News, Upcoming Events, and Announcements

New Office Administrator

I'm delighted to share that we have recruited a new office administrator to fill the vacancy left by Stacey. Vanessa Thibodeaux accepted our offer and will begin on November 1. She comes to us with extensive administrative experience, manages her own natural products company and is eager to begin as Saltwater's office administrator. Stop by next month and get to know her.


Many thanks (much appreciation) to Gaye Greeves and Mary Paynter who served with me on the interview team and whose help was invaluable in selecting Vanessa. And a second round of heartfelt thanks to Gaye and to Melinda Einander. Without their pitching in and fielding extra tasks this past month, much would have gone untended. I am especially grateful to Melinda for stepping in as a "second" for me, both for her willingness to cover areas outside her regular assignments and for the depth and breadth of information she has shared.  Rev Helen

Hospitality House News- Thank You Saltwater and a New Direction!


The next - and last - opportunity to serve meals to Hospitality House is the week of Dec 20-25th, 2016. PLEASE SIGN UP ONLINE! Beginning in November – We hope you’ll add Hospitality House to your shopping list. Check the Social Responsibility bulletin board for a list of household supplies needed and during each Sunday service, those supplies will be brought forward. More details to follow.

News you need to know . . .

Each Sunday following the worship service we'll be sharing the "News You Need to Know". Plan to gather in the welcome room for coffee, conversation and important announcements and information. And...if you have an announcement or skit you'd like to include, contact your representative on the Special Ops Team.

Art Wall Update

Art Wall Update: I hope you are enjoying the fiber artistry of our own Sally Caldwell, on exhibit in the Welcoming Room through October 16. Madeline Clayton's captivating and whimsical paintings will grace our art wall from October 17 through December 4th. Then I invite small works (no larger than 11 X 14 inches or equivalent) to be displayed in December.  Contact Debra Valpey if you would to exhibit in December. or 206-243-5566 or 206-953-5704

Halloween Happenings


On Sunday, October 30, children and youth will trick or treat for UNICEF in the sanctuary following the service. Children and adults alike are invited to dress in costume and attend the annual Halloween party sponsored by our youth group from 11:30-12:30 am in the Lighthouse. We will have crafts, games, treats, and a spooky haunted room for you to enjoy. All youth in grades 6-12 are invited to an overnight October 29 to prepare for the party.    

"A Raisin in the Sun" Brown-Bag Lunch & Discussion

On Sunday, October 30th, the Adult RE team will host a brown bag lunch discussion of the play "A Raisin in the Sun." We will gather in the meeting room in the Saltwater Church Office building at noon to discuss the play, which will be performed at the Seattle Repertory Theater from September 30 to October 30.
Tickets for the theater performance are on sale now, and can be purchased online at
For those who cannot attend the performance and wish to participate in the discussion, copies of the play (written, audio, and DVD) are also available from the King County Library (  Sign up online at:

Tea with the B!

On the last Sunday of every month, your Board of Directors invites you to join them for tea/coffee in the Sanctuary at noon. Bring your questions and concerns so we can have a discussion! All are welcome.

Parents as Social Justice Educators

With so many complex issues facing our world, we ask ourselves, how do we talk to our children.  How do we give them the information and tools that will allow them to feel empowered to work for change without overwhelming them?  Join other parents as we discuss tools to help us be the social justice educators our kids need.This class will meet monthly on third Sundays beginning November 20. Contact Melinda Einander for more information or sign up online at:  Childcare available upon request.

Annual Thanksgiving Potluck at Saltwater Church

Once again we'll meet at church at 2:00 for our annual Thanksgiving Potluck. We've done this for over a dozen years, and it's a wonderful celebration. The church will supply turkey and a vegetarian main dish and members supply the rest. Please feel free to invite neighbors and relatives--even your couch-surfing brother-in-law. Please call Laura Billington at 425 413 6868 to tell what you'll be bringing. 

Home for the Holidays

Dec. 4th from noon to 3 PM: prepare for winter festivals and gift-giving, while benefiting our church community!  We'll have raffle drawings; a special store for the children; refreshments and music while you socialize, admire the treasures of our church community, and shop to fill your holiday needs.

Donations for the sale are due by November 13th.

Did you notice . . .

the new bulletin boards? Thank you to Jim Morgan for creating, delivering and setting-up the five-board screen in the welcome room. Right now they're still under construction, though soon there will be information and announcements posted for each area of ministry at Saltwater.

Grief Group

The grief group is restarting.  We plan to meet first and thrid Mondays from 7-8:30 in the church office.  All are welcome.  

Inside Saltwater

To read more news, including the latest posts from our leadership, staff members, ministry teams, and administrative teams about what's happening at Saltwater Church, visit "Inside Saltwater."



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