I recently purchased Rogue River shirts for one of our mission teams to wear as they set out on their journey, the shirts read Rogue River, Oregon 'unsalted'. Now I was curious as to what that meant but as I couldn't beat the price I grabbed a dozen and marked it off of my to do list.
Two days later, while visiting a wife of one of the team members, she asked about the 'unsalted' thing. I confessed to not knowing what it meant and when I googled it, I still came up without an answer. She said, "Well it's just kind of sad on a shirt being used for missions... when as believers we are called to be the salt of the earth."
Wow! She was right on that as we are called to be salt. Full of flavor. (Matthew 5:13)
For a moment I wanted to return the shirts but then another thought cast a shadow across my heart. We are blessed to live in a beautiful area known as Rogue River. We love our church and our community yet we live an area demographically set apart as the most unchurched area of the United States... the I-5 corridor running from Eugene to Redding, California.
Now some locals have argued that fact and many in our area here in southern Oregon believe that having 'spirituality' is the same as having faith, yet that is a lie. There is only One Way, One Truth and One Light. Engaging in Maypole ceremonies or studying the new age intellucts or angels or demons does not equal Faith nor Truth. There are not many ways. There is One Way and His name is Jesus.
As believers we are called to take up the gospel message of Christ's sacrifice, God's love and coming judgment and spread it liberally. That's being a witness of the lIfe Christ has given and the work He is doing within us day by day.. That's being a light, serving each other and our community.
That's being the salt in a land that could be classified as unsalted.
May we who have tasted the free gift of Grace... share it generously with our families and our community. Wherever our paths may take us may the flavor of love and mercy be the hope that is dashed over all we say and do.
Should your journey lead you to Rogue River,
Worship Times: Sunday Morning @ 8:30 and 11
Sunday School/Bible Study @ 10 MY 3:16 begins Sept 21
Sunday Night @ 6 p.m. Adult Disciples Class & Youth Group
Tuesday Night @ 6 p.m. Men's Small group Bible Study
Wednesday Night @ 6 Adult Bible Study MY 3:16 begins Sept 24
Children's Ministry (K-6th grade) - will resume in September
Ladies & Men's Small Group Home Studies will resume in September
Youth to Redding - August 29
Children to SBA party @ Caveman Pool in Grants Pass - Sept 6
For permission slips and details see your yoth or childrens leader.
September 19-21 Indian Mary Campground in Merlin/Galice
Sites have been booked already. Sign up and pay for yours at the information desk.
In Portland, Sept 26 & 27. For more info on cost and times see Ross Chapman.