Blessing of the Animals held at First Baptist

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Phil and Susie Thurmond brought their dog, Pogo, to be blessed by Rev. Erica Cooper.

First Baptist Church of Jefferson hosted a Blessing of the Animals, perhaps the first in Jefferson, on Oct. 14, and Lucas and Landon Johnson participated and brought pictures of their pets which couldn’t accompany them for the blessing. Senior Pastor Dr. Michael Helms prayed with the boys that God would bless their pets. Helms brought his lab Dixie to church that Sunday morning to stress the importance of pets to families.

See more from the Blessing of the Animals in LeAnne Akin’s photo gallery.

Blessing of the Animals

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Young Austin Gooch enjoyed visiting with the cats at the Blessing of the Animals.
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Daniel Chamberlain brought Sterling to the Blessing.
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Daniel Chamberlain introduced Sterling to Austin Gooch, who was fascinated by the cat. "Kitty, kitty, kitty," the little boy kpet calling out.
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The cats in the pet carriers were an attention getter for Austin Gooch.
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Austin Gooch talked to Snowball in the carrier.
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Suki was rescued by Abby Jones. With all kinds of health issues, Suki is now doing well.
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Gabby and Abby are sister Maltese dogs owed by Mildred and Dan Gray.
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Emily Howell with daughter,Georgie. Emily and Jon Howell also brought their dachsund to the Blessing event.
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Emily Grace Farr showed Dr. Michael Helms her dog, Dragon, brought to the Blessing. Dragon got his name after Lola described his puppy breath as fire breath.
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April Johnson holds Lacey, a black and white pup the family got from the Humane Society of Jackson County.
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Abby Jones waits with Suki as other pets arrived for the Blessing.
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Lacey was keeping an eye out on other animals.
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The mix of dogs including a beagle.
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Dan and Mildred Gray with Abby and Gabby, their Maltese sisters.
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People brought their dogs and cats to the be blessed, and they also brought donations of food, other pet supplies and monetary gifts for the Humane Society of Jackson County.
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The program included music and the Rev. Richard Dickson played the keyboard.
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Matti Moore sits patiently during the program.
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A patient pooch say at the feet of the Rev. Richard Dickson during the program.
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The Rev. Erica Cooper holds the microphone as Brianna Johnson reads scripture during the Blessing ceremony.
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Families brought their animals to be blessed. Bruiser the boxer from the Hoch family was among them.
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Lacey's wagging tail provided a tickle to the face of Landon Johnson.
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Izzy had the right answer when Dr. Michael Helms said he couldn't tell people that their pets would be in heaven with them. "Yipe," Izzy barked out. "She says, yes," replied the Rev. Justin Safley.
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The Howells' dachsund awaited his blessing and the dog biscuit treat he got from the Rev. Erica Cooper.
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Baxter laid out for the program. The dog accompanied Sam and Jennifer Moore, their children Mattie and Tripp and fellow canine Briscoe.
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Bruiser got a bow on his collar for a brief time.
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Dogs like the Howells' dachsund enjoyed some attention.
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Phil and Susie Thurmond with Pogo.
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Lucas and Landon Johnson showed Dr. Michael Helms some photographs of their pets that didn't accompany them to the ceremony.
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Dr. Helms asked the boys about their pets and them asked them to pray with him.
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The Johnson boys joined in prayer with Dr. Helms, asking that God bless their pets.
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Jon Howell, holding Georgie, visited with Mildred and Dan Gray.
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Briscoe showed his skill at holding a dog biscuit on his nose until his owner, Sam Moore, gave the command for him to get the biscuit.
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Briscoe flipped the biscuit off his nose and attempted to catch it.
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Dr. Helms gave a blessing to Suki.
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Suki got a prayer blessing.
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Suki with Dr. Michael Helms.
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Coco accompanied Felicia Hall to the blessing and was prayed over by the Rev. Erica Cooper.
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The Rev. Erica Cooper blesses Emily Howell's dachsund.
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Jon and Emily Howell also had daughter, Georgie, and their dog in tow.
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The Howells' dog enjoys his dog biscuit treat.
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Phil and Susie Thurmond brought their dog, Pogo, to be blessed by Rev. Erica Cooper.

One Response to 'Blessing of the Animals held at First Baptist'

  1. Michael Helms says:

    LeAnne,
    Our people are very grateful to you for taking your time to come to our service, take pictures, and note/write as article about the service.

    Michael