We want to take a moment to lift up some upcoming business items for the community at Salt House. You may know that our fiscal year runs from July 1 - June 30, so we are a few months away from beginning a new year. This means we need to approve a budget for FY20 and nominate (and vote) for new people to hold our elected positions (and a few other items of business). So, in the coming weeks as we are making preparations, we are asking for your input and participation in the following areas:
SALT HOUSE LEADERSHIP NOMINATIONS
We have two Council seats that are opening up plus positions on the Personnel committee, next year’s Nominating committee and an Audit/finance role that need to be filled. We are currently taking nominations; please click here to submit a name (your own or someone else’s) for any of the positions that are open.
FY19 Q3 FINANCE UPDATE & FY20 BUDGET PREVIEW
On Sunday, April 28, Salt House Treasurer Greg Fenich will be offering a FY19 Q3 Finance Update to the Salt House community during our gathered worship time. We have a high value on transparency and timely communication about our financial progress and encourage you to attend. After worship, you are then invited to attend a budget preview for the upcoming FY20 fiscal year. This will be a great opportunity to interface with the finance team and ask questions about the proposed budget.
SYNOD ASSEMBLY - ELECTING REPRESENTATIVES
Salt House is connected to the larger church body of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America (ELCA). And with our official status as a recognized ELCA congregation, we are expected to participate in the regional rhythms of church governance. The Synod Assembly of the Northwest Washington Synod is May 17-19, and we at Salt House are committed to attending this gathering. So on Sunday, May 5 we will vote for four people from our congregation to attend the Synod Assembly as representatives of Salt House and to serve as voting members on our behalf. This is particularly exciting as we will be electing a new bishop for the Northwest Washington Synod. If you'd like more information on this upcoming event, please click here.
MEET THE SALT HOUSE LEADERSHIP CANDIDATES
Join us on Sunday, May 19 during worship to hear from each of the nominated candidates for the respective leadership positions that are open. Also, hard copies of the final FY20 budget will be made available to the congregation.
SALT HOUSE ANNUAL MEETING
Join us on Sunday, June 2 at 10:00am for a First Sunday Feast and Annual Meeting to vote for our new leadership members and approve our FY20 budget.
Perhaps you’ve seen the news lately about large celebrity churches like Hillsong, Zoe Church, Vous Church, and Churchome (formerly City Church) and their less-than-clear policies on LGBTQ+ inclusion. Much of this discussion has been fostered by the leadership of Church Clarity (www.churchclarity.org). Church Clarity’s goal is not to force any church to become something they don’t want to be, but rather that every church would clearly communicate what their policies are related to LGBTQ+ inclusion and women in leadership. Ambiguity is harmful. Clarity is reasonable.
Salt House is scored as a VERIFIED CLEAR Church on the Church Clarity website.
We want to take this opportunity to be completely clear about what “radical welcome” looks like here at Salt House by answering a few simple questions:
Will Salt House hire LGBTQ+ people for any ministry role? Yes
Will Salt House’s clergy officiate a wedding for LGBTQ+ people? Yes
Will Salt House ordain LGBTQ+ people? Yes
Are there any LGBTQ+ people on Salt House’s leadership team? Yes
Church Clarity also is invested in helping churches provide clear policies on women in leadership. Here are Salt House’s answers:
Can women preach in the primary church service? Yes
Can women be ordained (or recommended for ordination)? Yes
Can women serve as elders or in all governing bodies? Yes
Can women serve as senior pastor/minister? Yes
Do women and/or non-binary folks make up 50% or more of Salt House’s leadership team? Yes
How often do women and/or non-binary folks preach? Weekly
Again, our desire at Salt House is to be completely clear about our radical welcome and who can be involved at Salt House. If you have any questions about our policies related to LGBTQ+ inclusion and women in leadership, or experience something that is different than our goal of radical welcome, please don’t hesitate to engage in conversation with our leadership; specifically, Pastor Sara Wolbrecht and our Council President, Kim Saunders.
On Sunday, January 27, 2019 Kim Saunders shared and update on Pastor Sara’s recovery from Post Concussion Syndrome. Listen to that update below and view the slides she presented.
Last Sunday, November 11, 2018, Kim Saunders gave an update on Pastor Sara's recovery, the plan for re-engagement at Salt House, and call to the community to step up in ways that will help Salt House thrive in this season of transition.