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Honoring John Lewis: Today's Message from St. Dunstan's: July 30, 2020

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Today's Message from
St. Dunstan's
July 30, 2020


From the Rector


"Well done, good and faithful servant."

~ Matthew 25:23


Dear friends,

Today at 11 a.m. (ET), the life of Congressman and civil rights icon John Lewis will be celebrated at the Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta. To honor Congressman Lewis's legacy, houses of worship around the country are ringing bells for 80 seconds - one second for each year of his earthly life.

St. Dunstan's doesn't have church bells, but we as a parish still can pay tribute to this remarkable man by pausing whatever we are doing and observing 80 seconds of silence at 11 a.m. Please join me in this time of prayer and reflection, giving thanks for the courageous witness of John Lewis and asking God to heal the yawning racial wounds in this nation. You might use this time to read this sermon preached by Congressman Lewis at the Washington National Cathedral in 1999. I commend these words, in particular:

Our challenge, our responsibility as believers is to build a Beloved Community. Consider those two words: Beloved means not hateful, not violent, not uncaring, not unkind. And Community means not separated, not polarized, not locked in struggle. This dream for a Beloved Community will require the creation of a community truly at peace with itself.


As we remember the life and legacy of John Lewis, may each of us be inspired and strengthened to do all that we can to build God's Beloved Community in our own time.






Worship Leaders Needed

It's that time again! As we look toward the start of a new month this coming weekend, we need volunteers to serve as Lectors, Psalm Readers, and/or Intercessors (Prayer Leaders) in Sunday worship during August. No previous experience is necessary...anyone (of any age) who can read can volunteer!  

At this point we plan for services on August 2, August 16, August 23, and August 30 to take place via Zoom, as has been our practice in recent months. All you need is to be able to access Zoom app on your smartphone, tablet, or computer in order to take part. God willing, our August 9 service will be held in-person, outdoors at St. Dunstan's: If you plan to join us that day, I would be very grateful if you would considering participating actively in worship; just click on the blue button below to volunteer. Thank you, in advance! ~ Patty+

Reaching Out


In the past, St. Dunstan's has contributed the cost of schooling and feeding one child for a year at Buen Pastor , an Episcopal School in Quito, Ecuador where our missionaries, the Vivancos, oversee the school and the use of our funds. For the past 29 years, Buen Pastor has served a vulnerable community, including orphans and those living with addiction, by providing a range of community development programs.

The cost of feeding and educating one child at Buen Pastor is $39 per month, or $468 a year. At Coffee Hour on Sunday, those present agreed that we as a parish should continue to support Buen Pastor with a gift for one year of $468 from our Outreach budget. (All contributions are approved by our parishioners before being dispersed; if you have any objection to this grant, please contact Elin Botha, Outreach Coordinator, directly at elin.botha@gmail.com.)

In addition to supporting Buen Pastor from the Outreach budget, we hope to be able to support a second child for the year by collecting donations from St. Dunstan's parishioners. If 12 individuals or households each contributed $39, we would have enough to feed and educate an additional child.

If you would like to help support a child at Buen Pastor, please make your check for $39 (or more, if you'd like!) payable to St. Dunstan's, with "Buen Pastor, e=h" in the memo line. You may mail your donation to the church (5450 Massachusetts Avenue, Bethesda, 20816); the mailbox is secure and is cleared regularly.  

Thank you to those parishioners who already sponsor a child for one year. We appreciate everyone's contribution to this project!

Vestry News

Click the image below to read the minutes 

of the June 22, 2020 St. Dunstan's Vestry Meeting:

Parish Prayer List

For healing, strength, and protection: 
Donna Almon
Nancy Bancroft
Richard and Florence Banks
Angie Blake-Moore
Phil Carroll
Bill Darnell
Kenny Farnsworth 
Warren Green
The Hamilton Family
Anja Hein
Barbara and John Hocker
The Rev. Deacon Fergie Horvath
Barbara and Felton "Mac" Johnston
Jason and Amy Krill and their family
The Rev. Deacon Julie Petersmeyer
Pam Plaisance
Curt Shively
Allison Spaulding
Lina Verville
Pat von Rautenkranz
Don Wasseman


This Weekend at St. Dunstan's

Tomorrow Morning: Morning Prayer

Join Intern Robin Reed for Morning Prayer at  7 a.m. on Friday, July 31,  via Zoom. To participate in the service, simply click  here . 


Friday Afternoon: Community Fellowship Time

Come join your St. Dunstan's friends for an hour or so of connection and conversation! Use   this Zoom link   on Friday, July 31, at 5 p.m.   (Meeting ID:  842 3801 8662)


Sunday Morning: Sunday Worship with St. Dunstan's

Please plan to join your sisters and brothers in Christ for worship via Zoom and Facebook Live  next   Sunday, August 2, 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 Coffee Hour to connect with your St. Dunstan's friends!

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