Walk with FIRE in Kirkland’s 4th of July parade!

Fostering Interfaith Relationships on the Eastside (FIRE), a non-profit group that works to build trust and understanding among faith communities, invites members of all faith traditions and communities to walk with them in the 2018 Kirkland 4th of July Parade. The theme of the parade is “United We Stand”, which aligns well with FIRE’s mission.

Participants are encouraged to wear clothing typical for their faith to help show the diversity of faiths participating in the group, T-shirts promoting peace and understanding, or other clothing of their choice. Those walking should wear sensible shoes; hats and sunscreen are advised. Participants are welcome to carry signs and banners promoting peace, love, unity, and understanding.

The parade starts at Noon. It follows a route through Marina Park and around the downtown core, a total walking distance of about one mile. Participants are asked to line up at the designated point in the Market neighborhood north of Heritage Park by 11AM. The position in the parade and the exact location at which the FIRE group will assemble will be assigned around July 1.

Those interested in participating should email RSVP@fire-wa.org. Information on the group’s position in the parade, assembly point, and recommended parking locations will be sent before the parade date.

For more information on the parade including the route, visit http://celebratekirklandorg /parade.htm. For further information, email info@fire-wa.org .

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25th Annual KIN Alternative Holiday Giving Fair!

The winter holidays are just around the corner.  Avoid the stress of giving the perfect gift to your friends and family with a gift that is truly meaningful.  At the KIN Alternative Giving Fair you can make a donation in the name of your recipient to wonderful local, national, and international nonprofit organizations.

How does it work?

You make a donation that can purchase a new window for a house being built by Habitat for Humanity, or that can pay for the training of a Hero Rat for landmine removal, or a night in a shelter for a homeless family.

You will receive a lovely card to give to your recipient explaining the donation that was made in their honor.  No malls, no lines, no wrapping, and no wondering if it is the right size and color. Best of all it is a gift you give twice as it will bless someone in our community, nation, or world that is in need as well as your loved one.

Join us at the Peter Kirk Community Center on Saturday November 3rd between 9AM and 4PM.  The address is 352 Kirkland Ave in downtown Kirkland.

Let this holiday season be filled with joy, surprise, and meaning with a gift from the KIN Alternative Holiday Giving Fair.  See you there!

 

 

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Replace Stigma with Hope & Understanding

National Alliance on Mental Illness
National Alliance on Mental Illness

Wednesday, June7 7:00 PM

Lake Washington United Methodist Church
7525 132nd Ave NE
Kirkland, WA  98033
425.443.6682

Come join us for a presentation and discussion with a representative from the Eastside affiliate of the National Alliance on Mental Illness. NAMI is our nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization, dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness.

Mental illness is not a weakness.  It is biological in nature.  Currently, one out of five people live with some form of mental illness. Who do you know or love who struggles with depression? Anxiety? Addiction? These are only three of the many types of mental illness that significantly affect our family and friends.

Our speaker is part of NAMI’s FaithNet, which strives to encourage welcoming, caring congregations as well as to promote the vital role spirituality in the recovery journeys of many who live with mental health conditions.  It encourages the exchange of information, tools and other resources which will help educate and inspire faith communities about mental illness and the vital role spirituality plays in recovery for many.

Come with your questions and learn about resources, classes, outreach to teens, support groups, etc.

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