This is a new giraffe at the Zoo here in Chattanooga.
Australia is facing the natural disaster of bushfires that are engulfing much of the country. This is one of the worst natural disasters in the history of the nation. People have lost their property and so much more. These fires have done much ecological damage to the nation including a severe impact on the animal population. Thoughts and prayers are cliches but the people of Oz could use as much as they can get. Also, you can provide practical support through donating to the Australian Red Cross if you can.
This afternoon at church we celebrated St. Francis Day by blessing the animals of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church and St. Alban’s Episcopal Churches here in Chattanooga. It was a great time of coming together as two faith communities in the city to worship and fellowship. We also enjoyed a meal together. It was a lot of fun.
My hometown of Chattanooga is home to one of the great aquariums in the world. The Tennessee Aquarium has been around since 1992 which makes it 25 years old. Thousands of visitors each year come here to encounter fish, otters, penguins, birds, butterflies, sharks, primates and so much more. It’s a great educational institution that brings people to the city to learn more. We got tickets from some very generous friends and made a family day of it. It’s kind of nice to play tourist in your own city. I hope you enjoy this slideshow of what we saw.
Chattanooga has a small but great zoo that opened its doors to the public for free today. We took advantage of the offer today. It was a great opportunity to get some exercise, some fresh air and to do some Pokemon Go playing. Going to the zoo puts your life in perspective that you share this planet with animals who are just trying to survive too. We enjoyed our time there and will be sure to go back.
We had a special Sunday at church featuring a church wide meal, bouncy house for kids and a petting zoo. These petting zoos bring animals to the community you don’t encounter daily. These animals were cool except for a couple of goats who were all about the drama. God’s creation is not without a sense of humor and whimsy, these critters prove that.
Many churches in the United States celebrate the Feast of St Francis of Assisi on October 4 each year. The feast commemorates the life of St Francis, who was born in the 12th century and is the Catholic Church’s patron saint of animals and the environment. It is a popular day for pets to be “blessed”.
We are taking our dog to be blessed at the church we are visiting. Pictures to come.