When McWhorter-Weston VFW Post 1118 (Cushing, OK) was recently presented a check by Oklahoma American Veterans News the post chose to use the money toward hosting a special Valentines lunch, inviting the widowed in the community as guests of honor.
All widows, widowers and pastors from the area are cordially invited to a special Valentines Day lunch at the VFW Post at 6600 E Main, in Cushing, on Sunday February 14, 2016. Doors will open at 12:00.
Research shows that acts of kindness are often passed on, when we realize how much others care, creating a domino effect that can ignite a community.
Valentines Day also coincides with the first day of Random Acts of Kindness Week which
runs February 14-20, 2016.
Few things are as clear in scripture as the biblical imperative to care for widows.
Tulsa-based Stand in the Gap for Widows (SITGM) interviewed more than 300 widows
to understand their concerns and needs. They learned that widows often feel left out on Valentines Day as they no longer have their sweetheart with them.
SITGM has put their findings into a manual, which is made available, at no cost to churches. The program, which requires minimal involvement from pastoral staff, presents a methodical approach to enhance what the church is currently doing, in order to help meet the emotional and practical needs of widows. Already in use by over 40 churches, the program inspires churches with simple ways to support widows, such as providing for small-group gatherings of widows, within the church.
Encouragement and reassurance from kindred spirits provides hope and comfort. When
one realizes that they are not alone, afterall, they can look to the future, with a deepened faith and a renewed sense of enthusiasm.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ The Governor of Oklahoma and the Cushing, OK City Council have issued proclamations honoring the widowed on Valentines Day.
City of Cushing Proclamation
The Board of Commissioners of the City of Cushing, proclaimed February 14, 2016 as “A HEART FOR THE WIDOWED DAY” in the City of Cushing and encourage all citizens to reach out in love to the widowed on this special day.
WHEREAS, the death of a spouse can be one of the most stressful events a person will face in their lifetime; and
WHEREAS, one doesn’t know what is needed when friends first ask yet, as weeks pass, support from friends and family drops off significantly; and
WHEREAS, grief, which can affect memory, making simple tasks difficult, is often misunderstood by those who have not suffered the loss of a spouse; and
WHEREAS, imprudent decisions made while in shock, can be impossible to undo later; and
WHEREAS, grief can be compounded by financial decline; and
WHEREAS, simple acts of kindness can provide hope and encouragement.