Conference focusing on fatherhood is scheduled next weekend in Hiouchi

One of the differences in the various denominations of our churches is in the way pastors are selected.

Some are assigned by the ranking heads of their various denominations, and others are called and selected simply by their members. This is usually the case with churches like mine, which is non-denominational and has had the same pastor for the last 15 years. Other denominations may prefer to limit a given pastor to a specific period of time.

In the 10 years I've been writing this column, I have listed a lot of pastoral changes, and this week, we have another one.

Grace Lutheran Church on Cooper has been without a permanent pastor for some time. On Sunday, it welcomes a new "vacancy pastor," who will stay until a permanent pastor is found.

Pastor Marty Tyler will preach at the 8:30 and 11 a.m. services. The congregation will welcome him at 2 p.m. at a family potluck at Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park.

The Tylers are originally from Vancouver, Wash., and come to Crescent City now from Morgan Hill, Calif. Wife Debbie is a PA with the department of Corrections in Soledad. They have five grown children and have fostered a number of others.

Pastor Tyler pursued a number of occupations until feeling the call to the ministry in earnest in 1999, attending seminary in St. Louis and graduating in 2004.

He has provided pastoral care for shut-ins and held worship services in retirement centers.

Welcome, Pastor Tyler!

andbull; Next weekend, Aug. 30andndash;Sept. 1, there will be a conference at the Hiouchi Community Fellowship. Entitled "The Difference a Father Makes," in the light of current happenings, it is a most timely topic.

We all know families with no father in residence, and, having grown up without my father, I know what that is like. I was, however, blessed to have a wonderful grandfather.

The various sub-topics all sound very informative and helpful. To register, go to, or call 951-1293.

andbull; I am still gathering information for the Jewish holidays and expecting some help from Rabbi Les Scharnberg to "get the story straight." (A few years ago, I relied on the Internet and received an e-mail from a Jewish gentleman informing me I had it all wrong. Turned out I would have been better off to simply open my Bible!)

The season lasts for 10 days, beginning with the Jewish New Year and ending with the Day of Atonement. There will be services in both Brookings and Crescent City, and those will be listed for you next week.

To reach Martha Williams, call 460-3000, or e-mail