“Hey Saltines, Happy October!
Fall has fallen upon us here in the US of A and in the spirit of changing seasons, we have something a little different for you in this month’s newsletter: our dear Vasshti is away exploring the far corners of
Tyria Earth this month, so you have the unfortunate pleasure of hearing from me! For those of you who don’t know me, my name is Matt/Mice(ign)/Xagittus(character) and I have had the privilege of being one of the Guild Leaders of [Salt] for the past two years.
The past few months have been a fairly chaotic time of transition for me (hence this letter being a few days late, forgive me folks) with good friends moving (and passing) away, and ever growing responsibilities at school with classes and research; so if you’ll humor me for a moment, I’m going to wistfully reminisce about my early years in Salt (this has a point, I promise, bear with me guys):
I joined [Salt], along with my brothers and father, three and a half years ago in my Junior year of high school. At that time, Salt was a small – repeat small – guild with roughly 6 (possibly 5) members. I was a little underwhelmed to be frank, but my family had wanted to join a Christian guild so I had googled “GW2 Christian Guild” and discovered [Salt], and went along with the rest of my family.
Enter a really rough couple of years of my life stage left. I was having issues both at home and with my schoolwork (I was homeschooled, they were somewhat indistinguishable); and, more or less, pretty much shut myself in my bedroom for two years: I did schoolwork and played Guild Wars 2 (and went to church on Sunday: I played for the youth worship team) and nothing else. My social life was, by all appearances, beyond nonexistent (although I did have some extended conversations with my dogs – and blank walls… and myself… 😉 ); however, it was during that time that I really became plugged into [Salt]. People in [Salt] rapidly became my best – and only – friends; a portal into a fun, friendly world I didn’t have outside of gaming. I was a WvW roaming nut (#thiefLife, D/D backstab spam OP) and eventually became the WvW officer. Skip forward a little bit to the summer before I left for college (two years ago now O_o) and I became one of the [Salt] guild leaders.
For the first semester of college, [Salt] continued to be my safe place, much as it had in high school; but, the positive influence of [Salt] had made me more confident and outgoing (not that I was outgoing, but I was more outgoing than before), and in much the same way that [Salt] started to grow under the leadership of Lady Cateline and Vasshti (and my lesser influential and more advisory leadership), I started to make friends in my new town and new church and gradually had less and less time to invest in [Salt]. Now, two years later, I’m on my church’s worship team, I co-teach a Bible study, I’m a behavior analysis lab lead therapist and supervisor, and I’m significantly more comfortable in my own skin – I’ve found myself if you will.
If you’re still with me and awake (I ramble, sorry), I say all that because I want to tell you all this: God has given us, as a guild, as a community, an opportunity to touch the lives of those who otherwise might be on their own. Don’t underestimate the influence you guys all have in people’s lives simply because we’re “just” playing a game in the company of other Christians; we’re also fellowshipping together as brothers and sisters in Christ. I know this awesome community has had a huge impact in my life, and I know others have told me much the same thing, and shared similar (and generally way cooler and less boring) stories.
Keep it up guys and gals! We’ve been blessed with a community of amazing people, not just friendly and amazing members, but genuinely passionate leaders and officers who love the community y’all have made. Continue being friendly. Continuing loving on the awkward weirdos (like me). I love watching our community in action – stay awesome Salt!
In the words of the Apostle Paul: “Therefore comfort each other and edify one another, just as you also are doing.” -1 Thessalonians 5:11 (NKJV)
Back to your regularly scheduled programming! A shout out to everyone who has been donating resources to Guild Hall upgrades – we are nearly done! If you want to donate (we still need “Ley Line Tools” – in the words of Cateline – “desperately”), message Lady Cateline (or Vasshti when she returns) in game and they’ll let you know what’s needed! Also, don’t tell Vasshti or Cateline that I’m telling you guys this as it’s strictly on the down low, but there’s also rumours (and whispers of rumours) rumbling in our officer page about new weekly events possibly appearing on our guild calendar soon(TM)… or so I’ve heard *wink wink*. Make sure to check out our event calendar on our facebook page for the exact times of all of our regularly scheduled events!
God Bless Saltines,
• New Saltines •
MonoSodiumGlutamate; Mortred; TinyK; Jordan; JustJeremy; Ekhetrima; TwinDestroyer; Viciman; ElmerFudd; Kill Appeal; Hainesmurders; Kytlock
Be sure to give a warm Salty welcome if you see these new Saltines in-game!
• October Verse of the Month •
“What causes fights and quarrels among you? Don’t they come from your desires that battle within you? You want something but don’t get it. You kill and covet, but you cannot have what you want. You quarrel and fight. You do not have, because you do not ask God. When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures.
You adulterous people, don’t you know that friendship with the world is hatred toward God? Anyone who chooses to be a friend of the world becomes and enemy of God. Or do you think Scripture says without reason that the spirit he caused to live in us envies intensely? But he gives us more grace. That is why the Scripture says:
‘God opposed the proud
but gives grace to the humble.’
Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. Grieve, mourn and wail. Change your laughter to mourning and your joy to gloom. Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up.
Brothers, do not slander one another. Anyone who speaks against his brother or judges him speaks against the law and judges it. When you judge the law, you are not keeping it, but sitting in judgement on it. There is only one Lawgiver and Judge, the one who is able to save and destroy. But you—who are you to judge your neighbor?
Now listen, you who say, ‘Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money.’ Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. Instead, you ought to say, ‘If it is the Lord’s will, we will live and do this or that.’ As it is, you boast and brag. All such boasting is evil. Anyone, then, who knows the good he ought to do and doesn’t do it, sins.”
• October Song of the Month •
Jesus We Love You
by Paul McClure
• October Recipe of the Month •
Cake Batter Chocolate Chip Cookies
– 1 ¼ cup all-purpose flour
– 1 ¼ cup yellow or vanilla boxed cake mix
– ½ tsp baking soda
– ¾ cup unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
– ½ cup granulated sugar
– ½ cup packed light brown sugar
– 1 egg, at room temperature
– 1 ½ tsp vanilla extract
– 1 cup chocolate chips (I use a blend of white and semi-sweet chocolate chips)
– ½ cup sprinkles
In a large bowl, sift together flour, cake mix, and baking soda. Set aside.
Using a hand mixer or a stand mixer fitted with paddle attachment, cream the softened butter and both sugars together on medium speed until smooth. Add the egg and mix on high until combined, about 1 minute. Scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl as needed. Add the vanilla and beat on high until combined. Add the flour mixture to the wet ingredients and mix on low-medium speed until just combined. Add chocolate chips and sprinkles. Mix on low until the add-ins are evenly disbursed.
Cover tightly with plastic wrap and refrigerate dough for at least 2 hours, or up to 3-4 days. This step is mandatory. The dough is fairly sticky, so chilling the dough is required in order to avoid the cookies from spreading too much. If you chill longer than 2 hours, make sure you roll the cookie dough into balls after the 2 hour mark. Place dough balls on a plate, cover tightly, and store in the refrigerator until ready to bake. You may also freeze the balls at this point for up to 3 months.
Once the dough has been chilled, preheat oven to 350° F. Line two large cookie sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats.
Scoop rounded balls of the cold dough onto an ungreased baking sheet. Shape your cookie dough balls to be taller than they are wide. Keep dough chilled when working in batches.
Bake the cookies for 10-12 minutes until edges are slightly browned.
Allow cookies to cool on the baking sheet for 4 minutes then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
Found a deliciously tested by Vasshti from the blog Sally’s baking addiction.
• October Tip of the Month •
Did you know that you can customize your member profile? Add a profile and cover photo, tell us your in game character names, and even let us know your favorite spot in Tyria! Check it out!
(User tab → Profile → Gear Symbol → Edit Profile)
“You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled by men. You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.” Matt. 5:13-16