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Blessing of the Animals

October 28,  9:30 - 11:30 am

What in the world is the blessing of the animals?

The blessing of the animals is a novel (but not new) way of helping people to connect with Christ. It has been around for over 800 years, originating with St. Francis of Assisi. Francis was born Giovanni di Pietro in Assisi, Italy. He lived from 1181-1226. His early life was one of luxury as his father was a rich merchant. When war broke out between Assisi and Perugia in 1202, young Giovanni joined the cavalry. He was wounded and captured by the enemy. He was held in prison for over a year until his father paid a heavy ransom for his release. Giovanni returned home a changed man. Forsaking his former opulent lifestyle, he began focusing on God. He spent a great deal of time praying and seeking for answers to life’s profound questions. He sensed a call to ministry on his life. Taking the name “Francis”, he assembled a group of 12 local followers to join him in preaching the Gospel. His charismatic personality and preaching drew people to hear the good news about Jesus. Sometime between 1210-1215, Francis did his first blessing of the animals. According to the story, Francis was plagued with self-doubt. Wandering around one day, he saw a flock of birds, and began to ponder the glory of God in creation, and how God had blessed both people and animals alike. In celebration, he offered a blessing for the animals. A few years later, in 1223, Francis originated the first outdoor live Nativity. He borrowed a donkey, a wax statue of the baby Jesus, a trough of straw, and got volunteers to portray Mary and Joseph. In a cave, he brought about the first live nativity, so that all the local people – who were illiterate – would be able to understand the Christmas story, even though they couldn’t read. Just like the live nativity, the Blessing of the Animals gives us a chance to help people connect with Christ. People love their pets! We know from Scripture that God loves animals, too.
The Blessing of the Animals gives us an opportunity to demonstrate love in a very unique and special way. In addition to offering blessings on Saturday, October 28 from 9:30-11:30, we have all kinds of fun activities for pets and their humans in which to engage. We are also doing a memorial service for those who have lost furry family members at 11:00am.

West Park Minute

"West Park Minute" was developed as a need to keep our members and community abreast to the events and activities being held at or sponsored by West Park Church.  Check back weekly to get a full run down of the fun things planned for the upcoming week,  Our hope is that this will help everyone stay connected to all we have to offer here at West Park.  GOD BLESS!!


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On the 1st of the month PRAY for:

Children’s Church & Nursery -
Lord, thank you for our children present in church with
us. Help us to know them, love them, and point them to You. Help us to bring others.

On the 2nd of the month PRAY for:

Worship service -
Lord, may we realize that worship is not about us and what we like; it’s about You! Help us to love and honor You by
our attitudes and actions in our worship service. May we be receptive to Your truth and responsive with praise.

On the 3rd of the month PRAY for:

Sunday School -
 Lord, please be with us as we seek to know Your Word. Equip our Sunday School teachers to share it faithfully.

On the 4th of the month PRAY for:

Youth & PULSE youth group -
Lord, please be with our youth in all that they are facing. Help them to know your love. Please be with all
those working with our youth. Equip them with your truth and help them to be examples that will point them to Jesus.

On the 5th of the month PRAY for:

Member Care -
Lord, help us to be a part of each other’s lives, demonstrating love and care for one another.

On the 6th of the month PRAY for:

Vacation Bible School -
Lord, help us to impact children and families in our community for Christ. Be with those who are planning,
implementing, leading, and volunteering at VBS. Touch the lives of children with Your truth.

On the 7th of the month PRAY for:

Children & Children’s ministries -
(Kids’ activities @ West Park, Child Evangelism Fellowship @ Hopewell Crest) -

Lord, You love children! Help us to demonstrate that by being involved with them, caring for them, praying for them, and pointing them to You in whatever ways we can.

On the 8th of the month PRAY for:

Trustees -
Lord, please give our Trustees the wisdom and discernment needed to care for our property,
facilities, and assets so that they can be utilized as tools to help others come to know You as Savior and Lord.

On the 9th of the month PRAY for:

Women’s Ministries –
Lord, please bless the women of our church and all their efforts to help people to
Know Christ, Grow in Christ, and Show Christ through study, fellowship, and outreach. 

On the 10th of the month PRAY for:

Worship & Music team -
Lord, thank You for the talents – both natural and developed – of those who help us to
worship You with joy and passion. May they ever keep their eyes on You as we worship together.

On the 11th of the month PRAY for:

Young Adults & WayPoint –
Lord, please be with our young adults as they go through college and/or start careers and families.
Give them wisdom as they face major decisions. Give them a sense of belonging and becoming with us.

On the 12th of the month PRAY for:

Staff-Parish Relations Committee –
Lord, please give the SPRC understanding, wisdom, and encouragement as they help our staff be the best they can be.

On the 13th of the month PRAY for:

Compassion ministries -
(Food distribution, GriefShare, Cornerstone Resource Center) –

Lord, please help us to help those who are in need. Give us resources which we can share; time and love so that we can make a difference in people’s lives.

On the 14th of the month PRAY for:

Hospitality (Greeters & guides, Welcome Center, café’) -
Lord, help us to warmly welcome people as they come to worship and to various events at West Park.

On the 15th of the month PRAY for:

Missions (Operation Christmas Child, Angel Tree, local missions, missionaries) -
Lord, remind us that you are a God who goes – who goes to be with people to demonstrate love. Help us to be personally involved in making a difference.

On the 16th of the month PRAY for:

Families & Family ministries (Family Firsts) -
Lord, please bless all the families of our church in all our ages and stages. Help us to know You and make You a priority.

On the 17th of the month PRAY for:

Homebound church family members –
Lord, please with those who cannot be with us as we gather in Your Name. May they be
encouraged. Help us to make them feel included and a part of the family in whatever ways we can.

On the 18th of the month PRAY for:

Church leaders & Administrative Board -
Lord, please be with all our leaders. Help them to be examples to us of what it means to follow Christ.

On the 19th of the month PRAY for:

Church staff –
Lord, please be with our staff as they strive to help all of us Know Christ, Grow in Christ, and Show Christ.
Give them time with You and time with their families. Help them to be faithful in all that You call them to be and to do.

On the 20th of the month PRAY for:

  1. Nominations –
  2. God, thank you for our leaders. Please raise up more. Even if it is me!

On the 21st of the month PRAY for:

  1. Volunteers –
  2. Lord, thank You for all those who volunteer. Please challenge us all to respond to Your call to help others to Know Christ, Grow in and Show Christ.

On the 22nd of the month PRAY for:

  1. Finance –
  2. Lord, may we give to You as joyously and generously as You have given to us.

On the 23rd of the month PRAY for:

Technology and Digital discipleship –
Lord, thank You for the gift of technology. Help us to use it in a godly way to glorify You and
help others to know Christ. Help us to be creative and innovative. Help us to keep the personal touch.

On the 24th of the month PRAY for:

Discipleship Groups (5Q, Bible Studies, Life Groups) –
Lord, may our knowledge of You deepen, our connection with one another become richer,
and our commitment to living out Your Word in our world grow bolder. Make me a disciple of Jesus!

On the 25th of the month PRAY for:

Men’s Ministries -
Lord, please bless the men of our church and all their efforts to help people to Know Christ, Grow in
Christ, and Show Christ. Help them to be what You have called them to be in their homes, jobs, and in our church.

On the 26th of the month PRAY for:

Stewardship –
Lord, You have entrusted us with many resources. Help us to use them wisely, responsibly, and in ways which honor You.

On the 27th of the month PRAY for:

Evangelism & Outreach –
Lord, we have family, friends, co-workers and classmates who don’t know You.
Help us to be faithful in living out Your Word and effective in speaking out Your truth.

On the 28th of the month PRAY for:

  1. Community presence –
  2. Lord, may our church be a center of hope for our community, a place of refuge for those who are hurting. May we be like Jesus.

On the 29th of the month PRAY for:

  1. Sports, Exercise, & Recreation Ministries (softball, hockey, walkers) –
  2. Lord, may our efforts to take care of our bodies be a means of demonstrating Your grace to others.

On the 30th of the month PRAY for:

  1. Fellowship –
  2. Lord, may we experience the joyous fellowship and communion of the Trinity as we share with one another and participate together in one another’s lives.

On the 31st of the month PRAY for:

Ministry interests (Kingdom Quilters, Model Train Club, Coloring Club, Teacher Talks) –
Lord, may our varied interests and hobbies be a way in which we can help others to know how much You love them.

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A typical service runs for approximately 70 minutes.  
CHILDREN'S CHURCH and NURSERY are also available during this time.
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8:45 am 

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