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From the Rector: Christmas Schedule Changes (December 22, 2021)

Posted 4:09 PM
The News from
St. Dunstan's
December 22, 2021
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From the Rector
Dear parishioners and friends of St. Dunstan's:
I am writing to update you on some changes to the previously-published Christmas schedule for this year. As we are all aware, the recent rise of the omicron COVID variant has necessitated that many individuals and organizations "pivot" (a word I hoped not to have to use again) and rethink their holiday plans. Here at St. Dunstan's our priority is to do all that we can to ensure the health and safety of every person who crosses the threshold into our buildings. I have been praying about how to move through the coming days as prudently as possible, and together with members of the Vestry Executive Committee I have decided to make the following adjustments to our upcoming offerings:
  • *Change* The Children's Crèche Service, scheduled for 4:30 p.m., is cancelled.  Elise and I do this with a very heavy heart, but it simply does not seem prudent to move ahead at this time. We encourage families to join us virtually for our 7 p.m. service, which will be broadcast on the St. Dunstan's Facebook pageAs well, you and your children might want to rewatch last year's Virtual Christmas Pageant, which may be found at this link.
  • The 6:30 p.m. Christmas Concert and 7:00 p.m. Service of Holy Communion (The "Christ-Mass") will take place as planned, in-person. Worshipers are required to wear a mask for the duration of the liturgy, regardless of vaccination status. The concert and service will be live-streamed on Facebook (see link above) beginning at 6:30.
  • *Change* The 10:00 a.m. Christmas Morning Service, originally scheduled to be in person, now will take place on Zoom.
To join the meeting,
please use the following credentials:
(Meeting ID: 857 0474 2951)
As of right now, Sunday's joint service with the Church of the Redeemer (at Redeemer), is going ahead as scheduled. Please see the box below for links to watch the livestream or to sign up to attend worship in person.
I have said this so many times over the course of the past 21 months, but it bears repeating now: I am tremendously grateful for the patience, flexibility, and resilience of the people of St. Dunstan's, and I continue to be honored to serve as your Rector. Please let me know how I can support you as we navigate yet another period of COVID uncertainty. In the words of St. Paul, "Since it is by God’s mercy that we are engaged in this ministry, we do not lose heart..." (2 Corinthians 4:1).
May it be so.
Your Sister in Christ,
The Rev. Patricia Phaneuf Alexander, Rector
Sunday Worship
with the Church of the Redeemer
Sunday, December 26
(The First Sunday after Christmas)
10:30 a.m.
Please join the Rector for this joint Service of Holy Eucharist
at the Church of the Redeemer
(6201 Dunrobbin Drive, Bethesda).
To attend in person, please sign up at this link.
The service will be live-streamed at redeemerbethesda.org.
Introducing the
St. Dunstan's Clothing Recycling Bin
At its monthly meeting last week, the Vestry voted to host a clothing bin on behalf of Samaritan Ministry of Greater Washington. As you may be aware, St. Dunstan's was one of the founding parishes of SMGW, so it is fitting that we should support their ministry in this visible and tangible way.
The bin is provided by the Clothing Recycling Company, who receives and sorts clothing, shoes, and accessories for distribution to clients of local charitable organizations. The St. Dunstan's bin is dedicated specifically to participants in SMGW programs.
While there is not a great need for clothing for Afghan refugees at the moment, many people are still looking to help others by donating apparel. Please tell your neighbors about the bin, located to left as you pull into the St. Dunstan's driveway. You also can let them know that tax receipts may be generated using this link; it's quite easy. Please just remind people 1) to donate only clothing, shoes, and accessories (no household items), and 2) not to leave anything on the ground near or around the bin.
Thank you for your help as we roll out this new ministry!
Supporting Afghan Refugees
As many of you know, St. Dunstan’s recently joined a parishioner of Westmoreland Congregational Church in resettling a small Afghan family. About ten members of St. Dunstan’s are actively helping them find an immigration attorney, employment, rides to mosque, bicycles for transportation, and soccer programs. If you would like to help, please contact Deacon Mary
Watch this space for future activities on behalf of other refugees and advocacy efforts for those who remain in Afghanistan. Thank you, again, for your previous contributions to this vital Church ministry!
St. Dunstan's 2022 Calendar
Having sold out of St. Dunstan's 2022 calendars (featuring the work of Liturgical Artist-in-Residence Sue Carroll), we were able to arrange for a second printing and now have a limited additional supply available for purchase.
Calendars cost $20 each, with proceeds to support Outreach ministries at St. Dunstan's. Please contact Parish Administrator Kim Matthews at 301.229.2960 or admin@stdunstansbethesda.org to order.
End-of-Year Donations
Please remember that Friday, December 31 is the last day for your gift to St. Dunstan's to be counted for 2021. If you have not yet completed your pledge for this year, and/or if you would like to give an additional end-of-year contribution, please use this link to make a secure donation online. If you are paying by check, please make sure that it is dated and postmarked by December 31, 2021 in order for it to count for this year. You also may drop a check in our locked mailbox at the church. Thank you all for your support this year, and may God continue to bless you richly in 2022 and beyond!
American Red Cross Blood Drive
December 29, 2021
Noon-5:30 p.m.
St. Dunstan's Parish Hall
This drive is by appointment only; 
please use this link to schedule your donation.
As a "thank you" from the American Red Cross, donors will receive a long-sleeved t-shirt (while supplies last).
If you yourself are not able to give, please spread the word to your networks. Please also consider volunteering to help on the day of the drive. Just let Patty know of your interest, and she'll sign you up!
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, Governor Larry Hogan,
Ben Hull, Ann Johnson, Todd Leonard, Joyce Nugent,
Susan Parker, Christine Partin, Carol Patterson, Gabi Shea, Ann Shelly, Curt Shively, Anne Smedberg, Lina Verville,
Don Wasseman, Sharon Wolfkiel, Charlie and Sheila Wooters, Bea, Carmen, Katherine, and Nancy
Refugees and displaced persons
Those impacted by recent tornadoes
Those battling COVID and those who care for
and about them
May they rest in peace, and rise in glory:
Marquise Blackwell, Marcus Crouch, Samuel Hernandez,
Peter Miller III, and Reco Tyson
killed this week as a result of violence in our city
Army Specialist James T. Roberts
Army Specialist Hunter Trey Stafford
died while serving in our Nation's Armed Forces

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