Seventh Street engages our community and world through a lived faith that responds to the needs of our environment and all living things with compassion, the potentials of restorative justice, peace, and hope.
Sharing God's grace and love with all creation
lyrics of Bright and Beautiful by Mrs. Cecil Alexander in her book Hymns for Children
All things bright and beautiful,
All creatures great and small,
All things wise and wonderful,
The Lord God made them all.
Stay tuned for the next rescue!
The Change for Change mission project of the Seventh Street Youth converts your loose coins into positive outcomes for animals in crisis.
A Change for Change container is on the Welcome Station in the Narthex for your coin donations. Little coins add up, and can do much to help animals in need – a particularly heart-felt concern of our youth.
If you wish to make a large donation for an animal(s) in need- please contact Whitney Walters, firstname.lastname@example.org
Update on the Change for Change Project
Our last project unfortunately fell through due to complications outside of our control. This is a sad reality of animal rescue. Fortunately, we were able to use your spare change to answer the plea from a rural Virginia shelter to help two dogs (Bear, a 120 pound Mastiff cross and Thalia, a beautiful brindle Plott Hound cross) whose owner who could no longer take care of them causing friction with their neighbors.
Seventh Street members, Whitney & Graham Walters, headed to the shelter to meet the pair. Both were extremely friendly and happy to have some time outside. After some networking, two groups in New York offered to take them in.
Because of the long transport, the first rescue along the way offered to overnight Bob before he went further North the following day. However, the volunteers and staff all fell in love with him and asked the other rescue if they could just keep him and find him a home. Because there are so many animals in need, the other group was happy to offer Bob's spot to another dog in need.
The rescue recently reported Bob found his forever home, but Thalia is still patiently awaiting her new family thought they know with her gentle demeanor it won't be long.
THANKS TO ALL THE SEVENTH STREETERS WHO DONATE THEIR SPARE CHANGE - BEAR AND THALIA HAVE A NEW LEASH ON LIFE! Please continue to drop your coins off in the basket in the Narthex marked Change for Change.
Total amount raised: $121.72.
On September 30, Rev. Hollie gave a special blessing to the animals of Seventh Street. This tradition dates back the 1100's with Saint Francis of Assisi who gave sermons to animals. He believed that all creatures, animals included, were brothers and sisters of God.
The Prayer of St. Francis of Assisi
Lord, make me an instrument of Thy peace;
Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
Where there is injury, pardon;
Where there is error, the truth;
Where there is doubt, the faith;
Where there is despair, hope;
Where there is darkness, light;
And where there is sadness, joy.
O Divine Master,
Grant that I may not so much seek
To be consoled, as to console;
To be understood, as to understand;
To be loved as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive;
It is in pardoning that we are pardoned;
And it is in dying that we are born to eternal life. Amen.
Seventh Street hosted the Gracie's Guardian Yard Sale on June 17 from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. to benefit the Richmond Animal League and Gracie's Guardians. At this yard sale our Women's Disciple's Ministries held a bake sale to raise funds for their mission projects. We had beautiful weather and a great turnout. It was wonderful to see the community come together in support of the dogs in crisis. Many dogs found a new family that day. Check out the fun photos!
Dear Seventh Street Friends,
Thank you once again for helping us raise money for dogs in need. The use of your space is crucial but the help of the congregation year after year is invaluable. Thank you for supporting our cause and helping us with our biggest fundraiser of the year. $8,000 will fund half of our community spay/neuter surgeries.