MOUNT VERNON — On Aug. 20, First Congregational United Church of Christ is holding “A Service of Blessings for Animals” out at the Wynkoop Airport. The service starts at 10:30 a.m. with a potluck following.

This is the church’s third annual animal blessing service celebrating furry friends, helpmates and livestock, and as always members, friends and newcomers — with or without a pet or livestock — are welcome to attend and stay for lunch.

“Every year this service has been fun and well attended, but also a sacred time of honoring our sister and brother animals who provide to us work, sustenance, companionship, wonder and joy,” said Rev. Scott Elliott. “All creatures great and small are goodly made by God who cares for them and has asked us to do so too.”

Anyone with a pet or farm animal is welcome to bring them (or a picture of them) to the service for a blessing. Owners do need to keep their animal under control at all times.

“Our worship time will include hymns, prayers, liturgy, a short homily, and of course blessings for the animals, but every year we also have furry and feathered friends adding their glorious voices as they await their introductions and blessings,” Elliott said.

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