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Epiphany Blessings from St. Dunstan's: January 6, 2022

Posted 5:31 PM
 
January 6, 2022
The Feast of the Epiphany
 
Tonight!
Celebrate Epiphany with St. Dunstan's
 
Star of Wonder
(mixed media liturgical art by Sue Carroll)
 
St. Dunstan's Virtual Compline
for the Feast of the Epiphany
TONIGHT, January 6, 2022
8 p.m.
(via Zoom and Facebook)
 
 
Meeting ID: 816 2513 4062
 
 
"Star Words" and
"Chalking the Door"
 
A couple of years ago we began the tradition of distributing inspirational "Star Words" to the congregation on the Feast of the Epiphany. Just as the magi followed a star to the nearer presence of Christ, we, too, are invited to be guided by our own stars in the year ahead. While we cannot distribute physical stars this year, we still can observe this lovely custom here at St. Dunstan's.
 
If you would like an Epiphany "Star Word" this year, please email Patty, who will select a word for you and send it along with a special prayer of blessing for 2022.
 
Another beloved Epiphany tradition is the "Chalking of the Door" to invite God's blessing into your home (or office) for the year ahead. For information about how to chalk your doors, please see this link .
 
Sunday Worship on Zoom this Week
 
Service of Spiritual Communion
Sunday, January 9, 2022
10 a.m.
(via Zoom and Facebook)
 
Meeting ID: 857 0474 2951
 
 
Spirit Descending
(mixed media liturgical art by Sue Carroll)
 
From Deacon Mary
 
The International Rescue Committee in Silver Spring is busy resettling up to 575 Afghan refugees in Montgomery and Prince George’s counties. Due to pandemic-related delays in processing employment authorizations and financial assistance, refugees have few ways to provide for themselves when they first arrive. To help give families the power to purchase what they need, please consider buying gift cards through IRC’s Amazon Wish List. Thank you!
 
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Have you served your community lately? Participated in a volunteer effort? Tell us how you’re living your baptismal calling! We’ll include your news in an upcoming newsletter. Send a three-sentence blurb and a photo to Deacon Mary. Thank you for all you’re doing! 
 
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If you would like to help Deacon Mary organize monthly Sunday forums on charity, service, advocacy, and justice, please contact her. Share your ideas for topics, too!
 
St. Dunstan's 2022 Calendars
Available for Sale
We still have a few more copies of the 2022 St. Dunstan's calendar for sale! The calendar costs $20 and features the work of St. Dunstan's own Liturgical-Artist-in-Residence, Sue Carroll. Proceeds go to support St. Dunstan's Outreach ministries.
 
To order, please contact Parish Administrator Kim Matthews at admin@stdunstansbethesda.org or 301.229.2960.
 
Soul Sisters this Saturday
 
Soul Sisters (the St. Dunstan's women's spirituality group)
will gather this Saturday, January 8,
from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.via Zoom. 
 
We'll begin the new year by sharing words of wisdom. Let’s tell stories to each other about wise women we have known, or read about, and what words they gave us that have stayed with us and helped us. At the start of what looks to be another difficult year, we all need to restock our store of wise sayings to lean on.
 
Join the meeting using this link 
(Meeting ID: 705 712 806; Passcode: 266823).
 
All St. Dunstan's women - and friends! - are welcome to join this time of prayer, reflection, connection, and support.
 
For more information about the Soul Sisters, 
please be in touch with Sue Carroll.
 
Book Group in January
 
Thursday, January 13
1:30 p.m. (via Zoom)
 
January's selection is
Count the Ways, by Joyce Maynard.
 
Come and see!
 
Coming up in 2022:
 
February 10: The Mist (Ragnar Jonasson)
March 10: Sapiens (Yuval Noah Harari)
April 14: Mary Jane (Jessica Anya Blau)
May 12: Will (Will Smith)
June 9: Apples Never Fall (Liane Moriarty)
 
For more information about the St. Dunstan's Book Group, please contact Donna Alvarez
 
For Your Prayers
 
For healing, strength, and protection:
 
Joyce Barnett, Sydney Betz, Connie Carpenter,
Phil Carroll, Chuck Cash and Jackie Jones, Paula Clark,
Bill Darnell, Kenny Farnsworth, Maddie Fennell,
Warren Green, Michael Hackley, Ben Hull,
Todd Leonard, Joyce Nugent, Susan Parker, Christine Partin,
Carol Patterson, Gabi Shea, Ann Shelly, Curt Shively,
Anne Smedberg, Lina Verville, Don Wasseman, 
Charlie and Sheila Wooters, Bea, Carmen, Katherine, and Nancy
 
Refugees and displaced persons
Those impacted by recent tornadoes, fires,
and other natural disasters
Those battling COVID and those who care for
and about them
 
May they rest in peace, and rise in glory:
 
Those who lost their lives as a result of violence in our city
this week and those who mourn them:
 
Aaron Wilson Frazier
Najat Goode
Dmaree Rayquan Miller
Osman Sesay
Michael Stover, Jr.
Malcolm Turner
 
 
Online Calendar
 
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