Sep 27, 2015 3:45 PM
The blessing of the bears - and other animals of North Woodstock
NORTH WOODSTOCK - Even the bears were included in a blessing of the animals at the Episcopal Church of the Messiah on Sunday.
In addition to the many dogs and cats (some live and some stuffed), Victoria the Bear received a blessing from the Rev. Teresa Gocha - as did all the other Clark's Trading Post bears in nearby Lincoln. And despite a joking sign in the parking lot, the bears did not actually come to church, organizers said.
Coffee hour after the service included treats for both human and animal congregants, and the offering - collected with assistance from Moose, the dog - was donated to the Heifer Project.