Machias Community Church

Pastor Ron's "Show and Tell" Posts

Making a come back in Puget Sound 

Posted by Pastor Ron Tuesday, December 06, 2011 8:00:00 AM
Making a come back in Puget Sound Yellow Eye Rockfish aka Red Snapper. This is a juvenile that was inside a wreck. It was probably only 6" long if I recall correctly. I was surprised to see one but they are becoming more common and I've seen much larger ones lately that have lost the white stripes and are more orangish than ... read more

Red Gunnel 

Posted by Pastor Ron Monday, December 05, 2011 8:00:00 AM
Red Gunnel This Red Gunnel is a fish not an eel. Note the pectoral fins. It would be easy to mistake them for an eel though since they have that body form.     read more

Only tropical fish are colorful 

Posted by Pastor Ron Sunday, December 04, 2011 8:00:00 AM
Only tropical fish are colorful At least that is what a lot of folks think. But they are wrong. We may not have the colorful soft corals of Fiji but some of the most colorful fish I've ever seen are right here in the Pacific Northwest! read more

Don't see me! 

Posted by Pastor Ron Saturday, December 03, 2011 8:00:00 AM
Don't see me! Red Irish Lord are not always red. They can change color and pattern to blend in with their surroundings. I've posted on them before and this is worth click on. Clicking on the picture above will open a flash gallery of Red Irish Lord pictures. read more

Red Irish Lord 

Posted by Pastor Ron Friday, December 02, 2011 8:00:00 AM
Red Irish Lord These must be related to the scorpion fish of tropical waters... they sure have a lot of the same features. For the most part they don't seem afraid of divers if approach slowly. I've been able to stick my camera right up to their face. Maybe they think that they are so well... read more

Scorpion Fish 

Posted by Pastor Ron Thursday, December 01, 2011 8:00:00 AM
Scorpion Fish I almost overlooked this little fellow hiding on a coral head in Hawaii. I was on a breath hold dive without scuba and feel fortunate to have even seen him much less to get the picture. There are a lot of different species of Scorpion Fish and their spines are poison. A Fijian once told ... read more

The Young and the Old  

Posted by Pastor Ron Wednesday, November 30, 2011 8:00:00 AM
The Young and the Old  The young Wolfies are a bright orange color and have very sharp teeth. The one above was about two feet long and out in the open at Mukilteo City Park. Underwater of course. This old gal had worn her teeth down to nubs crunching on urchins, clams and crabs. I still wouldn't stick... read more

Wolf Eels are PNW favorites 

Posted by Pastor Ron Tuesday, November 29, 2011 8:00:00 AM
Wolf Eels are PNW favorites Neither a wolf nor an eel, the Wolf Eel is the underwater puppy dog of the PNW. As adults they are often found as a male/female pair sharing a den. They look fierce and I wouldn't want one to go pitbull on me but they are fun to hand feed. That is feed them by hand. The one picture ... read more

More eels, eh? 

Posted by Pastor Ron Monday, November 28, 2011 8:00:00 AM
More eels, eh? Moray Eels. They look fierce but the ones I've encountered were not at all like the ones mischaracterized by Hollywood as monsters of the Deep. Oooooohhhhh... Still, as with our cold water Wolf Eels in wouldn't be wise to stick your finger in their mouth. read more

This makes me eel at ease 

Posted by Pastor Ron Sunday, November 27, 2011 8:00:00 AM
This makes me eel at ease Actually this little moray is more ill at ease than I am. The open mouth isn't a threat. These eels open and close their mouths to pull water across their gills. That is the way they breath. I was the one who wasn't breathing. I took these pictures while on a breath hold dive. No scuba. ... read more
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Pastor Carl and Drea DeyArmin

Pastor Carl and Drea DeyArmin served with Village Missions at North River Community Church in Vesta WA for almost 5 years and begin their ministry as Pastor of Machias Community Church Dec 2016.

Ron and Marilyn Sallee (served as pastor through November 2016)

Ron and Marilyn Sallee

Pastor Ron & Marilyn served Machias Community Church for 31 years from Oct 1985 through Nov 2016 and are now serving Village Missions as the Contenders Discipleship Initiative Director.

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Thoughts that I want to share with the flock.