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Giant pillow event to support refugee assistance

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BAINBRIDGE ISLAND -- The community and media are invited to an event supporting refugee assistance from 11:30 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Feb. 18, at Bethany Lutheran Church.

Titled "500 Pillows for 500 Refugee Dreams," the event will feature 500 pillows to be sent to refugees through Lutheran Community Services Northwest. Participants will sing and have a group photo taken with the pillows featuring messages welcoming refugees.

John Forseth, Lutheran Community Services' program director for refugee resettlement and placement, will offer brief remarks.

The event follows a large-scale collection effort last year and early this year at Bethany that resulted in furnishing a dozen apartments for refugees and 53 “welcoming kits” containing items for apartment rooms. This was done in conjunction with partner churches including Eagle Harbor Congregational Church and others. It, too, was done under the auspices of Lutheran Community Services.

For further information, contact the Rev. Paul Stumme-Diers at or at 206-842-4241.

Pictured: Pastor Paul Stumme-Diers and Ed Kushner pose for photos with some of the pillows on Tuesday.

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A fourth of sanctuary roof now covered with metal

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Good morning, all,

The metal roof on the sanctuary is going on at the speed of lightning. I would guess that a fourth of the area now is covered. The workers arrived at 8 a.m. and are hard at work now. The weather is perfect, although cold temperatures persist.

Just a reminder that the rescheduled Women's Bible Study with Pastor Paul is this morning at 10 o'clock. All are welcome.

- Rachel Pritchett

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