I don't know what's mixed with our recent rains, but I don't think it's just water.

Usually a good rain does a great wash job on my truck (it's white), but lately whatever the stuff is, it's sticking pretty good. Perhaps it's pollen, though it's brown rather than yellow.

Kinda reminds me of the stuff that stubbornly sticks to our lives when we're trying to clean up our act, after we've realized we need to eliminate some things. Although the pollen is needed for fertilization and propagation of our trees and plants, sometimes we have to convince ourselves that some things we think we really need, we don't!

I quit smoking back in '91. Looking back on it, I wonder why I ever started. Like the stuff sticking to my truck, that stuff was sticking in my lungs. My substitute, however, wasn't a real big help - my sweet tooth kicked in and that wasn't so good, either - that just stuck a little lower down.

So now I battle that one with a little success, hoping to maintain that downward trend. I get help from my faith - I do believe that when we ask for God's help, he gives it when we ask for the right reasons. When it has really mattered, he always came through.

Good Friday is April 18 this year. Locations and times have now been set for a number of Good Friday services locally.

andbull; The Community Good Friday Service will be held at noon at the Crescent City Church of the Nazarene at the corner of Second and F. The location is convenient for folks working downtown to use their lunch hours to attend. And since it's presented by a number of local pastors, it has always been a great service and well attended.

andbull; There will also be services at the United Methodist Church on H Street at 7:30 p.m., and at Foursquare Church from 6 to 7 p.m.

andbull; Temple Beth Shalom will celebrate Passover on April 19 at 4 p.m. at the Coast Guard Auxiliary Hall.

Its next regular service will be April 4 at 7 p.m. at the Curry Coastal Pilot building in Brookings, and the next 613 commandments class will be at 10 a.m. on April 5. Both will be led by Rabbi Les Scharnberg.

andbull; Lenten Soup Suppers and Family Devotions continue at 6 p.m. at Grace Lutheran Church each Wednesday through Easter. There are scheduled activities for the kids as well.

Been missing out on going to church for a while? Why not make it a point to start back Sunday?

If you're new here and don't know where to go, check the listing at the bottom half of this page. If you are not quite sure about a listed church, give me a call - I can steer you in the direction you want to go!

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