The leaves on the maple trees in front of my house are starting to turn. There are several yellow ones now and before long there'll be a lot more colors.

I love that aspect of the maples, but I hate seeing them bare in the winter. I hope the winter flies by because I'm not crazy about the cold weather.

But changes are the cycles of life, and before we know it, there will be little green buds on those branches and it will start all over again.

andbull; Cycles of life change us, too, and are happening to a friend of mine at Grace Lutheran Church.

I first met Jane Goss several years ago when a group of folks from the various churches got together and did a benefit concert for Community Assistance Network, back when I was serving on the board there.

Beside being a very important teaching part of the school at Grace, Jane always helps out at the fair every year, taking in the baked and handcrafted items that are entered. It is always her pleasant smile that makes standing in line awaiting your turn worth the wait.

Jane is retiring after 25 years of classroom teaching, and I'm sure the kids will certainly miss her.

They won't lose her completely, though, because she'll still be there in an administrative position.

Today from 1 to 5 p.m., there will be an open house at the church. Guests will be encouraged to decorate a page in the memory book for her. Best wishes, Jane!

andbull; Also today is the final day of the Annual Tag Sale at the Crescent City United Methodist Church.

You can shop from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., browsing a number of household/furniture items. Some are priced, and on others you may make an offer.

This sale has no food items, however.

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

Emphasis of this meeting is Team Redwood, which will soon be making another trip to Haiti.

Their projects will include infrastructure help and lots of medical intervention. The group is collecting over-the-counter meds and vitamins as well as things like Tylenol and bandaids.

Needed are Children's Flintstones Complete vitamins (or a generic equivalent), infant vitamin drops (Fer-in sol, Poly-vi-sol), adult multivitamins, iron tablets and prenatal vitamins with iron and folic acid.

There will be a speaker and special music. Lunch will be catered by Northwoods for $10 per person, or $3 for just coffee.

You do need to make a reservation so they can order the right amount of food. Call Liz at 464-3539.

All women are welcome. The group is multi-denominational, members represent just about all of our local churches. But being a church member is not a prerequisite.

andbull; I goofed last week when writing about Operation Christmas Child. My proofreading was not up to par and only after the paper arrived did I notice that when I typed the November date of the 18th, apparently I did not hit the 1 hard enough to register. November 18, not 8, is the day things need to be turned in at Pelican Bay Evangelical Free Church.

andbull; Keep in mind the Vegetarian Cooking Class coming up on Oct. 20 at the Seventh-day Adventist Church. This one will feature dishes from around the world, with demonstrations and samples to taste.

If you are interested, call 464-2738 to pre-register. The class is free, but reservations are needed due to limited space.

andbull; The October potluck at new Life Community Church will take place next Sunday, Oct. 13. Bring a dish and enjoy food and fellowship!

To reach Martha Williams, call 460-3000, or email If I don't get your news in, please follow up with a phone call. Apparently a couple emails did not materialize, so things were missed. The wonders of modern technology!