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C8 Mercer Island Reporter Wednesday, April 29, 1998 or Sunday School? We kids to 1 learned about the exas- gained a number of things play— ing Little League baseball when , l was a child. I learned that teamwork is impor- tant. I Ieamed some skills. I developed greater phys- ical coordination. I formed some good friendships. I acquired adult role mod~ ,els outside of my nuclear family. I learned about being a “good sport." I vperating mix of triumphs and defeats that life can hold. I also learned that adults were not above ex- citedly yelling and cheer~ , ing just like us little kids. I also gained a num— ber of things participating in a faith community as a child. I learned that I am never alone in this world. I learned that God loves me no matter what. I heard inspiring and transformative stories that began with struggle, agony, and crucifixion and moved to triumph, 'joy and resurrection. I learned not only that 1 should love other people, but how to access the Source of that love. . ichncl BUSH ON RELIGION I began to learn to talk with my Creator. I learned ways to integrate morals, ethics, and values, with how I lived day to day. I gained many assets from my experiences in Little League and in the l st Congregational Church of Battle Creek. Mich. I look back at those two experiences and think about what a shame it would have been if I had to choose one experience over the other. I have been think~ ing about this because here on Mercer Island we are often asking chil- dren and families to choose one or the other. I CHURCHES AND SYNA- GOGUES have been holding services and mid-week religious education at pretty much the same times for many years. As extracurricular activities and sporting events for children first began to proliferate. the organizers of these activities and sports honored the ed- Advr/rrlremcnl 0 I 997 Stone Cow/r Home Loans Homeowners with money worries ucation and worship times of the faith communities by not scheduling their events and activities in conflict with the preexisting ones of the faith commu— nities. This is no longer the case. Now organizers and coaches are requiring children and their families to choose soccer or Sunday School, Little League or Logos, Ski Club or Sabbath. One could just chalk this situation up to our increasingly pluralistic cul- ture and conclude that it’s a dog-eat- dog world, and the more "popular"' dogs will win. However. I believe a gift has come to our community in the form of “Developmental Assets" and “It’s About Time For Kids” that rais— es some questions about creating "ei- ther/or” conditions around activities that have been discovered to be key in developing spiritually, physically. and emotionally healthy young people. AS MANY 0F You know, the Search Institute has named 40 devel— st Ruth C R ,FTS FAIR opmental assets that have been iden— tified as forming a foundation for healthy development in adolescents. It surveyed 600 ninth and eleventh graders on Mercer Island to determine which of these assets our young people hold. Two of the 20 external assets are rel- evant to the issue I am raising around creating competition between spiri- tual development and sports. One as— set is "Youth Programs," defined as “young person spends three or more hours per week in sports, clubs. or or- ganizations at school and/or in com- munity organizations.” The other asset is “Religious Community" asset. It is clear from re— sponses to these four questions that participation in sporting-related ac- tivities far exceeds participation in the life of religious communities. Seventy-eight percent of youth sur- veyed spend one or more hours a week engaged in activities around sports teams. Compare this with 51 percent of youth surveyed spending one or more hours per week going to pro— grams, groups, or services at a church, synagogue, mosque or other religious or spiritual place. Forty-nine percent of youth surveyed spend six or more hours engaged in activities around sports teams, and only five percent of youth surveyed spent the equivalent time engaged with a faith community. THE SEARCH INSTITUTE claims that both of these facets of life (and 38 others) are critical for the de— velopment of healthy young people I agree. But it is clear from my ex— perience in this community and the results of the survey that greater co- operation among the adults on Mercer V Island is needed in order to help our children acquire these and other crit— ical assets. It would be a real step forward for our young people if coordinators of the sports teams and clubs met with the Clergy Association to see if there were ways to help support each other rather than compete with each other. Please, let’s not make our children choose acquiring one asset over another. Let us adults work together and send a message to our young people that we really do believe “It’s About Time For Kids." I God. from my youth you have taught me, and I still proclaim your wondrous deeds. —— Psalm I 2‘. Rev. Michael Bus/1 is pastor at t/I} Congregational C lmrch of M err-(fr Island and member oft/to Mcrt'ez' Island Clergy Association. Correction-l. In last week’s Around the Island column, the name of the newly elect} ed president of the Mercer Island Women's Club. Gloria Connealy. was I misspelled. The Reporter regrets the er- TOI‘. “ t The Custom Framing Coupon log" Customize ‘Free! Seattle Center Exhibition Hall, May 1,2,3, I998 may qualify for low-interest loans LOANS—Local lender loosens its require- ments for homeowners who need money now. Cl Mat" ElGloertss" El Moorunt" Cl thor *applies to papermats, regular glass & standard mount valued up to $29.50 with the purchase of any custom frame up to 3 "x40 ' Expires 5/31/98 BELLEVUE credit? Self—employed? Late house payments? Financial problems? Medical bills? IRS liens? Bankruptcy? Foreclosure? It doesn’t matter! If you are a homeowner with sufficient equity, there's an excellent chance you will qualify for a loan—usually within 48 hours. You can find out over the phone—and free of Charge—elf you qualify. 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Validity -— if any section, paragraph, “LATING TO THE ADOPTION OF THE ‘* :MERCER ISLAND CITY CODE, BY V «CHANGING THE NAME AND DESIG- "NATION OF THE PUBLISKER; AND .AMENDING ORDINANCE NOA—l WHEREAS, Ordinance No. A—l, adopted on June 22, 1981, constituted a codification of the ‘ ordinance of the City of Mercer Island by Book I Publishing Company, and publication thereof in , a volume entitled “City of Mercer Island City . Code”; and WEREAS, it is the desire of the City of Mercer bland to continue with the present codification of the City’s ordinances and to change the publi~ i cation company from Book Publishing Company to Code Publishing Company, without effecting ; my significant change other than in the fonnat . availability of the Mercer Island City Code, *‘ ihich will be in a written published format as f well as in electronic format available on comput- . diskette: NOW, THEREFORE; t HE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF (‘ MERCER ISLAND, WASHINGTON D0 ORDAIN AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. That section 1.01.010 of the Mercer Island shall be, and is hereby, amended to read clause or phrase of this Ordinance is for any rea- con held to be unconstitutional or invalid, such decision shall not affect the validity of the remaining portions of this Ordinance. The City Council hereby declares that they would have passed thin Ordiname and each section, para; graph, subsection, clause or phrase thereof irrespective of the fact that any one or more sec; lions, paragraphs, clauses or phrases may sub- sequently be found by competent authority to be unconstitutional or invalid, Section 3. Mercer Island City Code 1.01 and Ordinance No. A-l, as previome amended, and as hereby amended, are hereby ratified and con- firmed and continued in full force and effect. Section 4. This Ordinance shall take effect and be in force five (5) days after passage and legal publication. PASSED BY THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF MERCER ISLAND, WASHINGTON AT ITS REGULAR MEETING ON THE 20 DAY OF APRIL, 1998. " ’ A'I'I'ES’I‘. Kirk Viniah, Acting City Clerk APPROVED AS TO FORM: David Kahn, City Attorney #806896 Published in the Mercer Island ReporterApril29, 1996 is follows: “Section 1.01.010 Adoption A WORLD or orrrorvs' . 743$? , a, I y/ 'L Start your career on , the right track. k, tii’trpttlt'i‘ opening the (loo Advancing technolog to more jolt opportunities than ever helm '1 but you need to have are right lzey. C'in University's Bacéelor cl science in Computer Systems p gran will give you the tools you need to help nlocle your potential. For more inlorrnalion about these and other programs allot-ed i at City University, call 425-637-1010, or 1-800-426-5596 TTY 4254504660 <96me A MHXEI l’lllEE OF FINE (RAFIS Ptodoted by the lionhwest Crofts Alliance, Inc. 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