Free Community Lunch and Blessing of the Animals
Bring your pet, whatever kind you have, to our first Blessing of the Animals in the church parking lot on Saturday, October 4th at 1 p.m. Blessing animals is customary around the world, regardless of religion. Jewish ceremonies remember God saving the animals in Noah's Ark and also when God freed the Hebrew people and animals in Egypt, and Christian ceremonies date back to St. Francis of Assisi, who was well known for his love and care of all creation as gifts from God, including every kind of animal. And there's more! If you come at noon that day, we're serving a free lunch to you and the neighborhood in our parking lot as well! We want to show God's love for our neighbors, human beings and pets alike! This celebration reminds us that all of God's creation is blessed, including our pets. All kinds of pets are welcome, and in the interest of safety for all animals, we ask that you please have your pet on a leash, in a pet carrier, cage, aquarium, or secured safely. This lunch and service is free and open to all.