Are you ready to get started with Operation Christmas Child? It's almost the first of October-and the cutoff for turning in boxes is usually around Nov. 20.

My church just got a supply of the preprinted "Go boxes" to fill.

Last year, we decided, in our ladies group, that we would try to fill 20 boxes. Each week, the congregation brought things to put in them, and scheduled a "packing party" get-together to fill them with the gathered donations just before turn-in time.

As the early weeks progressed, and we periodically checked the incoming donations, for a little while we were afraid that we would have boxes left over. "Oh, well," we thought, "if there are leftovers, we'd just use them as part of this year's boxes." Wrong!

By the time we had about half the boxes filled, we realized we were going to make it. And as if that wasn't enough, before it was over, we had to send out for more boxes!

It is my understanding that our boxes last year went to Asian countries. They could have gone anywhere, even places here. But it's a wonderful project, one I really like - and I'llbe bringing you updates over the next several weeks.

You may already be familiar with what to pack and what's not acceptable - and I will bring you a more complete list next week, but in general, school supplies, grooming supplies, T-shirts, socks, small toys (not war-like), and hard candy are good. If you have a question, you can call me or check with Judy Rowell at Pelican Bay Evangelical.

andbull; Fort Dick Bible Church will be hosting a presentation by Prof. Tom Meyer on Oct. 7. His name may ring a bell with you - he's the man who has memorized more than 10 complete books of the Bible.

For the last four years, he has been in Israel, living in Jerusalem. He has been earning a master's degree in Archeology of the Holy Land. He participated in the archaeological project at the Temple Mount sifting.

Part of his experience there was living with the Bedouin Arabs in the desert, just like Abraham.

He walked around the Sea of Galilee, and in one day swam in the Sea of Galilee, the Dead Sea, and the Red Sea.

He is known nationally for his commitment to the ancient art of Bible memorization. In addition to his memorization of all those Bible books, he has written books on the art as well as books on Bible archaeology.

This semester, he is teaching these subjects at Shasta Bible College in Redding.

On Oct. 7, he will give a free presentation on some amazing archaeological discoveries and how they relate to the Bible at 9 a.m., and at 10:30 will speak the entire first 11 chapters of the book of Genesis - entirely from memory.

For more information, check him out atwww.thescripturescan, or call 630-277-7360 or 320-282-7328.

Sounds pretty amazing! Many of us may have memorized various verses from the Bible - but entire books!

andbull; The Pregnancy Care Center is currently seeking some new board members.

It is looking for folks who have been long-standing members of their house of faith. The board has affirmed its mission statement:

1) To bring honor and glory to God

2) To minister the gospel to young expectant mothers

3) To save the lives of the unborn

The current board is composed of Steve Braun, chair; Pastor Roger Daley, treasurer; Sheryl Roeloffs, secretary; and Michele Curtis. The executive director is Patti DeMartin.

andbull; The Community Assistance Network lost its pastor board member with the departure of Pastor Dan Schlensker of Grace Lutheran, and is looking for a new pastor to fill that spot. I know there have been some changes since I served on that board - but there are some great people to work with there - people who do good things for those in need in our community. The spot does need to be filled with another pastor.

To reach Martha Williams, call 460-3000, or email