Spiritual news in brief

Here is spiritual news from across Southwest Florida:

Blessing of the animals

The following churches will hold a St. Francis Day pet blessing:

* St. Ann Catholic Church, 9 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 3, 2009, at 475 Ninth Ave. S., Naples. Information: 262-4256

* First Presbyterian Church, 10 a.m. Saturday at 250 Sixth St. S., Naples. Information: 262-1311

* Avow Hospice, 10 a.m. Saturday at 1095 Whippoorwill Lane, Naples. Information: 430-3465

* St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, 10 a.m. Saturday at 9801 Bonita Beach Road, Bonita Springs. Information: 992-4343

* St. Monica’s Episcopal Church, 9 a.m. Sunday at 7070 Immokalee Road, Naples. A pet-friendly coffee hour will be held on the patio following the service. Information: 501-4550

* St. Raphael’s Episcopal Church, 9 and 11 a.m. Sunday at 5601 Williams Drive, Fort Myers Beach. All pets should be on a leash or in a carrier. Information: 463-6057

* Brooke’s Legacy Animal Rescue by Arlene Ponack, noon to 3 p.m. Sunday at Petco, 6424 Naples Blvd., Naples. Information: brookeslegacy@gmail.com

Pumpkin patch

St. Monica’s Church will be selling a variety of pumpkins at its pumpkin patch from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. starting Sunday through Oct. 31 at 7070 Immokalee Road, Naples. A Pumpkin Fest will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 24 with pony rides, magic shows, face painting, crafts, hamburgers and a bake sale. Information: 591-4550

Grand opening

A kid’s fair will be held in celebration of the grand opening of the Destiny Learning Center at Restoration Church from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 10 at 7690 Running Buck Court, Naples. The event includes face painting, balloon animal creations, a “safety house” exhibit from the fire department and story time activities. Information: 304-1496

Taize services

St. Mary’s Episcopal Church will have a Taize service of prayer, praise and reflection at 7 p.m. Oct. 11 at 9801 Bonita Beach Road, Bonita Springs. The service will feature classical guitarist Anders Franzen. Information: 992-4343

Christian Women’s Connection

Bonita Springs-Estero Christian Women’s Connections will meet from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 14 at Pelican Sound Golf & River Club, 4561 Pelican Sound Blvd., Estero. Bring a pair of new sneakers tied together — without the box — for children 5 to 12 years old so they can be donated to Laces of Love. $18. Information: 495-3991

Vendors needed

Faith Lutheran church needs vendors for its holiday bazaar to be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 7 at 4150 Goodlette-Frank Road, Naples. Information: 287-1101

Craft bazaars

* Messiah Lutheran Church is sponsoring a craft bazaar from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 10 at 5800 Golden Gate Parkway, Naples. Breakfast, lunch and baked goods will be available for sale. Information: 455-2520

* The Ladies of Saint Agnes Church will be having a bazaar and bake sale from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 24 and from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Oct. 25 at 7775 Vanderbilt Beach Road, Naples. Mrs. Santa will be on hand. Information: 455-4832

* Naples United Church of Christ will sponsor a Christmas bazaar form 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 7 with crafts, a silent auction, linens, food and cookies. Lunch will be available. Information: 597-8315 or 659-5312

* Faith Lutheran Church will have a holiday bazaar from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 7 at 4150 Goodlette-Frank Road, Naples. Information: 287-1101

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