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North County Christ the King

We know it can be a little intimidating attending a new church for the first time. North County Christ the King is a relatively young church so everyone here has been in your shoes as a first time visitor. We hope to make attending as comfortable as possible. There will be someone at the door to welcome you. We always have fresh hot coffee and water for you to take to your seat with you. And there are friendly ushers to help you find a seat. After the service stop by the welcome center to pick up a free coffee mug filled with information and goodies.

More than anything, we hope you see Jesus through the worship, the teaching, and the people around you. We like to think that we are one big family and we hope you feel that way too.

Lynden Public Schools

The Lynden School District had a total enrollment of 2,632 full-time equivalent students in the 2007-2008 school year. The district has 175 classroom teachers at five schools: Lynden High School (grades 9-12), Lynden Middle School (grades 6-8), Vossbeck Elementary School (K-5), Isom Intermediate School (grades 3-5) and Fisher Primary School (K-2).

With 49% of its students taking the SAT test, Lynden High School’s SAT scores for 2002-03 averaged 524 for the verbal portion and 537 for math, significantly above the national average of 507 for verbal and 519 for math. For more information about the Lynden School District, call (360) 354-4443 or visit www.lynden.wednet.edu orwww.reportcard.ospi.k12.wa.us.

Recreation

520230333Many visitors and residents find Lynden is an ideal base for fun and recreation.

Lynden offers special events throughout the year, ranging from top-flight entertainment at the Northwest Washington Fair to the creativity of the Lighted Christmas Parade. Given the importance of agriculture in the area, one shouldn’t be surprised to learn about unique events such as the International Plowing Match, featuring majestic draft horses; a threshing bee highlighting antique tractors and a steam-powered sawmill; and a Raspberry Festival. The tradtiton of agriculture in community is combined with the diverse heritage of the Lynden area during the annual Lynden Heritage Celebration featuring the Farmers Parade the first Saturday in June.

If team sports are the passion of you and/or your children, you’ll inevitably show up at Bender Fields. The highly touted regional recreational complex is used by tens of thousands of soccer, softball, and baseball players in youth, school, and adult events each year. Lynden Youth Sports (LYS)draws over 100 youth teams to play soccer, softball, baseball, and basketball. Teams are sponsored by local businesses and coached by volunteers. For information about Lynden Youth Sports, write to P.O. Box 10, Lynden, WA 98264, call (360) 354-0597, or visit www.lyndenyouthsports.com.

Fitness enthusiasts have numerous choices. The Lynden Activity Center/YMCA offers a swimming pool, racquetball courts, basketball court, and weight room (for more information call 360-354-5000 or visit www.whatcomymca.org). Homestead Golf & Country Club recently made its fitness center a 24-hour operation, and Anytime Fitness recently opened a new facility at the corner of Hannegan and Pole Roads to serve Lynden residents looking for exercise opportunities south of town. If you want to combine a quiet respite with some healthy exercise, Lynden’s flat city streets and surrounding rural roads are ideal for bicyclists and walkers.

For those seeking a more sedate time, try one of Lynden’s parks. Lynden City Parkand Berthusen Park (360-354-6717) both offer trails and covered picnic facilities in addtion to play areas for children including the 22,000 square foot Million Smiles Playground. Downtown Centennial Park(located at 4th & Grover Streets) features a lovely garden tended by the Lynden Garden Club and an impressive memorial to North Whatcom county veterans.

As if all this is not enough, you don’t have to travel far for many addtional options. Two of the world’s most beautiful cities – Vancouver, B.C. (45 miles north), home of the 2010 Winter Olympics, and Seattle (100 miles south) are ideal day-trip destinations.

If outdoor recreation is your pleasure, you’ll have a tough time choosing from bicycling, hunting fishing, beachcombing, and much more. The base of 10,778-foot-high Mt. Baker – beckoning skiers, hikers, and picnickers – is just 90 minutes east of Lynden. You also can head west 20 minutes to saltwater beaches, while the exquisite San Juan Islands are easily accessible by ferries and other vessels. Visit the Lake Terrell Wildlife Area in Ferndale to get upclose to nature.

With so much to do, you can see why so many choose to call Lynden home.

Worship

Lynden_Church_014Lynden has long been known as possessing one of the highest ratios of churches per capita in the country. The role of faith in the Lynden community has contributed more to the way Lynden is today than any other single factor. Over 40 churches representing a variety of denominations and faiths conduct services in the Lynden area. From large to small, the churches of Lynden and their many members continue to have a positive and long-lasting impact on the community.

Many of our local churches participate in community events and help provide needed community services. Organizations like the Lynden Ministerial Association help coordinate the efforts of area churches to make sure that needs of both a physical and spiritual nature are being met. Be it comfort in a time of loss and sorrow, assistance in getting children to school, helping with Lynden events or even putting on community events of their own, the Lynden faith community is an asset easily overlooked but one that would be irreplaceable.

A partial list of local Lynden churches is available by clicking here.

 

Berthusen Park

Around Whatcom County

While those of us fortunate enough to live in Lynden have an awful lot to be proud of, all of Whatcom County is truly God’s country.

From the soaring snow capped vistas of the Cascades to the blue-green waters of Puget Sound and the lovely, lazy Nooksack in between, Whatcom County is a great place to Live, Work and Play. To show it all off takes a big, talented crew of people and below are web links to just a few of the other places to visit around the county. We at the Lynden Chamber of Commerce want to thank our friends and collegues for their efforts and encourage you to give them a visit. And tell them we said hello!

Bellingham Whatcom Tourism
Ferndale Chamber of Commerce
Blaine Chamber of Commerce
Birch Bay Chamber of Commerce
Everson / Nooksack Chamber of Commerce
Sumas Chamber of Commerce
Mt. Baker Foothills Chamber of Commerce
Glacier Chamber of Commerce
Bellingham Chamber of Commerce
Information on visiting Washington State

Berthusen Park

Experience old-growth cedars by walking or bicycling through Berthusen Park, located just several miles west of Lynden. See the over 100 year old National Historic Berthusen Barn. Berthusen Park is also home to the Antique Tractor and Machinery Show the first weekend in August.