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February 2019 Connections...…


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" The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched.  They must be felt with the heart."   ~ Helen Keller

  By Timothy Merrill

Dear Friends in Christ, 

Happy New Year!  I sincerely hope the new year is opening well for you.  January is a fun month is some respects.  After such a long holiday emphasis (Thanksgiving to New Years Day), January sort of grounds us.  We can now resume our "normal" life.  We need to gather tax information for the year 2018.  Some of us will get back to an exercise regime.  And we will even begin to do some planning for the rest of the year:  travel, conferences, family gatherings and so on.  And as we lift our eyes to the rest of the year, we see February before us, a month that offers a great opportunity to show our homebound members that they are part of our church family.


The big day in February is Valentine's Day, February 14 --a Thursday.  The symbols of Valentine's Day are hearts and roses.  Why not make certain that each homebound person receives a red rose and Valentine's cards?  The cards might come from the ministry committee, a youth group or Sunday school children.  Perhaps someone can bake cupcakes.  Leave a small box of chocolates, or a few heart-shaped candies that have tiny messages printed on them.


This month's theme is VALENTINE'S DAY.  The message of Valentines Day is love.  All of the symbols and gestures associated with this day are supposed to say to someone, "we love you.  We care about you.  You are special to us."  So, to miss a connection to the homebound members of the church on Valentine's Day could send the wrong message--that they are forgotten; that no one cares.  If our spouses don't remember us on Valentine's Day, we are disappointed.  Let's not miss this huge opportunity to send a message that we care, we love and we have not forgotten!