By Martha Williams

The passage of time is getting to me again.

It just seems like the more it passes, the faster it goes.

My youngest grandchild is now in basic training in the Army. Seems like only yesterday that my son-in-law called to tell me that the expected little girl we were waiting for would need a different name than the one they had picked out. Sometimes, those ultrasounds don’t get it quite right.

While I am, of course, pleased that he has decided to do this, I can’t help but be concerned, considering the state of the world these days. So we will pray for his safety, and that the things going on in the world settle down. There have been too many wars spread across my lifetime, from my father in the Navy in the Philippines, through Korea and the the Middle East when my granddaughter Jamie was working for a security company in Iraq a few years ago. No matter where these things break out, you can be sure they will affect someone you know. And there is really only one thing one old woman can do, and that is to pray. But then when you add up the prayers of a lot of old ladies, who knows what God will do?

The season took me by surprise Thursday afternoon. I guess because it has been so sunny and warm, I didn’t notice things starting to change. As I backed out of my driveway, heading for Bible study, suddenly I noticed them. Maple leaves starting to turn in my front yard, and a few blowing down the street. No matter what disruptive things man can do, God always keeps his schedule. Soon it will be cold, windy, and wet. Not the most pleasant of conditions but the promise that follows that is one of green, growing things and colorful spring flowers. The promise of renewal.

Tomorrow, Grace Lutheran Church brings you “Worship in the Redwoods,” their annual picnic and potluck, Sunday School rally and VBS reunion.

Held at Florence Keller park, it begins at 11 a.m. In case of rain, it will move indoors.

Also Sunday, Redwood Family Worship Center will have a free BBQ following the 10:30 a.m. service.

AGLOW will meet Tuesday from noon to 2 p.m. at the Crescent City Applepeddler in the banquet room. They will present session two of the video “Game Changers” by Graham Cook.

Both men and women are welcome to this program of worship, prayer, and fellowship. Questions? You can call Ann at 707-457-2318.

Please keep in mind the needs of Redwood Family Worship Center and the Worship in the Park on Oct. 21. If you can donate any of the needed items, they would be most appreciated. Tents, tarps, blankets, warm clothing-jackets, hats, things to keep folks living outside warn in the coming months.

And, last but not least, Operation Christmas Child shoe boxes. Pelican Bay Evangelical Free church is the final collection point for this area. Finished boxes leave there in the middle of November, to many, many final destinations, both here and abroad. Questions? You can call me if you aren’t sure of something.

To contact Martha Williams, call 707-460-3000, or email