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Sunday October 4 is the Feast Day of St. Francis. The Rev. Anita Milne (Plainsboro Presbyterian Church) and I were wondering the other day if we should offer people with pets to a Blessing of the Animals. We invite people to bring pets in proper cages or on leashes, or a picture of your pet, for a brief service of prayer and to receive a blessing.
A Blessing of the Animals testifies to God’s love, care and concern for all creation. October 4 is a traditional day for such a celebration as it is the Feast Day of St. Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals and ecology. While Presbyterians don’t maintain the practice of honoring patron saints, on the Feast Day of St. Francis we can offer gratitude and thanks to God for the gift of animals and our pets, and celebrate and bless the beloved relationship between humanity and creatures in our care (and who care for us).
Who: Plainsboro and Dutch Neck Presbyterian churches
When: Sunday October 4 at 5 PM
Where: Dutch Neck Parking lot
Whom: Bring your best friend, how many legs (s)he might have! (picture of your pet is good too).
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On Saturday July 18, 2015 the Plainsboro and Dutch Neck Presbyterian Churches will host a one day (10:00 am – 3:00 pm) Vacation Bible Fun Day in the city of New Brunswick. Our two churches are teaming up with our brothers and sisters of The Bayard Street Presbyterian Church in New Brunswick to offer a day of learning, fun and a free lunch.
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NAMI Mercer is an affiliate of NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, and of NAMI New Jersey, serving the Mercer County area. NAMI is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization. It provides education and support for individuals and families affected by mental illness, and advocates for lives of quality and respect, without stigma or discrimination. Last year, seven people from Dutch Neck formed a team and walked in NAMI Mercer’s annual fundraising 5K.
This year, seventeen people registered to walk in support of NAMI Mercer with the church’s team, raising both awareness and funds for this worthy organization’s programs. NAMI Mercer provides all of its services free of charge.
May 2nd was a beautiful day, and all team members enjoyed the fine spring morning and the unique opportunity to enjoy fellowship, get some exercise and raise money for a good cause. Last year’s team of seven raised $2,764. To date, the 2015 team has raised over $4,200. It is possible to make a donation through June 30, 2015 and help us reach our goal of $5,000. To do so, give here.
For more information about NAMI Mercer and its programs, learn more at the NAMI site.
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Jesus taught us to love by showing compassion and caring for the sick. Join the Church’s team as we walk to support NAMI Mercer! NAMI Mercer is the Mercer County affiliate of the National Alliance on Mental Illness. It provides advocacy and support services, free of charge, to people affected by mental illness and their families. Joining our team and “walking the walk” will raise money for and awareness about NAMI Mercer’s important programs. The walk takes place the morning of May 2nd at ETS, but if you have a scheduling conflict, you may still join us as a virtual walker. To join the team or make a donation,http://namiwalks.nami.org/