There's a lot of craziness going around out there, some claiming Dec. 21 will bring the end of the world, according to the Mayan calendar.

I plan to be at my church for praise team rehearsal as usual. When it comes to the Mayan calendar, I think maybe they made more than one of them. Perhaps, for whatever reason, they vanished before completing the next one. Or maybe they did make the next one, and it simply hasn't been uncovered.

I think I'll stick to what it says in my Bible. To paraphrase a saying, "that's my faith and I'm sticking to it." Whatever your faith, it's the one solid thing we seem to cling to when times get tough.

If this is something that makes you wonder, go to Joel C. Rosenberg's blog on the internet for last Thursday's entry. He has some interesting things to say.

Meanwhile, Christmas is nearly here and unfortunately, we have had far fewer programs this year. Hopefully, folks will be more able to give some of their time next year to bring back that wonderful music of Christmas, along with the true story of Christmas.

We will be having some programs, though, and they are as follows:

andbull; Sunday: "A Warm and Cozy Christmas" begins at 6 p.m. at Cornerstone Assembly of God. This is the first effort of a new choir, and it deserves our support.

The program will include both music, and the Christmas story. It will take the place of the regular Sunday night service. Following the program, there will be cookies and hot beverages served in the Powerhouse.

andbull; Monday: Pelican Bay Evangelical Free Church's annual Christmas get-together. There will be caroling to home-bound members, as well as the Convalescent Hospital and Addie Meedom House. Participants will leave to carol at 5 p.m.

At 6:30, there will be dinner, some more carols and a "white elephant" gift exchange. No new gifts, please! Re-gifting is acceptable, and bring a dessert if you can. All are welcome to come and share the joy of our Lord's birth.

andbull; Wednesday: At Crescent City United Methodist Church, Pastor Carol's annual "Blue Christmas" service for those who have lost loved ones.

Part-memorial and part observance of the season, it offers those who are grieving a place of solace and support during what often is the most difficult time of the year. The service begins at 7:30 p.m. in the sanctuary and is open to all seeking a place of comfort for sadness. For questions, call Pastor Carol at 218-4024.

And don't forget the weekly grief sessions at the church Wednesday evenings at 6 p.m. Of all times of the year, when you have lost a loved one, the holidays are the hardest.

andbull; Thursday: At Cornerstone, Heaven's Connection brings its music, testimony and humor at 6 p.m. in a program that will both inspire and delight you. Virgil and Carol Taylor and son Jon have a story that brings home how surely God works in our lives.

There will be pizza, and the program is free. There will be a free-will offering taken. All are welcome.

andbull; Friday: At Faith Christian Center, Smith River at 6 p.m., Reach Out Ministries will bring a program including dinner, music and a message of hope. All are invited.

Donations of turkeys, hams, potatoes, stuffing, pies, rolls and other Christmas dinner items are needed. If you can help, call 954-6071.

andbull; Dec. 23: New Life Community Church's Christmas potluck following the morning service. Church starts at 10:30 a.m. - come for church and stay for lunch. Bring a dish to share and enjoy the fellowship of the folks at New Life.

andbull; Dec. 24: Crescent City First Baptist Christmas Eve service at 6 p.m. If your church hasn't scheduled a service for Christmas Eve and you'd like to attend, why not go there?

andbull; Wednesday evenings at Grace Lutheran, Advent Soup Suppers and devotions. This coming Wednesday, the scripture will be Zephaniah 3:14-20. Child care will be provided, and there will be activities for school-age children.

andbull; The schedule at St. Joseph's Catholic Church for the season will be as follows:

Dec. 24, Children's Mass, 4 p.m.; English Mass, 6 p.m.; Spanish Mass, 8 p.m.; Christmas carols program, 11:30 p.m.; traditional midnight Mass, 12 a.m.

Dec. 25, Christmas Day Mass in Latin, 8 a.m.; Mass in English 10 a.m.; Mass in Spanish, noon.

To reach Martha Williams, call 4600-3000, or email