Happy Valentine’s Day!
St. Valentine, (died 3rd century, Rome; feast day February 14), name of one or two legendary Christian martyrs whose lives seem to be historically based. Although the Roman Catholic Church continues to recognize St. Valentine as a saint of the church, he was removed from the General Roman Calendar in 1969 because of the lack of reliable information about him. He is the patron saint of lovers, epileptics, and beekeepers.
By some accounts, St. Valentine was a Roman priest and physician who suffered martyrdom during the persecution of Christians by the emperor Claudius II Gothicus about 270. He was buried on the Via Flaminia, and Pope Julius I reportedly built a basilica over his grave. Other narratives identify him as the bishop of Terni, Italy, who was martyred, apparently also in Rome, and whose relics were later taken to Terni. It is possible these are different versions of the same original account and refer to only one person.
According to legend, St. Valentine signed a letter “from your Valentine” to his jailer’s daughter, whom he had befriended and healed from blindness. Another common legend states that he defied the emperor’s orders and secretly married couples to spare the husbands from war.
Valentine’s Day as a lovers’ festival dates at least from the 14th century. https://www.britannica.com/biography/Saint-Valentine
Love is patient; love is kind; love is not envious or boastful or arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice in wrongdoing, but rejoices in the truth. It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends…(1 Corinthians 13:4-8)
This weekend: Yes, Church. You Can! A call to bold, reckless grace. Families with last names starting with L-R have the food table this weekend.
Our After Saturday@5 Dinner is back: Only $2 per person/$5 per family. Take that all you fast food value meals!
Israel 2020: Interested in joining Pastor Tim and Jan in Israel next year? Find out more at an information meeting Sunday, Feb. 17@11:30 in the Youth Room.
Feb. 16/17: Yes, Church, You Can!
Feb. 23/24: Ask Pastor Tim—Kids Edition
March 2/3: Grace.Forward! (Pastor Tim’s 35th Anniversary of Ordination)
For the Youth:
Sunday Nights: Jr High Reckless 4:30. Sr. High Reckless
YOLO BREAKFAST: FEBRUARY 20: Speaker: Ambassador for International Space Station. 8:30 a.m. Grace Lobby. Sign up in Lobby February 9/10 and 16/17.
YOLO EVENT: FEBRUARY 28: Mystery Castle Tour and Lunch at “The Farm.” Sign up in Lobby February 16/17 and February 23/24 and at YOLO Breakfast on February 20
The BJ Thomas concert is sold out…But: We will be streaming the show live (and free) on March 3@6 pm MST on our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/communityofgraceaz/
Stats and Stuff
Offerings: General $24,068.10 + $6,267.25 online/text = $30,335.35; Youth $20 online/text; Mission $216 + $50 online/text = $266; FMSC $150; Noisy Offering $29.36
See you Saturday@5, Sunday@8:45 or 10:15.