Northwest NEWS

October 11, 1999

Valley Special

Area churches join observance to highlight children's needs

   Seven area churches announced plans last week to lift up the needs of children during their worship service on Sunday, Oct. 17.

   Tolt Congregational United Church of Christ in Carnation, Fall City United Methodist Church, First Congregational United Church of Christ in Monroe, Sammamish Congregational United Church of Christ, Snoqualmie United Methodist Church, Community Church of Issaquah, and St. Clare's Episcopal Church in Snoqualmie will join thousands of churches, synagogues, mosques, and congregations of other faiths across the country in observing the eighth annual Children's Sabbaths, taking place Oct. 15, 16, and 17.

   A potluck barbecue will follow worship at Tolt Church, which will include the dedication of new play equipment purchased with grant money received from the Snoqualmie Valley Community Network in recognition of Children's Day (Oct. 10).

   Joan Sharp is helping launch a countywide "Children's Initiative" for United Way.

   "Advocacy and policy change at the national and state levels are important, but the real work of helping children and families succeed happens neighbor-to-neighbor in communities," Sharp said. "If we don't bring this issue down to the question of what we individually can do, we will never get anywhere."