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Church Notebook: Vacation Bible Schools rolling throughout July

What a beautiful day we had for the Fourth!

I think I was actually a bit surprised, because it seems like the last few years, the Fourths were cold and overcast. Bright sun and clear night skies that presented the fireworks clearly were certainly welcome. And since my church is close to the park, we had a ringside seat for the display following a great potluck.

The holidays are finished now until Labor Day. With the kids out of school, folks will be taking vacations, leaving town on various trips. And other folks will be coming into town — coming back to visit friends and family, or perhaps coming to see our beautiful redwoods and ocean. Let’s make them welcome as they visit our businesses and our churches, because that’s what will encourage them to return.

Some will be looking for a church to attend while they are here, maybe just for a Sunday (or Saturday) or perhaps for a week or two. Our church directory shows them the available choices in regard to denomination, and this column shows them any special activities we have going, so be sure to let me know what you are doing. Who knows? Perhaps this visit might be one from folks contemplating a move here, and looking to see if they can find a church that “fits.”

• There is news of a program later this month a bit south of Garberville. A family event with music, fun for kids, skateboarding and good food all day from a number of groups that will include: 10AM Sound Doctrine Band, The Ambassadors, Supernaturally Blessed, Zion Music Project, Jacob Thomas, Intersection, Suede Perez, Mourning's End, No Descension, and Remnant Band.

The event, called Jesus Rocks the Redwoods, will take place July 28 at the Richardson Grove Campground, 750 US Hwy 101 , between the Richardson Grove State Park and Cooks Valley exits.

• Monday begins the first round of Vacation Bible School programs. The VBS calendar to date is as follows:

July 9 – 13:

• Foursquare Church hosts a program with Cornerstone Assembly of God and the crescent City Church of the Nazarene. The director is Marshanne Burnette. Call 464-9501 for information.

 • St. Joseph's Catholic Church, 319 E Street, 465-1762 for information.

July 16 – 20:

• Fort Dick Bible Church, 6725 Lake Earl Drive, 9:30 a.m. to noon, for kids age 4 through sixth grade. The program will be led by Roy and Elvia Sprague.• Gasquet Bible Church, “Our Great God,” with Roy and Elvia Sprague, 954-7978 if you have questions.

July 23 – 26:

• Pelican Bay Evangelical Free, Blueberry Lane, “Amazing Wonders, Aviation.” Director Summer Fitch, for information, call464-8184.

• Smith River Baptist, 9 a.m. – noon, “Sky: Everything is Possible With God.” Directors Kristy Kleespies and Teresa Cook. Call 487-5275.

Sundays all summer:

• Grace Lutheran Church on Cooper is doing it differently this year. Instead of one straight week then ending, the program is taking place only on Sunday mornings from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., and will continue all summer. The program is about the elements, and how God uses them. Call 464-4712 for details.

• Sunday at Pelican BayEVFree, there will be a fundraiser to help with the cost of Pastor Russ Green's upcoming mission trip to Ghana. He will be teaching a class there on the Old Testament.

Bags of approximately 1 pound of various varieties of coffee will be roasted for a suggested donation of $12.

Additionally, anyone wishing to simply make a donation toward the trip may do so by making it directly to the church with the notation that it is for the trip.

• The Ladies Christian Fellowship will meet Thursday at 10:30 am at the Trinity Center of St. Paul's Episcopal Church. All women are welcome to join this non-denominational group. The speaker this month will be Sylvia Stone.

Lunch will be catered by Northwoods at a cost of $10, or just coffee will be $3. For more information, or to make a reservation (which is needed to ensure the proper amount of food is ordered), call Liz at 464-3539.

To reach Martha Williams, call 460-3000, or email This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

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