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Blessing the animals event to be held Saturday

Sunnyside Presbyterian Church will host its annual blessing the animals event this coming Saturday, May 1, at 9 a.m.

Animal lovers of all ages are invited to bring their favorite furry companions or feathered friends to the event, whether a special part of the family or a favorite animal from on the farm.

Weather permitting, the blessings will be bestowed upon the creatures in the courtyard of the church. Animals will be blessed in the church's gymnasium if the weather turns unpleasant.

Snacks will be provided for both participants and their beloved animals.

Sunday, the church will also be hosting a blessing of the farms event. The event will take place during regular worship at 9:30 a.m. in the sanctuary.

Those interested in having their farms, gardens or yards blessed are invited to bring a container of soil to the event.

The event is in recognition of God's provision. He is the one to bless us with all that we grow, produce, flowers and other products of the earth, according to Rev. Katie Haney.

The tradition is a long-standing one that dates back to eighth-century Europe. There it is known as Rogate, and is meant to recognize God in His willingness to provide for those on Earth. "(His) works make our works possible and fruitful," Haney shared.

For more information about the events, call Sunnyside Presbyterian Church at 837-4314.

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