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Celebrating St. Francis Monday's News from St. Dunstan's: October 4, 2021

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The News from
St. Dunstan's
October 4, 2021
Celebrating St. Francis
Today in the life of the Church is the Feast Day of St. Francis of Assisi, one of the most beloved and popular Saints in the Christian tradition. Although born into great wealth in 12th-century Italy, Francis forsook his privilege to help reform the spiritual world of the Church at that time. He felt called by God to live in extreme poverty, doing his best to follow the teachings of Jesus in the Gospels literally. He dedicated his life to preaching to and caring for the poor, the ill, the outcast, the hurting – in short, those whom society had forgotten. He gave up his status and comfort and trusted God to provide for his most basic needs. Francis also became famous as a powerful and radical activist for peace.
Of course, Francis is perhaps best known for his love and affinity for animals, and in his honor St. Dunstan's held our annual Blessing of the Animals and All Creation yesterday afternoon. Parishioners and neighbors alike brought their furry family members to receive God's blessing.
If you and your pet were not able to attend yesterday's Blessing of the Animals and would like a special prayer (and treat!), please let Patty know; she would be delighted to make a house call!
A Prayer Attributed to St. Francis
Lord, make us instruments of your peace. Where there is hatred, let us sow love; where there is injury, pardon; where
there is discord, union; where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair, hope; where there is darkness, light; where there is sadness, joy. Grant that we 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.
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! 

Midweek Bible Study
Wednesday, 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!
Memorial Service for Former Parishioner
Bert Spencer
Celebrating the Life of
Bertha Poulos Spencer
Saturday, October 23
10:30 a.m.
The Church of the Redeemer, Bethesda
Former St. Dunstan's parishioner Bert Spencer died on September 21, 2021 at the age of 96. In recent years Bert had made her spiritual home at our sister parish, the Church of the Redeemer, where her life will be celebrated later this month.
If you would like to attend this service, you are asked to RSVP here by October 16. In keeping with Montgomery County COVID protocols, masks will be required indoors.
There will be a reception outside at Redeemer following the service, and interment will take place at a later date at Arlington National Cemetery.
The family asks that you wear bright colors
for this celebration of Bert's life.
"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, Warren Green, Ben Hull,
Todd Leonard, Joyce Nugent, Carol Patterson, 
Dorothy Phaneuf, Curt Shively, Sherry Sneed, Trudy Surut, 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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