2013

NEW — 10:45 a.m. Oct. 2, 2013

Tent City 4 might move to Sammamish.

Members of the Mary, Queen of Peace Catholic Church Council are meeting tonight to decide if they want to extend an invitation to the group. If they do, the encampment could be in Sammamish a little more than two weeks later.

Organizers from the Tent City community received a shock late this summer when Bellevue, whose turn had arrived to host the traveling tented encampment, denied Tent City 4’s return.

“There are now two campsites on the Eastside,” Elisabeth Maupin, coordinator of the Issaquah Sammamish Interfaith Coalition, said, explaining the current Bellevue situation. “The other campsite had already filed for a permit to stay in Bellevue. And because Bellevue has a codicil that only allows for one campsite, the other camp was rejected.”

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Skyline football players lend helping hand to tent city move

July 30, 2013

Skyline High School’s football players know how good they have it. They live in Sammamish, one of the most affluent cities in the state, and they don’t have to worry about where they’re going to sleep each night or where their next meal will come from.

But the Spartans have been learning firsthand that many people aren’t so fortunate.

Contributed Skyline High School football players connect poles to help construct tents at Redmond Family Church July 13.

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Skyline High School football players connect poles to help construct tents at Redmond Family Church July 13.

Skyline’s players perform community service activities each year, and on July 13, they spent time at Redwood Family Church in Redmond helping homeless people relocate their tents.

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Community Church of Issaquah building goes up for sale

July 24, 2012

The brick-and-stone building along Southwest Mountain Park Boulevard on Squak Mountain, longtime home to Community Church of Issaquah, is for sale, as the congregation searches for a smaller space for worship.

Community Church members — including some members in the current congregation — built the church building in the late 1960s, but the Rev. Keith Madsen said the congregation must adapt in order to continue.

“At one time, we had 300 to 400 people, a large youth group and many other things, back in the ’80s,” Madsen said. “Now, it’s gone through a series of hard times.”

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Issaquah Cooperative Preschool turns 50

April 17, 2012

Issaquah mother Dana Macario admits she was initially concerned when Tent City 4 took up residency in the parking lot of the community church where her children attend preschool.

Instead of chasing transients out of the facility, however, the parents of the Issaquah Cooperative Preschool combined their efforts to provide a dinner for the Tent City 4 occupants in January.

Many parents brought their children with them on that cold, winter evening to help deliver the food. Macario said it turned out to be a great experience.

“Seeing both parents and children working together to help those in need was such a great example for the kids,” she said. “It felt good knowing that our little group, in our own small way, was doing something to help others.”

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Tent City 4 relocates to Kirkland church

January 24, 2012

Tent City 4 residents pulled up stakes and left Issaquah for a Kirkland church Jan. 21.

The encampment departed as scheduled, despite icy conditions and power outages in Issaquah and across the region.

Tent City 4 settled in the Community Church of Issaquah parking lot in late October. The encampment rotates among Eastside religious institutions every 90 days.

Tent City 4 arrived in Issaquah on a rain-specked morning Oct. 21, as residents and volunteers loaded belongings into trucks parked at Temple B’nai Torah in Bellevue and headed east.

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Church hosts rocker-turned-healer

January 3, 2012

In the 1960s, Ginny Luedeman sang as a member of Morning Glory — a rock band sharing a bill alongside Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, The Grateful Dead and The Rolling Stones.

“I got into drugs and was trying to find some ideas that would help me,” she said.

The compass she sought turned out to be the Church of Christ, Scientist — a church founded by Mary Baker Eddy in 1879. Luedeman, now a spiritual healer and public speaker, plans to share insight about weathering tough times at a series of upcoming Issaquah talks.

The opening discussion is scheduled for the church hosting the Tent City 4 homeless encampment. Camp residents plan to attend the event at Community Church of Issaquah.

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