By Martha Williams

Looks like the growing season is about over.

Oh, there are still a few tomatoes and peppers showing up, but the squash and cukes have about given up, and the pumpkins never really did anything – unless they disappeared that is. Maybe some animal eats them off the vine. There are a couple trying now, but I’m not holding out any hope. We were trying to grow some real big ones – I wanted to surprise my sweet little girls across the corner, but looks like that isn’t going to happen this year.

The maples in the front yard are starting to turn, reminding me of the fall colors back in New York. My cousin Faye posted a lovely picture on Facebook. She lives near a lake in upstate New York and it is surrounded by fabulous color, color that my trees are only hinting at just yet.

Sometimes, there are some pretty sharp dividing lines between churches, especially those of differing denominations. Other times, everyone seems to get along quite well. One place there always seems to be harmony is at Ladies Christian Fellowship.

Meeting once a month at the Trinity Center of St. Paul’s Episcopal church, these ladies literally represent just about every area church for a time of fellowship and making new friends. Speakers, music, and a catered lunch make for an enjoyable few hours, and all women are welcome.

This month’s meeting will be held Thursday, starting at 10:30 a.m.

The speaker will be Russell Weisner. Working in other countries for more than 20 years, for him education is the key to sharing the gospel and making the world a better place. He is a teacher whose goal is to to make K-12 education available to families who would not be able to afford it. Using learning centers, teaching both local and international students, better international relationships are fostered, and children develop better understanding of each other that will hopefully make for better relationships internationally as adults.

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Lunch will, as usual, be catered by Lesina Family Catering at $12 per person. Reservations need to be made to order sufficient food. Call Liz at 707-464-3539, or Bonnie at 707-482-3705 .

Friday is the day if you want to hear what one Operation Christmas Child Shoebox gift did in the former Soviet Union.

Elena Helgemeier will tell you what it did for her and her sister when she was 8 years old. She will be speaking at 7 p.m. at Foursquare Church. If you have questions, you may call 707-464-9501, or 707-464-2034.

If you’ve ever filled a shoebox, or even considered doing so, go and hear her.

And it will soon be time again for the cooking school at the Seventh Day Adventist church. I was just thinking it seemed like it was about time for it again when my phone rang — and it’s coming in three weeks.

Focusing on vegetarian dishes, so many wonderful things have been presented in the past. This year,it will be looking at grains. The class will take place at the fireside room on Oct. 28, at 2 p.m. Demonstrations, door prizes, and recipes will be the order of the day. While I personally am not a vegetarian, I do have some good veggie recipes — and sometimes my supper will just be a nice sized potato, baked and (shhh---) dripping with butter, even though I know better. Of course, baked potatoes are great with a lot of other things added, too. And, this cooling weather has me thinking.....potato soup! That’s the first think my Kansas daughter will ask for when we get together.

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