Pastoral Care and Connections

I’ve heard people refer to February and March as the winter “hump” months as if they have to be endured as we wait for spring. I understand this feeling of having to endure February and March since we’ve lived in western Pennsylvania before. I know how the clouds, snow, ice, and sometimes rain can challenge even the hardiest optimists. February is easier for me, no matter where I live, because of my birthday (the 17th), so every year, I have something to which I can look forward. February also features a lovely three-day weekend. For those working, this helps ease the passage of the month. I will not mention Valentine’s Day, the Hallmark, chocolate, and flower day; it’s best left for a snarky reflection about capitalism. For meteorological fans, March 1 marks the beginning of spring so that it can provide a bit of hope amidst the rain and sleet. There is some truth to the old folklore statement for March, “In like a lion and out like a lamb.” The vernal equinox, March 20, also brings out the spring in our steps and may lighten our spirit. 

Here are some other reasons to celebrate and help ease the wait for spring and warmer weather: February 11 is National Make a Friend Day, February 13 is National Tortellini Day, February 16 is National Do a Grouch a Favor Day, February 17 is National Random Acts of Kindness Day, February 28 is National Chocolate Souffle Day For more reasons to celebrate February: 

March 4 is National Grammar Day (for some, this is not something to celebrate), March 6 is National Frozen Food Day, March 10 is National Blueberry Popover Day, March 11 is National Worship of Tools Day, March 18 is National Awkward Moments Day, March 19 is National Let’s Laugh Day, March 28 is National Weed Appreciation Day. You can find other reasons to celebrate March here:

With Love and Gratitude, Rev. Kate

Pastoral Connections:
We are relieved to share that while Peg Schmidt lives in the Roosevelt Arms Apartments that had a fire on January 31, she was not injured and safely returned to her apartment.