Guild Wars 2

February Newsletter 2017

February 1, 2017
Feb 2017-2

“The February sunshine steeps your boughs and tints the buds and swells the leaves within.”
William C. Bryant

I haven’t taken that many notes in church in a long time. Sometimes there is just a message at church that just smacks you right in the face and leaves you encouraged and challenged. For me that was a recent message on Stewardship. My church spent the month of January in a sermon that my pastor was calling “Money: The reasons God cares about yours”. Money is often a challenging topic to talk about in church; no one likes to be told how to spend their hard earned money! The message on stewardship focused on the reasons why God asks us to give and tithe: it all comes from Him, it’s not really ours anyway. The principle of stewardship doesn’t only apply to our monetary wealth but to many other areas in which the Lord has blessed us and this is just what I needed to hear. “For most people, the word ‘stewardship’ makes them think of money and that’s fine because it has a lot to do with money. But, stewardship isn’t just about money—it’s about everything: time and talent and treasure. It’s about your health, your gifts, your skills, your home, your family, your car, your job, your hobbies, your creativity, your sharp mind, and your strong back. James says it: “Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of heavenly lights…” (1:17). Every bit of everything that you have and properly enjoy is from Him… God is the Source of all that we have in our lives—whether great or small. Your time. Your talent. Your treasure. He’s the Source of all of it and He’s chosen to put you in charge of it. I am not an owner. I am a steward of all that God has put before me. I have been appointed to manage His stuff!” Phil Christiansen; COTF. Isn’t that just freeing friends? Everything belongs to God! I don’t have to stress about gaining anything I just have to do my best to use what God has given me to the best of my ability! I could quote this sermon all day because it impacted me so deeply. As a housewife I don’t work and I don’t earn money to give back to God but He as given me other things that I can use,  that I can steward well, for His glory! Pastor Phil also said: “If you have a knack for making money, then make all you can and honor God with it. If God has given you a sharp mind, then use it for His glory. The gifts and talents you possess, like the ones listed in Romans 12 & 1 Corinthians 12, use them to build the Body of Christ and invest them in the Kingdom. Our abilities, including the ability to earn, are God-given. The question is: how will we steward those abilities?” Everything I have, everything I can do is from God. He has given me time and talent that I can use to honor Him. He has given my husband the ability to work and make money to provide for our family, how can we be the best stewards of that? Like the Parable of the Talents found in Matthew 25:14-30 (read it here), I don’t want to bury my treasure in the ground! I want to use what God has given to me, I want to put it to work! I am blessed to say God has given me a talent for music and I am even more blessed to say that God has already led me into using that gift for His glory! I can also say God has blessed me with time, way too much of it and I feel his call to put that work as well. To serve in a ministry, to bless friends or family who need help, to use my time to bless my husband. I’m not exactly sure what God has in mind for my time but I recognize His calling on my heart in this area and I am praying that He will reveal his plan for this part of my life that he has given to me. I love this sermon so much that I am not only going to link it here but I am also going to embed it below:

I hope you find time in your day to listen to this sermon and be encouraged and recognize the “Time, Talent and Treasure” that God has given you to manage.

P.S. Happy February! The month of “love” as some see it. Regardless if you have a significant other in your life, celebrate this month of Love, for Christ first loved you!

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The last month has gone great in the guild. If you haven’t been into the Guild Hall recently I encourage you to check it out! Edhalreth has done an amazing job in decorating and creating another wonderful jumping puzzle for us all to enjoy! Thank you to her and all the scribes that have been making wonderful decorations for us! Edhalreth still has many new decorating ideas in mind and is in need of a few things to make it happen. If you feel called to help us out in terms of materials for decorations you can put the following items in the guild bank: Dust of any tier (though luminescent or radiant would be most helpful), Flaxseed or Linseed Oil, Pigment of any color (I find brown, yellow, orange, and blue are used often), Potatoes with which to craft brown dye to salvage into pigment, Piles of coarse sand, Seasoned wood logs (or any T1-4 wood), Coarse leather sections, Lamp finials, Glacial shards and glacial fragments, Molten shards and fragments, Onxy shards, Auric crown. This is totally voluntary but we do appreciate anything that you can do to help.  If you don’t have mats to spare but do want to help in another way you can help with gold donations. Any gold donations can be placed in the Guild Bank, first tab, and will be used for guild decorations and blessing guild members in need. Thank you in advance for any help you can give us in these areas!

This is more of a personal ambition that I want to share with others. I have been enjoying and playing a lot more WvW recently. I know a bunch of you enjoy WvW or try to do it for the dailies and want/need others to help you out. If anyone is on Fort Aspenwood or our linked server (which changes) and you are interested in WvW let me know! I run pretty randomly but I would love to get some more Saltines with me if you are interested!

Be sure to check the facebook page and group for reminders of weekly events! TBDT has been happening regularly as have our Fractals, Family Gaming and Guild mission events. These are a fun way to connect and fellowship with members of the guild. The best way to get to know each other is by hanging out together, so I hope you will consider joining us for some of our events.

Finally, if you enjoy the songs from the newsletters I have put them all in a playlist linked to our Guild email address. I will be adding songs from future newsletters as well. If you would like to check that out and listen to those songs again, or on repeat all day like I do, you can find it here.

Well that’s all from me for now. I pray you guys have a blessed month. Keep our Guild in your prayers, that we can have God led fellowship together and that we can be a light shining in the GW2 community!

God bless you my friends,

(Vasshti, Guild Leader)

“To Him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen.” 1 Peter 4:11

• New Saltines •

Cerritus Animus; Saevus Animus; Tourettes Tuna; Kilga; genesis; Meatballsub; Crusader for Christ; vanRijn; Jared; Northlander; Tinkerbell Babe; Nicknow; rainymarcelo.

Be sure to give a warm Salty welcome if you see these new Saltines in-game

• February Verse of the Month •

1 Thessalonians 2:17-20, 3:1-13

“But, brothers, when we were torn away from you for a short time (in person, not in thought), out of our intense longing we made every effort to see you. For we wanted to come to you—certainly I, Paul, did, again and again—but Satan stopped us. For what is our hope, our joy, or the crown in which we will glory in the presence of our Lord Jesus when he comes? Is it not you? Indeed, you are our glory and joy.
So when we could stand it no longer, we thought it best to be left by ourselves in Athens. We sent Timothy, who is our brother and God’s fellow worker in spreading the gospel of Christ, to strengthen and encourage you in your faith, so that no one would be unsettled by these trials. You know quite well that we were destined for them. In fact, when we were with you, we kept telling you that we would be persecuted. And it turned out that way, as you well know. For this reason, when I could stand it no longer, I sent to find out about your faith. I was afraid that in some way the tempter might have tempted you and our efforts might have been useless.
But Timothy has just now come to us from you and has brought good news about your faith and love. He has told us that you always have pleasant memories of us and you long to see us, just as we also long to see you. Therefore, brothers, in all our distress and persecution we were encouraged about you because of your faith. For now we really live, since you are standing firm in the Lord. How can we thank God enough for you in return for all the joy we have in the presence of our God because of you? Night and day we pray most earnestly that we may see you again and supply what is lacking in your faith.
Now may our God and Father himself and our Lord Jesus clear the way for us to come to you. May the Lord make your love increase and overflow for each other and for everyone else, just as ours does for you. May he strengthen your hearts so that you will be blameless and holy in the presence of our God and Father when our Lord Jesus comes with all his holy ones.”

• February Song of the Month •

Sidewalk Prophets

• February Recipe of the Month •

Roasted Herbed Red Potatoes

– 3 Pounds red potatoes, washed and halved (quartered if potatoes are on the medium/large side)
– 3 Tablespoons olive oil
– 6 Cloves of garlic, minced
– 1 teaspoon salt
– 1 teaspoon dried thyme
– ½ teaspoon black pepper
– ½ teaspoon dried oregano
– ½ teaspoon dried basil
– ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese
– 3 Tablespoons fresh parsley, finely chopped

1. Preheat the oven to 400ºF. Grease a large baking sheet with non-stick spray or olive oil. Set aside.
2. In a large bowl, toss together all of the ingredients except the parsley until potatoes are evenly coated. Pour coated potatoes onto prepared baking sheet, spreading them out as evenly as possible. Bake for 45-55 minutes, turning every 15 minutes with a spatula, until browned and crisp. Sprinkle with fresh parsley before serving. Potatoes are best served immediately, but will stay fresh in an airtight container in the refrigerator up to 3 days. Reheat in the microwave as needed, or reheat on baking sheet or large casserole dish, covered, in a 300ºF oven for 10-15 minutes or until heated through.

Found and deliciously tested by Vasshti from the blog fresh april flours

Vasshti’s tips: These are incredibly delicious and super super easy to make! My new favorite side dish! I usually make a half batch and that is more than enough for the hubby and I. I usually sprinkle about 1 Tablespoon dried parsley to the bowl with all the other ingredients, so I don’t have to use fresh. Enjoy!

• February Tip of the Month •

Guild Enhancements

Did you know that the Guild has a number of FREE guild enhancements in the Guild Hall? From the spawn Waypoint go South into the Tavern and find Nathan the Bartender [Guild Enchancements]. He has a 20% Crafting Boost, 10% Map Bonus Rate, 20% Gathering Boost, 10% Karma Boost, 10% Magic Find Boost, 10% XP Gain, 10% PvP Reward Track Gain, 10% WvW XP Gain, and a 10% WvW Reward Track boost. All of these boosts are totally free and last for 24 hours! You can only have one active at a time but you can switch them out at any time! Come find Nathan the Bartender for your free boosts today!

“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

Guild Wars 2

January Newsletter 2017

January 1, 2017

“The New Year, like an Infant Heir to the whole world, was waited for, with welcomes, presents, and rejoicings.”
–  Charles Dickens

Happiest of New Years to you my friend. If you’re anything like me you are reading this all sleepy eyed after a late night. I may have shared this with you last year but my favorite new tradition is the “I haven’t all year!” Every year at midnight, whether my family is together or not, we play this game: “I haven’t brushed my teeth ALL YEAR!”, “Oh yea? Well I haven’t showered ALL YEAR!” My dad is a goof ball and started this tradition too long ago to count. Laughing is always a great way to ring in the new year with those you love. But really though, the New Year can be a bit of blank slate can’t it? Don’t think of all the bad that happened last year but think of all the good that could happen this year! 2016 came with it’s challenges but there was plenty of good. Look to that as you venture into 2017 and do your best to make this the best year yet. It’s not about setting resolutions that you will or will not keep, but it’s about daily choosing joy, grace and forgiveness. It’s about daily choosing to live following God. I encourage you, if you’re going to set a New Year’s resolution for 2017, set one to be in God’s word daily. I guarantee you, if you do, you will be blessed this year.

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!” – 2 Corinthians 5:17

(I know, it’s short this month but the holidays happened, then all of a sudden it was January. You know how I mentioned last month that the Christmas season usually eats me alive and spits me out on the January side dazed and confused…..yea…)

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Salt is doing great in game; I am so blessed to see God bringing us so many new friends every month. If you are one of them, then know, I am so glad God brought you to us. I truly hope you can feel at home here and make many new friends among our Saltines. To those of you who are new, the best way to get plugged in with all our friends is to do our weekly events with us! This gets you connected on a small group basis and it is great fellowship! You can find our weekly event calendar here on our website (Guild Wars 2 → Events Calendar) and we post reminders for every event on our Facebook Page (so check that out and get plugged in). Over all event participation has been a little low this month, but that is to be expected with the holidays. I do hope to see you at events in this New Year. Because we miss seeing you!

The guild treasury is still full and at max,  so we don’t need anything for the guild hall. Again a huge thanks to those who helped us get there. We do have some friends and allies who don’t have a maxed guild hall and would be blessed by any help they can get. Not necessary just an option for those who want to help. If you do want to help let me know and I can tell you what they need.

I have been enjoying leading the TBDT event and I hope those of you who have come have enjoyed it as well. For those who are unfamiliar TBDT= To Be Determined Tuesday: an event that changes every week. That being said I would love suggestions on things you would like to see us do for TBDT! If you have any please let me know and I’ll get it on the schedule! On another note, participation for our guild missions has been a little low recently so I hope you will consider joining us. We do guild missions every Sunday night at 9:00pm EST (with tonight as an exception, holiday and all). The guild itself doesn’t need the favor or influence but it’s a great time of fellowship with friends and gives you guild commendations which can be used to buy many things in the guild hall! Anyway, I hope you will consider joining us for that sometime!

The guild bank is super full again which is an awesome problem to have because it means our saltines have been super generous to share with each other! Thanks for that! But because it’s full that means we are running out of room for new items. Therefore, I will be cleaning out the guild bank sometime during the second week in January (the 9th-13th). The first tab in the guild hall, Guild Stash, is for officers only, but the second two tabs, Treasure Trove and Deep Cave are for all saltines. So if there is anything at all you want in those two tabs, don’t be shy! Take anything you might want! Anything that is left will be sorted, sold and cleared (any proceeds from the sales will go back to the guild bank). Any Gold donations to the guild bank will be used to create guild hall decorations or will go into helping the community! I will keep a collection of food, Potions and WvW blueprints, but many of the other randoms will be purged. So check it out and enjoy whatever you find there!

Well my friends, that is all from me for this month. I truly hope that you have an incredible year! Please be praying for our Guild. Pray that God’s will and plan will remain top priority in our guild and that He will bless us as a community this year.

God bless you!

(Vasshti, Guild Leader)

“To Him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen.” 1 Peter 4:11

• New Saltines •

MadGar; Ragerz Abyss; Kantazo; Locenehtar; drjones; Amber Dawn; CindyKa; dannyjones; daniel ray; Ryokozekem; Page; AngelBrady; LittleDago; Donum Lux; Soothsayer;  Ekhetrima.

Be sure to give a warm Salty welcome if you see these new Saltines in-game!

• January Verse of the Month •

1 Thessalonians 2

“You know, brothers, that our visit to you was not a failure. We had previously suffered and been insulted in Philippi, as you know, but with the help of our God we dared to tell you his gospel in spite of strong opposition. For the appeal we make does not spring from error or to impure motives, nor are we trying to trick you. On the contrary, we speak as men approved by God to be entrusted with the gospel. We are not trying to please men but God, who tests our hearts. You know we never used flattery, nor did we put on a mask to cover up greed—God is our witness. We were not looking for praise from men, not from you or anyone else.
As apostles of Christ we could have been a burden to you, but we were gentle among you, like a mother caring for her little children. We loved you so much that we were delighted to share with you not only the gospel of God but our lives as well, because you had become so dear to us. Surely you remember, brothers, our toil and hardship; we worked night and day in order not to be a burden to anyone while we preached the gospel of God to you.
You are witnesses, and so is God, of how holy, righteous and blameless we were among you who believed. For you know that we dealt with each of you as a father deals with his own children, encouraging, comforting and urging you to live lives worthy of God, who calls you into his kingdom and glory.
And we also thank God continually because, when you received the word of God, which you heard from us, you accepted it not as the word of men, but as it actually is, the word of God, which is at work in you who believe. For you, brothers, became imitators of God’s churches in Judea, which are in Christ Jesus: You suffered from your own countrymen the same things those churches suffered from the Jews, who killed the Lord Jesus and the prophets and also drove us out. They displeased God and are hostile to all men in their effort to keep us from speaking to the Gentiles so that they may be saved. In this way they always heap up their sins to the limit. The wrath of God has come upon them at last.”

• January Song of the Month •

Chain Breaker
Zach Williams

• January Recipe of the Month •

Blueberry Scones
by: Perkysaurus

– 1 cup of sour cream
– 1 tsp baking soda
– 4 cups of flour
– 1 cup of white sugar
– 2 tsp baking powder
– 1 tsp salt
– 1 cup of butter
– 1 egg
– 1 cup of blueberries or raisins, or whatever fruit you want.

Preheat to 350 degrees.
Take your bowl with your cup of sour cream, and mix in the baking soda.
Whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt in a large mixing bowl.
Cut in the butter using a pastry blender or two knives (or a fork) in a criss-cross fashion, until the butter is broken into pea sized morsels in the flour.
Beat the egg and mix in into the sour cream.
Add the sour cream mixture into the dry mixture, working it in.
The dough can be a bit dry, but if you use your hands to combine it, it will be perfect. If needed add milk until it’s combined. The secret to a good scone is a drier dough, not gluey.
When the dough is combined, mix in the fruit. I fold in delicate berries by hand.
Divide into three equal circles, patting each into a circle that is one inch thick (width ranges from 6-7 inches). Cut each circle into six equal triangles.
Bake on a well-greased or parchment lined baking sheet for 15-20 minutes, until the scones are browned nicely on the bottom and slightly on the top. Watch them carefully!

• January Tip of the Month •

Guild Commendation Traders

Did you know that there are two Guild Commendation traders in the guild hall with TONS of different items you can buy? Stalwart Ben is a new addition to our Guild hall and he is located just north of the spawn waypoint. He has so many items I can’t even tell you about all of them, but I will tell you a couple highlights: Guild Weapons, Guild Back Items, Ascended accessories, Rare gear, minis, WvW blueprints, banners and more! There is also Sigurlina Jonsdottir (wow that’s a name!) She has three tabs of available materials that all cost 1 commendation. These items change daily and you can buy three items a day at that price. The first tab is basic materials, bags of gear and runes/sigils, wvw bluerpints, Resonating Slivers etc (and during Wintersday you can get Personalized Wintersday Gifts!); the second tab is Materials and Ascended Recipes, from which you can get Obsidian Shards, Ascended Recipes and the like; the final tier is Scribe Materials, things like, Tubs of Woods Glue, Bolts of Embroidered Silk that you need to craft scribing items but also basic scribing decorations that are deposited. Even if you are not a scribe those basic decorations can be used by our scribes to make other decorations. You worked hard for all those commendations and now you know two great vendors to dish out some much needed reward! Also join us every Sunday night at 9:00pm EST for our weekly guild missions and earn more guild commendations for use with these two awesome merchants!

“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

Guild Wars 2

Salt Secret Santa 2016

December 5, 2016

Merry almost Christmas Saltines! As a way to celebrate Christmas and the gift that our Savior gave us in His birth, we are going to have our own gift giving in the form of a guild-wide Secret Santa Gift Exchange! This is our 2nd Annual Secret Santa and it is completely voluntary for anyone who wants to participate and give a special Christmas gift to another Saltine. If you sign up we will send you the name of another guild member who has also signed up and you will be their Secret Santa, likewise, someone will get your name and be your Secret Santa! Secret Santa gifts don’t have to be anything extravagant, could be a dye, a mini pet, crafting materials, toys, weapons, anything! Just a token and small something to make someone’s day!

So here it is! A few things you should know:

1) In order to participate you must sign up using this form by Noon EST on the 18th of December 2016. Once sign ups close we will randomly assign each person a Secret Santa recipient. Your recipient won’t know who you are until you send your gift. Likewise someone will receive your name but you won’t find out who until you receive your gift. One of the Salt leaders will send you an in-game mail with the account name of your recipient. Account names will not be used for anything other than a way to mail you your Secret Santa Gift. Only Vasshti and your Secret Santa will know what your account name is.

2) Once you receive the account name of your recipient you will have up until Christmas day to mail your gift to them. You can mail it as soon as your receive the name or wait until Christmas morning to build suspense. Gifts don’t have to be anything extravagant, could be a dye, a mini pet, crafting materials, toys, weapons, or any little token to show you care. Please try to keep gifts below 5G in value.

3) If for some reason you sign up and receive a name but can’t follow through on the gift giving please let Vasshti or Caiti know so we can find someone else to give a gift to that person. Things come up and we totally understand if that’s the case, but we want to make sure that everyone who signs up will get a gift.

Let me (Vasshti) know if you have any other questions pertaining to this event, and have fun everyone! I hope to see many Saltines participating and making this a fun and memorable Christmas as a guild!

Thanks friends and happy gift giving!


Guild Wars 2

December Newsletter 2016

December 1, 2016

“It is December, and nobody asked if I was ready.”  – Sarah Kay

Do you ever get the feeling that you swear it was only July yesterday? But somehow you woke up today and it’s almost Christmas? Not exactly sure how that happened but I checked Facebook today and it is indeed December 1st! While I do have all my Christmas shopping done (totally NOT bragging), my house is decorated and Christmas music is playing on the stereo; I don’t feel ready. Every year I feel like I am clinging onto the Christmas season for dear life or else it eats me alive and spits me out on the January side a little dazed and confused and now wondering what the heck I am supposed to “resolve” for the next year. Whew! What a whirlwind! There are 24 more days until Christmas and I am determined to make the most of it. But how?

As we get into the Christmas season my Church just started a new sermon series which they are calling “The Promise of Better Days”. This week we started the series by learning about hope. Pastor Brian dug into hope and the hope that we have in Jesus Christ. That was all fine and dandy and well worth hearing but what stuck with me in this sermon was the very beginning: Advent. Advent is a season of preparation, waiting, and looking forward to the celebration of the birth of Jesus. Well duh Pastor! We are all waiting and looking forward to Christmas! But how am I preparing for it? Well, I’ve decorated, I’ve bought gifts, but other than that it’s business as usual. Pastor Brian touched on a few different ways to prepare yourself: prepare your gift giving, prepare your hearts and (in my opinion, the most overlooked of the three) prepare your calendars. Gift giving is an easy one for me! Check. Preparing my heart is a no brainer! Check. But preparing my calendar? Huh? I think about preparing my heart and I think of how much more my heart would be prepared if my calendar was prepared. After hearing that sermon I look at my calendar and laugh! Not only is my calendar NOT prepared it is in fact significantly busier than normal! For some, preparing their calendar might mean doing more; but for me it needs to mean doing less. It means having more time of rest and reflection. It means NOT going to every little thing and being so stressed out by the time Christmas comes and I feel like I’m going to explode. It means clearing my calendar and enjoying quiet personal time with those I am close to. If I am less busy I am less stressed, If I am less stressed I am less emotional/irritable, if I am less emotional I am more grace filled, if I am more grace filled I am a brighter light for Jesus. And in all honesty, being less busy sounds INCREDIBLE! Doesn’t it? Having free evenings at home with my husband; being able to do more for others just because I can; baking Christmas cookies to take to my neighbors (because I have the time now). Sounds nice right?!

Christ came to earth as a tiny baby. That is the reason for the season! Christmas parties, gift giving, Christmas music, decorations, traffic, lines. These are only the good (and bad) things that come with it. “For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” Isaiah 9:6. Don’t let all the craziness of this season swallow you whole and spit you out on the January side of Christmas. Take control of your calendar and prepare yourselves to celebrate the incredible real story of a Savior who was born this day!

(if you would like to watch the full sermon preached by Pastor Brian you can do so here)

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Wintersday is coming to Tyria soon! The past two years it has come out around the 14-16th of December and though I have yet to hear about a release date this year I expect it to be in that time frame! This is always one of the best events in game and a ton of fun! With any luck there will be cool new items we can get but I am not holding my breath on that. Wintersday usually comes with a jumping puzzle, a dungeon, a pvp game, the bell choir and a makeover to Divinity’s Reach. I am probably forgetting something but the bottom line is it is awesome and you don’t want to miss it! Wintersday usually hangs around until the first or second week in January so there will be plenty of time for Wintersday fun!

This year Salt will be holding its Second Annual Secret Santa Gift Exchange! We started this last year and it was so much fun we decided to make it an annual thing! There will be a separate post on the website, twitter and Facebook with the rules and sign-up sheet but you can go to the link here if you want to get started earlier. It is important to remember that you MUST sign up on the form to be included and you MUST sign up by Noon EST on the 18th of December 2016. You will be able to give a Christmas gift to another Saltine! Just as God gave us the gift of His Son, so we too will practice gift giving with other Saltines. Be on the lookout for that!

I am happy to announce a new event that is being added to our weekly calendar! Our Dungeon Leader Moira has switched gears and created a new event. Dungeons have been a very slow event for months and since the interest just isn’t there he has decided to start something new: Salt Family Gaming. This new event has been designed to target the youngest Salt members out there. This is specifically intended for kids and parents playing together, but will be open to everyone in the guild to come along. “I really enjoy watching my own children’s wonder and pleasure in doing different things in the game, some of which I have never even tried! I hope that this can be an opportunity for the kids in the guild to play together and make new friends doing something we all love.” -Moira. Salt Family Gaming will be held at 4:00pm EST on the 1st and 3rd Saturday and the 2nd and 4th Sunday of every month! That’s a little confusing but you can see it listed on the events calendar a long with the time and a description (Guild Wars 2 → Events Calendar). You don’t have to be a kid, or have a kid in the guild to enjoy this event! Stay tuned on the Facebook Page/Group/Twitter/Forums for more info and we hope to see you THIS SATURDAY as this awesome new event kicks off!

I am both bummed and relieved that the newest living story patch was not released with new upgrades for the guild hall. Bummed because new things are always fun to have, but relieved we don’t have to collect anything more for a time. Our guild hall continues to be awesome and should be seeing more winter decorations soon! You may recognize King Thor and Lt Fog from our guild, they play often and say ‘Hi’ to us but they are part of a small Christian guild that we have formed an alliance with. They often come and help us on our guild missions and we try to help them where they need it. We helped them claim their Guild hall and we have formed a good friendship with them. Since we have completed our Guild hall I thought I would let you know about needs they have, in case you feel called to help them out. Their guild Avengers of God [AOG] has 11 members (a bunch of which are Salt alliance members) and have, remarkably, gotten their guild to level 43 already! That’s crazy progress for a small guild! If you would like to help them as they continue their trek, they are in need of a bunch of materials for upgrades, some of which include Cured Thick Leather Squares (over 2,000), Ley-Line Infused Tools (about 24) and Thyme Leafs (about 500). This is a totally optional thing and I have no expectations, but, I do think it’s amazing when God’s people come together to help each other. So think about it! If you want to help you can send those things to either myself (vasshti) or Thor/Fog or put them in the guild bank. Thank you in advance for anything you can donate to our friends.

I think that’s all from me for now! May the Lord bless you and keep you, may He make His face shine upon you and be gracious to you. -Amen
Merry Christmas Friends

(Vasshti, Guild Leader)

“To Him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen.” 1 Peter 4:11

• New Saltines •

Thurnis Haley; Silent; Cobra; Blion King; Purgatoris Purifier; Krallen; Kelvor; Laurel Jr.; Speerit; TheRapture.

Be sure to give a warm Salty welcome if you see these new Saltines in-game!

• December Verse of the Month •

1 Thessalonians 1

“Paul, Silas and Timothy,
To the church of the Thessalonians in God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ:
Grace and peace to you.
We always thank God for all of you, mentioning you in our prayers. We continually remember before our God and Father your work produced by faith, your labor prompted by love, and your endurance inspired by hope in our Lord Jesus Christ.
For we know, brothers loved by God, that he has chosen you, because our gospel came to you not simply with words, but also with power, with the Holy Spirit and with deep conviction. You know how we lived among you for your sake. You became imitators of us and of the Lord; in spite of severe suffering, you welcomed the message with the joy given by the Holy Spirit. And so you became a model to all the believers in Macedonia and Achaia. The Lord’s message rang out from you not only in Macedonia and Achaia—your faith in God has become known everywhere. Therefore we do not need to say anything about it, for they themselves report what kind of reception you gave us. They tell how you turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God, and to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead—Jesus, who rescues us from the coming wrath”

• December Song of the Month •

Mary, Did You Know?

• December Recipe of the Month •

Cranberry Sauce
by: The Pioneer Woman Ree Drummond

– 1 bag (12 Oz. Bag) Cranberries
– 1 cup Cranberry Juice (or Orange, Apple or any other juice combination)
– 1 cup Pure Maple Syrup (not Pancake Syrup!)
– 3 Tablespoons Orange Juice (you could also do orange zest, lemon zest, lemon Juice – anything citrusy)


– Wash bag of cranberries under cool water, then dump into a medium saucepan.
– Pour in 1 cup of cranberry juice (or whatever juice you choose).
– Pour in 1 cup maple syrup.
– Add orange juice (you could also do orange zest, lemon zest, lemon juice – anything citrusy).
– Stir together and turn heat on high until it reaches a boil.
– Once it comes to a rolling boil, turn the heat down to medium low and continue cooking over lower heat for about 10 minutes, or until the juice is thick. Turn off the heat.

Found and deliciously tested by Vasshti from The Pioneer Woman.

• December Tip of the Month •

Guild Hall Farming

Did you know there are many free Guild farming nodes in the Guild Hall? You may recall that we have had a Mining, Farming and 3 Plant nodes in the guild hall but we now have more! We still have those but we also have a Cloth and Leather node as well! You can farm these once per day and each node gives you 3+ materials! Material tier varies but you can get Ori ore, Ancient wood and Omnomberries! To make it additionally awesome, farming in the guild hall even counts for the Daily Heart of Maguuma Miner/Lumberer/Forager! So make your way to the Guild Hall today for free and easy goodies!

“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


Happy Thanksgiving!

November 24, 2016
“Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good,
His love endures forever.
Give thanks to the God of gods,
His love endures forever.
Give thanks to the Lord of lords:
His love endures forever.
to him alone who does great wonders,
His love endures forever.
who by his understanding made the heavens,
His love endures forever.
who spread out the earth upon the waters,
His love endures forever.
who made the great lights–
His love endures forever.
the sun to govern the day,
His love endures forever.
the moon and stars to govern the night;
His love endures forever.
to him who struck down the firstborn of Egypt
His love endures forever.
and brought Israel out from among them
His love endures forever.
with a mighty hand and outstretched arm;
His love endures forever.
to him who divided the Red Sea asunder
His love endures forever.
and brought Israel through the midst of it,
His love endures forever.
but swept Pharaoh and his army into the Red Sea;
His love endures forever.
to him who led his people through the desert,
His love endures forever.
who struck down great kings,
His love endures forever.
and killed mighty kings–
His love endures forever.
Sihon king of the Amorites
His love endures forever.
and Og king of Bashan–
His love endures forever.
and gave their land as an inheritance,
His love endures forever.
an inheritance to his servant Israel;
His Love endures forever.
to the One who remembered us in our low estate
His love endures forever.
and freed us from our enemies,
His love endures forever.
and who gives food to every creature.
His love endures forever.
Give thanks to the God of heaven.
His love endures forever.”
Psalm 136
Happy Thanksgiving my friends! There is so much to be thankful for. The Lord in Heaven created the Heavens and the Earth, He delivered us from Egypt, from sin, He provides for our every need and His love endures forever!
I am so thankful for all you Saltines who make Salt of the Earth such a wonderfully friendly and kind environment. If it wasn’t for you I probably would have stopped playing long ago. Thank the Lord for you!
(Vasshti, Guild Leader)
Guild Wars 2

November Newsletter 2016

November 1, 2016
November 2016 -2

“How silently they tumble down
And come to rest upon the ground
To lay a carpet, rich and rare,
Beneath the trees without a care,
Content to sleep, their work well done,
Colors gleaming in the sun.

At other times, they wildly fly
Until they nearly reach the sky.
Twisting, turning through the air
Till all the trees stand stark and bare.
Exhausted, drop to earth below
To wait, like children, for the snow.”
–   Elsie N. Brady, Leaves

                Oh fall, the most beautiful time of year. The changing leaves, the rainy days, the trees that become bare. The days aren’t too hot, they are not too cool and the weather is perfectly fair.

Ok, that’s enough rhyming, but really I am in my happy place right now. I am home and it is fall; what could be better? I have recently returned home from the longest and most exhaustingly wonderful trip. While I was away on Sabbatical, my husband and I spent that 40 day period traveling the world. Affectionately known as “16 in ’16: Around the World in 40 days” we traveled over 12,000 miles, through 8 different countries, in over 7 different types of transportation. We saw such iconic things as the Cliffs of Moher, the Book of Kells, La Sagrada Familia, the Roman Colosseum, the Trevi Fountain, Mount Vesuvius and Pompeii, St. Paul’s Bay, the Parthenon, the Eiffel Tower, the Hagia Sophia and much much more. We ate incredible cultural foods such as Bangers and Mash, Shepard’s Pie, Paella, Flan, Pesto Gnocchi, Spanakopita, Crepes, Belgian Waffle and Belgian Fries. We were constantly walking, paying for water at restaurants, lugging suitcases over cobblestone streets, running out of toilet paper and struggling to understand the language. It was the most incredible adventure of my life but I am so thankful to be home to the land of public toilets, good tap water, street signs I can read and most importantly all the friends, family, church and kitten that we left behind.

The history of Europe is so intense. We in the States, most notably California, are just infants compared to the deep history rooted in these European countries. We saw castles and temples that date back to over 400 BC. The oldest things I come across in California these days only date back to the 1800’s. We traveled through parts of Greece, including St. Paul’s Bay, which are known to be areas visited by the Apostle Paul on his missionary Journeys. St. Paul’s Bay, on the Greek Island of Rhodes, was visited on his 3rd missionary journey, I swam in the bay that Paul sailed in nearly 2000 years ago. I also stood on Mars Hills (a.k.a The Areopagus) in Athens Greece which is said to be the place where Paul preached to the Athenians; “Paul then stood up in the meeting of the Areopagus and said: “Men of Athens! I see that in every way you are very religious. For as I walked around and looked carefully at your objects of worship, I even found an alter with this inscription ‘TO AN UNKNOWN GOD’. Now what you worship as something unknown I am going to proclaim to you. The God who made the world and everything in it is the Lord of heaven and earth and does not live in the temples built by hands. And he is not served by human hands, as if he needed anything, because he himself gives all men life and breath and everything else.”” Acts 17:22-25 (The whole passage is Acts 17: 16-34). This is where Christianity was born my friends! This is where it started, this is where it grew and spread. I was conflicted sometimes when I’d find myself in these immaculate old cathedrals and basilicas. Sometimes I thought how cool it was that someone would build such an incredible place for Christ. That something like that was a testament to His greatness, that He deserves all the pomp and circumstance of such an incredible building. Other times it looked like it was over the top or felt like the builders began thinking more about their Cathedral being the best than making it a place for worship. Regardless of the builders intentions I know the Lord has used these places to reach people for Him for thousands of years. That’s no small feat. One basilica in particular was truly remarkable: Basílica i Temple Expiatori de la Sagrada Família. This basilica’s creator was Antoni Gaudi. You may have heard about this as the famous basilica in Barcelona, Spain that has been under construction for the last 133 years and is set to be completed in 2026 for the 100 year anniversary of Gaudi’s death. Gaudi was a lover of Jesus Christ and felt compelled by the Lord to build this absolutely stunning place. He sounds like one who truly designed and constructed this church for the glory of God the Father, and you can feel his reverence for the Lord when you walk through it. You would be amazed at this incredible piece of art that gives glory to God. This is the kind of piece that gives you chills as you walk through because regardless of the world around it you can feel that God is still in that place. It will be amazing to see once it is complete.

All this traveling and seeing amazing things really pulls you out of the world for a little bit. You see things and eat things that are so far away from your normal reality it’s almost like time has stopped. You check in on Facebook or the internet (when there is internet) and you see the world is still turning, that people are still hurting, that elections are still coming, and it’s almost like waking up from a good dream to find that the world is still as you left it. Except now, now, you have a better appreciation for what the world you left is. When I left the USA I was feeling so glum about the state of our nation. About where it is and about where it looks like it is headed. After being overseas I awaken to the reality that the world is broken, not just the USA. Everywhere has darkness, but also has its light. I come back to the USA with a renewed sense of hope for our nation. I realize how good we have it, maybe not in all areas, but in most. I missed the USA. I missed it a lot. I choose now to look at this nation with hope because God is NOT blind to what is happening here. And He will NOT give up on us.

This is election month and I’m not going to say anything about the right or wrong way to vote. What I will say is vote. God has given you a voice and an opinion, even if it feels like a small one, it’s a chance for you to contribute to saving the world. Listen to God’s voice follow his leading and vote how you feel God is leading you. The Bible says in Romans 13:1 “Everyone must submit himself to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God.” Did you catch that? “for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God.” You can read it again if you need to, I know I do. Alright got it? Now, breathe in……and breathe out. Now let it go. God’s got this! Over 2000 years ago it was recorded in Romans that God’s got it. For better or for worse God’s got it and that’s all the hope I need.

•    •    •

Seeing as I was gone for so long, this section could be a little short.

I was pleased to see that there were a few new upgrades in the guild hall while I was gone, got us up to level 68! I was also extremely pleased to see that we have over 130 of the Ley-Line infused tools we need for the last Mine upgrade. So much has come in during the weeks I was gone and I can’t keep up with it all. A most sincere thank you to everyone who donated toward our upgrades in the last few weeks. I can’t begin to thank you enough for the contribution you made to make our guild hall awesome for everyone. So again, thanks, from the bottom of my heart!

I have still been a little MIA since I have been back because the jet lag is still holding onto me pretty good and now it’s even made me sick (just a cold, no worries). Jet lag is no funny business, especially after so long on a different time zone. Because of that I will be waiting another week before we start TBDT up again. Our next TBDT will be on Election Day, Tuesday November 8th at 10:00pm EST, the event this week will be Guildy Presidential Popcorn Prayer night. Give us a chance to come together as a guild and pray for the future of our nation. It will be popcorn prayer so anyone can pray, but if you’re like me and not a huge fan of praying out loud, don’t be afraid to come. You do not have to pray out loud, but attend and join us as we reach out to the Lord in this time.

I am working on revamping the events calendar, getting it back up to date, and getting events going on a regular basis. The game has changed a lot since we created our events calendar and events haven’t changed with it. We need your help in creating our calendar. Please message me in game, email me, message me on the Facebook group or post on the forum and tell me what events you are interested it. It does us no good to create events no one wants to do. 😉 So please help us by telling us what you are interested it! Thanks in advance for all your brilliant suggestions!

I think that is all for me for this month.

I hope you all have a fantastic month and an amazing Thanksgiving!

Praise be to the Lord in Heaven who is our hope in the storm.

God bless you,

(Vasshti, Guild Leader)

• New Saltines •

Ellie Fisher; nateboyd; CoalescaMarenus.

Be sure to give a warm Salty welcome if you see these new Saltines in-game!

• November Verse of the Month •

James 5

“Now listen, you rich people, weep and wail because of the misery that is coming upon you. Your wealth has rotted, and moths have eaten your clothes. Your gold and silver are corroded. Their corrosion will testify against you and eat your flesh like fire. You have hoarded wealth in the last days. Look! The wages you failed to pay the workmen who mowed your fields are crying out against you. The cries of the harvesters have reached the ears of the Lord Almighty. You have lived on earth in luxury and self-indulgence. You have fattened yourselves in the day or slaughter. You have condemned and murdered innocent men, who were not opposing you.
Be patient, then, brothers, until the Lord’s coming. See how the farmer waits for the land to yield its valuable crop and how patient he is for the autumn and spring rains. You too, be patient and stand firm, because the Lord’s coming is near. Don’t grumble against each other, brothers, or you will be judged. The judge is standing at the door!
Brothers, as an example of patience in the face of suffering, take the prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord. As you know, we consider blessed those who have persevered. You have heard of Job’s perseverance and have seen what the Lord finally brought about. The Lord is full of compassion and mercy.
Above all, my brothers, do not swear—not by heaven or by earth or by anything else. Let your ‘Yes’ be yes, and your ‘No’ be no, or you will be condemned.
Is any one of you in trouble? He should pray. Is anyone happy? Let him sing songs of praise. Is any one of you sick? He should call the elders of the church to pray over him and anoint him with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise him up, if he has sinned, he will be forgiven. Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective.
Elijah was a man just like us. He prayed earnestly that it would not rain, and it did not rain on the land for three and a half years. Again he prayed, and the heavens gave rain, and the earth produced its crops.
My brothers, if one of you should wander from the truth and someone should bring him back, remember this: whoever turns a sinner from the error of his way will save him from death and cover a multitude of sins.”

• November Song of the Month •

This is Amazing Grace
Phil Whickham


• November Recipe of the Month •

Sticky Bun Breakfast Ring

– 2 small tubes refrigerator buttermilk biscuits OR 1 tube Pillsbury Grands buttermilk biscuits
– 3 TBSP butter, melted
– ½ cup maple syrup
– ¹̷₃ cup packed light brown sugar
– ½ tsp cinnamon
– ¼ cup chopped pecans, optional
– ¼ cup chopped almost, optional

Spray a fluted pan with non-stick spray. Combine the melted butter and syrup in a small bowl and set aside. In another bowl, combine the brown sugar, cinnamon, and nuts (if desired). Place about half of the syrup mixture in the bottom of the pan. Then sprinkle half of the brown sugar mixture on top. Lay the biscuits on the bottom of the pan, overlapping edges (closely together) to form a ring. Top with remaining syrup and sugar mixtures. Bake at 375°F for approximately 20-25 minutes or until golden brown. Cool for 1 minute in the pan, then invert onto a serving platter and enjoy!

Found and deliciously tested by Vasshti from the blog The Jones Way.

• November Tip of the Month •

Guild Wars 2 Gaming Resources

Did you know that we have a list of our most used game resources on our website? That’s right! Our favorites include for Boss Timers and Guild Mission guides, Guild Wars 2 Spidy for Trading Post prices, and GW2 Wiki for most everything else. Check it out!
(Guild Wars 2 Tab → GW2 Resources)

“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

Guild Wars 2

October Newsletter 2016

October 1, 2016
October 2016 -1

“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 •

James 4

“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
Bethel Music

• 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 •

Member Profiles

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

Guild Wars 2

September Newsletter 2016

September 1, 2016
September 2016 -5

“By all these lovely tokens
September days are here
With summer’s best of weather
And autumn’s best of cheer.”
Helen Hunt Jackson

We’re beginning to get back into fall again, and as many of you know that is my favorite time of year! The rains will start again and turn these brown, dead hills into lovely green ones. The hibernatingly hot temperatures will subside and we will be able to enjoy being outdoors again. This time of year fills me with life and excitement from the day I get to wear my first scarf!

For those who have been with Salt for a while and have been following our monthly newsletter, you might realize this month is our anniversary. Our website and newsletter started a year ago today. What an incredible year it has been! Not only have we seen growth and change in our guild but we’ve seen it in our website and newsletters too. I look back on the first ever newsletter from September 2015 and I almost laugh. I didn’t know how to link, I didn’t know how to single space and it’s a bit comical to me. By God’s grace I have learned a lot about blogging and I have had the support of all our lovely Saltines. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for the rich community you all bring to Salt. As I try to remember back to that little guild that Salt was a year ago today I can’t help but reflect on the grace of God. You may not know this, but we don’t do any active recruiting in Salt. We don’t sit in a newby area and map chat spam information about our guild. This is because we don’t want our success as a guild to be merited by the number of people we have in it. We want God to do the growing, we want God to bring to us those people He wants in our guild. Each and every one of you was brought to us by God and my goodness how He has been faithful in this area! “To HIM be the glory and the power for ever and ever! Amen!” 1 Peter 4:11 Oh! Praise be to the God in Heaven! Isn’t He good?!

As we see this anniversary month in, I will be taking a bit of a Sabbatical from the game. I am going to take about a month to rest from the game, to reconnect to God, to reconnect to my husband and my family. This guild and its people mean the world to me and I will miss you all dearly while I am away; but rest assured, I will be back and, by God’s grace, rejuvenated. I plan to be on for play actively until mid-September where my last day before my break will be Guild Missions on September 11. I won’t be gone long, I expect to be back in game in mid-October, so don’t blow anything up while I am gone. While I am away feel free to direct any questions/comments/concerns to Caitimouse or any other officer. You can also email me at I may break down and check that from time to time! If you’re on Facebook we can keep in touch that way as well.

Thank you again for an awesome year! Here’s to, hopefully, many many more!

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In game guild things have been going great recently, we are beginning to see an increase in activity after the summer slump. TBDT will be put on hold while I am on my Sabbatical, but most other events should run as scheduled. My husband has recently started a Bible study on Wednesday nights so I’ve been able to participate in Dungeon night more often. While it can sometimes be hard to fill a group it’s been really fun to get back into that content. Thanks Tim for being faithful in leading that one. Join us on Wednesday nights for this fun! (Typically runs 1st and 3rd of every month, but I sometimes run them on the other weeks too). Fractals are still going on Fabulous Fractal Fridays and our Raids have been steady on Saturday night. It’s hard to get a consistent 10 people per raid group to show up every week, so if you are wanting to get into raid but don’t have a group yet, show up in the guild hall every Saturday at 8:00pm EST and there is a good chance you could get into a group! Stver will be starting up our Weekly WvW events again soon but this time there will be a slight change with them. Instead of meeting 1st and 3rd Thursday nights they will now be meeting on Saturday afternoons. We have yet to set a time and frequency but once we do we will let you know! How fun will it be to have an afternoon event again?
Thank you to everyone who has donated to the guild hall in the past couple weeks and a special shout out to Perkysaurus who went above and beyond in the area of Guild hall donation. You guys have gotten us through 3 of the 4 remaining guild hall upgrades and we are now at MAX level with only ONE remaining upgrade! This FINAL upgrade needs another 200 Ley-Line Infused tools, which I know, that’s a ton! You guys have been so gracious in getting us as far as we have already gotten and I know if we work together we can finish this final upgrade in no time! Please be praying about how you can continue to help us finish our Guild Hall. We are almost there!

Well that’s all from me for now.

I pray that the Lord blesses you this month. I pray that He continues to work in our guild; that He grows it and leads it in His will and His timing.
“But I trust in your unfailing love; my heart rejoices in your salvation. I will sing to the Lord, for he has been good to me.” Psalm 13:5-6

God bless you,

(Vasshti, Guild Leader)

“To Him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen.” 1 Peter 4:11

• New Saltines •

Wolf in Paradise; jmckay; ministarr; Ghost; bfc; The Black Fox; Robert Rich; loves reggae; Fennecus; Ivan Glamdryng; Recon; Asrin; Hilzyy; Devv; MommaBear; Deahreaver; Perkysaurus, trams.

Be sure to give a warm Salty welcome if you see these new Saltines in-game!

• September Verse of the Month •

James 3

“Not many of you should presume to be teachers, my brothers, because you know that we who teach will be judged more strictly. We all stumble in many ways. If anyone is never at fault in what he says, he is a perfect man, able to keep his whole body in check.
When we put bits into the mouths of horses to make them obey us, we can turn the whole animal. Or take ships as an example. Although they are so large and are driven by strong winds, they are steered by a very small rudder wherever the pilot wants to go. Likewise the tongue is a small part of the body, but it makes great boasts. Consider what a great forest is set on fire by a small spark. The tongue also is a fire, a world of evil among the parts of the body. It corrupts the whole person, sets the whole course of his life on fire, and is itself set on fire by hell.
All kinds of animals, birds, reptiles and creatures of the sea are being tamed and have been tamed by man, but no man can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison.
With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in God’s likeness. Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers, this should not be. Can both fresh water and salt water flow from the same spring? My brothers, can a fig tree bear olives, or a grapevine bear figs? Neither can a salt spring produce fresh water.
Who is wise and understanding among you? Let him show it by his good life, by deeds done in the humility that comes from wisdom. But if you harbor bitter envy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast about it or deny the truth. Such “wisdom” does not come down from heaven but is earthly, unspiritual, of the devil. For where you have envy and selfish ambition, there you find disorder and every evil practice.
But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere. Peacemakers who sow in peace raise a harvest of righteousness.”

• September Song of the Month •

In Over My Head
by Jenn Johnson
Bethel Music

• September Recipe of the Month •

Summer Minestrone Soup

– 1 TBSP Olive Oil
– ½ cup diced onion (about ½ onion)
– ½ cup sliced leeks, white and green parts only
– ½ cup diced celery
– ¼ cup diced red bell pepper
– 3 cloves garlic, minced
– 6 cups chicken stock
– 1 bay leaf
– 1 tsp fresh thyme (or ½ tsp dried thyme)
– 1 tsp salt
– 2 cups large diced zucchini
– 1 cup fresh green beans, trimmed and cut into 1-inch lengths
– 2 roma tomatoes, diced
– ½ cup cooked small white beans
– ½ cup dry Ditalini or any small pasta
– Fresh basil for garnish
– Parmesan cheese for garnish

Heat olive oil in a large pot on medium-high heat. Add the diced onion, leeks, celery and bell pepper. Cook for 8-10 minutes until softened, lowering the heat to medium to prevent browning. Add the minced garlic and cook for a minute more, until fragrant.
Add the chicken stock, bay leaf, thyme, and salt to the pot. Increase heat to bring to a simmer, then add the zucchini, green beans, tomatoes, white beans and pasta. Heat to a simmer again and lower the heat to maintain a steady simmer. Cook for 10 minutes until the vegetable and the pasta are cooked through.
Garnish with thinly sliced fresh basil and grated Parmesan cheese to serve.

Found and deliciously tested by Vasshti from the blog Simpy Recipes.
This one is crazy good and crazy easy to make. Also a plus is that it uses so many summer veggies, many of which are in my garden!

• September Tip of the Month •

Prayer Requests

We are blessed by a God who loves us and listens to us. We do not worship a God who doesn’t care about us and our struggles. I love being able to pray for you during the week and I love seeing God’s hand work in your lives. Please let us know how we can be praying for you. On our Forums there is a section for you to tell us how we can be praying for you (→Community→Forums→Real Life→Prayer Requests, create a new topic there and let us know how we can be praying for you.) I check the forums every day so let me know how I can pray for you; whether praise or request, illness, fear, you name it and our Lord can work you through it! If you have something you need prayer for, but don’t feel comfortable posting it on our public forums you are welcome to message me in game Vasshti.6198 or send me an email at

“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

Guild Wars 2

August Newsletter

August 1, 2016
August Newsletter 3

“Fairest of the months!
Ripe summer’s queen
The hey-day of the year
With robes that gleam with sunny sheen
Sweet August doth appear.”
R. Combe Miller

Happy August…blah blah blah. The weather is good….blah blah blah. Alright, now that we’ve got the pleasantries out of the way it’s time to dig in to this month’s newsletter.

The past few weeks, we have been learning about the book of James in church and it is quickly becoming my (new) favorite book of the Bible. James is so jam packed full of practical information on living in a way that is pleasing to God and the cherry on top is that it’s also a super encouraging book for anyone undergoing trials in their life. “Consider it pure joy my brother, whenever you face trials of many kinds…” James 1:2; “Every good and perfect gift is from above…” James 1:17; “My dear brothers, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry.” James 1:19; “My brothers, as believers in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ, don’t show favoritism.” James 2:1; I could go on all day. It seems every week after my church service I come away with some nugget of truth and inspiration that I didn’t have before.

I find it truly fascinating the way the Lord uses others to teach us. He can take an area where you are struggling and “coincidently” put it in the church sermon for the week. I have noticed that happening to me a lot in our James study and it seems it’s always on the same topic: the tongue. I am sad to say I have heard of some tongue problems within our guild, while that’s not surprising because we all are humans and we all are sinners, it saddens me to see that within friends. The Bible warns us about the effect our tongue can have in many different verses. “When words are many, sin is not absent, but he who holds his tongue is wise.” Proverbs 10:19. “Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths but only what is useful for building other up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.” Ephesians 4:29. “If anyone considers himself religious and yet does not keep a tight rein on his tongue, he deceives himself and his religion is worthless.” James 1:26. “Likewise, the tongue is a small part of the body, but makes great boasts. Consider what a great forest is set on fire by a small spark.” James 3:5. Three different weeks during this series the topic of the tongue has come up because it’s so prevalent within human nature. “…it is probably the biggest ‘tongue related’ problem we face. Think you know what it is? Gossip. Everyone struggles at one point or another with it—some more than others. The problem with gossip is, despite its insidiousness, that few are willing to stay away from it. It’s like the pet sin that Christians are willing to adopt.” –Pastor Phil Christensen, COTF. I have been so convicted during these talks because it’s so easy to fall into the category of “oh, it’s just a little gossip, it’s not that bad.” But friends, it’s a big deal. “Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice.” Ephesians 4:31. James 2:10 says “For whoever keeps the whole law and yet stumbles at just one point is guilty of breaking all of it.” I have really got to watch what comes out of my mouth!

Right in the middle of this sermon series and right in the middle of my conviction, a dear friend, you know her as Sparro, reached out to me with a conviction of her own and I want to share her words with you. (She gave permission to share her words and name with you.)

“Wow! Salt is supporting three raiding groups! This is amazing, and has taken a lot of effort through so many people to organize, research and invest into. Thank you so much to each of you, I know there are so many of us who wholeheartedly appreciate it. I am able to raid with the Tuesday/Thursday group, and I am happy to be able to have this time to play with guildies! The best thing about having this opportunity is the fellowship. It took some time for us to find that synergy amongst ourselves. When we started we were like any other group, going in wiping, then wiping, then wiping. After some time the newness of the fight wears off and the wanting to just get that first kill takes over; then you start to look where, why, is this not happening? Is it because this person, that person, I mean why do they do that?!?! It starts to plague in the mind. One night, we stood in front of the Vale Guardian and we discussed everything with each other. Did we get the kill that night? No. I look back though, and that is the night we embraced each other and came into fellowship. We won that night. Sometimes before our raid we decide on what would be a win for us. Get to this phase, see the boss do this mechanic, or just create a consistency in the beginning mechanics. Some nights we don’t make it to the win, some nights we surpass the win, but every night I come away happy for the time spent with each person because of the night God won us.
Raiding can ruin a game though, and can tear a guild apart. It isn’t because of the wins (maybe elitist guilds it is for that…) but it is because of the gossip. It is because of the hurtful things we say, or the seeding gossip in another’s ear: when we have reached the moment of the newness gone and finding someone to blame. I am not immune to gossip, I have wanted to blame someone else for my downfalls. I needed a wakeup call from God to stop letting my mouth become a resting ground for seeding evil. Unfortunately, this trial is not my own.
Did you know when Jesus went and gathered His disciples He didn’t go and gather the best of the best. He got a tax collector, fishermen, and a zealot. He created a fellowship, investing into them to become men who would continue spreading the Gospel after His Ascension. When they went out, they were not met with win after win, but it was the fellowship with Jesus and their brothers that sustained them.
Are you doing everything you can to lift up the raid member beside you? Do you really want to make someone feel low to excuse yourself? Can you stop for one moment and see that gossiping is not making anything better? The newness of the raid has probably worn off and you are itching for the boss to go down, but so are the other 9 in your group. One of the most powerful things you can do is to tell someone encouraging words. People want to be loved. Love them. Take the time, it is worth it.
Next time you find yourself raiding, let God win.”

All this to say, friends, we love you. We are so blessed to have so many amazing friends who stick with us in the midst of human nature. Thank you Sparro for your love of Christ, your love of His word and your desire to see the guild love and support each other in Him. Please be encouraged my friends because while this world and everyone in it are sinful, Christ has overcome the world.

Let God win.

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July was another awesome month for us in Salt! I was pretty excited to announce to you that we hit the max guild level, which was 64, but then they release the new Living Story and with it came two more upgrades which means we are still one level away! Gosh darn them! We now have four upgrades to go and are in need of a couple big tickets items. The biggest things we need for the next four upgrades include Ley-Line infused tools, Memories of Battle (from WvW) and The Gift of Music. As far as the Ley-Line Infused tools, we need that for two tiers of upgrades; first of the two upgrades only needs about 68 more. While that may seem like a lot, considering our roster size, if everyone donates even just one to the guild hall we could have it done by the weekend (and excess for the next tier)! If you can please consider donating one we’d so appreciate it; you can craft up to 1 a day (unless you have an excess of charged quartz crystals) or they can be purchased for 4 gold in the trading post. It’s a lot I know, but think about it and see if you can help us out. Memories of battle are obtained through WvW reward tracks and we need 415 more of those. The Gift of Music might be a tough one to get seeing as it is a Legendary Material. I think the best way to go about getting this is to collect the materials in the guild bank then once we have all of them I can craft the item for us. For that we need 250 Orichalcum Ingots, 250 Bolts of Gossamer and 100 Opal Orbs; if you have any of these items that you can part with, put them in the guild bank for me. Aside from these things we also need Steel Chisels and Steel Craftsman’s Hammers; 25 of each. These can only be made by a scribe at 150 or higher and are account bound so can’t be bought. If you are a scribe that can make these we’d be hugely grateful and if you’re not but you have Steel Ingots, Cured Coarse Leather Squares or Seasoned wood planks you can put those in the guild bank and our scribe can use them to make those items. I believe that is it on the guild upgrades; let’s get ‘er done! Thanks in advance to everyone who can help and a major thank you to everyone who has donated anything to the guild already. One more level to max!!

Now that our guild hall is just about done I’d also like to give you all the opportunity to help an ally guild. You may all remember AoG, we helped them claim their guild hall, we frequently see chat from them and occasionally they attend our weekly guild missions! Avenger Thor and Lt. Fog have a quaint little guild and have been progressing their guild hall surprisingly well for their size. Way to go guys! If you would be interested in helping and supporting them they are in need of lots of Empty Kegs and Vials of Linseed oil. This is not required in any way, just an opportunity to serve others. Any donations can be deposited into the guild bank then I can transfer them to their Guild treasurer.

As august gets underway we often see our participation increase. Summer is winding down and schedules begin to normalize. I hope to see many of you in game soon! Two of our event leaders have chosen to step down as officers and pursue God’s plan for them in other areas of their life. They are still in game and we are sad they stepped down but we are excited to see them following God’s call. If you see Exilim or Godfrey in game, be sure to say hi and thank them for all they did for us. We wish you the best, don’t be strangers!

The living story is pretty awesome so far but I won’t say much else for those who haven’t done it yet. Spoilers!

Well that’s all from me for now. God bless you all this month.

(Vasshti, Guild leader)

“To Him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen.” 1 Peter 4:11

• New Saltines •

kimmer; Grace; Kypp, Upright; VideoRock; Bacardi Babe; Cobrakon; MrFisticuffs, Meletyon.

Be sure to give a warm Salty welcome if you see these new Saltines in-game!

• August Verse of the Month •

James 2

“My brothers, as believers in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ, don’t show favoritism. Suppose a man comes into your meeting wearing a gold ring and fine clothes, and a poor man in shabby clothes also comes in. If you show special attention to the man wearing fine clothes and say, “Here’s a good seat for you,” but say to the poor man, “You stand there” or “Sit on the floor by my feet,” have you not discriminated among yourselves and become judges with evil thoughts?
Listen, my dear brothers: Has not God chosen those who are poor in the eyes of the world to be rich in faith and to inherit the kingdom he promised to those who love him? But you have insulted the poor. Is it not the rich who are exploiting you? Are they not the ones who are dragging you into court? Are they not the ones who are slandering the noble name of him to whim you belong?
If you really keep the royal law found in Scripture, “Love your neighbor as yourself,” you are doing right. But if you show favoritism, you sin and are convicted by the law as lawbreakers. For whoever keeps the whole law and yet stumbles at just one point is guilty of breaking all of it. For he who said, “Do not commit adultery,” also said “Do not murder.” If you do not commit adultery but do commit murder, you have become a lawbreaker.
Speak and act as those who are going to be judged by the law that gives freedom, because judgement without mercy will be shown to anyone who has not been merciful. Mercy triumphs over judgement!
What good is it, my brothers, if a man claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save him? Supposed a brother or sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to him, “Go, I wish you well; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about his physical needs, what good is it? In the same way, faith by itself, if it is no accompanied by action, is dead.
But someone will say, “You have faith; I have deeds.”
Show me your faith without deeds, and I will show you my faith by what I do. You believe that there is one God. Good! Even demons believe that—and shudder.
You foolish man, do you not want evidence that faith without deeds is useless? Was not our ancestor Abraham considered righteous for what he did when he offered his son Isaac on the altar?  You see that his faith and his actions were working together, and his father was made complete by what he did. And the scripture was fulfilled that says, “Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness,” and he was called God’s friend. You see that a person is justified by what he does and not by faith alone.
In the same way, was not even Rahab the prostitute considered righteous for what she did when she gave lodging to the spies and sent them off in a different direction? As the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without deeds is dead.”

• August Song of the Month •

Lion and The Lamb
by Leeland
Bethel Music

• August Recipe of the Month •

Sausage and Pepperoni Pizza Puffs

– ¾ cup flour
– ¾ tsp baking powder
– ½ tsp garlic powder
– ¾ cup milk
– 1 egg, lightly beaten
– 4 oz mozzarella cheese, shredded (about 1 cup)
– 2 oz mini turkey pepperoni, (about ½ cup)
– 4 oz low-fat sausage, cooked and crumbled
– ½ cup pizza sauce

1. Preheat the oven to 375°F. Grease a 24-cup mini-muffin pan. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, garlic powder and baking powder; whisk in the milk and egg. Stir in the mozzarella, sausage and pepperoni; let stand for 10 minutes.
2. Stir the batter and divide among the mini-muffin cups. Bake until puffed and golden, 20-25 minutes.
3. Meanwhile, microwave the pizza sauce until warmed through. Serve the puffs with the pizza sauce for dipping.

Found and deliciously tested by Vasshti from the blog Make Ahead Meals for Busy Moms.
These are an absolute hit at parties! If my brother-in-law is there you better make sure to grab one before he eats them all!

• August Tip of the Month •

A Salty Cookbook

Back in the day when we were first talking about making this website we were in a time in the guild where people were always talking about food! Conversations often led to things people were eating and people were making. Recipe swapping was a thing of normalcy in the guild and thus we decided to create and forum page called “A Salty Cookbook”. A place where Saltines could share their favorites and try recipes from others. Since then we have gotten a grand total of 2 entries. This would be a very fun thing for us to do, so if you like to cook (or just like to eat) check out our Salty Cookbook and submit your favorite recipes so we can try them out!

“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

Guild Wars 2

July Newsletter

July 1, 2016
July Newsletter 1

“Woods are filled with the music of birds, and all nature is laughing under the glorious influence of Summer.” Charles Lanman

Happy Independence Day to all Saltines living in the grand ‘ol US of A. I know not all of you live in the USA and for you July is another hot summer month, but for US folk, July is the month of fireworks and BBQ’s. We’ve all been watching or setting off fireworks on the 4th of July since we were itty bitty and most of us still love it. I remember being a tiny tot sitting on a blanket in a grassy field watching those beautiful colors blast into the night sky. They’ve got the beauty and fascination of a starry sky with the most remarkable colors and patterns. I’ve always loved watching them. There is something about the cool air after a hot day and the anticipation that grips you as you prepare yourself for the resounding boom of the next colorful explosion. It’s a beautiful expression that our nation practices in celebration.

There has been a new man attending my church recently who has caught my eye because of his expression. He attends a different service than I do, so I don’t see him there very often, but when I do, I am amazed. He is one of those guys who really knows how to worship. I mean this guy raises his hands, sings at the top of his lungs and “thank you Jesus!”-s his was through a church service. His authenticity grips me. He is not afraid to truly be himself and cares not what others think about his worship style. This guy can worship fully and expressively and I think that is beautiful. So much of what I see in a normal church service is people whispering, not raising their hands because they are uncomfortable, and typically singing very quietly. Now, there is nothing wrong with this kind of worship because only what is in your heart matters to God. But I do love to see this obvious and outward expression of worship every week. The book of Psalms is a wonderful place to seek verses of praise to our God. Psalm 149:3 “Let them praise his name with dancing and make music to him with tambourine and harp.” Psalm 33:1-3 “Sing joyfully to the Lord, your righteous; it is fitting for the upright to praise him. Praise the Lord with the hard; make music to him on the ten-stringed lyre. Sing to him a new song; play skillfully, and shout for joy.” Psalm 103:1 “Praise the Lord, O my soul; all my inmost being, praise His holy name.” Psalm 113:1-3 “Praise the Lord. Praise, O servants of the Lord, praise the name of the Lord. Let the name of the Lord be praised, both now and forevermore. From the rising of the sun to the place where is sets, the name of the Lord is to be praised.” Oh man! Our God deserves our praise and worship! I hope I can learn from this new man in church and begin to worship unreservedly because our God deserves it and he wants us to praise him with all our inmost being! Praise be to the Lord the God in heaven! He is so worthy of our praise!

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We’ve had a great month in the guild, seen a small amount of summer decline in event participation, but not near our summer norm. We’ve had huge success with grouping for weekly events, as well as other random hang outs with Saltines. God is abundantly blessing us today and always and our Saltines are evidence of that! Scribing materials have gone a bit slow, but due to reasonable Trading Post prices we have been able to get the Paper we need in order to get to Guild Level 61! We now have even more scribing recipes to learn that will get us more fun in WvW! We still need Quality Paper, Fine Paper and Smooth paper, all of which can be purchased in the Trading post for 35 silver or less. If you able to help us with a few of these, we’d be most grateful and you would be helping us approve even more fun things for our WvW adventures! We got a big donation of Cured Thick Leather Squares (thank you so much!), but will still need more if we are to finish out our upgrades, so if you have some that you aren’t doing anything with we’d love to take them off your hands for you, same goes with Elder Wood Planks. Thanks to everyone who has helped out in anyway. Even the smallest donation makes a big impact in our guild and we are beyond grateful!

Some of our weekly events have been a bit spotty lately because we have been busy, but even with the busyness we have been able to put together a third raid group! Yipee! Thanks to our new raid leader who stepped forward and offered to lead, it’s such a blessing to us and all those who are now able to raid thanks to your willingness to lead! I am very excited to see you guys grow and advance and learn and, hopefully soon, kill the vale guardian!

We’ve got a new officer on our team and he will be helping us out with events and be around for you if you ever need help or have questions or just want someone to chat with. Thanks jacobmstr for joining us and helping us out in this way! You are a blessing to us and I know that God will use you to further his kingdom in our little community.

Finally, we are going to be working on the website on July 10th and it may go down for a bit, maybe a few hours maybe a day or so. We are working on it and will have it up as soon as we can. Be sure to have our Facebook page bookmarked in case it takes a little longer to do than we thought.

That’s all from me for now. May God bless you and keep you. May He make his face shine upon you and be gracious to you. Amen.

(Vasshti, Guild Leader)

“To Him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen.” 1 Peter 4:11

• New Saltines •

ReachCivilman; Hermes; Jagean; TheCloudX; The Scarlet Raven; Tgiordano; Goop the Goon; bfrank; bryames; zkath; Asherdad; Risensoul Shockwave; Shezu Tsukai; swagbros; ponyboy; sailor; nimbus; Miriam; Austin; AlexJackson.

Be sure to give a warm Salty welcome if you see these new Saltines in-game!

• July Verse of the Month •

James 1

“James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ,
To the twelve tribes scattered among the nations:

Consider it pure joy, my brother, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who give generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him. But when he asks, he must believe and not doubt, because he who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. That man should not think he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all he does.
The brother in humble circumstances ought to take pride in his high position. But the one who is rich should take pride in his low position, because he will pass away like a wild flower. For the sun rises with the scorching heat and withers the plant; its blossom falls and its beauty is destroyed. In the same way, the rich man will fade away even while he goes about his business.
Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial, because when he has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him.
When tempted, no one should say, “God is tempting me.” For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does he tempt anyone; but each one is tempted when, by his own evil desire, he is dragged away and enticed. Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death.
Don’t be deceived, my dear brothers. Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does change like the shifting shadows. He chose to give us birth through the word of truth, that we might be a kind of first fruits of all he created.

My dear brother, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, for a man’s anger does not bring about the righteous life that God desires. Therefore, get rid of all moral filth and the evil that is so prevalent and humbly accept the word planted in you, which can save you.
Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like a man who looks at his face in a mirror and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. But the man who looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues to do this, not forgetting what he has heard, but doing it—he will be blessed in what he does.
If anyone considers himself religious and yet does not keep a tight rein on his tongue, he deceives himself and his religion is worthless. Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.”

(Long I know, but it is all so good!)

• July Song of the Month •

No Longer Slaves
Jonathan and Melissa Helser
Bethel Music

• July Recipe of the Month •

Strawberry Shortcake Cheesecake



– 5 TBSP butter
– 1 ¾ cups flour
– ¼ cup sugar
– 1 ½ tsp baking powder
– ½ tsp baking soda
– ¾ + 1/8 cup heavy cream

Cheesecake Filling and Whipped Topping
– 1 ½ cups heavy cream, divided
– ¾ cup powdered sugar, divided
– 1 ¾ tsp vanilla extract, divided
– 24 oz cream cheese, room temperature
– ½ cup granulated sugar
– 1 tsp vanilla
– 2 lbs Strawberries

Strawberry Sauce
– 1 TBSP water
– ¼ cup pureed strawberries (from about 7-9 strawberries)
– ¼ cup granulated sugar
– ¾ tsp cornstarch


1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Place a circle of parchment paper into the bottom of a 9 inch springform cake pan and grease the sides.
2. Combine flour, sugar, baking powder and baking soda in the bowl of a food processor.
3. Add butter and mix in food processor until combined and mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
4. Slowly add heavy cream and pulse in food processor until just moistened.
5. Gather dough into a ball. Mixture will still be crumbly and loose.
6. Gently knead dough on a non-stick surface until just smooth, about five turns.
7. Press dough into and even layer in the springform pan.
8. Bake for about 20 minutes or until edges are golden.
9. Remove cake from oven and remove from cake pan. Allow to cool on cooling rack.

Cheesecake Filling and Whipped Topping
1. Freeze metal bowl and whisk for 15 minutes.
2. Remove bowl and whisk from freezer and add 1 cup of heavy cream.
3. Whip on medium-high speed for a few minutes. Cream will initially bubble a little bit, then start to thicken.
4. As the cream starts to thicken, add ½ cup of powdered sugar and ½ tsp of vanilla extract.
5. Which until soft peaks form, for a total whipping time of about 5-7 minutes. Make sure not to over mix. Set whipped cream aside.
6. Add cream cheese to a large bowl and beat until smooth.
7. Add 1 tsp vanilla extract and sugar and beat until smooth.
8. Fold in whipping cream made in steps 1-5. Set aside.
9. Freeze metal bowl for 15 minutes.
10. Remove bowl and whisk from freezer and add remaining ½ cup of heavy cream.
11. Whip on medium-high speed for a few minutes. Cream will initially bubble a little bit, then start to thicken.
12. As the cream starts to thicken, add remaining ¼ cup of powdered sugar and ¼ tsp of vanilla extract.
13. Whip until soft peaks form, for a total whipping time of about 5-7 minutes. Make sure not to over mix. Set whipped cream aside.

Strawberry Sauce
1. Add water to pureed strawberries.
2. Combine sugar and cornstarch in a saucepan. Stir in strawberry puree.
3. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly until mixture thickens and comes to a boil.
4. Allow to boil for 1 minute, then remove from heat.
5. Allow to cool while you put everything together.

Putting it all together
1. Wash and dry strawberries.
2. Slice about 6 strawberries into thin strawberries to use around outside edge.
3. Cut off tops of about 3 cups of small to medium sized strawberries. (about 18-20 strawberries)
4. Line the same 9 in springform pan used for shortcake with parchment paper on the bottom and sides. The parchment paper should stick above the edges of the map about an inch or two.
5. Place shortcake in the bottom of the pan.
6. Line the sides of the pan with the slices strawberries, using the prettiest slices.
7. Add about ½ cup of the cheesecake filling on top of the shortcake and spread into a thin layer- filling in any gaps around the shortcake and slices berries.
8. Place the strawberries, thick side down on top of the cheesecake. Leave some space between berries so that they aren’t touching and cheesecake can be added to fill in the space.
9. Drop remaining cheesecake filling on top of the strawberries in spoonfuls, making sure it fills in all the spaces. Spread the remaining cheesecake evenly over strawberries. Depending on the size of the berries, they might poke through the top of the cheesecake a bit.
10. Spread the whipped cream topping on top of the cheesecake.
11. Cover loosely and refrigerate until firm, about 4-5 hours.
12. Once firm, remove cheesecake from springform pan and top with remain strawberries, but into quarters.
13. Drizzle with strawberry sauce and refrigerate or serve.
Found and deliciously testing by Vasshti from the blog Life, Love and Sugar.
Add blueberries to your topping for a yummy Red, White and Blue 4th of July treat!

• July Tip of the Month •

Guild Commendations

You’ve been there for guild missions on Sunday and been earning many guild commendations but what do you do with them? There are a few different vendors in our guild hall that accept Guild Commendations as currency and they are all located in the Market of our guild hall. You can get a variety of items in our guild hall for these commendations including special guild weapons and armor, guild miniatures, scribing materials, ascended materials and others. Guild Commendations traders, located in the Guild Initiative Office (at Postern Ward waypoint in Lions Arch) trades a ton stuff! From him you can get tonics, miniatures, WvW siege, all sorts of banner (hero’s banner, xp banner, etc,), gear, inscriptions, ascended trinkets, back items and more! Check out these different vendors and put your hard earned commendations to good use!

“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