‘The Lord God made them all…’

menaanimalblessinghound_cropOctober includes the Feast Day of St. Francis of Assisi on the fourth day of the month, and a growing number of churches hold special services in conjunction with it to recognize and give thanks for God’s gift of animals. First UMC Mena on Sunday afternoon, Oct. 2, celebrated “The Blessing of Animals” with approximately 30 people and 32 pets attending. The Rev. Ann Ferris led the out-of-doors gathering in a service of praise and prayer, Scripture reading and music, and administered individual blessings to the animals and their friends.

Though one cat in attendance became too excited and escaped from his carrier, resulting in several anxious minutes of searching, his safe return was welcomed with thanks to the Lord God who made them all… creatures great and small.

—submitted by Flora McChristian