Dear friends in Christ -

“You are the salt of the earth,” we heard Jesus say last week.  If salt loses its flavor it is good for nothing but the trash can.

It’s not a single kernel of salt that seasons; kernels need critical mass. We’re in it together.

Yet a big pile of salt sitting right next to that pot of soup or chunk of steak – but just millimeters away – does not season one bit.  Salt has to get closer, get worked in, be applied.

You are the hot chili pepper of the earth, is the way one commentator updates the metaphor.  The church, the Jesus movement, brings zest to life, flavoring human existence with love, and grace and forgiveness, with joy, and peace, and charity - things that seem to be more and more in short supply  these days.

Otherwise we risk becoming closer to the “tofu” of the world – a bland substance, that just absorbs the flavors of those around us. 


We’d like to help some folks in our congregation who are immigrants from Iran with some basic needs, by bringing these items to the church:

--Hygiene products: shampoo, conditioner, soap, toothpaste

--Household items:  dish soap, toilet paper, paper towels, and laundry detergent 

Questions? Email Kathy Smith at

Grace and peace,

Pastor Heidi