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Are We Ready? Tuesday's News from St. Dunstan's: October 5, 2021

Posted 3:58 PM
The News from
St. Dunstan's
October 5, 2021
From the Rector: Are We Ready?
Dear friends,
We need your help! Later this month, we will be sending out a link for a congregation-wide survey that we very much hope you will take.
As part of our participation in the diocesan Tending Our Soil initiative, the Readiness 360 survey is an online tool that will enable the congregation to provide helpful input about the church's capacity for growth. It is designed to take a snapshot of the parish as we are right now, with an eye toward helping our clergy and lay leaders set appropriate goals for the future. Most importantly, the instrument will assess our readiness to launch new ministry initiatives together.
The survey will open on October 15 and will close on October 29; it will take about 20 minutes to complete. Please stay tuned for more information about Readiness 360, including the survey link, in the coming days. In the meantime, please pray for our work with Tending Our Soil and for the members of our Leadership Team who have committed themselves to this important work: Julie Anderson, Walter Douglas, Karen Edwards (Team Leader), and Nils Overdahl. I am tremendously grateful to each of them for the time, energy, and insights they have dedicated to this project already. We are so blessed!
The Rev. Patricia Phaneuf Alexander, Rector
Coats for Afghan Refugees
“…I was naked and you gave me clothing.” Matthew 25:36
Fall is here, and many newly arrived Afghan refugees undergoing in-processing at U.S. military bases need warm winter coats. ADAMS Center (All Dulles Area Muslim Society) in Sterling, Virginia is collecting 13,000 new or gently used and clean(ed) winter coats for men, women, and children in all sizes. Can you help?
If you would like to participate, please drop off your donation(s) at the St. Dunstan's Parish Office by no later than 5 p.m. on October 13. St. Dunstan's staff will deliver the community's contributions to the ADAMS Center. Alternatively, coats may be mailed directly to 20904 Sandstone Square; Sterling, VA 20165 by October 15. 
Thank you for supporting our new Afghan neighbors! 

Wednesday Bible Study
Tomorrow ~ October 6
10:30 a.m. (via Zoom)
Join us as we continue our study of the Gospel of Mark.
No preparation or previous Bible Study participation is necessary...You are welcome at any time!
(Meeting ID: 326 468 549) to participate.
The class also will be recorded and made available later in the day for those who cannot participate in the morning.
Small Group Meetings this Weekend
Men's Group and Soul Sisters
Saturday Morning, October 9
The Men's Group will meet in person at the church beginning at 9 a.m. and will finish by 10:30.  Bagels will be provided. For more information about the St. Dunstan's Men's Group, please reach out to John Wyss.
Soul Sisters, the St. Dunstan's Women's Discussion Group, will meet from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., via Zoom. Join the meeting using this link (Meeting ID: 705 712; Passcode: 266823). All St. Dunstan's women - and friends! - are welcome to participate. To learn more, please be in touch with Sue Carroll.
St. Dunstan's Book Group:
October's Selection
Join the
St. Dunstan's Book Group on
Thursday, October 14
1:30 p.m.
(via Zoom)
This month's selection is The Nest,
by  Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney.
All are welcome! For more information about Book Group, please reach out to Donna Alvarez

October is Pumpkin Time!
In need of pumpkins?
Visit the Pumpkin Patch
Immanuel Church-on-the-Hill
3606 Seminary Road Alexandria, VA !
For the past 28 years, Immanuel parishioners have worked together to sponsor this signature fundraiser for Outreach.
One hundred percent of Pumpkin Patch proceeds go to more than 25 local, national, and international organizations that directly support feeding, housing, educating, and caring for the most vulnerable.
The Immanuel Pumpkin Patch offers all sizes of pumpkins grown by Navajo farmers, from small hand-held “spookies” to very large pumpkins for jack-o-lanterns; prices start at $1 and go up based on size. Also for sale are beautiful gourds, delicious home-made soups and baked goods, and autumn- and Halloween-themed crafts.
For directions or more information, please speak to Patty...She lives there!
"Art to Lift Spirits" Exhibit Continues through October 29
Sundays from 11 a.m.-noon
Weekdays from 10 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
Pieces are available for sale, with 50% of the proceeds going to St. Dunstan’s
For Your Prayers
For healing, strength, and protection:

Joyce Barnett, Sydney Betz, Connie Carpenter, Phil Carroll, 
Chuck Cash and Jackie Jones, Paula Clark and Andrew McLean, Bill Darnell, Kenny Farnsworth, Maddie Fennell,
Mary Anne Gordon, Katy Greco, Warren Green,
Michael Hackley, Ben Hull, Todd Leonard, Joyce Nugent,
Carol Patterson, Dorothy Phaneuf, Curt Shively, Sherry Sneed, Trudy Surut, Florence Timmons, Lina Verville,
Don Wasseman, Charlie and Sheila Wooters, Bea, Carmen, Katherine, Nancy, the Wood Family, and the Gamma Family
The peoples of Afghanistan and Haiti
The victims of recent natural disasters
All those battling COVID and those who care for
and about them
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