Ascension Lutheran Church’s Blessing of Our Pets

Ascension Lutheran Church in Thousand Oaks held its annual Blessing of Our Pets worship service on Sunday, October 5, 2014 giving thanks to God for our pets and God’s blessings on all of us, pets and people alike. Photos by JOAN PAHOYO/Acorn Newspapers

Chamie Delkeskamp, Pastor Tim’s wife, brings their pet bearded dragon to be blessed at the Blessing of the Pets ceremony held on Sunday, October 5, 2014 at the Ascension Lutheran Church. Photo by Joan Pahoyo/Acorn Newspapers

Chamie Delkeskamp, Pastor Tim’s wife, brings their pet bearded dragon to be blessed at the Blessing of the Pets ceremony held on Sunday, October 5, 2014 at the Ascension Lutheran Church. Photo by Joan Pahoyo/Acorn Newspapers

Pastor Tim Delkeskamp blesses Lucky while his family Erin Haar, 15, Jared Haar, 11 and Krista Haar of Moorpark watch during Ascension Lutheran Church in Thousand Oaks Blessing of the Pets ceremony held on Sunday, October 5, 2014. Photo by Joan Pahoyo/Acorn Newspapers

Pastor Tim Delkeskamp blesses Lucky while his family Erin Haar, 15, Jared Haar, 11 and Krista Haar of Moorpark watch during Ascension Lutheran Church in Thousand Oaks Blessing of the Pets ceremony held on Sunday, October 5, 2014. Photo by Joan Pahoyo/Acorn Newspapers

Stephanie Wennes, Scott Squires, Silje Squires, 12, Brock Squires, 16, and Gunnar Squires, 15, bring their Labradoodles Sierra, Bailey and Bernie to Ascension Lutheran Church in Thousand Oaks for the Blessing of the Pets ceremony held on Sunday, October 5, 2014. Photo by Joan Pahoyo/Acorn Newspapers

Stephanie Wennes, Scott Squires, Silje Squires, 12, Brock Squires, 16, and Gunnar Squires, 15, bring their Labradoodles Sierra, Bailey and Bernie to Ascension Lutheran Church in Thousand Oaks for the Blessing of the Pets ceremony held on Sunday, October 5, 2014. Photo by Joan Pahoyo/Acorn Newspapers

Members of Ascension Lutheran Church in Thousand Oaks bring their pets for the Blessing of the Pets ceremony held on Sunday, October 5, 2014. Photo by Joan Pahoyo/Acorn Newspapers

Members of Ascension Lutheran Church in Thousand Oaks bring their pets for the Blessing of the Pets ceremony held on Sunday, October 5, 2014. Photo by Joan Pahoyo/Acorn Newspapers

Shannon Lomeli of Thousand Oaks holds Skittles, their cat, to share with Avery Roberts, 4, at the Blessing of the Pets ceremony held on Sunday, October 5, 2014 at the Ascension Lutheran Church. Photo by Joan Pahoyo/Acorn Newspapers

Shannon Lomeli of Thousand Oaks holds Skittles, their cat, to share with Avery Roberts, 4, at the Blessing of the Pets ceremony held on Sunday, October 5, 2014 at the Ascension Lutheran Church. Photo by Joan Pahoyo/Acorn Newspapers

Bijoux the poodle is not sure Griffen, a wirehaired terrier Dachshund, wants to be friendly at the Blessing of the Pets ceremony held on Sunday, October 5, 2014 at the Ascension Lutheran Church. Photo by Joan Pahoyo/Acorn Newspapers

Bijoux the poodle is not sure Griffen, a wirehaired terrier Dachshund, wants to be friendly at the Blessing of the Pets ceremony held on Sunday, October 5, 2014 at the Ascension Lutheran Church. Photo by Joan Pahoyo/Acorn Newspapers

Molly, a yellow lab, and Griffen, a wirehaired terrier Dachshund, wait patiently for the ceremony to begin at the Blessing of the Pets ceremony held on Sunday, October 5, 2014 at the Ascension Lutheran Church. Photo by Joan Pahoyo/Acorn Newspapers

Molly, a yellow lab, and Griffen, a wirehaired terrier Dachshund, wait patiently for the ceremony to begin at the Blessing of the Pets ceremony held on Sunday, October 5, 2014 at the Ascension Lutheran Church. Photo by Joan Pahoyo/Acorn Newspapers

Debra Kusnierek of Thousand Oaks holds Sadie on her lap when Sophie jumps up to give Sadie a kiss at the Blessing of the Pets ceremony held on Sunday, October 5, 2014 at the Ascension Lutheran Church. Photo by Joan Pahoyo/Acorn Newspapers

Debra Kusnierek of Thousand Oaks holds Sadie on her lap when Sophie jumps up to give Sadie a kiss at the Blessing of the Pets ceremony held on Sunday, October 5, 2014 at the Ascension Lutheran Church. Photo by Joan Pahoyo/Acorn Newspapers

D’Loraah Wismar of Simi Valley gets her Golden Retrievers Beau and Woody blessed by Pastor Jack Ledbetter of Thousand Oaks at the Blessing of the Pets ceremony held on Sunday, October 5, 2014 at the Ascension Lutheran Church. Photo by Joan Pahoyo/Acorn Newspapers

D’Loraah Wismar of Simi Valley gets her Golden Retrievers Beau and Woody blessed by Pastor Jack Ledbetter of Thousand Oaks at the Blessing of the Pets ceremony held on Sunday, October 5, 2014 at the Ascension Lutheran Church. Photo by Joan Pahoyo/Acorn Newspapers

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