By Martha Williams

Four letter words. Small words — but words that can have a huge impact.

Love. Hate. Give. Take.

Words that can pretty much sum up a relationship, from two people to a whole country, and even the world.

Of course, the main word today is love, because Valentine’s Day is coming up. A day that’s great for sweethearts and couples, but can be difficult for some of those those who are now alone for one reason or another.

There are many facets to love. The first love you experience is that of your parents and grandparents for you. Then, that of siblings and friendship with classmates and young friends at church and playmates at school. Your love for that first kitten or puppy.

Then along comes that first blush of young love, usually ending in disappointment – but that’s how we begin to learn about dealing with the ups and downs we will face as life goes on.

And that most wonderful love of all, ending in a wedding and the beginning of a whole new life.

And the cycle starts over. You are now the parent loving babies, and before you know it, the grandparent. And, unfortunately, somewhere along the way, some of us find ourselves alone. But not to be discouraged for now we have friends in the same situation and still another kind of love lets us understand the heartache of others, and in helping them, our hearts are filled.

But the greatest love of all is that of God for us, and his command that we love each other, that we love our neighbor as ourselves.

New Life Community church will have a Valentine potluck Sunday following the 10:30 morning service. Please come to the service first, and enjoy the music, and a message from God’s word . Bring a dish to share, and enjoy good food and fellowship.

On Feb. 14, at 7 p.m., there will be a piano concert at the Seventh Day Adventist church.

Calvin Taylor, music publisher, concert performer and recording artist, will provide a memorable evening. If you like to hear piano music, this would be a good one to attend.

If Operation Christmas Child is something you are interested in, there will be an event on March 3 celebrating what God did with it this this past season at Pelican Bay Evangelical Free church. It will start at 10 a.m. and be followed by a light lunch.

There will be video clips and talks about where some of the countries the boxes we sent in November went. The end results of these simple boxes are sometimes pretty amazing as a box received by a child has many times resulted in the whole family coming to faith in God.

If you want to attend, they would appreciate an RSVP so they can plan.

To contact Martha Williams, call 460-3000, or email .