By Martha Williams

Here we are, almost halfway through October already. Some churches will be planning activities for Halloween, while others feel it’s wrong because it’s a pagan event.

I guess I’m kinda stuck in the middle, because I don’t see it as an actual celebration, but an age-old tradition, and with kids out running the streets, I think the more we can do to keep them safe, the better.

So some of our churches hold “Harvest Festivals,” with treats and games to bring the kids inside where they are safer. We all know that when kids get excited, they don’t pay attention like they should, and with activities that have them running from house to house, across streets — and the rest of us out driving and still have to do our errands, it means we will have to be much more observant to keep those youngsters safe. I am very encouraged when I see parents or older siblings in the background, but obviously watching out for the younger ones.

Things have changed a lot since mine were kids. You didn’t have to worry about what they were being given nearly as much, and we usually warned the kids to avoid any place where we knew something could be amiss. And if we wanted to make certain treats, we could, without wondering if Moms were just going to toss all our hard work ( and money) in the trash.

I used to make cinnamon candy apples back then, thinking they would be healthier for the kids. We lived in a small country town where we all pretty much knew each other.

That was back in the 60’s and 70’s.

I wasn’t sure how it would go over the first year I made the apples, but the truth came out the next day, with a bunch of kids knocking on my door — wanting to know if I had any left over that they could buy. I gave them what I had left, ( free, of course) and before Halloween the following year, some of the kids were coming by to see if I would make them again.

I love seeing the neighborhood kids. My grandkids are all grown up, the youngest in the Army, serving in South Korea. And my great-grands all live in various other states too far away for frequent visits. So, I have “adopted” the adorable youngsters who live across the corner from me, and love watching them grow, and hearing the delightful choruses of “Hi, Martha,” from each and every one if we all happen to be outside at the same time.

So, please let me know what your church plans to do to help keep our kids safe this year.

New Life Community Church

New Life Community Church will have a potluck after the service Sunday. Bring a dish to pass, and be sure to come for the service first, to feed your soul with the music and the message from God’s word. The service begins at 10:30 am.

Seventh-day Adventist church

The Vegetarian Cooking Class at the Seventh-day Adventist church will take place 2 p.m. Oct. 28.

A yearly event, it’s always a good one. The focus this year is on grains, and how they contribute to our diets.

There will be cooking demonstrations, door prizes, and recipes. There will be samples to taste, including a Chia pudding, oatmeal spelt cookies, wheatberry chili, and many more tasty dishes.

Call 707-464-2738 to leave your name and number to reserve your free seat ( space is limited), or for questions.

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