Outdoor Animal Blessing Service

Join us for this Outdoor Worship Service

This afternoon we are celebrating our annual Animal Blessing by gathering in person outside on the Unity Campus grounds! This will be a special Sunday to finally see one another in person and acknowledge the unique connectedness we have with our community including our animal companions. So we welcome our animal guests who are leashed, well behaved, and get along well with others. If your animals does not do well in public spaces, you may bring a photo to celebrate them. We ask that you be masked if you are not vaccinated and we will be seating with social distance, so all are comfortable. Of-course, masks are welcome for anyone who requires that comfort level. Please bring a mask, lawn chair, water, and any snacks for yourself (and your pet) for social time afterwards. The only access to the building will be the doors at the far end of the hall for bathroom use. If you would like to help by being on the cleaning crew afterwards, please let Gretchen Hein know at president@hpcuu.org

3rd Sunday Offering

All Breed Rescue & Training (ABRT) has been serving the Pikes Peak Region for over 25 years.  Initially started as a small dog focused rescue in 1994, ABRT quickly turned into a safe haven for all breeds of dogs that had been deemed unadoptable by the regional shelters.  With the help of thier dedicated network of foster homes and skilled behavior counselors, ABRT has been able to save thousands of dogs that otherwise would not have been given another chance – and each of those adopted dogs is able to receive behavior support for their entire lives!   ABRT is also proud to offer low cost, Best of the Springs-winning dog training services (Gold, 8 years running!) to our community.  Whether you’re looking for early puppy socialization classes, or competition-level dog sports practice, ABRT has a class for you and your companion.  We use relationship based training techniques, meaning that we will never ask you to do anything that will harm your relationship with your dog.  We believe that the most effective training methods require trust, cooperation, communication, and understanding.  They are honored to be recipients of the good will of our Blessing of the Animals service.  The funds raised through this offertory will be used for general operations costs such as veterinary bills, medical supplies, food and enrichment for foster dogs, and community engagement.


Lauren Fox has been the Executive Director of All Breed Rescue & Training since 1998.  She has overseen the growth of ABRT from a basement-based dream to one of the largest dog training facilities in Southern Colorado.  Along with overseeing much of the rescue side of things, Lauren also teaches many of the intermediate and advanced classes at ABRT.  She has developed training programs used across the country, and has a passion for dog sports of all varieties.  Her AKC Certified Therapy Dog Diamond, now retired from competition, loves to participate in Paws to Read programs with Elementary Schools across the region (Diamond’s favorite story is Green Eggs and Ham, but he never really understood the hesitation that drives the narrative).  He hopes that a new school year might actually bring some in-person visits!