We can't expect everything to work perfectly all the time - and it would appear that my computer has been as ineffective as my body lately.

Today I received an email telling me that one of our churches got their information returned. There were a few days I could not get my email - my computer kept telling me I wasn't connected to the internet.

It's back on track now, and I apologize if I lost anything that can't be retrieved. If you sent something and there is still time to tell folks about an event, please try again. This time of year, I need all I can get because things are much slower.

Without a lot going on, perhaps you'd like another hymn story. When it comes to music, I could go on and on.

African-American churches have been the source of a lot of terrific melodies and inspirational verses. I remember singing some of them in music class when I was in elementary school.

That's something I think kids are missing out on today. We were taught to read music to sing way back then - music was an integral part of what was considered a "well-rounded" education - but sadly, these days, I understand that budget constraints have relegated it to the bottom of the priority list.

"Nobody Knows the Trouble I've Seen," "Swing Low, Sweet Chariot" and "Go Tell it on the Mountain" are three such songs. Back in the late 1800s, John Work, a black man at Fisk University in Nashville, Tenn., began collecting and preserving these songs, and his two sons followed suit.

Singers from the school, who came to be known as the Jubilee Singers, still take their music across this country, and even others as well. It's a good thing, because to lose any of these heart-warming songs would be a shame.

andbull; Today is the deadline to let the folks at the Church of Christ know if you plan to attend the rally next Saturday.

The event will begin at 10 a.m. and continue through 3 p.m.

Three ministers will be speaking at this day-long program of worship and song. Lunch will be provided, and RSVPs are needed for the preparation of sufficient food. To do so, call the church at 464-6312, or Phil Hilger at 464-1181.

andbull; There will be a series of meetings at the Seventh-Day Adventist Church from May 3 to 11. The programs are free, and all are welcome.

The speaker, author Herb Montgomery, will bring his study, "Follow the Lamb," which is a new approach to the book of Revelation. It is based on the ethical teachings of Jesus, with a message of hope for new possibilities for tomorrow, and a way to heal our world.

For further information, call 464-2738.

To reach Martha Williams, call 460-3000, or