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2 Wednesday, November 6, 1996 West Seattle Herald/White Center News ii ill ' CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 Don't sweep leaves into street gutters, the city reminds resi- dents, Leave leaves out of gutters, please The city i=ngineering Department is reminding citi- zens again of proper leaf-rak- ing etiquette. Sweeping fall's casualities into streets is not only illegal, says maintenance manager Roxanne Thomas, but also makes roadways slippery and clogs drains. Instead, she suggests backyard composting or recycling. V Rollerblade arena will open Nov. 15 Seattle In-Line Arena, a full-size indoor rollerblading rink, opens Nov. 15 at the Riverside Mill, 3800 W. Mar- ginal Way S.W. It will be decorated to look like New York's Central Park at Christmas. Open public skating times will be 2 p.m. to midnight Fridays and Satur: days through Dec. 14, then 2 p.m. to midnight daily Dec. 20-30. Cost is $5. By early next year, the arena will be open 21 hours a day, seven days a week. A V ouse in the .movie =Sleepless in Seat- tle" where Meg Ryan took her boyfriend to meet her parents? It: was supposedly Admiral. "It was also where Rosie O'Donnell talked .on the nine.bedmomlisix-bath room Vieto ria ;,at ::-1620 Su n :poo:iiibii !iad;i !r60 : an:d: a :i third:f or baiii oomi::! i: : You'i!h aq : :to ::buy the smaller Tudor house: next door too. It's a all fora - _ - _ ** Our goal this year was to gain some school has grown from 145 students to 225, and its faculty of 11 teachers and five aides is three times bigger than when he started. Pera was also pivotal in the founding of Seattle Lutheran High School 18 years ago, according to the school's former principal and executive director, Bob Christian. "In 1966 he formed a steering committee," Christian says. "I don't believe that there would be a Lutheran high school in West Seat- tle without him." Christian, a 19-year member of Hope Lutheran, says Pera's absence will leave a void. "(The congregation) is losing a deep friend in the ministry. He was really in touch with people, whether he was making sick calls, helping people ore getting programs started. That will be missed." THE CHURCH'S vice presi- dent, Bruce Carlson, who was 13 years old when Pera came to Hope Lutheran, calls Pera a rock of strength. "His faith and devotion to his lord and savior and to Hope has been a real blessing," Carlson says. Hope's congregation may have been a litfie spoiled keeping their pastor for so long. Such a lengthy stay at one church is "very unusu- al," says Pera. Most ministers move on to a new church after five or 10 years "You get entrenched so deeply in the community and the lives of peo- ple, finally you're in too deep," he says. "That's one of the reasons people leave." But Pera says the diversity of Hope's congregation kept him com- ifig back for more. Balancing the beliefs of the church's large contingent of more traditional Lutheran's with the more progressive members provided a constant challenge. "This isn't a cookie cutter kind of congregation," he says. "There are a lot of interesting groups and ele- ments that give it a consistently changing scene. A congregation of this size needs to have a spirit of acceptance." Inevitably, controversial issues such as homosexuality and abortion can become a threat to the fabric of a congregation. PERA SAYS it's a pastor's responsibility not to skirt volatile issues, but to make sure he's not misunderstood. "The goal is to engage people in thinking and discussing rather than arousing and antagonizing," he says. "Otherwise you become "e Clemens Pera reflects on more than known as someone who stirs things up rather than being a representa- tive of God's peace." Pera says the ministry has changed drastically since he was a young single man accepting his first pastor position. "There's less congregational and denominational loyalty," he says. "People are quick to pick and choose based on their preference and their needs. You can sense the consumerism of people. "It's more, 'What can the church do for me?' instead of 'What can I do for God and the church?'" That shift has required churches to be more alert to the cares of their members, he says. "If you don't meet their needs they're off to somewhere else," Pera says. "It's a challenge to a church to do its best." THE JOB is also harder today because a pastor's responsibilities are exPanded beyond, preaching and administering sacraments. 'iYou're expected to be a music leader, a work leader, good with kids. You have to preach and teach well and do some counseling," he says. But the changes haven't all been professional. During his time at Hope, Pera married his wife Carol and raised two sons, and he's gained some per- sonal insight. "I think I'm less rigid," he says. "I'm a little more accepting of peo- ple and their opinions. I allow a lit- tle more space for the uniqueness of people." Pera believes he mirrors his con- gregation. "I would like to think that we have an open-door church," he says. "I like not to think we're viewed as a sect or a cult all tied up in itself; we're open to the community." Pastor Pera and his wife will remain in their Junction area home, but he says they will find another church to By Tim St. Clair West Seattle's first cohousing STAFF WRITER development, Puget Ridge Cohous- Puget Ridge will soon have its ing, is located at 7020 18th Ave. second cohousing development. S.W. People started moving into its A Green Lake couple recently 23 units in 1994. acquired the rights to buy a 1.7-acre Kara Black and her husband, site just west of South Seattle Corn- Kurt Yandell, are buying property munity College. They hope to in the 5900.block of 17th Avenue recruit enough buyers to build 12 to Southwest. They're seeking 14 units, prospective buyers from diverse Cohousing differs from traditional racial and ethnic backgrounds housing developments in that the resi- who'll help them design the new dents actively seek to know their development. neighbors by sharing outdoor space, The couple formed a small corpo- tools and planning. Often a "common ration, Seattle Cohousing LLC house" is built in which members eat meals together, hold meetings and -- See COHOUSING, page 3 have other get-togethers. three decades at Hope Lutheran Church. attend out of deference to the new pas- tor, whoever that might be. Congregation member Franeey Joslin says Pera's decision to leave the church his wife grew up in is a powerful example of his love and respect for the congregation. "This is a tremendous sacrifice for them," she says. 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