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Happy New Year! G&apos;os:.enb<ch'ar iros. 614 ]\\;,,,,, '; 6th lye, Portlr.d, Ores:or. 97209 THE I SSAQL{ z00.H P RESS Thirty-five cents per copy SERVING ISSAQUAH SINCE 1900 Vol. 83, No. 52 December 28, 1983 u , i i ' ssaquah's biggest b'y Terry McLafferty The first doors to a Chris- church opened in Issa- in 1889, as well as can determined. In a town building permits issued in the 1960s were written in on the back of some note paper, that level of !certainty will have to do. No one kept records of what Asian immigrants did :for a place to worship, or if any, religious culture to lssaquah with Black the mines. Even today there is no out- ward sign of Jewish religious in town, although synagogues are "large and larger" in the Eastside, according to Rabbi Laytner, of the Jewish Feder- ation of Seattle. A Seattle-based congrega- Temple De Hirsch-Sinai in Bellevue, and tWo congregations are expanding in Mercer Island. The size of !the Eastside influence can be demonstrated by the placing the Jewish Community Center for Seattle and all of on Mercer Island. But the number practicing Jewish families in lssaquah is not known, and the Jewish Federation says there are no known pressures currently to found a local synagogue. As for the Christian chur- ches, the first signs of "a t ilWorshipping community" I|appeared in '89, on top of ]ISchool House Hill, where the tlswimming pool is now ]]located. A Methodist- :Episcopalian church was l!built there, Combining two I[ Congregations under one bell ]r[ tower. [i In the following year, ]:Community Baptist Church raised its first meeting hall and church, which burned to the ground 40 years later. i| The congregation, however, .remains one of the town's  strongest. The largest congregation in n if town took root in 1896, when ithe first family of Roman J! Catholics worshipped under I J!i the direction of a missionary ]!priest in St. Joseph's i{Catholic Mission Church. Iiii The structure was built on ]i land donated by the pioneer i!' family of Peter and Katie I!  McCloskey along Mill Street, later to become East Sunset Way. After serving the town for nearly 70 years, the old building began to merge a lit- tle too much with the en- vironment. One usher remembers salmon berries beginning to grow up through the floor. In 1964, the congregation moved onto Cemetery Hill at a time when the greatest changes since the Middle Ages were exploding within the Catholic Church under the reformation of Vatican II. Father Robert Russell, who became pastor of St. Joseph's following the death of Father Anthony McGirl in June of last year, now leads an lssaquah congregation that seems joyously at home in the new, less authoritarian church. At age 35, Russell is a Seat- tle native responsible for some 800 families in a parish stretching over 100 square miles. With the exception of weekend help from Father Jim Eblin, a Ph.D. student in scriptures, Russell has sole responsibility for lssaquah's Catholic population. Sporting a huge black eye won in the basketball game the night before, Russell said recently he was still settling into his role at St. Joseph's, where he was told his job would be to "bring together the old Issaquah Catholics and the newcomers of the past 10 years. Most of all," he was told, "I would need to develop a youth program." That program and a host of other developments are underway, under the direc- tion of a handful of parish lay committees. The principal task is to tackle the problem of being full. Two of the three Sunday services have standing room ouly crowds. A preliminary stUdY suggests there might be enough room on the church grounds to expand, but Russell is not sure. Pine Lake growth projec- tions sent him to the office of the Archbishop of Seattle to obtain -- which he did -- a promise that a new Catholic church will open there within 7 to 8 years, using part of St. Joseph's congregation as "seed." Changes in canon (or "church") law has liberated Catholics from old require- ment that they belong to "their parish". Now they may choose to attend chur- chs in which they feel com- fortable, and since they are the nation's largest Christian denomination, that can mean a lot of new people on the road on Sundays. Once they get inside, Russell says, they will find a church that realizes "we can't be one way inside church and another way out- side." For many Catholics this has meant a growing political New Year's Eve Party By Reservation only s12 9 per couple, tax & tip included , , Dancing to the sound of , KATHERINE featuring Ric Conadera & Kay ROAST PRIME RIB DINNER from 5:30 to 9:00 p.m. MIDNIGHT CHAMPAGNE TOAST and Hors d'oeuvres 10 COCKTAILS PER COUPLE  SLEEPING ACCOMMODATIONS Double occupancy, late check-out at 5 p.m. Second night stay over- $28.00 Package without room - $99 per couple. I 1 Ric and Kay are back in our lounge, Tues.-Sat., through New Year's n Exit 15off 1-90 of Issaquah 392-6421 00urches have differing views about their political roles St. Michael's Laura Fraser from the altar. medical services for local needy. Russell is extremely active in area wide church affairs, also, and admits that his time is heavily committed to inter- nal church problems. As one other minister in town comments, "We are all busy, but that fellow over at St. Joseph's... brother..." One of Russell's brother ministers in town isn't. Dr. Laura Fraser is an elegant, soft-spoken woman ordained an Episcopal priest February 3, 1977 in a ritual at Madrona's Church of the Epiphany that set the Seattle religious world on its ear. With a broad smile, she remembers the volume of publicity surrounding the event as simply, "Lots and lots." While there now are some 500 ordained women Episcopal priests, Dr. Fraser's rite was an early one in the movement. When the event died down, so did public awareness of her ministry. Three years ago she arrived at St. Michael and All Angels Church, hidden up the wood- ed area near lssaquah High. The congregation is made up of some I30 families "and continuing to grow," Fraser says. "We had a lot of people on the rolls who turned out to be nonexistent when I ar- rived," she remembers. "We list only concrete families Our Savior Pastor Richard Wendt preaches on Christmas Day. Photos by Debbie Bruslus. keep that commitment, she says. "This congregation has struggled with a sense of be- ing poor," she says. This year, a two-third vote of the group affirmed the practice, now. Growth is not dramatic, but steady... about 15 new families per year .' ' The local church, under her leadership, "tithes" itself one-tenth of its income to devote toward social needs. ,despite facing a tough time Some of the money goes to with church organizational international hunger and bills. relief efforts, and much stays "This is a maturing corn- in town. It's not been easy to munity of believers," she ex- consciousness, but Russell says he himself is not very political, and therefore doesn't expect a lot of political stands taken by his congregation. Most of his parishioners, however, support controver- sial Archbishop: Raymond Hunthausen "out of loyal- ty," Russell says, adding that he would expect strong anti- abortion campaigning by his church if it became an lssa- quah issue. The church is "not too well organized yet to do other social things," Russell says. Parish groups are surveying the problem now, he adds, with the goal of setting up "a people bank" to provide sew- ing, carpentry, legal and Semi-annual wish lis00 from schools OK'd by b,:,ard, debate continues on project levy and equipment for Liberty's Phase Two ($312,000), a big- ger library at Sunset ($200,000) and a general renovation and sprucing up of grounds and fields around Issaquah High ($100,000). The levy would also cover new security systems for the schools and reconstructing the closed May Valley Elementary for use as a ware- house and storage facility. See complete list of levy projects on lag. 5 There was little discussion among board members about the special levy proposals, which were approved un- changed by the Community Centered Budget Building (C2B2) Committee. The committee also approved $120,000 worth of special needs requests from various schools (see chart). While board members were not as critical of a five- year capital projects levy as they had been at the last meeting, there was still a great deal of debate between the members and Rick Doughty, spokesperson for the citizen's committee which had examined project re- quests and ranked them in order of importance Several project requests were not included in the five- year list at all, such as a new gym at Sunset Elementary, thermal windows and sinks in portables for Sunny Hills, and requests for computers from several schools. Doughty explained that the committee did not want to set up a "de facto" policy for the district by allowing a gym at Sunset when three other elementary schools do not have gyms. The committee did. not want to add com- puters to the list either until an overall, unified plan for computer purchases was set up district-wide. While board members worried that a capital pro- jects levy every year for the next five years -- plus a spe- cial levy every two years would be too much to expect from voters, Doughty urged the board to commit to a five-year plan or reject the idea entirely. Board member Tom McLaughlin wondered aloud if it would be better to submit the capital projects levy at the same time as the special levy -- every two years. Doughty said, "A five- year plan is just that -- 1 never heard of a five-year plan that took 10 years to complete." Board member Bill McGlashan expressed the most concern over five straight years of elections, saying there was no way of telling what the economic situation would be in the fu- ture. "We never know that!" snapped board president Karen Taylor Sherman. "If the five-year plan is going to be successful, we have to make a commitment to the community that there is a need. The board has to be solidly behind it." plains. "we are feeding peo- ple physically as well as spiritually." The social awareness and a change in the style of church activity -- "toward more celebrating" -- has created "a change in feeling in this congregation. As we have become more responsible and receptive to others, we have become happier, calmer and with a sweeter spirit," she says. "Most people are running very fast right now, that's the way life is. I think it is very important to concern ourselves with public issues." When she does take a public stand on a political or national question, Dr. Fraser says "I am immediately in hot water." Many people ob- ject to a minister using the pulpit for such issues, she The Issaquah School Dis- trict has compiled its semi- annual levy requests and the voters will decide March 13 whether or not the wishes come true. The district is asking for a $1.95 million levy for next year and another $1.95 million for the following year. A $1 million capital projects levy is also likely to be added to the March ballot, though the School Board did not unanimously support the idea at its December 14 meet- ing. Superintendent Jim Swick has proposed submitting a $1 million capital projects levy to the voters each year for the next five years to take care of costly items such as a new roof for Maywood Junior High ($400,000), furniture says, "and they are not wrong. There is no place for a counter opinion when it is given from the pulpit. Unless the. question is very pressing, and of immediate moral im- plications, I will not offer my opinions from the pulpit." However, she stresses, "the position that the church must stick to spiritual mat- ters is in my opinion, a heresy." But spiritual matters too could use a little cheerleading in lssaquah, Dr. Fraser believes. And to that end she has initiated talks with her friend, Rev. Richard Wendt, of Our Savior Lutheran Church, to consider some form of united appeal by the major congregations in town toward encouraging people to attend the church of their choice. " We would not go out in the spirit of 'please join my church,' but in the Spirit of the Gospel. We share the Good News," she explained. Already she and Wendt have participated in joint worship services at Thanksgiving, and expect to do so again in Holy Week. Some members of Wendt's congregation have been uneasy about it, but Wendt himself is a strong supporter of Fraser. There has not been much of an outpouring of brother- ly affection for the tall Tacoma native among other ministers in town. Only Ed Miller, long-time organizer among local ministers, at- tended the open house to .... . which all local ministers were invited when she was named to St. Michael's. It was only last summer that she met with her nearest neighbors, and "that was when 1 initiated it," she smiles. "Being a woman minister is still a major factor," she realizes. Neighbors feel distanced ,first just because I am a minister, and then .. But gradually the trust is being born." "By and large I evoke more interest and trust from women than men," she ex- plains." Also there is more backstabbing from women." "Men made less of an issue of it and also maintain greater distance. I think the reasons include two: it is hard for men to give women authority, and men also don't turn to women for help." "It takes much more maturity for men to turn to me. I don't think there can be any manner of blame in all this. The only solution for any of us is to enlarge our field of experience." It is a belief which Dick Wendt finds congenial to his own ministry. A ten-year veteran of pastoral life in lssaquah, Wendt is the closet thing in town to a "minister to royal- ty." A great number of the town's socially prominent and publicly successful peo- ple attend Our Savior Lutheran Church. Much of the church's Continued on Pap lO Chickens plucked That'll be 288 pieces of frozen chicken to go, and hold the bill. it didn't go quite like that, but the results were the same December 4, when persons unknown broke into the Issa- quah Kentucky Fried Chicken outlet sometime after closing. According to police spokesmen, the thief or thieves entered through a broken window in a drive-up area and took nine cases of frozen chicken pieces valued at approximately $500, plus a small pocket calculator. mll i i i iiiluu i