Smith River United Methodist holding annual rummage, bake sale

From the looks of things in the stores, we are reminded that school will soon be starting.

We are being encouraged from the moment we enter the stores that we need to take advantage of their offerings and stock up not only for our own kids, but also for organizational projects as they put things together for local kids who need help obtaining the supplies they need for school.

That, of course, brings us around to that special project I like, the Christmas Shoebox gifts for kids run by Samaritan's Purse. Samaritan's Purse is a good organization run by Franklin Graham, the son of evangelist Billy Graham.

So, I'm asking you to think about adding the organization to your list, and, perhaps as you shop, you could purchase one extra set of supplies and consider either doing a shoebox or contributing to one of the local churches who do them.

August seems to have some really good prices on school supplies, and if you go to the Samaritan's Purse website, you can find pictures of some very delighted children with those boxes. It's a worthwhile project.

Supplies are collected through early November, and sent to headquarters around Nov. 18th or so, to get them routed to the countries they are headed for in time for Christmas.

With school starting, where is your choice for your kids? Local public schools, or others? If you are not happy with recent changes in curriculum, you might prefer a Christian school, and Foursquare Christian School is registering students in preschool through 12th grade. For information, call 464-9501.

The Smith River United Methodist Church will be having their annual Summer Rummage and Bake Sale on Saturday, Aug. 17, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in conjunction with Smith River Days.

They usually have all kinds of interesting things for your perusal - who knows - it's often at sales like this that people find the perfect item that can't be found anywhere else. And who can resist yummy home-baked goods?

Classic movies are being shown on Friday nights at Foursquare church. Last night it was "Brave." This coming Friday, 7 p.m., will bring another enjoyable film.

To reach Martha Williams, call 460-3000, or email