Happy New Year!

If you're Jewish, that is.

The High Holy Days currently in progress in our Jewish community mark the new year.

Last Thursday began the 10-day celebration marking the beginning of the Hebrew New Year 5774.

During this period of time, Jews around the world reflect on their personal behavior, and how it can be improved.

After last Thursday's service, those celebrating the holiday tossed bread off the B Street pier, symbolizing the tossing of sins into the ocean.

Friday at sunset will be the eve of Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement. It is the most solemn of all Jewish holidays. A 24-hour period of fasting begins.

The Curry Coastal Pilot will host services Friday starting at 7 p.m. Next Saturday, Sept. 14, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., there will be Yom Kippur services here at Temple Beth Shalom.

A special Yizkor service to remember those who have passed on will be held at 5 p.m. in the synagogue. Rabbi Les Scharnberg will officiate.

andbull; Wednesday evening will be the second of the Louie Giglio "Passion Talk" videos. The video, "How Great is Our God" will be shown at the First Baptist Church at 6 p.m.

andbull; Next Saturday at 10 a.m., there will be an organizational meeting for Operation Christmas Child at the Pelican Bay Evangelical Free Church.

If you are interested in this very worthy project, plan on attending. There will be information and plenty of materials to help you or your church participate and have your boxes ready by mid-November to help brighten Christmas for needy kids all over the globe.

andbull; Sunday at 2 p.m. the New Life Community Church will have a "Bye-bye Summer" potluck at Beachfront Park. Bring a dish or dessert to share and join in the fun and fellowship.

Also, Sept. 19 will be Game Night at the church at 6 p.m. "Church" doesn't have to be all serious - come and find out!

andbull; The Ladies' Christian Fellowship will meet at 10:30 a.m. Thursday in the Trinity Center of St. Paul's Episcopal Church.

Speaker for the day will be Larry Mitchell, lead chaplain at Pelican Bay State Prison. He has served in a number of hospital and institutional care facilities. He is also a professional musician, and will share his musical talents as well.

There will also be mission status reports for Team Redwood and Reach Out Ministries. Don't forget to bring a can of food for ROM, and children's vitamins for Team Redwood if you can. Its members will be going to Haiti again in November, working with children's medical needs, among other things.

The group will also meet one of the newer pastors in town. Lunch will be catered by Northwoods for $10 per person, or $3 for just coffee.

andbull; Redwoods Family Worship Center invites you to a revival!

Starting Sunday after the 10:30 a.m. worship service, there will be a free barbecue lunch, and services with Bishop Don Manning will begin at 6 p.m.

On Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, services will be held at 6:30 p.m.

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