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Church signs lease with Mack Elementary

Northwest Church Northwest Church, an Evangelical Presbyterian church, recently signed a 10-year lease with Bellevue Christian School's Mack Elementary, at 18250 168th Place NE, across from Mack's Corner on the Woodinville-Duvall Road.
   The public is invited to "Celebration Sunday," Nov. 10 at 10 a.m., when the church will mark its move to the new facility. Pastor Ed Randal will give the first in a series of messages on marriage: "What Does It Take To Love Somebody?" Everyone coming will receive a small but meaningful gift to get them off to a great start in celebrating Christmas this year. Those with questions can call 881-3689.
   The church began worship services at Horace Mann Elementary School in Redmond in October 1989 and has grown to serve 40 families, many of them young families with children.
   "Although our experience at Horace Mann was excellent, we needed more classroom space than that which was available there," said Pastor Ed Randal. He said being able to arrange a long-term lease with Bellevue Christian for use of the "beautiful new campus of Mack Elementary" was the perfect answer.
   "We have a comfortable and attractive worship center, plus spacious classrooms for the care and instruction of the children," he said. "Although most teachers would be reluctant to open their classrooms for regular weekend use by someone else, these folks--faculty, staff, and administration alike--have welcomed us warmly. I can't imagine a more congenial group of folks with whom to work."
   He said the church is able to manage without a building of its own by intentionally keeping its program lean, emphasizing study, prayer, and fellowship groups in homes during the week.
   "These are designed not to pull people away from time with friends who aren't yet Christians but rather to help them do a better job of sharing the good news of Jesus Christ with those friends," Randal said.
   The church is also heavily involved in numerous mission programs, including providing education for teenage refugees from the war in southern Sudan.