St. John Lutheran Church Holds Special Event for Animals

blessing-of-pets_stjohnlutheran_10082016Confirmation students, of St. John Lutheran Church, Port Clinton, invite you to a Blessing of the Pets service and fundraiser. The event will be held October 8, at Peace Lutheran Church, 900 Jefferson Street, beginning at 1pm.

The day will feature a bake sale, a rescued-animal sponsorship drive, donation collection, and lots of pets being blessed. Everyone is invited to participate, even those without a pet. You are encouraged to bring a picture of your pet if it’s unable to travel. Pastor Jim Lehman (St. John), and Pastor Tony Setley (Peace), look forward to seeing the wild variety of animals that come seeking God’s blessing.

Island Safe Harbor Animal Sanctuary, inc. will benefit from the sales and donations. This non-profit organization rescues stray, abused, or neglected animals and rehabilitates them. When possible, they work to find “forever homes”. They are currently in need of wet chunky dog food, paté cat food, pine floor cleaner, antiseptic mouthwash, all forms of unused or recently expired pet medications, and more. Call Shannon Woessner at 419-960-7487, or email islandshas “at” aol.com for a complete list of needs.

The event has its roots in the celebration of St. Francis of Assisi. St. Francis, considered by many Christians to be the patron saint of animals and ecology, believed one could see God in nature. He called animals his brothers and sisters in God’s creation. Middle school students planned this “Community Needs Project” as part of their journey towards confirmation in the Lutheran faith.