Gethsemane Lutheran Church Mission Statement
Even if the calendar says otherwise, February seems like the longest month of the year. Perhaps this is the reason February has been designated as International Boost Self-Esteem Month, & also has Random Acts of Kindness Week, Make a Friend Day, and Valentine’s Day. The weather is gray and can leave you listless & unmotivated. If you let it sink in, you’re left feeling sad and disconnected.
Day-to-day, routines are good because they give us a sense of order. But routines can also make us feel stuck. That’s why breaking up your schedule with something new can have a great impact on your happiness. When you try new things, it can rub off in other areas of your life. Make a plan to catch up with someone you haven’t seen for a while. Give them a call or send a note. Plan a fun activity with family or friends, or do something good for yourself.
Ash Wednesday is February 22 and marks the beginning of Lent. Catholics see this as a time for fasting & self-denial but Lutherans see it as a time to prepare for Easter and the resurrection. Instead of taking something away; try giving something instead. Beginning on Ash Wednesday, a 40 Days of Giving Calendar will be available. Each day will list a Bible verse & a Blessing Box item. The items can be dropped off each Sunday. Or if you prefer, set aside the cost of each item and turn in the total saved on Easter. Either way, it can supply a purpose and have beneficial impact.
Don't be discouraged from making positive changes this month that will benefit you and others. Be the light that shines this month.
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By David Haas
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