I am looking forward to the round of church and community activities that come with the autumn season followed closely by Advent. This will be my family’s second year here on Long Island, and we eagerly anticipate the pleasures of these months with their holidays and “holy days” and the chilly but beautiful weather that is already arriving. The sky hereabouts is something to behold with breathtaking sunsets and beautiful cloud formations on many a day.
On Sunday, October 9 at Massapequa we will revive the tradition of “blessing the animals” and honoring Francis of Assisi who taught Christians to love all of God’s creation and to leave a light footprint as we move through the world. The blessing will take place during the Gathering in the Fellowship Hall, starting around 11:30. You can bring your pet for the entire morning if it is willing to sit still during the 10 a.m. service or you can run home between the service and the Gathering and bring your animals back for the blessing.
Other fall events are announced elsewhere in the newsletter, and I commend all of them to you.