“By all these lovely tokens
September days are here
With summer’s best of weather
And autumn’s best of cheer.”
Helen Hunt Jackson
We’re beginning to get back into fall again, and as many of you know that is my favorite time of year! The rains will start again and turn these brown, dead hills into lovely green ones. The hibernatingly hot temperatures will subside and we will be able to enjoy being outdoors again. This time of year fills me with life and excitement from the day I get to wear my first scarf!
For those who have been with Salt for a while and have been following our monthly newsletter, you might realize this month is our anniversary. Our website and newsletter started a year ago today. What an incredible year it has been! Not only have we seen growth and change in our guild but we’ve seen it in our website and newsletters too. I look back on the first ever newsletter from September 2015 and I almost laugh. I didn’t know how to link, I didn’t know how to single space and it’s a bit comical to me. By God’s grace I have learned a lot about blogging and I have had the support of all our lovely Saltines. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for the rich community you all bring to Salt. As I try to remember back to that little guild that Salt was a year ago today I can’t help but reflect on the grace of God. You may not know this, but we don’t do any active recruiting in Salt. We don’t sit in a newby area and map chat spam information about our guild. This is because we don’t want our success as a guild to be merited by the number of people we have in it. We want God to do the growing, we want God to bring to us those people He wants in our guild. Each and every one of you was brought to us by God and my goodness how He has been faithful in this area! “To HIM be the glory and the power for ever and ever! Amen!” 1 Peter 4:11 Oh! Praise be to the God in Heaven! Isn’t He good?!
As we see this anniversary month in, I will be taking a bit of a Sabbatical from the game. I am going to take about a month to rest from the game, to reconnect to God, to reconnect to my husband and my family. This guild and its people mean the world to me and I will miss you all dearly while I am away; but rest assured, I will be back and, by God’s grace, rejuvenated. I plan to be on for play actively until mid-September where my last day before my break will be Guild Missions on September 11. I won’t be gone long, I expect to be back in game in mid-October, so don’t blow anything up while I am gone. While I am away feel free to direct any questions/comments/concerns to Caitimouse or any other officer. You can also email me at email@example.com. I may break down and check that from time to time! If you’re on Facebook we can keep in touch that way as well.
Thank you again for an awesome year! Here’s to, hopefully, many many more!
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In game guild things have been going great recently, we are beginning to see an increase in activity after the summer slump. TBDT will be put on hold while I am on my Sabbatical, but most other events should run as scheduled. My husband has recently started a Bible study on Wednesday nights so I’ve been able to participate in Dungeon night more often. While it can sometimes be hard to fill a group it’s been really fun to get back into that content. Thanks Tim for being faithful in leading that one. Join us on Wednesday nights for this fun! (Typically runs 1st and 3rd of every month, but I sometimes run them on the other weeks too). Fractals are still going on Fabulous Fractal Fridays and our Raids have been steady on Saturday night. It’s hard to get a consistent 10 people per raid group to show up every week, so if you are wanting to get into raid but don’t have a group yet, show up in the guild hall every Saturday at 8:00pm EST and there is a good chance you could get into a group! Stver will be starting up our Weekly WvW events again soon but this time there will be a slight change with them. Instead of meeting 1st and 3rd Thursday nights they will now be meeting on Saturday afternoons. We have yet to set a time and frequency but once we do we will let you know! How fun will it be to have an afternoon event again?
Thank you to everyone who has donated to the guild hall in the past couple weeks and a special shout out to Perkysaurus who went above and beyond in the area of Guild hall donation. You guys have gotten us through 3 of the 4 remaining guild hall upgrades and we are now at MAX level with only ONE remaining upgrade! This FINAL upgrade needs another 200 Ley-Line Infused tools, which I know, that’s a ton! You guys have been so gracious in getting us as far as we have already gotten and I know if we work together we can finish this final upgrade in no time! Please be praying about how you can continue to help us finish our Guild Hall. We are almost there!
Well that’s all from me for now.
I pray that the Lord blesses you this month. I pray that He continues to work in our guild; that He grows it and leads it in His will and His timing.
“But I trust in your unfailing love; my heart rejoices in your salvation. I will sing to the Lord, for he has been good to me.” Psalm 13:5-6
God bless you,
(Vasshti, Guild Leader)
“To Him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen.” 1 Peter 4:11
• New Saltines •
Wolf in Paradise; jmckay; ministarr; Ghost; bfc; The Black Fox; Robert Rich; loves reggae; Fennecus; Ivan Glamdryng; Recon; Asrin; Hilzyy; Devv; MommaBear; Deahreaver; Perkysaurus, trams.
Be sure to give a warm Salty welcome if you see these new Saltines in-game!
• September Verse of the Month •
“Not many of you should presume to be teachers, my brothers, because you know that we who teach will be judged more strictly. We all stumble in many ways. If anyone is never at fault in what he says, he is a perfect man, able to keep his whole body in check.
When we put bits into the mouths of horses to make them obey us, we can turn the whole animal. Or take ships as an example. Although they are so large and are driven by strong winds, they are steered by a very small rudder wherever the pilot wants to go. Likewise the tongue is a small part of the body, but it makes great boasts. Consider what a great forest is set on fire by a small spark. The tongue also is a fire, a world of evil among the parts of the body. It corrupts the whole person, sets the whole course of his life on fire, and is itself set on fire by hell.
All kinds of animals, birds, reptiles and creatures of the sea are being tamed and have been tamed by man, but no man can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison.
With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in God’s likeness. Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers, this should not be. Can both fresh water and salt water flow from the same spring? My brothers, can a fig tree bear olives, or a grapevine bear figs? Neither can a salt spring produce fresh water.
Who is wise and understanding among you? Let him show it by his good life, by deeds done in the humility that comes from wisdom. But if you harbor bitter envy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast about it or deny the truth. Such “wisdom” does not come down from heaven but is earthly, unspiritual, of the devil. For where you have envy and selfish ambition, there you find disorder and every evil practice.
But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere. Peacemakers who sow in peace raise a harvest of righteousness.”
• September Song of the Month •
In Over My Head
by Jenn Johnson
• September Recipe of the Month •
Summer Minestrone Soup
– 1 TBSP Olive Oil
– ½ cup diced onion (about ½ onion)
– ½ cup sliced leeks, white and green parts only
– ½ cup diced celery
– ¼ cup diced red bell pepper
– 3 cloves garlic, minced
– 6 cups chicken stock
– 1 bay leaf
– 1 tsp fresh thyme (or ½ tsp dried thyme)
– 1 tsp salt
– 2 cups large diced zucchini
– 1 cup fresh green beans, trimmed and cut into 1-inch lengths
– 2 roma tomatoes, diced
– ½ cup cooked small white beans
– ½ cup dry Ditalini or any small pasta
– Fresh basil for garnish
– Parmesan cheese for garnish
Heat olive oil in a large pot on medium-high heat. Add the diced onion, leeks, celery and bell pepper. Cook for 8-10 minutes until softened, lowering the heat to medium to prevent browning. Add the minced garlic and cook for a minute more, until fragrant.
Add the chicken stock, bay leaf, thyme, and salt to the pot. Increase heat to bring to a simmer, then add the zucchini, green beans, tomatoes, white beans and pasta. Heat to a simmer again and lower the heat to maintain a steady simmer. Cook for 10 minutes until the vegetable and the pasta are cooked through.
Garnish with thinly sliced fresh basil and grated Parmesan cheese to serve.
Found and deliciously tested by Vasshti from the blog Simpy Recipes.
This one is crazy good and crazy easy to make. Also a plus is that it uses so many summer veggies, many of which are in my garden!
• September Tip of the Month •
We are blessed by a God who loves us and listens to us. We do not worship a God who doesn’t care about us and our struggles. I love being able to pray for you during the week and I love seeing God’s hand work in your lives. Please let us know how we can be praying for you. On our Forums there is a section for you to tell us how we can be praying for you (saltgaming.org→Community→Forums→Real Life→Prayer Requests, create a new topic there and let us know how we can be praying for you.) I check the forums every day so let me know how I can pray for you; whether praise or request, illness, fear, you name it and our Lord can work you through it! If you have something you need prayer for, but don’t feel comfortable posting it on our public forums you are welcome to message me in game Vasshti.6198 or send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
“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