Why is it - even when it's a rainy day - if you have to go out to the grocery store, between your house and car, there is only a little mist that stops while you're driving and returns as you exit your car, increasing as you scurry into the store?

But then. You've finished your shopping, and are ready to load up and go home. (Sigh!) Two steps out of the store, with many more to get to your car-and it comes down with a vengeance! I've been soaked more times than I can count over the past week. I have to remind myself sometimes that I need to be thankful, even for the soaking I get, that we are in fact getting that much-needed rain. Things are growing again -especially the grass. You just get it mowed, then it rains and it grows - and keeps growing because it stays too wet to mow again.

I just hope it holds off Sunday morning so we can all get to church dry! And, of course, Saturday for those of our community whose faith worships on that day. Saturday or Sunday, that question sometimes brings on some pretty heated discussions. Whichever day you choose, I think the most important point is that you do go.

And, of course, not all the things we do at our churches constitute worship. We have various events for fun and fundraising, and some are coming up.

There will be extra worship category events as well, as we enter the season of Lent, which precedes Easter.

andbull; This morning at 10 a.m., Temple Beth Shalom folks will meet in the Curry Coastal Pilot building for another 613 commandments class. Although the class has been ongoing for some time, new folks are welcome to join in. The class will be led by Rabbi Les Scharnberg.

andbull; Today is the final day for the garage sale fundraiser at Redwoods Family Worship Center. The sale goes from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Check it out - who knows what treasure you might find?

The ladies of the church group "Kingdom Crafters" can use donations of yarn. They knit and crochet blankets, hats, and other warm things for those who need them, and lap robes for nursing home patients as well. Even less than full skeins can be used - granny squares use smaller amounts of several colors, and when put together, the result is beautiful. If you can help, call Terry at 954-1231.

andbull; Lent is under way at Grace Lutheran church. From now until Holy Week, there will be soup suppers and Lenten devotions on Wednesday evenings starting at 6 p.m. There will also be craft activities for kids.

andbull; Don't forget the full-plate diet class that's coming up at the Seventh-day Adventist church. That starts Tuesday at 6 p.m. If you need help losing weight, this might be a good place to start.

The name might sound funny, but I can tell you from my own experience that not eating enough does not work. I once cut to one small meal a day thinking that would do the trick - and the trick was on me - I actually gained! Call 464-2738 if interested to preregister.

andbull; Thursday the Ladies Christian Fellowship will meet at 10:30 a.m. in the Trinity Center of St. Paul's Episcopal Church. The speakers for this month's meeting have been much anticipated.

Mike Young and Dennis Burns will report on their most recent trip to Haiti. There will be a slide show, and they will update on progress with water purification (Mike has invented a simple device for that). There are many other activities they were involved in as well. Whenever they have returned in the past, their reports have always been very interesting and informative. They will also have a presentation of work done in Africa.

All women are welcome to attend. The group is non-denominational, and most churches in the area are represented. But church attendance is not required - faith is the key to this group, which functions well together. Lunch is catered by Northwoods at $10 per person. Reservations are required to order sufficient food. Please call Liz at 464-3539 to make reservations, or for questions.

andbull; One of the pre-Easter events that has become standard in recent years is the Taizandeacute; service. While it is a cooperative effort of several churches, it takes place March 16 at 7 p.m. at St. Paul's Episopal. It is a service of meditation and contemplation, and of music as well - music to also support the meditative process. It began in France in Taizandeacute;, an ecumenical community in France. All are welcome to attend.

andbull; There will be a Pastor's Forum on Thursday, March 20, at the home of Father Adam Kotas from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. The Community Good Friday service is on the agenda, so pastors interested in taking part should attend.

andbull; Reach Out Ministries, a local non-profit, is in need of non-perishable food products for their food bank. Donations can be dropped off at Crescent City Foursquare church, the Mailroom, at their weekly outdoor ministry, Sundays 2andndash;4 p.m. at Highway 101 and 9th Street. You can also donate online atwww.Reachout, or call 954-6071.

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