Blessing the Animals on October 12, 2019



A Blessings of the Animals service will be held at 2 p.m. on Oct. 12, at Faith Immanuel Presbyterian Church.

Individuals and families with companion, agricultural and service animals – bird, mammal and amphibian – will be invited to gather on church grounds to celebrate kinship with creation. A worship service will include music, scripture, message and individual blessings. The word “blessings” means imparting the power of life.

In addition to living creatures – cats, dogs, hamsters, chickens, rabbits, canaries, turtles and so on – children with allergies will be encouraged to bring favorite stuffed animal toys. Individuals can bring photographs of endangered species. A remembrance display area will be available for those who wish to bring photographs or tokens of departed pets.

Photographs with certificates of participation will be presented along with animal bandanas and home-made treats. Working animals, rescue organizations, service animals, maybe a zoo animal or two are being invited to attend. Dauphin County Library System’s outreach van MARCO will be on site with fun reading activities involving animals.

Participants will be asked to bring non-perishable pet food and cleaning supplies to be donated to a local rescue organization.

Those attending are requested to use humane restraints or appropriate containers for animals. Everyone is encouraged to bring picnic blankets or lawn chairs. Water and a relief area for dogs will be available.

Anyone interested in serving on a Blessings of the Animals organizing committee is asked to email

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