By Martha Williams

Wednesday certainly was a red rose day. I saw lots of bouquets going by, all very nice. But one … oh, my. I could not believe my eyes. They were the biggest, longest stemmed roses I have ever seen in my life. So big, one had to wonder, even if momentarily, were they truly real? They were, of course.

On the other end of the scale, I found an adorable very mini rose in a tiny pot at Safeway, and I just had to have a couple, one for a friend, and one for myself. It sits on my piano, in all it’s tiny beauty and it’s a perfect fit.

Every time I see flowers — and, really, everything that grows — it reminds me of how much God loves us to give us all these things. And not only green, growing things but those furry, four-footed family members that we love.

For anyone, but especially one who lives alone, a cat or dog or two can make a big difference. They are not only companions to us but warmth to someone living outside.

Now that Valentine’s Day is behind us, we look forward to Easter, with a slight detour in March for St. Patrick’s Day.

Wednesday was Ash Wednesday and marks the beginning of Lent, leading up to Easter, depending on your denomination. There will be events and services leading up to Easter at Grace Lutheran Church as well as other churches. It seems like only yesterday I was writing about the Lenten services there, and here it is, time again.

Tuesday, AGLOW meets at noon at the Apple Peddler on U.S. 101 South. The meeting is held in the private banquet room. The speaker is Apostle Jason Horton, minister at Lighthouse Community church. Come and hear what Horton has to share, and praise God in singing and prayer. Questions? Call Sylvia at 707-954-6894, or Ann at 707-457-2318.

Wednesday, at Grace Lutheran, the Lenten suppers with Family Devotions will begin, and continue through March 21. Prayer service/Vespers will take place at 5:15 p.m., and Lenten suppers with Family Devotion and activities will begin at 6 p.m. each Wednesday evening.

And the Easter season also usually brings some special music programs and other events to help us mark the empty tomb, and the risen Savior that gave rise to our faith.

Please keep emailing the activities you would like mentioned. It’s nice to be able to show that our churches are alive and active. It’s one good way to show newcomers that they can indeed find a good place to worship.

Has anyone given any thought to a suggestion I made some time back? That our churches get together some Sunday afternoon for a big old hymn sing?

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