Music has long been a staple of worship in our church services.

From stately, formal music in some denominations to those favorite old hymns from our childhoods, and the lively praise songs of our more contemporary services today, there is a song or two that probably speaks to you more than the rest.

"Bringing in the Sheaves" is one that I remember from those long-ago days, and one that one of you requested. Here is its story:

Knowles Shaw wrote the song in 1874. Known then as the "Singing Evangelist," nothing made him happier than to preach Christ and see people turn their lives around.

In 1878, he was on a train from Dallas to McKinney, Texas, for a series of evangelistic meetings, when something went wrong.

The train derailed and rolled down an embankment. While many passengers made it out, Mr. Shaw did not. His song, however, lives on today. It's a song of hope, with a sweet melody - one that, if you sing, you'll find continuing to echo in your mind.

I first learned it 60 years ago - it, and so many other absolutely beautiful songs. While I enjoy many of today's praise songs, the old songs I learned back then are still my favorites. Tell me yours - I'll bet they might just be in this book I have of musical treasures and their history!

andbull; Looking for a Bible Study? Many of our churches have them, and would welcome you. Some even have bilingual services and studies. This is the case at Smith River Methodist. If you are interested, call Sue Peacock at 458-3366, or Alejandro Dominguez at 342-0287.

andbull; I believe Foursquare Church also is bilingual in programming. And it has started a monthly program of fun for the whole family on the first Monday of the month - this coming Monday will be the firstFamily Fun Night, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. There will be food, fun activities, and God. For more information, call Pastor Juan Romero at 464-9501, ext. 225.

andbull; The March Community Dinner at Smith River Methodist Church will be held on March 9 from 5 to 7 p.m. The menu will be a traditional corned beef and cabbage treat.

andbull; Want to learn how to crochet? Or do you know how but have a problem project? The ladies at New Life Community Church have a group that meets Tuesdays from 3 to 5 p.m. in the Sonshine house that can help you. Or, if you'd just like to crochet along and enjoy a few hours of fellowship, you would be welcome. Vickey Stamps is the teacher.

andbull; At Pelican Bay Evangelical Free Church, there's a special program coming up in a few weeks. It will be hosting "Messiah in the Passover Demonstration" on Palm Sunday at 6 p.m.

Presented by David Sedaca from Chosen People Ministries, it is a vivid and exciting demonstration showing how Jesus fulfilled the ancient Feast of the Passover.

It gives the Christian community insights into Jewish traditions so that the Jewish roots of Christianity can be better understood - and helps both communities better understand their common heritage.

There will be a "pot-providence" dinner following the presentation. For reservations, call the church at 464-9184.

To reach Martha Williams, call 460-3000, or