Join us on Sunday June 11 for a short update on the status of ministry and life at Salt House. Kim Saunders will be presenting info during our time of worship together (about 15 minutes). Part of our presentation will include budget information. We value holding our operations, budget, and ministry plans as transparently as possible. Please bring your questions, comments, and support to share in this grand adventure we're on with God at Salt House!
If you have any questions that you'd like addressed, you can send us an e-mail at email@example.com.
Salt House Church – Annual Update to Holy Spirit Lutheran Church (parent congregation) - PDF VERSION HERE
Sara Wolbrecht, Pastor
God has been so active with us as we move into our third year of ministry in the Rose Hill neighborhood. On average, we have 65 people at Sunday worship at Salt House, including a rich diversity of ages and faith backgrounds who are hungry for an inclusive, relationship-oriented community.
In the past year, we’ve had the chance to COME, THRIVE and GO together, growing in relationship with God, with each other, and with our broader community. In November 2016, our partnership with Catholic Community Services (CCS) and the Holy Family and St. Louise parishes of the Catholic Church bore its first fruit as we opened the New Bethlehem Day Center for homeless families in our basement (NBDC). We now serve a daily average of 35 individuals operating Sunday through Friday from 2-8pm. In addition, this year we:
- Launched seven Thrive Teams, our version of committees which focus on spiritual support and growth as well as service in the areas of Music, Meals, Kids, Welcome, Garden, Homelessness, and Young Singles
- Offered our first First Communion class with six elementary school students and their families
- Grew our Kids program to include a preschool/nursery and an elementary age program, serving an average of 20 kids every Sunday
- Shared our first Super Bowl Party and an outdoor Easter Egg Hunt with NBDC families
- Hosted a special Prayer presentation during Lent with Justin McRoberts and Scott Erickson
- Expanded our online presence to include Facebook Livestreaming of sermons and a new Salt House app!
We continue to experience meals together as central to our community, serving each other brunch every 1st and 3rd Sunday, and reaching out to build relationships during the week through time at the table together. Our worship and prayer practices also continue to evolve as we explore new forms of interactive and engaging worship together.
Over the past year, we have worked to clarify the Salt House vision for mission and ministry. Salt House reaches to the fringes of its neighborhood – targeting young adults + all who find themselves in the liminal spaces of life. This new understanding of our call to be a school of love, fostering deep relationships through times of transition, clarified our special mission around serving our homeless neighbors. It reinforced our commitment to the NBDC, and led us to the decision to sell part of our property to help meet the need for a permanent, 24-hour shelter and services hub for Eastside single women and families of all configurations. CCS is collaborating closely with The Sophia Way and the City of Kirkland to execute on this plan. An architectural firm has been retained and the first design phase is underway in prep for August 2017 grant submissions to King County and the State of Washington. If the grants are secured, additional capital fundraising will begin in early 2018 with groundbreaking in summer 2018.
Please join us at Salt House. For one Sunday, or for every Sunday. You are welcome. And thank you for your continued support in prayer, Joy Campaign offerings, and love for Salt House. We wouldn’t be here without you.