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s 'them and the accom— ONREUGION plishment of their mis- I 0 change one’s 1 character or situa« tion, we set per- sonal goals for improve— , ment. Goals are often set C4 Mercer Island Reporter A life lesson on never giving up but not so often obtained The following experi- ence of a friend ot' mine illustrates an important lesson. It was dark. ever so dark. it was midnight. he was with three other men. He was responsible for sion. They were lost deep in the jungles of Panama. They had been sent there for mil- itary training. He and his classmates were taught how to survive. what to eat. what not to eat and how to navigate in the jungle environment. At the end of the training they were loaned into teams to be tested on what .they had learned. My friend was a brand new second lieutenant, right out of college and green as can be. ' On his team were combat veterans and virtually new recruits. A significant challenge was how Herzl-Ner Tamid is honoring Dr. Fred Tobis at 6 pm, Friday April 24. The temple is also holding «i»«:§:..4. ‘ Ist- x a Yom HaShoah Observance at 8 p.m.. Wednesday, April 22, which will feature prayers and special readings. Contact the temple at 232- 8555 for more information. Redeemer Lutheran Church welcomes guest preacher Art Schwcim at the 10:30am. service on April 26 and May 3. For more information contact the church at 232-171 l. Emmanuel Episcopal Church will host the choir from All Saints Church in Pasadena who will sing choral evensong at 7 pm. Sunday. May 3. Contact the parish at 232- 1572 for more information. to navigate using a map and compass. During the day, they were giv— en six different loca- tions to find. Each one was usually l,000 me- ters away. Often they would have to cut their way through the thick underbrush with a ma— chete. Once they had to find their way around a waterfall. in the end, though they found all of the required points and were feeling quite con— fident. The big test was to do the same at night. The jungle canopy was so thick that they had luminous tape on the back of their caps. Even. then there were times they had to hold on to each other. It was dark, real dark. " After finding the first two loca- tions with relative ease. they became somewhat disoriented. As they hud— dled under a poncho, they took out the map and determined that if they headed due west. 270 degrees, they would eventually come to the Chagress River. Since their destination was on Mercer Island Covenant Church is holding a series of dis— cussions on parent-child relation— ships on Wednesdays from 7-9 p.m., April 29—June l0 at Hansen Hall. The program is sponsored by the Children's and Family Ministry and taught by Beth Campbell and Lynn Kuske. For information, call 232— 1015. ' Temple B’nai Torah will hold a “For Women Only" high tea and conversation on April 26. For reser— yations, call the office at 232-7243. St. Monica's Church is hosting a High School Night at the Seattle Center, from 7 to II p.m., on April 24, with unlimited rides, pizza, games and more. Cost is $16, and sign up forms are available at the the river, they would walk up and down the banks of the river until they found it. ‘ It was now 8:30 pm. Nine o’clock came and no river, l0 p.m. came and no river, ll p.m. came and still no riv- er. They became discouraged. Eventually everyone on his team said, "LT we're lost. What did they teach you in the Boy Scouts? When you're lost. you stay where you are and wait for oth— ers to find you." \Mth that they all three sat down and said, "We're not going any further." Not knowing what to do the Lieutenant sat down too. There in the darkness, my friend contemplated the situation. 1 After what I believe was a few silent prayers, he stood up and said, "I have the compass, the map and the flashlight. I know the river is due west and I'm going. You can stay here with the snakes if you want, but I am heading west." Fortunately, they all fol- lowed. Thirty minutes later, abOut 50 me- ters of cutting their way through the jun— gle, they not only came upon the riv- er. but upon the very point they were searching for. church. There will also be an Ignatian Day of Reflection from 8:30 am. to 1 pm. on April 25 at Peyton Hall in Seattle. Call St. Monica's at 232-2900 for more in- formation. Mercer Island United Methodist Church will host a fourth and fifth grade ice skating party from'6z30-9:30 p.m., Saturday, April 25. For more information, contact the church at 232-3044. The Congregational Church of Mercer Island (United Church of Christ) will be hosting an “Inquirer’s Session" for people wanting to know more about the church on May 3. For more infor- mation, contact Michael Bush at 232-7800, #1. THE LESSON: Here they were just 50 meters, slightly over half the length of a foot— ball field, from achieving their goal and almost gave up. I have contem- plated this experience many times. How often we set goals. We start down paths to self or family im— provement and give up. Good inten- Publish dates: 0 June 5, Eastside Journal tions often don't happen because we get discouraged or we just don't get stan- ed. Particularly, I have found that the times I am most likely to give up on a worthy goal, is just after I start, or af— ter having worked hard and perceiving little progress, just before I reach my goal. Winston Churchill is reported to have said just seven words in one of his one of his most stirring addresses: "Never give up, never, never give up." ' June 10, Mercer Island Reporter and Northshore Citizen n’t miss out° Wednesday, April 22, 1998 ' .—.——————L—. In setting and accomplishing per- sonal, family or economic goals, I in- vite us all to get started and to perse- vere the discouraging times, to not give up and thus reap the blessing of self improVement. (R. Brute Merrcll is stake presi- dent of the Renton Washington North Stake oft/re Church of Jesus Christ ofLatter—day Saints and is a member of the Mercer Island Clergy Association.) Deadline: May 1, 1998 Westhaven -— Magnificent western View home’designe’d by Architect David Thielern. Finishing touches by Jo Krueger Design. 4 Bedroom/45 baths ' Enormous sunken Great Room‘ 0 Guest Suite 0 Smart home “Structured Wiring" 4377 squarefeet - Offered at: $I,O4?,800 CLYDE HILL Contact Nancy Birwetl/John L. 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