All things bright and beautiful, all creatures great and small,-Cecil Frances Alexander
all things wise and wonderful, the Lord God made them all.
These are the familiar words of an Anglican hymn published in the middle 1800’s. The words have inspired literature as well as the people who love animals and God’s creation. So when the words from the growth consultant suggested All Saints’ take the Blessing of the Pets service out into the public, partnering with The Splash Paw Foundation felt natural. All Saints’ has been an outreach partner with The Splash Paw Foundation for years. They often attend the annual celebration of St. Francis in October where clergy bless pets.
The Bark and Brew fundraiser on August 11 at Cabarrus Brewing Co. from 1:00 – 3:00 PM supports The Splash Paw Foundation. The dogs (many them rescues) and their owners will walk the red carpet. We will hear stories of love, hope and survival. The Rev. Michael Whitnah will open the event with a blessing and prayer. All Saints’ will have a booth and offer pet blessings, and share with the community a little about our parish family. We will celebrate all creatures great and small: let’s have lots of All Saints’ red shirts at this red carpet event!
The Splash Paw Foundation partners with Meals on Wheels so that when meals are delivered to humans, pet food is delivered to pets. The Splash Paw Foundation also can assist with medicine and vet visits for pets. When a family comes to CCM for assistance, and happen to have a pet, CCM then refers the family to The Splash Paw Foundation for pet assistance. Pets, especially those belonging to shut-ins, give us unconditional love and a better quality of life.
Let’s be generous: fill the barrel with pet food in the Welcome Center, buy a ticket and wear your red shirt to the Bark and Brew, be part of a team to transport the pet food to the Cabarrus Brewing Co. after church service on August 11 and set up our Blessing the Pets’ booth.