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Annual Blessing of the Pets
by Rich Barber - Tuesday, 10 October 2017, 08:29 PM
St. Francis Church, Porter County Animal Shelter, Best Buddies Pet Pantry, Lakeshore
Paws, and American Greyhound Rescue link for Blessing of the Pets.

Continuing a tradition of many years, St. Francis’ Episcopal Church will have a Blessing of the Pets Saturday October 7 from 10:00am to 2:00pm 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. David Pearson 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 again this year 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

Lakeshore Paws, a volunteer run nonprofit animal rescue, in Valparaiso, will have animals for adoption. Their website is

The American Greyhound Rescue is a not for profit corporation dedicated to finding homes for unwanted greyhounds, and will have greyhounds available for adoption.
Their website is

St. Francis' would like to thank Pet Supplies Plus, Valparaiso, for their generous donation.

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.
The church can be contacted at (219) 926-3497.
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Church Grounds Cleanup Day
by Rich Barber - Tuesday, 10 October 2017, 08:29 PM
In advance of the Blessing of the Pets and a visitation by our Bishop, we are scheduling a work day on Saturday September 30, starting at 8:00.
The theme will be Vegetation Control. Weed pulling, tree branch trimming and general cleanup. No hard physical work will be involved.

If you want to help but cannot make it on the 30th we will have a signup sheet on the bulletin board for you to choose a task and give a date you will be doing it.
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Congratulations to our graduate
by Rich Barber - Tuesday, 10 October 2017, 08:28 PM
Congratulations to Luke Davis on his graduation from Wabash College.  Bonus, celebrating his birthday as well!
Pictured with Luke are his parents Jon and Diane.
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Hurricane Relief
by Rich Barber - Tuesday, 5 September 2017, 06:17 PM
Hurricane Harvey Relief

Want To Help Hurricane Harvey Victims? Experts Say Donate Cash, unless items are specifically requested.
See this NPR news item, click here.

You can put your faith into action by donating to Episcopal Relief & Development, click here for information.

Some other organizations that can use your donation:
United Way of Greater Houston
Team Rubicon, a veteran-led disaster response team
SPCA of Texas
Humane society of Houston
Animal Defense League of Texas
Austin Pets Alive
The American Red Cross
Feeding Texas
Houston Food Bank
Galveston Food Bank
Corpus Christi Food Bank
Coalition for the Homeless of Houston
Go Fund Me
Texas Diaper Bank
Star of Hope Mission

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*UPDATED -Lent and Holy Week Schedule - Mark our calendar!
by Rich Barber - Monday, 13 March 2017, 01:44 PM
Stations of the Cross: Fridays throughout Lent at 6:00p; Travel the fourteen stations that retrace the final journey of Jesus Christ to Calvary with prayers and meditation.

*Seder Meal: Saturday April 8, 5:30p; Each of the six items arranged on the Passover Seder plate has special significance to the retelling of the story of passover the exodus from Egypt, which is the focus of this ritual meal. Food sign-up sheet on bulletin board.

Palm Sunday: Sunday, April 9, 10:00a; Join us at our regular Sunday service as we walk alongside Jesus triumphal entry only to see how it all goes so wrong so quickly.

Maundy Thursday: Thursday, April 13, 6:00p; Come join us for one of the most moving services of the year. We’ll gather with Jesus and his disciples for the last supper, and then begin our watch in the Garden with him.

Vigil in the Garden with Jesus: Thursday, April 13, from after the Maundy Thursday service through the night: On this night, Jesus asked his disciples: “So, you could not watch with me one hour?” (Matthew 26:40) Come experience the opportunity for silence and prayer before the Lord as we watch on this night.

Good Friday Liturgy: Friday, April 14, Noon and 6:00p; Join us for the traditional Good Friday liturgy including the procession of the Cross and communion from the pre-sanctified.

Easter Vigil and Paschal Candle Lighting: Saturday April 15, 7:00p; In this the first celebration of the Resurrection of Jesus, we’ll light the paschal candle and hear anew the story of salvation from Genesis to the Resurrection.

Easter Sunday: Sunday, April 16, 10:00a; The biggest feast of the year! Make plans for you and your family to celebrate with us.

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