Saturday, October 17 was a perfect, sunny morning for our congregation’s annual Blessing of the Animals.  

Our thanks to Yvonne Schimmel for helping us to recall our pets who have crossed the “Rainbow Bridge” and to St. Francis, whose ministry to all creation once again inspired this event.  

Six dogs received a personal blessing from Pastor Dow, who received in turn six loving glances and sometimes a lick on the hand from our congregation’s loving pets.  We experienced anew our bond with God’s creation in its glory and with the Creator of all living things.  Thanks be to God!