We believe in a God who is generous with us. We see it throughout Scripture:
- “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened…” Matthew 7:7-8
- “For the one whom God has sent speaks the words of God, for God gives the Spirit without limit.” John 3:34
- “…how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!” Luke 11:13
- So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up… Ephesians 4:10-11
- "…seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow…” Matthew 6:33-34
Jesus’ invitation into the life of God is an invitation into a generous life. From what God gives us, we live beyond ourselves by giving of our love and care, our gifts and passions, our time and energy, our money and resources. And part of the great joyous mystery of God is that in giving we receive so much more.
For us as Jesus followers, to live generous lives becomes a source of JOY for us!
We are kicking off the Salt House JOY! Campaign, spending three weeks asking these questions, together:
- When and how have I experienced God’s generosity? (In every sense. Remember, God most often does this through people).
- How have I been generous? (With all that we have)
At the end of these three weeks, we’ll live into a clearer answer to this question:
- How is God inviting us to live beyond ourselves now?
We’ll hold these questions together over the next three weeks as we hear stories from our community on Sundays during worship.
And the really amazing, generous thing? For these three weeks, our encouragers at Holy Spirit Lutheran Church, Kirkland are also hearing stories from Salt House and are prayerfully invited to make a pledge to give to Salt House for the next three years – to continue embodying God’s radical generosity as they partner with Salt House in our first years as a church. This is God, showing off with generosity for us!
Let’s see what God has to say to us about JOY! In these weeks to come, together.
Salt House is six months old!
Since we've opened our doors, amazing things have been happening. New people are coming through the doors every week, and Salt House is serving the Rose Hill neighborhood in creative ways.
In other words, JOY is happening at Salt House; the joy of community, of belonging, of new relationships, of new ministries. And joy is meant to be shared.
As this new community is coming to life, the community at Holy Spirit Lutheran Church is sharing the joy of this place and people. Many from HSLC have asked about opportunities to support and encourage Salt House as it grows and develops. In fact, 23 Members from HSLC are currently giving via Simply Giving to both Holy Spirit and Salt House!
A commitment has been made to keep the budgets of HSLC and Salt House separate, and that has not changed. Additionally, the gift of the building and funds from the former Trinity Lutheran Church enabled Salt House to be born and begin to thrive. This is a wonderful opportunity for those who feel it in their heart to participate as we continue living into that gift.
On average, we know that new ministries like Salt House take an average of three years to become self-supporting. The gift of funds and the building from Trinity are a huge head start for us, and have given Salt House a wonderful starting point. And Salt House’s own giving has been increasing steadily. With great joy, we can also share that a member of Holy Spirit has made a major gift of $75,000 over the next three years, as inspiration for us to create a fund that will help Salt House continue to develop and grow in this early stage.
Our hope is to create a fund of $300,000 over the next three years. Much like parents help their children grow by giving them a healthy, safe, and loving start in life, we – as the parent congregation of Salt House – want to give them a joyful start too. The starting gift of $75,000 is a great motivation for those who would like to add to this fund!
On Sunday, September 27th, we kick off the three-week JOY! Campaign for Salt House. As you are able, we invite you to prayerfully consider a gift over the next three years that will support and encourage this important ministry.
JOY is happening at Salt House! We are so thankful for the partnership we share together and for those who are finding new community there. And we are thankful for you, and your prayers and hopes and dreams for Salt House. Share the joy!
Sara Wolbrecht, Pastor of Salt House
Bob Guild, HSLC Stewardship Committee
David Papenhausen, HSLC Council President