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Good News from St. Dunstan's: November 9, 2020

Posted 4:39 PM
The News from
St. Dunstan's
November 9, 2020
From the Rector
Dear friends,
For a parish that has been limited in its ability to function over the past several months, there's a lot going on at St. Dunstan's these days! This is such a joy, since our buildings have been closed for more than half of the time that I have been your Rector. You may remember that we had high hopes back in January and February of what we might accomplish together this year...but as spring gave way to summer and summer turned to fall, we had to table one dream after another. It feels as though much of our energy has gone into just trying to survive, rather than into living out our mission.
But God is not done with St. Dunstan's yet! On the contrary: For all of the challenges that 2020 has wrought, exciting things are happening in our parish right now. Here are just some of the highlights:
  • Many of us were able to worship outside, in person, on our beautiful grounds, several times this fall. Special thanks are due to the Regathering Team - Carl Adams, Karen Edwards, Frenchie Gogos, Vince Leonard, and Rosi Sweeney - for all their hard work to make these services possible.
  • We are blessed by the presence of two students from the Virginia Theological Seminary who have chosen to serve at St. Dunstan's as part of the VTS Contextual Ministry program. We are delighted, Robin and Fergie, that you have chosen to minister with us!
  • We soon will begin interviews for our new Director of Children, Youth, and Family Ministries, who - God willing - will join us in Advent to begin to help us reimagine and rebuild our formation programs for our youngest members. This is very exciting news, and I ask your prayers as this process unfolds.
  • We are about to complete some necessary upgrades to our A/V system in the church, so as to improve our live broadcasts of worship, concerts, and other events. If the pandemic has taught us anything, it is that we need to be increasingly nimble about the ways in which we connect with our parishioners.
  • We are broadening the scope of our ministry by teaming up with two of our neighboring parishes, the Church of the Redeemer and St. John's, Norwood, for prayer and Outreach. (Please see below for more information about these initiatives.)
The list goes on. The point, of course, is that - just as the banner on Massachusetts Avenue reminds us - our buildings may be closed, but the Church is very much open. Please plan to join us via Zoom and Facebook Live this Sunday, November 15, as we celebrate Consecration Sunday, honor our Veterans, and learn about new possibilities for service to our neighbors in this community.
This is an exciting time in this corner of God's Kingdom here at St. Dunstan's, and I thank God for each one of you. I look forward to ministering in Christ's Name together in the weeks and months to come.
God bless,
Remembering Our Veterans
Next Sunday, November 15, we will honor our Veterans during our 10 a.m. service of Holy Eucharist (via Zoom and Facebook Live). If you or a loved one serves or has served in our nation's Armed Forces, we would be grateful if you would please share names to be included in the Prayers of the People that day via this form. Thank you!
Stewardship 2021: What Can Love Do?
As we plan next year's budget and begin to consider what ministries we will be able to undertake in 2021, we are hoping to have as many pledges as possible in hand by 
Consecration Sunday, November 15.
To make your pledge to this year's Stewardship Campaign, What Can Love Do?, online, just click on the campaign logo above to be taken to the digital form. Alternatively, you can download and print this pledge card and return it to the Parish Office (5450 Massachusetts Avenue, Bethesda, 20816)
We sincerely thank you for supporting Christ's mission and ministry at St. Dunstan's during this extraordinary time.
Book Group Meets Thursday
A reminder that the St. Dunstan's Book Group will meet this Thursday, November 12, at 2:30 p.m. 
This month's selection is
Cutting for Stone, 
by Abraham Verghese.
We meet via Zoom, using this link
(Meeting ID: 894 3714 3217
Passcode: 165960).
For more information about Book Group, please reach out to Donna Alvarez
If you have any difficulty logging on, please contact Kim Matthews.
Next month's discussion (December 10):
The Henna Artist by Alka Joshi
Coffee Hour Forum this Sunday:
Nourishing Bethesda
Join us this Sunday, November 15, after our 10 a.m. worship (via Zoom) for a special Coffee Hour Forum presented by John Ross, Head of the Men's Ministry at St. John's Norwood.
John and his fellow St. John's parishioners are engaged in an important new ministry, "Nourishing Bethesda," that provides support to folks experiencing food insecurity in our area - and they want our help! Come meet John online and learn how we might reach out our hands in love to our neighbors in Bethesda and Chevy Chase.
If you have a moment between now and Sunday, please take a look at these recent news stories about "Nourishing Bethesda":
Pre-Order Your Advent Wreath Kit
Advent is the period of watching and waiting that the Church sets aside to prepare for the birth of Jesus. As part of that preparation, many Christians use Advent wreaths to help mark God's time and count down to Christmas. In the past St. Dunstan's has cherished the custom of gathering to make wreaths together.
While we can't do that in person this year, Patty will lead us in a parish-wide Advent Wreath Making social event via Zoom on Sunday, November 29, 2020 at 4:00 pm. You can pre-order your materials for this event by clicking this link: Advent Wreath Order Form. Wreath kits are $25 and will include: 1 straw wreath form, 4 candles, 4 candle holder stakes, ribbon, and greening pins. 
Please send all check payments to the St. Dunstan's parish office (5450 Massachusetts Avenue, 20816), or contact Kimberly Matthews at 202.360.0520 to pay by credit card. All orders and payments are due by Friday, November 20, 2020. Kits will be distributed on Friday, November 27 and Saturday, November 28 or will be available for pick-up from the church on Friday, November 27 between 12 and 3 p.m.
For Your Prayers
For healing, strength, and protection:
Donna Almon
Nancy Bancroft
Richard and Florence Banks
The Best Family 
Sydney Betz
Phil Carroll
Ray Ciesinski
Bill Darnell
Ray Donnelly
Kenny Farnsworth
Warren Green
Barbara Hocker
The Rev. Deacon Fergie Horvath
Ric Huttenlocher
Isabel Krum
Joyce Nugent
Pam Plaisance
Curt Shively
Allison Spaulding
Lina Verville
Pat von Rautenkranz
Don Wasseman
Trudy Wood
Charlie Wooters
All impacted by COVID-19
Those affected by natural disasters
The Vivanco Family (missionaries in Quito, Ecuador)
This Week at St. Dunstan's
Daily Prayer with Our Friends at Redeemer:
Tuesday Evening: Seminarian's Lay Support Team, 7:00 p.m.
Please hold the Rev. Deacon Fergie Horvath and the members of her Lay Support Team (Joanne Comstock, Ray Donnelly, Frenchie Gogos, and Lynne Leonard, Convener) in prayer as they journey through this year together.
Wednesday Morning: Bible Study
We continue our study of the Acts of the Apostles on Wednesday, November 11, at 10:30 a.m., via Zoom. If you would like to participate, please click on this link; the Meeting ID is 326 468 549. 
Thursday Afternoon: Book Group
The St. Dunstan's Book Group meets on the second Thursday of each month via Zoom; please see the box above for information about this month's discussion.
Friday Afternoon: Friday Fellowship
Join your St. Dunstan's friends for an hour or so of connection and conversation! Use this Zoom link on Friday, November 13, at 5 p.m.  (Meeting ID: 842 3801 8662)
Saturday Morning: St. Dunstan's Soul Sisters
All St. Dunstan's women (and friends!) are welcome to join the Soul Sisters for their monthly gathering on Saturday, November 14from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. via Zoom. The topic this month will be “Now what? What have we learned in the past weeks, and what will that mean for the way we go forward?” Join the meeting using this link (Meeting ID: 705 712 806). For more information about St. Dunstan's Soul Sisters, please email Sue CarrollWe look forward to sharing this time of prayer, reflection, connection, and support together.
Sunday Morning: Worship with St. Dunstan's
Please join your sisters and brothers in Christ for worship via Zoom and Facebook Live this coming Sunday, November 15, 2020 at 10 a.m. To participate in the Zoom meeting, please use this link, which will go live beginning at 9:50 a.m.; the Meeting ID is 826 4027 2649.  Immediately following worship, stay online for a special Adult Forum during Coffee Hour (see box above)!
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