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11920 Northeast 80th Street
Kirkland, WA, 98033


We are a Jesus-focused, inclusive community of faith that strives to live as Jesus lived in real, everyday ways. Come Thrive Go. Salt House is a Church on Seattle's Eastside located in Kirkland, Washington. 

Location: 11920 NE 80th Street, Kirkland, WA 98033.

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Seven Core Values & Practices at Salt House

Jason Bendickson

For the first several weeks of 2018, we at Salt House have spent time experiencing some of our core practices that have emerged in who we are and how we practice our faith and life together – things that have bubbled up in our 2 years and 10 months of existence:

  1. Being changed (living through transition) as central to who we are. 
  2. Engaging in the needs of homelessness on the Eastside (especially through the NBDC) – we had a volunteer orientation last month. 
  3. Eating together – always having Holy Communion and having meals here twice a month after worship and challenging each other to meet at tables with others throughout our week – because good and sacred things happen when we eat together.
  4. Generosity – giving where we want our hearts to go.
  5. Hearing God, and asking our two questions: What is God saying?  What am I going to do about it?
  6. Practicing radical welcome - we say it every Sunday morning, we print it in our bulletin, and it is even on our reader board this week.  And it boils down to this: Jesus welcomes and affirms all people – and so do we. And we are made better as a community through diversity.
  7. Stories matter. Both sides of story-telling: making room and curiosity to hear one another’s stories, and also having the courage to share our own story here in community.  For when stories are shared, that distance between us gets smaller, as our stories shimmer with connections.  When stories are shared, we also hear God’s story in our stories. 

Meals Team & HSLC Congregational Meeting Update

Jason Bendickson


This past Sunday (January 28), Holy Spirit Lutheran Church held a congregational meeting to vote on 3 items related to Salt House. Pastor Sara and Kim Saunders presented on behalf of the Salt House community and, after announcing a financial gift to Holy Spirit from the proceeds of the sale, they received a standing ovation! There were three ballot measures related to Salt House:

  1. Selling a portion of Salt House land to the City of Kirkland for a permanent 24-hour shelter,
  2. Requesting early release of Joy Campaign funds to Salt House in the total of $148,000, and
  3. Approving our timeline of Salt House becoming and independent congregation by July 1, 2018.

All three measures passed! Thank you to everyone who made time to attend the meeting and vote.


On Sunday, Pastor Sara updated us (watch here) on the restructure of our Meals Team. Please consider getting involved this season. There are several ways you can help ensure our value of eating together continues to be a fun and sustainable experience. Sign up to help on our SERVE FORM.

The Meals Team is looking for a few more volunteers. Here are the specific areas you can get plugged in:

  • Team: Cooking for the first-Sunday-of-the-month meal, helping with set-up OR clean up on 1st and 3rd Sundays (when in town).
  • First-Sunday Substitutes: Cook when the team can't.
  • Scheduler(s): Manage online sign-ups and email communication between the Team and the wider community.
  • Clean-up Experts: Help orient and direct folks on meal Sundays to ensure clean-up goes smoothly.

Thank you for an amazing year!

Jason Bendickson

Love is born!

As we celebrate the fullness of God’s love made known to us this Christmas, we pause to say THANK YOU – to you.  For continuing to say yes with us to:

  • Creating a community of radical welcome and affirmation for all people.
  • Serving our Church and wider community.
  • Showing up for fun, interactive, and sacred times in worship on Sundays.
  • Partnering with the New Bethlehem Day Center (over 600 individuals received services and 54 families were housed in the past year). 
  • Generously selling our land for a 24-hour shelter for families and women experiencing homelessness. Wow!
  • Listening for Kairos (God's 'hooks') in our lives, especially through seasons of transition.
  • Learning to love like Jesus, with grace, authenticity, and humility. 

God has done so much! We’re thrilled for what God has in store for us in the year to come – let’s keep saying yes, together.

One more thing: Year-end giving

Salt House is a community that was birthed out of amazing generosity. And as a community, we believe God is exceedingly generous with us, so we respond by aiming to live generous lives. 

As you contemplate making end-of-year charitable donations, please keep Salt House in mind. Your contribution makes a huge impact on the life of this community. 

If you would like to make a donation, please consider giving via text or using an online method (Simply Giving) You can also mail your gift to:

Salt House
11920 NE 80th St.
Kirkland, WA 98033
(must be postmarked by Dec. 30, 2017)

Thank you!
Merry Christmas, dear friends!  May God’s abundant blessings be yours in 2018!
Your Salt House Staff


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