Pittsburg, CA – October 10, 2018– East County Shared Ministry extends an invitation to bring your pets to church on Sunday, October 14, at 10 a.m. for the annual Blessing of the Animals. The service will be held in the facility’s social hall at 200 E. Leland Road in Pittsburg. All critters are welcome as long as they are leashed, caged or otherwise safely secured.

 This annual event is always held in the social hall where tile floors offer a much more pet-friendly environment for the critters. A fellowship time will follow worship with refreshments for the humans, who are encouraged to bring treats for their pets during this time.

 This tradition is an international one and honors St. Francis of Assisi, whose love of nature and all creation sparked the custom 800 years ago. The event here has become a happy and meaningful one for those whose pets are truly family members.

 “Pets are an important part of life for many folks,” commented Rev. Will McGarvey, co-Pastor. “More than companions, they offer a significant benefit in therapy programs for the elderly, for children and for those with major health challenges.”

 From Old Yeller and Babeto The Secret Life of Pets and Dr. Dolittle, pets are widely acknowledged for their companionship, intelligence, emotional support, their ability to reduce stress and loneliness as well as increase social interaction and self-esteem. So pack up your critter and join the celebration on Sunday, October 14, at 10 a.m., and honor our furry, spiky, slimy, feathery and scaly friends, great and small.

 

About East County Shared Ministry

East County Shared Ministry consists of Community Presbyterian Church of Pittsburg and First Congregational Church of Antioch. ECSM recognizes, celebrates and gives thanks for the many diverse gifts of God among us. All are invited to participate in their community and worship life including, but not limited to, believers, seekers, agnostics, women and men, those of all sexual orientations and gender identities and expressions, those of all races and cultures, those of all classes and abilities, those who hope for a better world and those who have lost hope.

 

Services are every Sunday at 10 a.m. Visit www.eastcountysharedministry.org or call 925.439.9161 for further information.