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Blessing of the Pets Wrap-up
by Rich Barber - Sunday, 5 October 2014, 05:08 PM
I want to thank everyone for all the help that made this year’s Blessing of the Pets so successful. I had my doubts about the turn out when it was snowing on the way to church but I was pleasantly surprised that so many pets and their owners came out in the cold weather.
It was nice to see so many from the congregation and to see that people from the community plan on this yearly and that others came for the first time after seeing our banner out front or the article in the paper.
Photos of the event at available in the "Photo Gallery", link is on the left side menu.
Thank you for helping to plan the event and for helping on the day of The Blessing.
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Blessing of the Pets
by Rich Barber - Wednesday, 1 October 2014, 02:49 PM
Continuing a tradition of many years, St. Francis’ Episcopal Church will have a Blessing of the Pets Saturday October 4th from 10:00am to 12:00pm on the church grounds at 237 E. Porter Ave., Chesterton (one mile east of Hwy 49). The event is open to all in the community who want to bring their pet to be blessed by Fr. Thomas Kincaid and presented with a St. Francis medallion. The pets should be appropriately leashed or confined.
The Porter County Animal Shelter (with a "No Kill" policy) will also be participating this year, bringing pets that are available for adoption. Donations to the shelter of canned dog/cat/puppy/kitten food will be accepted (see their web site for additional items:
Participating for the first time will be Best Buddies Pet Pantry. Best Buddies provides nourishment to the pets of individuals that are receiving state or federal assistance with the aim of keeping pets in the homes of their owners and not surrendering them to the shelter or abandoning them into the streets. They will be accepting donations to help keep the pantry filled during upcoming winter months. Their web site is
Refreshments will be served for dogs, cats and their human companions.
The Blessing event is held each year around the October 4th Fest day of St. Francis of Assisi, the 13th century patron saint of animals who was known for his love of all animals.
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Are you interested in checking out the Wednesday evening study group?
by Rich Barber - Tuesday, 23 September 2014, 07:31 PM
Each Wednesday evening from 6:30p-7:15p, a group of folks meet together to grow in our relationship with the Lord by study. If you're looking to check out this opportunity, you're always welcome, but September 24 and October 1 are particularly good nights to give it a try. We'll be starting a new study reading Tokens of Trust, a short text by the former Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams. Books will be available for $10.
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G.P.S Guide
by Rich Barber - Wednesday, 10 September 2014, 12:02 PM
Have you been making use of your G.P.S. guide at home this week? Any feed back or questions? Please email Fr. Thomas or use the Contact Us link at the bottom left.

If you missed it last week, G.P.S. is our new parish program designed to help us take Sunday's energy and learning to our Monday-Saturday lives.
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Bring A Friend Sunday & Fall Kick Off is September 7
by Rich Barber - Sunday, 17 August 2014, 08:15 PM
Believe it or not, our fall Kick Off is fast approaching!! Make sure September 7 is circled on your calendar as a Sunday to make sure you're a part of.

We'll be unveiling some new publications to help everyone get better plugged into our parish life, and it'll be a great day to invite a friend to join you. Get excited for a great fall at St. Francis!

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