Feb 102005
Authors: James Baetke

The Timberline Church is reaching out to the community by inviting the city to a number of church services designed to remember Samantha Spady, a CSU student who died of alcohol poisoning last year.

"This is our way of supporting the Spadys," said Pastor Reza Zadeh, leader of the young-adult ministry Flip the Switch for Timberline Church, 2908 S. Timberline Road.

The entire CSU Greek system has been invited to the services. The Spady family will also be in attendance.

This summer the Timberline Church will convert the former Sigma Pi fraternity house into a community center. The center will be designed to provide a safe haven for partygoers in a sober environment, among other things.

The decision to revoke the fraternity of its membership came four days after 19-year-old Spady was found dead in a seldom-used room at the Sigma Pi house, 709 Wagner Drive. Spady died from excessive alcohol use with a blood-alcohol content of .436.

"I am seeing so many positives out of something so tragic," Zadeh said.

Timberline services will occur at 4:30 and 6 p.m. on Saturday and 8:30, 9:45 and 11:15 a.m. on Sunday. Zadeh said all are welcome.

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