I've been writing this column for over 10 years now. But, could I write anything longer?

For the past few years I've had an idea for a book about Mary Magdalene. Lately, it's become more than an idea. And, no, if I do, it won't be anything like that other book out there - the one that made her out to be Jesus' wife.

So, we'll see. If I can get beyond a couple chapters, perhaps ...

But away from ideas of fiction and on to the real stuff for the next week or so. There are some good things coming up. With the holidays approaching, it's time for those holiday bazaars, with their interesting sale items and delicious edible offerings.

andbull; We'll start the week off Sunday with an inspiring journey into the past at the Crescent City United Methodist Church. During pioneer days, the gospel was spread via camp meeting revivals. In many places, there were no established churches, and circuit riders traveled about carrying God's word and mountain gospel music. That music isn't heard many places anymore - but it is on occasion, here at the Methodist Church.

And it will be Sunday! Once again, the Jefferson State Boondock Band will be a lively addition to the Sunday morning service. The music will start at 10:15 a.m., and the regular worship service at 10:30. If you've never experienced this, it's worth going! I've heard them, and they are absolutely delightful.

andbull; On Nov. 15andndash;16, the Smith River United Methodist Church will hold its annual Holiday Bazaar from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day.

There's a great addition this year. There's always been those wonderful baked goods and the soup and bread luncheon - with the new addition of soup-to-go. And all those treasures for sale to sort through with the hope of finding that one absolutely perfect thing.

This year, through the generosity of Ocean Air Farms, there will be an assortment of organic fall-harvested veggies available as well.

Don't wait till too late in the day - such goodies often sell out quickly!

andbull; Thursday, the Ladies Christian Fellowship will meet at the Trinity Center of St. Paul's EpiscopalChurch at 10:30 a.m. Donations of food continue to be accepted for Reach Out Ministries, and this time financial donations as well to help with holiday needs - Thanksgiving and Christmas food baskets.

The group's other mission project, Team Redwood, will be in Haiti this month, and itlooks forward to hearing the team members' report when they return.

The special speakers this month will be Pastor and Mrs. Paul Joseph of the Methodist churches of Smith River and Klamath. The Josephs are the parents of eight children and have a varied ministerial background prior to coming to Del Norte County. Their story is both inspirational and interesting.

Lunch will be catered by Northwoods at a cost of $10, or $3 for just coffee. All women are welcome to attend. The group is non-denominational.

Reservations do need to be made to ensure sufficient food for all. Call Liz at 464-3539 for reservations or further information.

andbull; St. Joseph's Catholic Church is beginning work on a new parish directory.

Pictures will be taken from Dec. 3 to 7. The church asks that you please make your appointments now to get started. This can be done via the website, or sign up at the Parish

office Mondayandndash;Friday, 10 a.m.andndash;4 p.m. There is no charge for this. You are encouraged to bring your whole family. You will have the opportunity to also purchase pictures if you wish, but you will receive a free 8x10.

andbull; Don't forget about the Samaritan's Purse shoebox gifts. All have to be at Pelican Bay Evangelical Church by Nov. 18. Grace Lutheran and New Life Community Churches are actively working on this project.

It's a fun project, and worthwhile. The boxes go all over the world to needy children - and they also receive God's word in their own native language when they are given their boxes.

With our last two big holidays coming up, here's hoping for lots of musical programs!

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