Inspiring Generosity


4 Ways to Love On Your People for Valentine’s Day

        Will you accept this rose? (anncapictures@pixabay)

Whew! It’s been a busy week fending off phone calls from agents wanting me to be their next HGTV host. After last week’s blog post, HGTV higher-ups were blown away. Our next star! We’ll pay you anything! The Property Brothers are waiting to meet you! Oh wait…dang it. That was my dream from last night. My bad. Life goes on. But wow, my dreams are good.
This, however, is real: Valentine’s Day is less than two weeks away!
You know what that means, right? It’s a great opportunity to love on your congregation or those who give to your organization.

I know that you don’t come here looking for a history lesson, but sometimes my deep, deep research turns up some things that you just ought to know:
- Valentine is the patron saint of beekeepers (thus the ever-clever, “Won’t you BEE mine?”)

- There may have been at least 12 Saint Valentines. Who wouldn’t want to be Saint Valentine, I dare ask? Count me in - minus the execution!

- Geoffrey Chaucer may have started Valentine’s Day in 1375 with his poem, “Parliament of Foules.Go ahead, read this out loud to your love. Tell me how it goes.

- You can see one of Saint Valentine’s skulls in Rome. Once again, go ahead (get it?) and tell your love this great piece of news. First post-COVID trip! The skull of St. Valentine! You romantic, you.
Now back to loving on your congregation or donors in your organization. This is trickier – but not impossible – during pandemic times. Try one of these:
1. Send a card (yes, through the U.S. mail). Make it fun (and even cheesy). Sign it with a quick note of appreciation.
2. Email a Valentine’s card. You can mock up one and send it to individuals. Though not quite as personal, there are companies who send out e-cards for free. Ask Dr. Google, “Free e-cards, please.”
3. Make a phone call. Surprise ten people with a call just to say, “Hi! Happy Valentine’s Day!” You may be met with dead silence because they’re so shocked, but won’t that be a kick for you too?
4. Make a video. This might be the most fun because, if you hadn’t noticed, Valentine’s Day is on a Sunday! How cool is that?! Make a special video for your congregation. Sing, dance, do a skit. Anything to show them that you recognize the day and more importantly, your fondness for them. If you want to see how easy it can be, check out last week’s post or this one about an amazing “thank you” video I received.

Keep these things in mind –

Be playful.
Be authentic.
Be grateful.

Your valentine, no matter what format it comes in, may be the only valentine someone receives. Think of Valentine’s Day as an opportunity to minister to people who need a little love.

And with the past year we’ve had – not to mention the beginning of this year – that really means all of us. So put a little love in your heart and celebrate Valentine’s Day. Love on your people.

Cesie Delve Scheuermann (pronounced “CC Delv Sherman,” yes, really) is a consultant in stewardship, development, and grant writing. Over the past fifteen years, while working as a volunteer and part-time consultant, she helped raise over three million dollars for numerous non-profit organizations. She thinks you’ll be inspired to try a music video after watching Jon Batiste’s joy-filled, “I Need You.” She is available to consult with churches. You can reach her at inspiringgenerosity@gmail.com or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/inspiringgenerosity or at CesieScheuermann.com.


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Cesie Delve Scheuermann
Cesie Delve Scheuermann is consultant in grant writing and stewardship/development working with the Conference. From 2008-12 she was the Conference Lay Leader for the Oregon-Idaho Annual Conference.