How intact is your family?

When I see families that still have good relationships, and couples who are still married after many years, I just have to think, "How wonderful!"

Our prisons are overflowing, drug abuse abounds and so very many people simply have no respect for themselves or any one else; it's no wonder things are so crazy.

Sometimes I think it would be great if we could return to the way things were when we seniors were growing up in the '40s and '50's. We came home from school, did our homework, and went outside to play until supper.

We climbed trees, rode bicycles, roller-skated and played tag and hide 'n' seek. For much of that time, TV hadn't made an appearance yet. I'd often curl up in my grandfather's old Morris chair, listening intently to the radio - to those scary old mystery stories like The Green Hornet and others.

But things have changed, and way too many of our families have crumbled. Marriages falling apart, fathers simply walking away - and children left with no direction.

Thank God many families are still intact.

Need help?

The Hiouchi Community Fellowship has a great program coming up starting Friday, Aug. 30, through Sunday, Sept. 1.

Entitled "The Difference a Father Makes," the speaker is Pastor Ed Tandy McGlasson, and the topics are family-oriented and timely. There will be complimentary meals, with love offerings taken to cover cost of food.

Friday, the session runs from 6:30 to 8 p.m.; Saturday there will be three sessions, 8:30andndash;10 a.m., 1andndash;3 p.m., and 6andndash;8 p.m.; Sunday it will run 9:30andndash;10:15 a.m. Sunday morning worship service will include the final session, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 pm.

From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. today, head for the Smith River United Methodist Church at 1st and Beckstead.

It's the annual Rummage and Bake sale, with all kinds of goodies and interesting things for sale. They have lots of "stuff" including some furniture.

Sales like this are usually lots of fun - you never know what you'll find. And who can turn their back on yummy home-baked goodies?

Friday night will be Game Night at New Life Community Church at 2nd and D streets. If you want to play, just show up - you don't have to be a New Life member and you'll be welcome.

Bring your favorite board or card game and a snack item to share at 6 p.m. and join in.

The church has lots of games, but folks are always ready to learn a new one, like "You've Been Sentenced." What a riot! You are dealt 10, five-sided cards with names and phrases, and you have a short period of time to make a sentence with them. Sometimes they make sense - sometimes not - but it makes for lots of laughs. Why not come and see for yourself?

The High Holidays of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur are fast approaching for our Jewish Community. There will be services in both Crescent City and Brookings for these. More on them next week, along with the histories behind them.

Missing information on things your church is doing? I don't always manage to get through with a phone call, and I think some of the regular folks who kept in touchmay have moved or changed churches. I would love to have a liaison from each church again so there is better information available.

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