Children of Faith festival at Vedic Cultural Center shows diversity

August 3, 2011

Children perform a dance routine during the Children of Faith festival July 16 at the Vedic Cultural Center in Sammamish. The annual festival, in its second year, celebrates the idea that each person’s faith is a little different and people express their faith through different means, according to event organizers. The point is that when children learn this at an early age, they become tolerant and respectful toward each other. Approximately 200 people attended the festival, which featured performances from children ages 3 to 15. They danced, performed poetic and musical pieces and prayers and spontaneously showcased their talents during the open-mic time. Volunteer cooks catered to the children’s appetite with French fries and pasta, organizers said. Photo courtesy VCC

Romaina gets a container-full, courtesy of PLCC

June 14, 2011

Harvey Nelson, of Pine Lake Covenant Church, pushes a box to the back of a 40-foot container June 8 while volunteers load 583 boxes of donated goods to send to Romania. Photo by Christopher Huber

As the boxes piled up in the back parking lot at Pine Lake Covenant Church June 8, volunteers played a big game of Tetris in the back of the 40-foot semi-truck trailer. They had to figure out how to best arrange nearly 600 boxes of supplies donated from the Sammamish community over the past month and a half. The church youth group members formed a continuous stream of boxes as they grabbed them from a room in the building and prepped them for loading.

Pine Lake Covenant Church gathered about 11,000 pounds of clothing, school supplies, household goods and other life necessities to send to families in Targu jiu, in the Gorj region of Romania. The youth group and other church volunteers spent the evening June 8 loading the 583 boxes of goods into a 40-foot shipping container. Read more

Sammamish Baha’is strive to promote harmony

January 12, 2009

Considering what’s happening in Gaza, the idea that different religions can exist in harmony might be a tough sell. Still, that’s one of the main reasons the Baha’i are sponsoring World Religion Day.

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Christmas services

December 22, 2008

Christmas Eve services


Sammamish Hills Lutheran Church will hold different services at 5, 7, 9 and 10:30 p.m. Dec. 24 at the church. Visit

Good Samaritan Episcopal will hold services at 4:30 and 10 p.m. Visit

Sammamish Presbyterian Church will hold services at 3:30, 4:30, 7:30, 9 and 10:30 p.m. Visit

Faith United Methodist Church will hold services at 5, 7 and 11 p.m. Visit

Spirit of Peace United Church of Christ will hold services at 7 p.m. at the Pine Lake Community Center.

Community Church of Joy will hold a candlelight service at 6 p.m.

Pine Lake Covenant Church will hold a family service at 4:30 p.m. and candlelight services at 7 and 8:30 p.m.

Christmas day

Sammamish Hills Lutheran Church 10 a.m.

Good Samaritan Episcopal 10 a.m.