By Martha Williams

What a pie.

Every year, people have told me what a great event the Grace Lutheran Christmas Bazaar was and year after year I have planned to check it out – but something always got in the way.

So I made up my mind nothing was going to stop me this time.

Starts at 10 a.m.? I need to be at my church at 10 a.m. to prepare music for praise team rehearsal at 10:30. I decided to be at Grace when the doors opened at 10, get my strawberry-rhubarb pie, and just be 10 minutes late. Right? Wrong.

Lots of other folks had the same idea and were there ahead of me.

I had to give up on the idea of staying long enough but thanks to a friend, I ended up with that pie. It was wonderful. However, for the time I did wait, I saw many, many available items. What a job those ladies had done.

Now, if I can just work it out to go to the Smith River Methodist one next year. That’s also an event I keep hearing good things about.

If you’ve never gone to this event, next year be sure to try it. The assortment of items for sale, and the pies — all I can say is, don’t miss it.

There will be a potluck at New Life Community church Sunday following the 10:30 a.m. morning service. Bring a dish or dessert to share, enjoy the worship service and then good food and fellowship. Be sure to feed your spirit as well as Pastor Larry brings God’s word.

There are only a few days left to bring your Operation Christmas Child Shoeboxes to Pelican Bay EVFree church.

Today, from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Sunday 2 p.m-4 p.m. and Monday 8 a.m-10 a.m. The boxes will be packed in cartons and loaded on a truck, the first leg of a journey to the east coast headquarters of Samaritan’s Purse and from there to destinations all over the world.

As we look toward the activities highlighting Christmas this year, here is the first:

The Drive-Through Nativity at Calvary Chapel of the Redwoods will take place Dec.16-17, 6:30 p.m. to 9 pm, rain or shine. There is no charge to enjoy the inspiration folks are presenting to honor the season.

Unless I missed an email, I have no further info on the Redwoods Family Worship Center Outreach in the Park. That is an event that helps those essentially living outside, homeless and with winter soon upon us, could even end up saving a life from hypothermia.

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