Roots and Wings: Religious Education at SFUC
By Kate Coghlan, DRE
I loved Valentine’s Day much more as a kid than I do as an adult. Nothing against it now, of course, but there was justsomething so incredibly happy about the day at school. I loved our little “mailboxes” being stuffed full of miniaturecards, and though as a child I begged for the perforated sheets covered in recognizable characters, I now more appreciatethe homemade ones that I found.The candy didn’t hurt, either. So unbelievably, I’ve never really looked at who exactly St. Valentine is! I decided it mightmake a good topic for February.According to legend, Valentine was a priest serving during third century Rome. The reigning emperor at the time wasClaudius II. Emperor Claudius II had a theory that single men made the best soldiers. Women and children, he thought,were distractions which weakened his soldiers, and so he outlawed marriage for young men. Valentine decided thiswasn’t a fair law, and kept on marrying young couples on the sly. He was put to death for his actions.A different legned (or perhaps a continuation!) stars Valentine as an imprisoned man who fell in love with the jailor’sdaughter. He had written her a letter which unexpectedly became the “first valentine” when he signed it “Your Valentine,” – words we still use today!So why February 14th? The customs of Valentine’s Day being a day of “love” may also have come from an ancientRoman festival called Lupercalia. Lupercalia honored Juno, the Roman goddess of women and marriage, and Pan, thegod of nature. This festival also focused on cleansing and purification to bring about health and fertility – and hence became associated with love.Lacey hearts, images of Cupid (son of Venus, the Roman goddess of love), and cards and gifts became popular throughthe Victorian era. These days, cards purchased for Valentine’s Day are second only to Christmas – so hit up the internetfor some great ideas for making your own!Family, friends, even your pets... enjoy the ones you love this month. Spend time together, work on those crafts as afamily, and get those little mailboxes filled up! Oh yeah... don’t forget a little candy.
Submitted by Carrie Phillips, Board Secretary
Highlights from the Board Meeting held Feb 12, 2012
Erin Knudsen, Mike Sands, David Grant,Carrie Phillips, Sandy Chism, Royce Rourke.
were approved: 1) agreed to hire Rev.Amanda Aikman at one-quarter time for five months asConsulting Minister. 2) approved the Letter of Agreement between Rev. Amanda Aikman and theBoard of Trustees. The
2012 Budget Meeting
will beon Sunday, January 22 after the Service. The budgetwill be adjusted in light of the hiring of a quarter-timeminister. Copies of the
two smaller hymnals
will be purchased to bring totals of each up to fifty. AMinisterial Committee which acts as a liaison betweenthe minister and the Congregation will be appointed.Because of the new regulations regarding the
serving of food
, and the needs for space, a committee will beassembled to investigate a new meeting place. Royceand Sandy have volunteered to help in that search.
REPORTS FROM LIAISONS:
-Rosemary Liburd thanked all those who helped in anyway toward the Christmas dinner at the Women’sCenter. Thirteen SFUC investments have been made toKIVA.
- In 2011, $3626.16 have beenraised through a variety of projects, the Service Market being the most profitable.
Community Outreach Project
- The COP contributed $904.52 to the LangleyFood Bank from the fall donations.
The next Board meeting on Thurs.February 2, will include
Rev. Amanda Aikman
in a planning and goal setting agenda, along with any other pressing items for discussion. The
will be onSunday, May 27 after the Service. Regina Ogmundsonand Gerri Ormiston are the Nominating Committee.
are proclaimed by the Chair, after consultation with the Worship Committee chairpersonand the Service Leader for that day. Erin will phone theleader of each cluster group to pass the word along oneither the Saturday or the Sunday morning.The meeting ended at 9:00 p.m. The next meeting will be at Royce Rourke’s on February 2 at 6:45 p.m.