Valentine's Day Love Feast - Flowers and Candy? No, this is a celebration for everyone to share their love.

By Reverend Frazier

Love is patient, Love is kind, Love never fails. (I Corinthians 13:4,8) Celebrate love, love, love…Celebrate love, love, love, Celebrate love, so amazing. He’s creating his wonderful love in you.
Handt Hanson (The Faith We Sing, pg.2073) Greetings lovers,
God is love! (I John 4:8b). As children of God we are love, too. The month of February is a month in which we are intentional about expressing our love towards
each other because of Valentine’s Day. We remember as children being asked or asking someone to “be my Valentine.” I recall little boys running up to me, saying, “will you be my Valentine,” and then give me a box of candy or a handmade card and run away. I also recall making Valentine’s cards for my parents. As children, Valentine’s Day was fun and exciting.
About seven years ago, I was inspired to create a Valentine’s Day fundraising event. After researching Valentine’s Day I discovered some interesting
information. Valentine’s Day is really St. Valentine’s Day or the Feast of Saint Valentine. One source stated that Saint Valentine of Rome was imprisoned for performing weddings for soldiers who were forbidden to marry and for ministering to
Christians. The source also stated that in 18th century England, St. Valentine’s Day evolved into an occasion in which lovers expressed their love for each other by presenting flowers, offering confectionery, and sending greeting cards.
Valentine’s Day, even though most believe it is a secular occasion, was created from Christian roots. And because of the Christian roots, the event, the
“Love Feast” was created and designed to celebrate the marriage covenant through the renewing of vows, engaging in love expressions of all varieties, including, but not limited to, singing together or to each other, dancing together, reading a love letter or poetry to each other and comical skits. I have added praying for singles to find their soul mate. I have witnessed various love expressions in past events and have really been blessed as I know you will be. I have seen families deeply affected, especially adult children, having witnessed their parents express their love towards each other. The event is not just for couples, it is for everyone. I have had as many single people as married couples attend the event. I mentioned the event was created to be a fundraiser. Because we are celebrating our 130th Anniversary of ministry this year, the event is free and open to the public. I really would
appreciate your participation and support of this event. We also have another event this month that I need your participation and support for as we demonstrate our love towards “our neighbor” in our circuits and beyond. On Sunday, February 23rd, from 3pm-5pm we are gathering to worship and rally with our new District Superintendent, Rev. Schuyler Rhodes, (who is preaching at our worship service that morning) to raise awareness in Sonoma County for our
Imagine No Malaria project. Let us carpool to FUMC Santa Rosa and have a great time with our brothers and sisters as we express our love for each other by
partaking in this event.
Love always,
Pastor Rochelle