Religion Briefs, Oct. 1, 2016
St. Francis ceremony honors animals
Church of the Nativity, 2175 Broadway, will have its monthly service honoring the human/animal bond from 5 to 5:45 p.m. Sunday, behind the church building, weather permitting.
All well-behaved animals and their humans are invited to the simple service of prayer, blessing and healing. This month, the Paws for a Blessing service will also honor St. Francis. Many churches in the United States celebrate the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi on or near Oct. 4 each year.
The feast commemorates the life of St. Francis, who was born in the 12th century and is considered the patron saint of animals and the environment. It is a popular day for pets to be “blessed.”
Call 245-9606 for information.
Lutheran teams up with Right to Life
Mesa County Right to Life and Messiah Lutheran Church will host the Grand Valley Life Chain beginning at 2 p.m. Sunday, at Messiah Lutheran, 840 N. 11th St.
The Life Chain is a national prayer event where participants remember the many millions of unborn children and families who have been affected by abortion.
A devotional time will take place before proceeding to the intersection of North Avenue and 12th Street, where the group will stand in silent prayer from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Participants will return to the church for ice cream social.
Call 640-7761 for information.
Sufi dance celebrates religious tolerance
The Dance of Universal Peace, also known as sufi dancing, will take place Oct. 8, at Yoga West Collective., 1025 Main St.
The dance is a worldwide, religious tolerance phenomenon where prayers from the world’s major religions — Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Hinduism and others — are celebrated in simple chants and easy dance moves. Live music and dance instruction are provided by Bernie Heideman.
Participants ages 10 and older are welcome. A potluck dinner will be at 6 p.m. with the dance beginning at 7 p.m. Take a dish to share.
Redlands Methodist is willing to share
Redlands United Methodist Church, 527 Village Way on the Redlands, is open to the possibility of sharing its facility with another church community.
The church is an active congregation of 200 members with many programs that contribute to its own vitality and this includes many efforts to reach out into our community, a news release said.
“Our church building is 9,500 square feet. This includes a beautiful sanctuary, kitchen, fellowship hall and many classrooms. The location is ideal in many ways as we are located between an elementary and middle school,” the release said.