You can tell that summer has arrived and folks are going on vacation. Or perhaps taking the weekend days to relax at the beach. Or finally taking the time to do all those outside repairs or landscape changes that can't be done when the winds are driving the rain at you sideways.

Church attendance seems to be down - at least from what I observe lately on my way to church Sunday mornings.

Between my house and my church, I pass four other churches and can see a couple others, and it sure seems like there are significantly fewer cars in the parking lots lately.

I hope summer activities are the reason for all those absences.

The Bible tells us that in the last days there will be a "great falling away" from our faith, and I sure hope we aren't seeing the beginning of that. Some of the things happening in the world today sure make me wonder!

We have so many great churches here in Crescent City - just about every denomination, and even more than one church in some of them.

People have such varied choices in styles of worship today - it's so different from when those of us who have reached senior citizen status were growing up. The music, too, has evolved. Often, the traditional hymns have been replaced by choruses of praise, and the piano and organ have been supplanted by praise bands with many more instruments.

Back then, everything was very staid and traditional - so very "proper" in dress and behavior. And because of that, a lot of people were uncomfortable and gradually stopped going to church.

Today, you can go to church "dressed to the nines" or in jeans. You can choose traditional or contemporary services, and some of our churches even offer both styles, presenting two services every Sunday. If you prefer a more charismatic service, we have several churches to fill your choice there.

My own church is non-denominational, its message based solely in the Bible, and even though I grew up Baptist, it fits me just fine. Our music is a combination of praise songs and those grand old hymns I learned all those years ago. It's a place I really miss if, on a Sunday, I am unable to attend.

I won't go to church in jeans, though others are welcome to, but I have to admit that I sure don't miss those miserable little white gloves we had to wear back then!

Have you given up on church or perhaps you've just moved here? Perhaps you're passing through on your summer vacation and would like to catch a Sunday morning service? Or a Saturday? Check the directory on this page - you'll find a whole lot of choices. Check them out. I'd love to see you at my church, just as folks will welcome you to any of the rest of them.

We're down to just one VBS now. We almost had another, but something happened, and they had to cancel. Again, this is where I think it would be great if our churches who didn't have enough people for a program would get together with others in the same situation to do one.

The final program (unless we suddenly get lucky) will take place July 22andndash;26 at Smith River Baptist Church. Classes will run from 9 a.m. to noon.

To reach me, call 460-3000, or email Email is best whenever possible, because your message is printed as a worksheet, and then I don't have to try to decipher my own rapid scribing during a phone call!