A Proud Tradition of Scouting at West Side

Walk by the Fellowship Hall on a Tuesday evening, and you might hear a busy group of boys reciting these words: “A Scout is trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean, and reverent.” It’s the Scouts of Troop 282, reminding themselves to live by the principles…

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Road Trip to Salvation

As a kid one of my favorite things to do in the entire world was to attend summer camp at Sambica, a  Bible camp on the shores of Lake Sammamish. My friends and I would eagerly count down the days until we left suburbia for the paradise we knew as…

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Parish Nurse: The Importance of Sleep

When you lie down, you will not be afraid; when you lie down, your sleep will be sweet.  (Proverbs 3:24) Sleep helps us to lead healthier, happier lives. A Harvard Women’s Health Watch suggests six reasons to get enough sleep. Learning and memory: sleep helps the brain commit new information…

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Movie Review: Samson

In the far reaches of the Old Testament, Israel was governed by judges until the people decided they wanted a king. Samson was the last recorded judge before Samuel set out to find King Saul. The movie Samson begins in the year 1170 B.C. Samson is a young man and…

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Cultivating Beauty

What do finger painting, garden tending, salad tossing, and polka dancing have in common? Each of these activities is a creative endeavor. Each is fraught with the possibility of reminding us of our Creator. When God made the first human beings, Adam and Eve, God put them in a garden,…

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