By Pastor Sara Wolbrecht | November 20th, 2014
(from the Holy Spirit Lutheran Church blog)
Are you one of the many folks who are fiercely loyal to being a Pacific Northwesterner? This is a unique, beautiful place to call home - and also one of the most "unchurched" areas in the country. Fewer than 5% head to churches on any given Sunday. And yet - more than 80% of folks identify as having faith.
Emerging adults, those in their 20s and 30s, are some of these faithful folks who are largely absent from churches. By and large they are looking for a community to belong to and for fresh, real ways of living lives of faith and purpose.
At Holy Spirit Lutheran Church we have the incredible privilege, gift, and opportunity to partner with God in carving out this kind of place for emerging adults! And so! We have a name for this new church we are launching! It is...drum roll please... Salt House! Here's a bit about the name...
Why the word House? We chose that word very intentionally. All of us long for a place to be and belong. A place that is home for us - at any age. "House" captures the intention of this community truly being a place of belonging and community.
Why the word Salt? "Salt" comes from Matthew 5:13 where Jesus calls us to be "salt for the earth and light of the world." Salt draws out the flavors of foods, and we at Salt house will be people who enhance the flavors of God in the world around us. We'll look at Jesus' example of how to live "salty" lives of purpose, intention, forgiveness, mercy, justice, love, and FUN.
I grew up in Redmond and have been so deeply transformed by the presence of Jesus in my life that I am overjoyed by the chance to be the pastor of this emerging community - and it just keeps getting better as we see the details of this ministry taking form.
This is yours, too. Salt House belongs to all of us at HSLC and we need YOU to work in tandem with the Holy Spirit. Stay tuned in the weeks and months to come from ways to help launch Salt House as we - together- reach the young adults of the Eastside for the sake if the Kingdom of God.