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Page 10- The Issaquah Press, Wednesday, December 28, 1983 Issaquah's big churches C.ontinued from Page l growth, "from small to middle-sized, from a single staff to multiple ministers" has come in that 10 years. The congregation has more than doubled in size, now listing more than 650 members of tenth grade and and above. Sixty percent he says, are "active and aware practitioners." Under the growth and the broad, open-arm attitude of the congregation, Wendt says some 80 per cent of the church facilities are in use five days per week. "Every evening, some one else is us- ing some aspect of this building." This openness, Wend= says, comes from a funda- mental belief "God gave us these things not to have but to use. It has been tough on our people at times. Sometimes they come in to me and say, 'What are those people doing in my room?"' One project for which Wendt has drawn a lot of praise this year is the lssa- quah Youth and Family ser- vice which now completely takes over a main church room. Others, including Fraser, have been helpful in the ef- fort to provide emergency housing for homeless kids in Issaquah. But many other ministers who were given a chance to go to work on the project very early on, did not choose to do so. When a ma- jor federal grant came in, Wendt got some feedback from ministers who now felt shut out of a success story. "But how can the little churches not be skeptical of us?" he asks. "After you talk about all of the spiritual questions, all of the moral problems, operating a church LARGE SUPPLY O : NEWSPAPER ROLLENDS N0W IN STOCK! Available in a variety of sizes THE ISSAQUAH PRESS 45 Front St. S. 392-6434 II JOIN OUR NEW YEAR'S WiTH \\; CELEBRATION!!! A ///Dec 30-31, FRI. & SAT. /PRIME RIB / DINNER . 4 P.M. 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" Wendt shares Dr. Fraser's hope that "we believers can do a unified effort sometime soon, within a year's time, to go out into this community and say, 'We are here to serve. "So far," he says, "we have shut our own doors. This is a closed community, and you must pay your dues," he laughs. Wendt came to Issaquah from Port Angeles, where he was pastor of a much larger congregation supporting a larger staff. He has been a major force in dozens of community concerns, and was frankly surprised by the calmness of his welcome and the religious disinterest in town. But he says when he began to take a look at the way homes were being built in lssaquah, he saw that a great number of people "put their doors a long way from the road. Everything about houses say they don't want to be disturbed," he explains. As a result, Wend= says his ministry has included a large effort to minister to people not used to church. Services for people bound for the ski slopes during regular church hours and congregation- made prayer books to let a family pray together at home during busy holidays have been goals and achievement of his tenure. But when it gets down to beliefs and obligations, Dick Wendt is not about to let his flock get off easy. "The church must speak politically, it must take a stand," he says, his broad face creased by smile which changes his features and animates his talk. "Trident missiles, El Salvador, abortion, the whole issue of nuclear weapons... We must pro- vide a forum to encourage discussion of all these in light of the gospel. We can't shy away. "Sunday morning in the pulpit, however, is not the place for political polemic. Only the presentor there has a lever." Wend=, therefore, en- courages a host of weekday talks, discussion and study groups, and encourages "anyone, anytime to walk in- to my office and talk. I am not a psychologist, but 1 know how to listen." 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