Guild Wars 2

September Newsletter 2017

September 1, 2017

Happy September to all you Saltines! Also, a happy two year anniversary to our website and monthly newsletter! Two years ago today our first newsletter came out! While we had a couple that came out a bit late, we haven’t missed even one in the last two years! I hope you find value in our newsletters and I hope that you enjoy the writings, verses, songs and recipes that they include every month. It has been a joy for me to write them over the last two years and I look forward to continuing in them for as long as I can. I thought, in honor of our newslettervesary, I would take this month to talk about the guild and how it has changed in the last year. The guild and website have come a long way in the last two years and a yearly guild update wouldn’t hurt.

While I didn’t include a guild number last year I know our member number has grown. We now have 360 members with an average of 10-40 online at a time. I have said before, in past newsletters, that Salt doesn’t do any active recruiting. We are not one of those guilds you see planted in the home cities advertising our guild and asking for new members. We rely on word of mouth recruiting and individuals seeking us out (via Facebook, website, forums; such sites where they can search for Christian guilds and find us). Some may wonder why we choose to run our guild this way and may even accuse us of laziness, but that’s not it at all. Numbers don’t matter to me. I don’t care how many people are in the guild. I care way more about the quality of fellowship in our guild and on the Lord’s guidance and growth of our guild. I believe this kind of “recruitment tactic” puts the growth in the Lord’s hands and not in ours, so we can focus on what really matters in the guild, that’s the people, not the growth. That being said, each and every one of you, I truly believe, was brought to us by the Lord and that is so cool to me! He saw our little community and thought “you know what Salt could use? You!” Thank you Lord, so much for bringing these people to our guild; they are all so valuable to us! If you ever have any friends or family or even just other players that get talking with you and express interest in joining Salt just let any online officer know. If there is no officer online you can send me a mail with their character or account name and I can send an invite when I am online next. I will note also, though, that we periodically purge our membership of inactive players. Inactive players are those who have not been online for 1 year or more. We do this regularly in order to provide room in the guild for new and active players. If you are one that took a leave of absence from the guild and come back to find out that you have been kicked, please don’t take offense to it. We are delighted to resend invites to any member who may have been purged due to inactivity, just contact any officer for a re-invite!

A year ago today, I reported that we were one upgrade away from our guild being Max level. I don’t even remember what level that was. Since then we have hit max level a couple different times! Not long after we hit max level the first time a few more upgrades were released. Thanks to all your handiwork we were able to plow through these new upgrades with lightning speed and get back to our new max level. We’ve been maxed out, at Level 69, for most of the year, though I expect new upgrades will be released with the new expansion pack: Path of Fire. A couple highlights on the upgrades we have achieved since this time last year include additional harvesting nodes, adding leather and cloth nodes to the berry, lumber and ore nodes we already had. It also introduced guild anthems which play every time our guild has some sort of achievement, completing a guild mission or claiming a WvW objective for example. Thanks to the scribes in our guild we now have many cool new decorations and member created jumping puzzles to make our guild more enjoyable for everyone! Thank you to everyone who donates their tokens to the guild decoration trader because those many tokens make our decorations possible. Also, thank you to those who donate unneeded items into the guild bank. Being able to share items with each other is a blessing to both the giver and the receiver. What a wonderful opportunity to bless each other.

One of the biggest ways our guild has changed is in its weekly events. Sadly over the fall/winter/spring of last year we saw significant decline in participation over all our weekly events. Some events came to a screeching halt after weeks and weeks of zero interest. Because of that we decided to take a much needed break from events over the summer, summer being our biggest down time of the year anyway. It is our hope that being declined events during these last few months will fuel your desire to join them again this fall. Our events can only be successful if we have people to attend them. Now, I’m not trying to guilt you into joining an event by any means; but if you’re at all interested in one, please don’t be shy! Voicing your interest, even if you can’t attend, will show us that our events are still desired. It’s quite possible that the game has changed to a point where events just aren’t important to anyone anymore, and if that’s that case then that’s ok, but we are going to give it one more shot by bringing them back this month. Fabulous Fractal Friday will have a kick off night TONIGHT, Friday Sept 1 at 9:00pm EST. Tonight Jen and Jimmy will be running fractals as a chance to reconnect to them and the members who run them, but also to evaluate interest and determine how fractals will be run from here on out. So if you are at all interested in Fractals please be there at 9:00pm EST tonight so we can count you in. If you are interested but cannot attend tonight please send a PM or Mail to Jennifer.2605 or Jimmy.8402 and let them know that way, this is crucial to the formation of our weekly calendar. TBDT will begin again the second Tuesday in September: September 12 at 10:00pm EST. Because of a lack of interest when we took a break for the summer TBDT will begin again as a bimonthly event. We will meet the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of every month at 10:00pm EST. TBDT (To Be Determined Tuesday) will kick off again with a Map Boss night! For this event we will jumping across many maps following the spawn of many map bosses. Please bring your highest and most complete character to make this easier and to make sure you make it to each boss on time. I have been having major internet issues over the past few months that make playing the game a bit difficult. We’ve been working hard at getting these issues fixed but so far very little seems to help. I am starting up TBDT in the hopes that my internet connection will allow it, so if I drop connection a lot I may need to reevaluate leading an event until I am sure the problems have been fixed. Also, bear in mind that I am 7 months pregnant and will be due with my first baby boy at the end of October; this may also make event leading a bit of a challenge for me for a time. I appreciate your patience as we figure out these things. GUILD MISSIONS will be starting up again in September as well. Like TBDT Missions will begin again as a bimonthly event and will be held the 1st and 3rd MONDAY of every month at 8:00pm EST. Yes, due to schedule conflicts with the missions leader we have switched mission days! We’ve held them on Sundays for as long as missions have been around until now, so make special note of this change and keep an eye out for reminders in the Message of the Day, Facebook and Twitter. Since the first Monday of September is actually Labor Day we will skipping it and the official start up will be held on Monday September 18th at 8:00pm EST. This is an event that can be enjoyed by any member at just about any level, there are some restrictions depending on the missions we are assigned that week but we will do our best to ensure that everyone is able to participate. I have updated the official guild calendar to reflect these event day/times and changes. You can find our event calendar on the website under the Guild Wars 2 Tab; you can also find it on our Facebook Page and as a link in the Pinned Post in our Facebook Group. I will do my best to keep this updated with any cancellations and holidays, but remember, my life is about to get very crazy!  WvW doesn’t have its own event night going on the calendar, but I have been enjoying it a lot myself and hearing from others who enjoy it as well. I have been WvWing long enough that I think I would feel comfortable leading a small group of guildies around from time to time. I know we have many different servers represented in our guild and that makes WvW very hard to enjoy as a guild. I am on Fort Aspenwood and if you are also on Fort Aspenwood and interested in WvW please let me know with either a PM or a Mail in game. I will compile a list of those on my server and interested and we can go from there; see if we can put something together.

Another change that has taken place in the last year is the change in our voice chat. We had been using a private TS server graciously hosted by Matt (a.k.a Mice in game, thank you Matt!) and have recently switched to Discord. For those of you who have never used Discord I assure you it is an easy and effective way to chat vocally with guild members. You can access discord two different ways, one is a downloadable app for your computer and the other is through a web browser. Discord allows you to have one account and be part of multiple communities (not at the same time of course). If you are a part of any other guilds or groups that use Discord you can join multiple groups then just pop between them as you please. I am still learning how to use Discord, but it seems to be easy so far. You can find us by clicking this link: http://discord.gg/5h8uBHZ . You can also find this link written in the Message of the Day on the Guild Panel in game as well as the pinned post “Important Guild Info Is Here” at the top of the Facebook GROUP. My only request is that you make your Discord profile name to represent your in game character or account name so we can know who’s who on Discord. Thank you and I do hope you will join us here!

The second expansion of Guild Wars 2 comes out later this month and will take us into a new region of Tyria: The Crystal Desert. Starting September 22 you can venture into this new and gorgeous area of the map. Pre-purchase is already available for the expansion so getting it early will ensure you are set to explore on release day! You can pre-purchase via the Trading Post in game as well as the GuildWars2.com website. The standard package for PoF, which includes the expansion as well as a Max-Level Boost, is $29.99 but you can also buy the Deluxe and Ultimate package which include all sorts of other fun things to enjoy with the expansion. PoF will include 5 huge new maps to explore, new elite specs for every class, mounts and a new available guild hall. It’s going to be an awesome new adventure and I hope to see you in the Crystal Desert starting Sept 22!

Well, I think that’s enough from me for now. I look forward to seeing you all in game and hopefully at some of our weekly events in the next month!

God bless you all and may you have a wonderful September!

-Jess
(Vasshti, Guild Leader)

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


• New Saltines •

konawolv; Agent of Jyggalag; Luregas; Casaspun; jsc; sekhment; bonefish; Shadowewolfe.

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


• September Verse of the Month •

Psalm 139
NIV

“O Lord, you have searched me and you know me.
You know when I sit and when I rise;
you perceive my thoughts from afar.
You discern my going out and my lying down;
you are familiar with all my ways.
Before a word is on my tongue
you know it completely, O Lord.
You hem me in—behind and before;
you have laid your hand upon me.
Such knowledge is too wonderful for me,
too lofty for me to attain.
Where can I go from your Spirit?
Where can I flee from your presence?
If I go up to the heavens, you are there;
if I make my bed in the depths,
you are there.
If I rise on the wings of the dawn,
if I settle on the far side of the sea,
even there your hand will guide me,
your right hand will hold me fast.
If I say, “Surely the darkness will hide me
and the light become night around me,”
even the darkness will not be dark to you;
the night will shine like the day,
for the darkness is as light to you.
For you created my inmost being;
you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
your works are wonderful,
I know that full well.
My frame was not hidden from you
when I was made in the secret place.
When I was woven together in the depths of the earth,
your eyes saw my unformed body.
All the days ordained for me
were written in your book
before one of them came to be.
How precious to me are your thoughts, O God!
How vast is the sum of them!
Were I to count them,
they would outnumber the grains of sand.
When I awake,
I am still with you.
If only you would slay the wicked,
O God!
Away from me, you bloodthirsty men!
They speak for you with evil intent;
your adversaries misuse your name.
Do I not hate those who hate you,
O Lord,
and abhor those who rise up against you?
I have nothing but hatred for them;
I count them my enemies.
Search me, O God, and know my heart;
test me and know my anxious thoughts.
See if there is any offensive way in me,
and lead me in the way everlasting.”


September Song of the Month •

Love Broke Thru
TobyMac

 


• September Recipe of the Month •

Unbelievably Moist Turkey Meatloaf
by Perkysaurus

You would never guess this turkey meatloaf is packed with mushrooms, but that’s what makes it so darn delicious. Lots of finely chopped mushrooms add flavor and moisture, often missing from the typical turkey meatloaf. When choosing which mushrooms to add, white button mushrooms will work perfectly fine. For more flavor, try one or a combination of brown cremini, portobello, or shiitake mushrooms. The mushrooms need to be very finely chopped. You can do this by hand or use a food processor.
Makes 6 Servings

Ingredients:
– 8 ounces mushrooms, trimmed and very finely chopped
– 1 medium onion, peeled and finely chopped
– 2 garlic cloves, peeled and minced
– 1 tablespoon oil
– 1 teaspoon kosher salt (divided)
– 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper (divided)
– 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
– 7 tablespoons ketchup (divided)
– 1 cup (60 grams) panko bread crumbs
– 1/3 cup (80 ml) milk
– 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
– 1 1/4 pound ground turkey (92% lean)

Directions:
– Heat oven to 400 degrees F. Lightly oil a rimmed baking sheet (or 9-inch by 13-inch baking pan) lined with aluminum foil.
– Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-low heat. Add the onion and cook, stirring occasionally, until softened; about 5 minutes. Add the garlic and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute. Stir in the mushrooms, a 1/2-teaspoon of salt, and a 1/4-teaspoon of pepper. Cook until the mushrooms give off their liquid and it boils away; about 10 minutes.
– Transfer the onions and mushrooms to a large bowl, and then stir in the Worcestershire sauce and 3 tablespoons of the ketchup. Set aside to cool for 5 minutes.
– Meanwhile, combine the breadcrumbs and milk in a small bowl.
– Stir the breadcrumb mixture and the eggs into the mushrooms and onions. Using a fork or your hands, gently mix in the turkey, a 1/2-teaspoon of salt and a 1/4 teaspoon of pepper. The mixture will be very wet.
– Form the meatloaf into a 9-inch by 5-inch oval in the middle of the prepared baking sheet. Spread the remaining 4 tablespoons of ketchup on top.
– Bake the meatloaf in the preheated oven until an instant read thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the meatloaf registers 170 degrees F, about 50 minutes. Let stand 5 minutes before slicing.


• September 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

August Newsletter 2017

August 1, 2017

“A single sunbeam is enough to drive away many shadows.”
–  St. Francis of Assisi

I don’t know about you, but where I live this is Peach season. The trees are bursting with golden, juicy, ripe peaches. My in-laws just recently gave us a box of peaches from their tree, and when I say box I mean a BOX. Like a huge box! Like, how the heck am I supposed to eat this many peaches, kind of box! We have to get creative every year, less the peaches go bad before we can get to them. Some of our peachy favorites include Peach Crisp and Peach ice cream! I tried a new peach ice cream recipe this year and I am quite pleased with it (try it here) and look forward to making my first batch of Peach Crisp! I have included my Peach Crisp recipe as this month’s recipe of the month so I hope you will check it out and give it a try if you have excess peaches! Summer is winding down and fall is quickly approaching, though the heat hasn’t gotten that memo yet, so I hope that changes soon! I hope you have all had a great summer! Well, that’s my weather anecdote for the month, now on to the good stuff!

Summer at my church usually comes with a break in most small groups. Kids are out of school and people are on vacations so it’s a naturally good time to take a recess from the yearly small groups. While I appreciate the time off, getting to sleep in, not rushing out right after dinner, I miss the groups a whole ton during the summer. I am one of those people who does great at staying in the Word when I have a study and group to hold me accountable but without that, I struggle. There is no study I am doing during the summer and I have to find my own devotional, my own study and that is hard for me. Even just reading the bible every day is a challenge for me. I don’t read, like ever. I am not a fan of reading for fun and part of me thinks that is why I am good at studies but not straight bible reading. That’s no excuse, I know, but it’s a challenge for me. I want to continually improve my relationship with God so I hope and pray he can work through me to build a habit of study in some way that can speak to me during the summer. Because my personal study time has been…somewhat lacking as of late…I find huge value in my weekly church services and the messages that the Lord brings me through the Pastors there. I miss the time so much when I am out of town and unable to attend. This summer my church has been doing an incredibly interesting sermon series that they are calling Anchored: Twelve Truths For Your Soul. We’ve been learning about different parts of God that Anchor our faith; The Bible, God the Father, God the Son, the Holy Spirit, the Trinity and last week’s topic, Angels. There are still a few weeks to go in this sermon series and other foundational points that the church will teach on. I have so enjoyed learning more about all these pieces individually and specifically. I have learned tons throughout my life on these things through other sermons and other topics but to take a week and learn about them individually and in more depth was very neat. This last week learning about Angels was a very cool one for me. You hear about Angels in many other stories and passages in the bible but rarely have I heard a teaching on just Angels! Pastor Doug McNett did an incredible job teaching about the angels this week and I want to share the video with you. I could talk about it all day long but the way he shared was too good, you’ve just gotta see it. It was such good information and teaching and also super enjoyable to listen to. I hope you enjoy!

Probably my favorite part of this sermon is where Pastor Doug quotes a previous sermon from Pastor Brian “we should ‘outpraise and outshine the angels because we know something they don’t…the saving grace of Jesus!’” I think this is such a cool thought! Of all the specialness that the Angels get to experience with God now, they don’t get to experience the saving grace of Jesus. That is something special that we get to know from God. We are a sinful, un-pure people but God loves us enough to send His Son, Jesus Christ, to save us! Oh it’s just so good, our God is SO good!

I hope you can enjoy this sermon as much as I did.

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A couple big things happening in the game right now and it’s a bit exciting! The living story finale was released on the 25th of July and I hope you are enjoying it! Don’t worry, no spoilers here, I know many of you are still working on it! Also, today at 9am PST they will be announcing the next GW2 expansion! I don’t know about you but I am on the edge of my seat, anxious to hear more about the new adventures that await us!

Since the summer is winding down our events will be picking up again soon; keep an eye out in the Message of the Day in game as well as the Facebook Page and Group for an announcement on specific days for our TBDT, Fabulous Fractal Fridays and Guild Mission event kick off days.

We have changed our voice chat and will no longer be using TS3. As of now we are using discord. Discord is a new free voice chat service that many guilds are moving too because of the ease of use and free-ness. To use discord you can either download the app for your computer or use it straight from your internet browser. To find Salt’s channel type http://discord.gg/5h8uBHZ in your browser; or just copy and paste the link above. You will need to create an account but can use this same account for multiple servers. So if you have another guild using it you can access both discord servers from the same account. I would ask that you please create your discord nick-name to reflect you’re in game account name so we can know who you are when we see you there. If you have any questions you can let me or Edhalreth know. I am still personally learning how to use discord so I will do my best to assist you with anything you need to make this transition easier. Also I wanted to send a shout out to Matt, aka, Mice in game, for paying for the TS server for as long as he did. It was a huge investment and a huge blessing for us! Be sure to thank him if you see him in game!

Last piece for the week is this: whether you are new to Salt or have been here for a while be sure to find us on Facebook. We have two ways to connect on Facebook, a public Page and a private Group. Facebook Page  Facebook Group  The page is a place where anyone in the general public can find us, connect with us and learn more about us as a guild. The private group is a place for only members to gather and connect. We talk about in game things, share prayer requests and just chat about anything. Any major guild announcements will be made on both the Page and Group as well as the Salt twitter account so that you can be sure to see important news, but for connection sake outside of game, I would highly recommend you find us in our group. Since it is private you will have to “request to join” but I promise, as long as you are a Saltine in game, you will be accepted in the group!

I think that is all from me for now friends. I hope you have an incredible and blessed August.
Goodbye for now!

Jess
(Vasshti, Guild leader)

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


• New Saltines •

FlechetteSpectre; Speedye; Yavanna.

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


• August Verse of the Month •

Psalm 130
NIV

“Out of the depths I cry to you, O Lord;
O Lord, hear my voice.
Let your ears be attentive
to my cry for mercy.
If you, O Lord, kept a record of sins,
O Lord, who could stand?
But with you there is forgiveness;
therefore you are feared.
I wait for the Lord, my soul waits,
and in his word I put my hope.
My soul waits for the Lord
more than watchmen wait for the morning,
more than watchmen wait for the morning.
O Israel, put your hope in the Lord,
for with the Lord is unfailing love
and with him is full redemption.
He himself will redeem Israel
from all their sins.”


• August Song of the Month •

Oh My Soul
Casting Crowns


• August Recipe of the Month •

Peach Crisp
a Vasshti family original

Ingredients:
– 8 cups peeled, pitted and sliced peaches
– 1 1/3 cups brown sugar
– 1 cup flower
– 1 cup oats
– 1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
– 1 1/2 tsp nutmeg
– 2/3 cup butter, softened
– 2 tsp baking soda
– 1/2 tsp baking powder
– 1 1/2 tsp salt

Directions:
– Prepare peaches and place in a 9×13 pan
– Mix together the remaining ingredients, sprinkle over apples and press down to flatten.
– Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour.
– Serve warm with vanilla ice cream!

This has been a staple in my (Vasshti’s) family and came from my grandma. We all know grandmas make the best food! While usually prepared with apples instead of peaches (if you do apples instead add the juice of 1 lemon to the apples in the bottom of the pan) we have found we like it even better with peaches! I hope you can give it a try!


• 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 10 entries, most thanks to Perkysaurus who has some great ones! 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 2017

July 1, 2017

“Blessed be the Lord for the beauty of summer and spring, for the air, the water, the verdure, and the song of birds.”
–  Carl von Linnaeus

I’ll be honest with you, it’s June 27th and I am just starting this newsletter for July. I can honestly tell you that I have no idea where the month went; yesterday it was June 1 then I blinked and it’s already almost July. I’m not sure if I should blame the vacations that kept me away from home for most of the month or the pregnancy brain, though most things get blamed on the pregnancy brain (it’s a real thing!). All this to say, I apologize that the newsletter may not be as well thought out this month, but I do hope you enjoy all that God pulls out in this newsletter because it certainly isn’t coming from me!

Music is probably the most influential form of worship in my relationship with God. I’ve always been into music and God has used that in my life both for me and for others. I like to listen to Christian music on the radio because no matter what I am listening to it will stick with me the whole day and I want what sticks with me to be positive, encouraging, and of the Lord. I heard a song and a story on the radio recently that was really encouraging to me and I wanted to take some time this month to share it with you, maybe it can encourage you too!

Mandisa is a Christian music artist who got her start from American Idol, of all places. I really enjoy her music, it’s always very upbeat and fun to listen to. You may be familiar with a couple of her more popular songs including “Good Morning” and “Overcomer”. I have posted “Overcomer” below, but if you enjoy her music you should look up good morning too.

Just recently Mandisa came out with a new song called “Unfinished”. In a number of interviews Mandisa shared the heart behind this new song. She shared that she had been struggling with a deep and long term depression. The kind that shakes you to your core and makes you question the foundation of your faith. Why is this encouraging you may ask? It’s such a relief to see someone open up about struggles they have. Actors and Artisits such as herself can put on such a mask of “perfection”, easy life, no struggles and it’s hard to relate to them. By opening up with her struggles Mandisa has shown us that it’s ok to stumble in your faith sometimes, we are human and we all struggle with things. She showed humility by opening up about this challenging time; she showed that no one is immune to the struggles and torments of this world; she showed that depression and hardship is nothing to be ashamed of. Through this song she tells how God never gave up on her or left her side and how He brought her out of this depression for His glory! Below is a video she made with her testimony behind this song, I hope you can find encouragement from it as well.

You can find “Unfinished” in the Song of the month section of this newsletter; please listen to it! Now knowing the story behind the song, I hope you too can feel the power in this song, and the hope that even in our struggles, God is still there and is still working in our lives.

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I’ll be honest again, my busy month has kept me away from the game for a bit, as is typical with this time of year. However, I have been enjoying some great WvW recently! There is a skirmish happening right now so I have been able to earn pips and special rewards in WvW. FA is typically a pretty good server for WvW but I think this match is bringing out even more people and even more fun! There are three days remaining in the current match and should reset in July (though it’s new so we’ll see how it works). The pips are a fun and rewarding reason to do WvW more often.

Other than that things are going well in the game and in the guild. Events are still on hold as we get through the busy summer months, stay tuned though as events should restart in Aug or Sept (I will let you know in advance, it all depends on our event leaders summer schedule and guild activity as the summer winds down). Let us know if you have a desire to see a certain event or any event on our new fall calendar. In all my newsletter asking I have never had anyone contact me with event ideas or interest so maybe events aren’t a big deal to people right now and that is totally ok, but if you are one who wants to see events PLEASE let me know so I can get a head count before we boot them back up again! Thanks!

I hope you guys have a truly fantastic July!
God bless you all!

Jess
(Vasshti, Guild Leader)


• New Saltines •

Junx; Sargon; Rudy.

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


• July Verse of the Month •

Psalm 121
NIV

“I lift up my eyes to the hills—
where does my help come from?
My help comes from the Lord,
the maker of heaven and earth.
He will not let your foot slip—
he who watches over you will not slumber;
indeed, he who watches over Israel
will neither slumber nor sleep.
The Lord watches over you—
the Lord is your shade at your right hand;
the sun will not harm you by day,
nor the moon by night.
The Lord will keep you from all harm—
he will watch over your life;
the Lord will watch over your coming and going
both now and forevermore.”


• July Song of the Month •

Unfinished
Mandisa


• July Recipe of the Month •

Vegetarian Chili
by Perkysaurus

Ingredients

– 1 tbsp. oil
– 1 brown onion
– 4 garlic gloves
– 1 1/2 tbsp. chili seasoning (not chili powder – chili seasoning is a blend of spices including paprika, cayenne pepper, garlic powder, onion powder and more)
– 1/2 tbsp. ground cumin
– 1 1/2 tsp. dried oregano
– 1 red capsicum/pepper
– 1 carrot
– 2 x 400g tin diced tomatoes
– 1 x 400g tin kidney beans
– 1 x 400g tin black beans
– 1 x 400g tin corn kernels
– 1 tsp salt or to taste

Directions

Prepare your veggies – peel onion and chop finely, peel garlic and chop finely/crush, dice capsicum and grate carrot. Heat oil over a medium-low heat in a large frying pan. Sauté onions and garlic for 10 minutes or until onions are soft. Add chili seasoning, cumin and dried oregano, and sauté for one minute or until fragrant. Add capsicum and carrot, mix well, then sauté for a few minutes. Add tins of tomatoes and mix well. Open tins of beans and corn and drain excess liquid before giving them a good rinse in a sieve under running water. Add to frying pan, along with the salt and mix well. Now let the magic happen! Cover and let simmer for 30 minutes to soften veggies and develop flavour. Mix occasionally throughout the 30 minutes.

Serving suggestion: This chili is fabulous with guacamole, fresh salsa, brown rice and corn chips.

Nutrition facts per serving: calories 213 protein 10.3g; fat 3-5g; carbs 36.8g


• July Tip of the Month •

Guild Hall Farming

Did you know there are many free Guild farming nodes in the Guild Hall? We have had a Mining, Logging, 3 Plant Synthesizers, a Cloth and Leather nodes in the guild hall! You can farm these once per day and each node gives you 3+ materials! We’ve experimented and determined that the material tier varies depending on the quality of the tools you are using; from the highest level those tools can farm and down. If you are using Orichalcum tools then you can get any tier materials including 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

Guild Wars 2

June Newsletter 2017

June 1, 2017

“It is the month of June, The month of leaves and roses, When pleasant sights salute the eyes and pleasant scents the noses.”
– Nathaniel Parker Willis

It’s spring and I am very confused. Two days ago it was 58 degrees and rainy and today it is 78 degrees and sunny. I am not exactly sure what’s going on, but that’s a typical CA spring. Thankfully June will bring us more stable weather, though I’m not sure weeks in the 100’s are that great either.

As some of you may have heard around the interwebs, in February I found out I am pregnant with my first little! Yes, thank you thank you. My husband and I are beyond excited and a bit overwhelmed with this little life that we have been wanting for years! I have recently noticed that pregnancy brain has finally taken hold. I forget at least 3 things every grocery run, I am constantly misplacing items that I had in my hand 5 minutes ago, and most notably I found cheese crackers in the freezer a couple days ago and I have no memory of putting them there. But in all reality I have had an amazing pregnancy so far and love being pregnant. (I would love your prayers for health in the remainder of this pregnancy!)

I have written before about my constant struggle with anxiety and fear. Crippling fear of pain, sickness, death, loss and injury; the kind that consumes you to the point of making you physically sick. Through prayer, and the help of a short bout of medication, I have come out of the worst of that to place of control over my thoughts and the fears they bring. I can “talk myself off a ledge” so to speak when it comes to where my brain takes information and lead it away from a place of festering toward fear. I have not felt that crippling fear for quite a while, but everything’s changed. I felt my fear trying to creep its way back into my life once I found out about the baby. This is a whole new experience and even though I’ve never held my baby in my arms I love this little one so much that the fear of losing it is crippling. I found that every new ache and pain had me panicking! I read a lot about pregnancy beforehand so I would know what to expect but I think that set me up for more fear, not less. There is such a thing as too much information. I know in my heart that I have nothing to fear, but in my head I would only end up at the worst case scenario. I was driving down the road one day when the Lord spoke to me. It wasn’t an audible or dramatic speaking, it was just a quite thought he gave me in the depths of my soul. It was a calming and reflective insight that he has been preparing me for since long before baby was in the picture. He told me “Look at all the things you have been scared of in your life. All the silly unreasonable fears that have tormented you; all the very real possibilities and all the absurd. I have never let any of those things happen to you, and I won’t let them happen now. “ I’ll admit I still have momentary freak outs but I can rest on the words He gave me and feel peace over my insecurities and fears. Through my struggle with fear and anxiety God has used it to show me His love, to, in a sense, truly gain my trust, in the depths of my soul. Where before I doubted in fear he developed deep trust. God’s got a great track record in my life and in the protection of His powerful hands.

Be encouraged friends, if you struggle with anxiety or fear, no matter how silly it may seem in your head. You are not alone in the struggle. It is a very real and powerful thing to be struggling with. If you haven’t already I would highly encourage anyone living with anxiety to read the book “How to Live in Fear: Mastering the Art of Freaking Out” by Lance Hahn

In this book Hahn share his personal struggle and continued struggle with anxiety. It was a hugely inspirational book to me, not only did it show me that I’m not the only nut job out there with these thoughts and fears but also showed me that this is not something that I have to be ashamed or embarrassed about. Being open about it with those I am closest to has really helped me, they can help calm me when I am in fear, they can hold me accountable and they now understand why I do some of the things I do.

I am just going to end with this, Psalm 91:1-2 “He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, ‘He is my refuge and my fortress, my God in whom I trust’”.

P.S. Some of you may or may not have heard this news already but for those who haven’t, on May 29th at 10:13pm Lady Cateline, with loving support from her hubby Kriton, gave birth their first baby! Baby boy and parents are doing great but they may be MIA from the game for a few weeks as they bond with their new little squish! Keep their family in your prayers as they adjust to new life together!
Congratulations you two!

•    •    •

June brings the end of the school year for many of our Saltines and Salty parents. Summer break brings us many vacations and without fail every year it brings a slight decrease in activity. Real life always comes first in Salt so enjoy your summer, enjoy your vacations and we hope to see you in game between all the fun!

With the arrival of Caiti and Kritons baby they will be taking a bit of a maternity/paternity leave. Being our Guild Mission leaders this means that there will be no guild missions while they are gone. If you are very interested in Guild Missions then please let me (Vasshti) know and if we have enough interest then I will arrange some Missions while they are away. We need at least 10 members in order to be successful at guild missions so please keep that in mind.

Events have gone on a bit of a hiatus recently because we have noticed over the last few months that attendance has been little to none in all our weekly events. This may be because people are more interested in farming for legendary weapons/items and other ascended items or maybe it’s because our event calendar is out of date and there are new interests instead of the ones we have been doing. Please keep in mind that in order for our events to be successful we need people to come. If there is an event that you want to see on the calendar, whether it is a new idea or an old one that you want to see return please please please let me know. We can’t host successful events if we don’t know what people want to do.

Got any other ideas or suggestions for the guild or monthly newsletters? Let me know!

Well I think that is all from me for now. God bless you all and may you have a wonderful June! As always keep our guild, its members and its leaders in your Prayers. That we can hear the voice of God and operate in a way that is pleasing to Him; that we can be a light in the GW2 community!

-Jess
(Vasshti, Guild Leader)


• New Saltines •

Arutha; LadyJadea; chaserzero; Quimby; Silvite; Lonestar.

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


• June Verse of the Month •

Psalm 103
NIV

“Praise the Lord, O my soul;
all my inmost being, praise his holy name.
Praise the Lord, O my soul,
and forget not all his benefits—
who forgives all your sins
and heals all your diseases,
who redeems your life from the pit
and crowns you with love and compassion,
who satisfies your desires with good things
so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.
The Lord works righteousness
and justice for the oppressed.
He made knows his ways to Moses,
his deeds to the people of Israel:
The Lord is compassionate and gracious
slow to anger and abounding in love.
He will not always accuse,
nor will he harbor his anger forever;
he does not treat us as our sins deserve
or repay us according to our iniquities.
For as high as the heavens are above the earth,
so great is his love for those who fear him;
as far as the east is from the west
so far has he removed our transgressions from us.
As a father has compassion on his children,
so the Lord has compassion on those who fear him;
for he knows how we are formed,
he remembers that we are dust.
As for man, his days are like grass,
he flourishes like a flower of the field;
the wind blows over it and it is gone,
and its place remembers it no more.
But from everlasting to everlasting
the Lord’s love is with those who fear him,
and his righteousness with their children’s children—
with those who keep his covenant and remember to obey his precepts.
the Lords has established his throne in heaven,
and his kingdom rules over all.
Praise the Lord, you his angels,
you mighty ones who do his bidding,
who obey his word.
Praise the Lord, all his heavenly hosts,
you his servants who do his will.
Praise the Lord, all his works
everywhere in his dominion.
Praise the Lord, O my soul.”


• June Song of the Month •

Beloved
Jordan Feliz


• June Recipe of the Month •

Blueberry Scones
by Perkysaurus

INGREDIENTS
– 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.

INSTRUCTIONS
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 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!


• June Tip of the Month •

Facebook Connections

Did you know that you can connect with us two different ways on Facebook? That’s right! We have an official public Facebook page and we have a private group as well. The Facebook Page will be where you find guild updates, event reminders, guild photos and the like. The Facebook Group is a more personal place where we can connect as individuals and share happenings in our life and in game. Anyone can follow the Facebook Page but you need to ask for an invite to join the group. I promise, any Saltine will be accepted into the group but the permissions is a way we protect our community by not allowing just anyone in. Saltines only! I look forward to connecting with you there!

Facebook PageFacebook Group


“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

May Newsletter 2017

May 2, 2017

“‘Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to such and such a city, spend a year there, buy and sell, and make a profit’;

whereas you do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your life? Is it even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away.

Instead you ought to say, ‘If the Lord wills, we shall live and do this or that.'” – James 4:13-15

        Hey Saltines a happy May to you all! I have the privilege of writing our newsletter editorial again this month and so I wanted to take this opportunity to share with you all a thought that I have been challenged by this past month. “If God were to say to me today, that my life – in my case, my schooling/future career, family, friends, church, etc – situation were to remain the way it is now, for the rest of my life, could I still say that I am satisfied with His plan for my life?” That may seem like a trivial question, and perhaps for some it is, but the more that I have considered it, the more I have realized that a portion of my faith is invested in the idea that God’s plan involves a future more appealing than my present. Not to say that I am ungrateful for the situation I am in, I am blessed beyond all I could ask of Him, but I tend to endure unpleasant events in the present, by waiting with expectation for the future.

        I’m certainly not trying to say that I don’t think that God has a perfect plan for our lives (we know He does), but I believe He is challenging me to focus on the present and to surrender my future to Him. I find it easy to attach “God willing” as a sort of disclaimer to a plan I make (especially if it’s a plan to do my homework, haha), but I don’t think I’ve ever stopped to contemplate the weight of surrender that James is exhorting in these verses.

        The beauty of this is, however, that it isn’t a surrender due to defeat. James isn’t telling us that we shouldn’t have any expectations for our future, but that we don’t have to worry about our future. We don’t need to fret about where we’ll be and how we’ll be profiting, instead we know that is out of our control, and in the hands of He who loves us. In the words of Jesus: “…Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. Therefore, do not worry about tomorrow for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.” -Matthew 6:33-34 (NKJV).

         In May we celebrate two major holidays: Mother’s Day and Memorial Day. For many these are as much days to contemplate what was, and what may not be in the future as it is a celebration of what is, and so I hope to leave you with the comfort of knowing that we are in the hands of an almighty loving God Who has had our futures planned since before Creation!

       “A man’s heart plans his way, But the LORD directs his steps.” -Proverbs 16:9 (NKJV)

-Matt
(Mice, Sarcasm Lead)


• New Saltines •

Dercylidas; GeekDavid.

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


• May Verse of the Month •

Psalm 91
NIV

“He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust. Surely he will save you from the fowler’s snare and from deadly pestilence. He will cover you with his his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart. You will not fear the terror of the night, now the arrow that flies by day, nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness, nor the plague that destroys at midday. A thousand may fall at your side, ten thousand at your right hand, but it will not come near you. You will only observe with your eyes and see the punishment of the wicked. If you make the Most High your dwelling—even the Lord, who is my refuge—then no harm will befall you, no disaster will come near your tent. For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways; they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone. You will tread upon the lion and the cobra; you will trample the great lion and the serpent. “Because he loves me,” says the Lord, “I will rescue him; I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name. He will call upon me, and I will answer him; I will deliver him in trouble, I will deliver him and honor him. With long life will I satisfy him and show him my salvation.” “


• May Song of the Month •

I Wanna Go Back
David Dunn


• May Recipe of the Month •

Cheesecake
Crust:
– 1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
– 5 Tbsp sugar
-1/3 cup melted butter
Filling
3 (8oz) packages cream cheese, softened
– 1 1/2 cups sugar
– 4 eggs, separated
– 1 Tbsp lemon juice
– 1 tsp vanilla
Preheat oven to 325 degrees.

Crust: Combine all ingredients and press against sides and bottom of 9-inch springform pan. (I use a measuring cup to do this – works great!)

Filling: In the bowl of an electric mixer, mix together cream cheese, sugar, 4 egg yolks, lemon juice and vanilla. In another bowl, beat 4 egg whites until stiff and creamy. Fold egg whites into cream cheese mixture. Pour into crust in springform pan.

Bake for 35 minutes. Turn off the oven and leave the cheesecake in the oven for another hour with the door closed.Freeze several hours before serving. Remove from freezer and remove from pan before allowing the cheesecake to thaw.

Found and deliciously tested by Vasshti from the blog Plain Chicken.

Vasshti’s Notes: This is one of the easiest and most delicious things I have made in a long time! We like to keep ours frozen and eat it right out of the freezer with fresh fruit! It defrosts really fast so it’s usually a great consistency with the slightest ice cream like freeze in the middle! Yum!


• May Tip of the Month •

Guild Email Address

Did you know that we have a guild email address in addition to our website, facebook and twitter? This is a great way to get in touch with us if you can’t get in game or just can’t seem to catch us there. Our email address is gw2saltoftheearth@gmail.com so hit us up with any questions, prayer requests or suggestions and I promise I will do my best to check it on a regular basis!


“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

April Newsletter 2017

April 1, 2017

“That God once loved a garden we learn in Holy writ.
And seeing gardens in the Spring I well can credit it.”
–  Winifred Mary Letts

Did you hear the news?!?! Anet ran out of money and will be shutting down Guild Wars 2!!
April Fool’s!

Ok, that was a lame one but who doesn’t like pulling a good April Fool’s prank? I always love a good prank, assuming it’s a harmless one. In high school, like many other high schoolers, it was quite fun to prank our friends and neighbors. TP’ing was a classic favorite in our area but I never liked that one, it was a huge mess and awful to clean up. I stuck to more innocent pranks, like forking their lawn (hundreds of plastic forks stuck in their lawn) or plastic flamingos on their lawn. My Grandma was the instigator in our family. Her motto was always, “don’t get mad, get even”. This ensured many wrapping paper fights, whoopee cushions, extending forks and other such harmless fun between the cousins. What is the best prank you have ever pulled or that someone has pulled on you? If done right, it can be great fun. If you have never seen the show Just for Laughs Gags I highly recommend you find it on YouTube. It is a hilarious show all about pranks being pulled on the public. It is quite funny to watch. There is no deep or meaningful point to this segment, just to wish you some fun and laughs on April Fool’s day!

 Every year for Easter, we gather as a family for an afternoon of food and fun. We have a tradition of an Easter game where we do some fun activity relating to the Easter story and grandma gives us bags full of goodies as a prize! Everyone gets a bag whether you play the game or not, things like chips, cookies, gum, bite sized candies, gummies, jerky, etc. Since I was a kid our family has grown a ton. All the kids became adults and many have kids of their own, we have to start a whole new generation of Easter game. After so many years of this tradition it is proving difficult to invent new games each and every year, specifically ones that cater to both generations of “kids”. Grandma passes the chore off to different people each year, I get it most often than not, but this year my mom gets to create the game. She decided to do an Easter egg hunt for the babies and some minute-to-win-it sort of games for the rest of us (She even got her own special prizes just for those who play!!).  The most important part of these games is that we do the Easter Story, since that’s the whole point anyway, you know? In an attempt to get all ages involved in the Easter Story portion of the game, my mom assigned each family group (there are 42 of us in total, so quite a few family units) a specific portion of the story to present in any way that suited them; like, sing it as a song, mold it into clay, build a scene out of legos, etc. I am very excited to see what people come up with! Each family has different strengths and different passions and I hope they use those to get creative in making this over told story new and real to them this Easter. As you may or may not have figured out over the past few years, I love making poems. I am in no way an insightful or deep poet but I quite enjoy taking a topic and making it into a poem so that’s what we did. I am not going to lie; it was not super easy to create a poem about the crucifixion, but I got to put my own personal passion to work in order to share this part of the story! We can hear the same story every year for most of our lives and sometimes it loses its meaning and just becomes words. But, nevertheless this horrid story of a perfect and innocent man giving up his life for us, it happened. All the retellings in the entirety of the universe will never change that. I encourage you to take some time this Easter Season to take a fresh new look at the Easter story this year and retell it in a way that is meaningful to you. You will not regret the time you take to bring this story to life for you in a new and meaningful way.

•    •    •

I hope you have been enjoying the Super Adventure Box Festival! I think I may have to play favorites with this one because it is just so fun! I love the new adventures and world this opens up and always enjoy running with other Saltines! With this event came two new upgrades to the guild hall! Super Guild Anthem and Super Adventure Box Guild Hall music! To complete these upgrades we need 2 World 1 Super Boom Boxes, 1 World 2 Super Boom Box and 600 Continue coins! I really hope you will consider helping us out and donating some of these items! You can buy Continue Coins from Moto in Rata Sum for 10 Baubles and the Super Boom Boxes can each be bought from Moto for 35 Bauble Bubbles! Also don’t forget to exchange your Fancy Furniture coins for Super clouds at the Guild Decorations trader in the Guild Hall! We’ve made some cool things with those clouds so let’s get some more so we can have some more fun!

I hope you have been enjoying our weekly events lately though I must admit they have been a challenge for us. Low attendance has been making it a challenge week by week. Without enough people some of our events just can’t happen. So please consider joining us for one of our weekly events! Salt Family Gaming has been canceled due to little/no attendance, and the open Friday night raid has also been canceled for the same reason. So join us for TBDT, Fabulous Fractal Friday, and our Sunday Guild Missions. Got an idea for an event? Or want to help out and make our events happen? Let me know!

That’s all from me for now, I hope you have an incredible April!

God bless you!

Jess
(Vasshti, Guild Leader)

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


• New Saltines •

RickyFromEarth; vobunk; Jayshua; Annestel; HDawg; DeadTreeJig; nivekdadremag.

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


• April Verse of the Month •

1 Thessalonians 5
NIV

“Now, brothers, about times and dates we do not need to write to you, for you know very well that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night. While people are saying, “Peace and safety,” destruction will come on them suddenly, as labor pains on a pregnant woman, and they will not escape. But you, brothers, are not in darkness so that this day should surprise you like a thief. You are all sons of the light and sons of the day. We do not belong to the night or to the darkness. So then, let us not be like others, who are asleep, but let us be alert and self-controlled. For those who sleep, sleep at night, and those who get drunk, get drunk at night. But since we belong to the day, let us be self-controlled, putting on faith and love as a breastplate and the hope of salvation as a helmet. For God did not appoint us to suffer wrath but to receive salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ. He died for us so that, whether we are awake or asleep, we may live together with him. Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing. Now we ask you, brothers, to respect those who work hard among you, who are over you in the Lords and who admonish you. Hold them in the highest regard in love because of their work. Live in peace with each other. And we urge you, brothers, warn those who are idle, encourage the timid, help the weak, be patient with everyone. Make sure that nobody pays back wrong for wrong, but always try to be kind to each other and to everyone else. Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. Do not put out the Spirit’s fire; do not treat prophecies with contempt. Test everything. Hold on to the good. Avoid every kind of evil. May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through. May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our lord Jesus Christ. The one who calls you is faithful and he will do it. Brothers, pray for us. Greet all the brothers with a holy kiss. I charge you before the Lord to have this letter read to all the brothers. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you.”


• April Song of the Month •

O Come to the Altar
Elevation Worship


• April Recipe of the Month •

Creamy Pesto Salad Dressing
the Old Spaghetti Factory Copy Cat

Ingredients:
– 1 cup mayonnaise
– 1 ¼ cup low-fat buttermilk
– 1 ½ Tbsp dried basil
– ½ tsp garlic powder
– 1/8 tsp salt
– 1/8 tsp fresh ground black pepper
– ¼ cup freshly, finely grated Parmesan Cheese

Directions:
Combine all ingredients in a medium mixing bowl. Whisk until smooth and creamy. Pour into an airtight container and refrigerate 1 hour (this will help the flavors develop, I don’t always do it if I don’t have an hour to wait). Serve over salad or use as a dip.

Found and deliciously tested by Vasshti from the blog Cooking Classy
Notes: OSF is my favorite restaurant to go to for spaghetti (A few locations around the country but mostly in CA)! I always loved their creamy pesto salad dressing and now I can make it at home!


• April 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 Dulfy.net 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

March Newsletter 2017

March 1, 2017

I’m no good a poems but I’ll certainly try,
A poem about March and the lovely blue sky.
This month is a breath of much needed fresh air,
some much needed sun and lots of yard care.
The rains have been brutal, the ground is so wet,
the hills are gladly drinking all the water they can get.
The daffodils have bloomed, their yellow petals shine,
Spring has arrived, it’s finally time!
So, soak in this spring, like the land that is parched,
Thank you, my Lord, for the lovely month of March.
-Vasshti

I’ve never done a newsletter like this, so I think it’s about time. The growth we have seen over the past two years has been too amazing for words. I have no doubt that God’s hand has been at work in Salt and I know He is personally responsible for all the blessings and growth we’ve seen in our Guild. Thank you for your sweet presence and the wonderful community you bring to Salt! For those of you who have thoroughly stalked the website this may not be new information to you, but for those of you who are new or haven’t had time to read it all, I want to take this month to talk about the guild; about our foundations, our beliefs and our core values as a guild. I think it’s so important to be open with you so you can get a glimpse into what it really means to call yourself a Saltine.

As you all probably know (and if you didn’t, then News Flash!), Salt was created and remains to this day a Christian Family-Friendly guild. We are founded on the truths in the Bible and we hold to that very seriously. We are Christian first, family-friendly second; thankfully for us those two go together like milk and cookies!

One of the things that has always been hard for me to see are divisions in the church. One prime example of that would be differing denominations of Christians and Christian Churches. I know people have different views and interpret everything differently and I totally respect that. My views aren’t always in line with others views and I respect their view like I would hope they respect mine. Salt is not founded based on one denomination or another. I’ll admit I have my own views and my newsletters may reflect that, but my goal in those is to share my heart and how the Word is speaking to me that month. Instead of leaning on a denomination of Christianity and risking views and opinions that could divide us, we choose to focus on the three things that instead unite us: The Father, The Son and The Holy Spirit. There is a great song performed by The Newsboys that I think illustrates this so well. The song, We Believe, has a chorus that says this “We believe in God the Father. We believe in Jesus Christ. We believe in the Holy Spirit and He’s given us new life. We believe in the crucifixion. We believe that He conquered death. We believe in the resurrection. And He’s comin’ back again, we believe.” This is what it is about friends! We all come from different backgrounds, different cultures, different denominations and different walks of life, but we all believe in God our Father, Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit, the crucifixion, the resurrection and that He’s coming back again. Theologians have been debating different aspects of the Bible for… just about ever, and the bottom line is, there are some things we just won’t know until we are standing face to face with God and can ask him personally.

I don’t say all this as a way of discouraging Biblical discussion in the guild. I believe having a place to talk openly is so healthy for a community of Christ followers. “As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another.” Proverbs 27:27. Maybe we can help you in an area you are struggling with, maybe we can shed some light on an area of scripture you are confused about, but let’s not let theological differences get in the way of healthy and loving community rooted in what brings us together. In all honestly, it sometimes doesn’t really matter what your opinion is. For example: what does heaven look like, how long did it REALLY take to create the Earth (old Earth vs. new Earth creation), or what form of worship is most pleasing to God. This is why we choose to focus on what we do have in common rather than what we don’t. Those and other theological discussions are wonderful, but at the end of the day what matters is that you “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment.” Matthew 22:37-38. From there everything else will fall into place. The very next verse says this “And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself’” Matthew 22:39. This is our call as leaders in Salt of the Earth. You are all our brothers and sisters in Christ and we will do our best to love on you the way God has called us to.

Earlier in Matthew when Jesus gave the Sermon on the Mount he says this “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.” Matthew 5:13-16.  This is our namesake! So let’s take what unites us, our belief in the God of Heaven, the “King of Kings and Lord of Lords” (Revelation 19:16b) and let’s use that to be Salt and Light in the world of Tyria and in our everyday lives.

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I think I have talked your ear off enough this month so I will end with just a quick guild update. The game has been going very well for us as a guild and most of us have been thoroughly enjoying the new Living Story and the map it brought to us (no spoilers, I promise). Events have been plugging right a long and we’ve enjoyed some good fellowship! Fabulous Fractal Friday is henceforth meeting every Friday night at 10:00pm EST (instead of the standard 9:00pm) so please be aware of this as you approach your Friday Fractal time. I do my best to make TBDT fun and exciting for everyone, but if there is any event you would like to see me host for this standing Tuesday event night, please let me know! Got any other ideas of things you want to see on the event calendar? Let me know that too! We do our best to meet your needs in terms of events, but if you don’t tell us what you are interested in, then we can’t help you there. 🙂

Well, I think that is all from me for now. God bless you and keep you this month!

Jess
Vasshti (Guild Leader)

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


• New Saltines •

Grafin von Wandernd; Tiny; NowHere; Danae; Apollos; SoulIris; Sewjie; Ragerz Abyss; Fourdogs; Saige; gordongreeman; WalleWorld; bountyhunterrockets; Mogatz; Razor; Derpules; MungoMchaggis; Kilgareth; Kilger; Alice.

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


• March Verse of the Month •

1 Thessalonians 4
NIV

“Finally, brothers, we instruct you how to live in order to please God, as in fact you are living. Now we ask you and urge you in the Lord Jesus to do this more and more. For you know what instructions we gave you by the authority of the Lord Jesus.
It is God’s will that you should be sanctified: that you should avoid sexual immorality; that each of you should learn to control his own body in a way that is holy and honorable, not in a passionate lust like the heathen, who do not know God; and that in this matter no one should wrong his brother or take advantage of him. The Lord will punish men for all such sins, as we have already told you and warned you. For God did not call us to be impure, but to live a holy life. Therefore, he who rejects this instruction does not reject man but God, who gives you his Holy Spirit.
Now about brotherly love we do not need to write to you, for you yourselves have been taught by God, to love each other. And in fact, you do love all the brothers throughout Macedonia. Yet we urge you, brothers, to do so more and more.
Make it your ambition to lead a quiet life, to mind your own business and to work with your hands, just as we told you, so that your daily life may win the respect of outsiders and so that you will not be dependent on anybody.
Brothers, we do not want you to be ignorant about those who fall asleep, or to grieve like the rest of men, who have no hope. We believe that Jesus died and rose again and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in him. According to the Lord’s own word, we tell you that we who are still alive, who are left till the coming of the Lord, will certainly not precede those who have fallen asleep. For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever. Therefore encourage each other with these words.”


 • March Song of the Month •

Forever
Kari Jobe


• March Recipe of the Month •

Chocolate Mousse Buttercream

Ingredients:
– 10 Ounces fine-quality milk chocolate, chopped
– 6 Ounces fine-quality dark chocolate, chopped
– 1 ½ cups heavy cream
– 2 Tablespoons golden syrup (or corn syrup)
– 1 salted butter, slightly softened
– ¾ cup unsalted butter, slightly softened

Directions:
Place both chocolates in the bowl of a stand mixer. In a small saucepan, bring the cream and syrup to a boil. Remove from the heat and immediately pour the hot cream mixture over the chocolate. Let stand until chocolate is melted, about 203 minutes. Starting in the center of the bowl, whisk the chocolate mixture by hand until completely smooth. Set aside a cool to room temperature.
Once the chocolate mixture has cooled, add the softened but still cool butter. Return the bowl to stand mixer fitted with whisk attachment. Beat of medium speed until mixture is well blended and thoroughly combined. At this point, the frosting should be completely smooth with a silky appearance.
Chill frosting in bowl in the freezer for 5 minutes. Stir with rubber spatula. Repeat 3 to 4 more times to reach desired mousse consistency. Return bowl to stand mixer fitted with whisk attachment and whip until mixture is light and fluffy like the mousse.

Found and deliciously tested by Vasshti from the blog Wicked Good Kitchen.


• March Tip of the Month •

Prayer Requests

I consider it a divine privilege to be able to pray for you all throughout the week. I pray for the guild as a whole and all of its members, that the Lord will bless you and keep you. Got something specific you want me to pray about? Please let me know! If it is something you don’t mind sharing with the community you can post it on the Prayer Requests page on the website forum. If it is something you would rather remain between us then let me know anytime you see me in game or email me a gw2SaltoftheEarth@gmail.com.


“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

February Newsletter 2017

February 1, 2017

“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,

Jess
(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
NIV

“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 •

Prodigal
Sidewalk Prophets


• February Recipe of the Month •

Roasted Herbed Red Potatoes

Igredients:
– 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

Directions:
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!

-Jess
(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
NIV

“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

Ingredients:
– 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.

Directions:
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!

SIGN UP HERE!!!