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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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Salt House & Church Clarity

Jason Bendickson

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 ( 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.

Pastor Sara Wolbrecht
Council President, Kim Saunders


Salt House Financial Update - Q1

Jason Bendickson

On Sunday, October 14, 2018, the Salt House Council Treasurer Greg Fenich shared a financial update with the Salt House Community. Please watch that update here.

View the slides from Greg’s presentation below.

New Bethlehem Day Center - October Update

Jason Bendickson

Donors, volunteers, other supporters-

Greetings, we hope this email finds you well.  An update of news related to New Bethlehem (NB) follows.

New Bethlehem Project:  Campaign for Permanent 24/7 Shelter

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King County has awarded $2 million to the capital campaign!  The project is now considered funded to a good level and Catholic Community Services can move forward with the design work towards a projected groundbreaking in spring 2019.  We are also excited to announce that of the $1 million needed from community support, we have raised $950,000!  (See attachment.)  There is still time to donate and help us cross this exciting finish line!

Donations can be made online at or mailed to:
Catholic Community Services (Attn: Eastside CARES)
100 23rd Ave SE, Seattle, WA 98114

Questions?  Please contact Rebecca Nightingale at or 734-709-7490.


Day Center

We continue to experience a larger number of guests as in summer, although the first couple hours can be quieter until kids get out of school and they arrive with parents.  We averaged about 40 guests daily in September, with a high of 66.  The greatest needs we have to provide for our guests are volunteers willing to work a few hours and preparers for the primary meal at dinner time.  See more on this in the final section.


Andrew Ndayambaje - New Case Manager

Mid-August, Andrew Ndayambaje joined NB as Case Manager.  Andrew grew up in east Africa and has the equivalent of a Bachelor's Degree in law from a college in Kigali, Rwanda.  He subsequently worked there for a law firm and was also a human rights activist.  He moved to the US in 2011 and after a couple of relocations for jobs he finally arrived in Washington in 2017.  He has varied work experience, including with Union Gospel Mission locally, but his passion throughout has been in social services and community building.  As Case Manager, he assists in numerous areas, including jobs, education and housing.  He is working full time Monday-Friday.  Andrew is married, lives in Lynnwood and loves sports, especially the Seattle Sounders soccer team.  This is a remarkable young man whose experience and desire to help can make a huge difference for our clients.


The Neiferts - Volunteer Spotlight

Mary and Don Neifert are regular volunteers for NB.  Mary works in the family room on Sundays, where she especially enjoys interacting with kids and their parents.  Her favorite part is celebrating special moments with parents.  Don drives the NB van in the evening to deliver guests to the overnight shelter.  He likes doing this because it relieves the burden for guests of taking buses or walking with luggage, kids or pets.  Don's favorite part is that helping saves families time and money while reducing stress.

The Neiferts chose NB for volunteering because "it offers such needed support for families experiencing homelessness and by helping it provides more time for regular staff to do their incredible work."  Mary and Don are married, have three adult children in college, live in Woodinville and attend Holy Family Parish.  Don is an engineer and Mary is an occupational therapist.  We are fortunate to have these two special volunteers.

Volunteer Appreciation Event

Volunteers and members of the NB Steering Committee, please come and celebrate with us on Saturday, October 20 from 6-7:30 PM at the annual Volunteer Appreciation Event.  We want to celebrate what has been accomplished and thank each of you for your time, effort and prayers that have facilitated New Bethlehem helping those in need.  There will be yummy bites, wine and activities to become acquainted.  We will meet in the Holy Family Parish Social Hall (7045 120th Ave NE, Kirkland,) allowing some social time before an informal program begins.  Significant others welcome.  If you have not done so as yet, please RSVP this email.  We hope to see you there!

How You Can Help

We immensely appreciate those who contribute to the operations of NB.  Our most pressing need now is for individuals who can contribute volunteer time of about two hours in the afternoon or especially in the evening.  This is a significant item, as the power of more volunteers = the power of what we can accomplish for guests.  Also, we have a need for individuals or groups who can provide the dinner meal.  Information on these and other opportunities follows.

Volunteering  We encourage you to give this a try if you have not.  An option is to get a friend or another family member and work together by signing up for slots at the same time.  See for information and attend our next monthly orientation on Sunday, October 28, 12:30 PM at NB.  Please reply to this email to register for orientation.

Provide the dinner meal or snacks  The dinner meal can be done by an individual but is also great fun for a group.  Snacks may be an option when you have less time.  Get information, including dinner ideas, at

Provide supplies  Cleaning, laundry, hygiene and other household supplies are immensely important.  If you can help, see

Donate financially  We of course are always grateful for monetary help.  See

To those actively supporting us--thank you, thank you, thank you!  To those who have not as yet been involved, we would love to have you join us!

NB Volunteer Committee