Tomorrow is Mother's Day.
Mothers come in all shapes, sizes, and colors, but the ones that really matter are the ones we call our own.
And they come in a few different categories: our moms, mothers-in-law, step-mothers, grandmothers - we usually can count quite a few for each of us. That is, of course, unless you fit into that senior citizen group with me - then that list has grown shorter.
The most maligned, of course, and joked about, is the mother-in-law.
At 73, I don't have any of those folks left - and I have held all those titles in my own right. But one very special lady in my past was my mother-in-law.
"Ma" was the best mother-in-law anyone could have, and I really loved her. She was half Cherokee, and there wasn't anything she couldn't do - except one. She was deathly afraid of snakes.
She taught me to cook and grow things - for food and for beauty. And she taught me how to make wedding cakes. She taught me how to do a lot of things - except one. I would watch entranced as reams of beautiful lace flowed from her fingers as she tatted - but try as she might to pass on that skill, that was one thing I was completely inept at.
Birthdays and Christmas brought lovely smocked dresses for my girls and shirts for my boys. And all manner of cookies and homemade candies. Expensive, fancy toys were not to be found in our house - but we were the richest of all, because you could not put a price on the love that produced all those wonderful things.
So tomorrow we will say a special prayer for our mothers, recognizing them for all the things they've done for us. Some of our churches will make special mention in their services, or have potlucks after morning services to honor them.
New Life Community Church will recognize mothers with a potluck at noon following the 10:30 morning service. The cooking and serving will be handled by the men for this one. Bring a dish to pass and join in if you'd like.
Today is the second day of a clothing rummage sale at the Crescent City United Methodist Church. Hours today will be 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Clothing - gently used - in sizes infant to adult will be available. Proceeds will be used to help fund a mission team to go to a place of need this summer.
For Temple Beth Shalom, the next Shabbos service will be May 17 at 7 p.m. at the Curry Coastal Pilot in Brookings.
Kabbalah class will continue, also at that location, May 18 at 11 a.m. Both will be led by Rabbi Les Scharnberg.
Some of our churches have only Sunday morning services, while others also hold Sunday evening services and mid-week Bible studies. If this interests you, and your church is one that only has morning services, you are welcome at services where they do.
One of the churches doing them is the Church of Christ. They have a Sunday evening service at 6:30 p.m., and a Wednesday evening Bible study at 6:30 p.m.
New Life Community has evening Bible studies on Sunday and Thursday evenings in the Sonshine House next to the church, 5 p.m. on Sunday and 6 p.m. on Thursday. You are welcome to attend any of these.
To reach Martha Williams, call 460-3000, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.