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Join us for Consecration Sunday at St. Dunstan's

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The News from
St. Dunstan's
November 14, 2020
This Sunday at St. Dunstan's
Please join us for online worship tomorrow morning, 
November 15, 2020, beginning at 10:00 a.m. 
Tomorrow is Consecration Sunday, when we celebrate our blessings and recommit ourselves to the mission of God in this parish for the coming year. This is also the date by which we hope to have received most pledges for 2021. We will not be able to gather up physical pledge cards this year, but we will give thanks for - and ask God's blessing upon - those that we have received thus far.
We also will give thanks for and name before God those Veterans who have been remembered by St. Dunstan's parishioners this year.
Immediately following worship, please stay online for for a special Coffee Hour Forum (see box below for details)!
If you would like to participate in tomorrow's service via Zoom, please click on this link (Meeting ID: 826 4027 2649), which will go live at 9:50 a.m. The service also will be broadcast live on the St. Dunstan's Facebook page, and the recording will be sent out later in the day, via email.
This week's Order of Service may be accessed here. The sheet music for tomorrow's hymns is available at the links below:
What Can Love Do?
I hope that you will take a moment to watch this video message from St. Dunstan's Vestry Member Walter Douglas, who shares his thoughts about why he and his wife, Nancy, have increased their financial pledge to St. Dunstan's for 2021.
Thank you, Walter and Nancy,
for your faithful generosity!
~ Patty+
Special Forum Tomorrow: Nourishing Bethesda
Please plan to join us tomorrow, 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 are inviting us to participate, too! Come meet John online and learn how we might reach out our hands in love to our neighbors in Bethesda and Chevy Chase.
National Center for Children and Families
Thanksgiving Drive
In years past, St. Dunstan's parishioners have provided Thanksgiving baskets for families served by the National Center for Children and Families here in Bethesda. Unfortunately, due to COVID we are not able to collect baskets here at the church this year: NCCF requests that donations be dropped off directly at their facility, by appointment only. If you would like to assemble a Thanksgiving basket for a vulnerable family and are comfortable delivering it to NCCF yourself - thank you! The shopping list, which includes contact information for scheduling a drop-off appointment, may be downloaded by clicking on the image above. There are also links on that form for making contactless donations. In addition, this year St. Dunstan's will be making a gift of $500 to NCCF from the parish budget to help defray the cost of providing Thanksgiving dinners to area families.
We give thanks to God for all our blessings - most especially for the ability to share the resources that God has given us. Let us pray fervently for the day when there is ample food for all and collections such as this are no longer necessary.
Reminder: The Deadline to Pre-Order Advent Wreath Kits is FRIDAY
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 delivered directly to your home on Friday, November 27 and Saturday, November 28, or they 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
Sydney Betz
Phil Carroll
Bill Darnell
Ray Donnelly
Kenny Farnsworth
Warren Green
Barbara Hocker
The Rev. Deacon Fergie Horvath
Ric Huttenlocher
Isabel Krum
Joyce Nugent
Pam Plaisance
Jake Schaller
Curt Shively
Allison Spaulding
Lina Verville
Pat von Rautenkranz
Don Wasseman
Michael Weiss, Jr.
Trudy Wood
Charlie Wooters
All impacted by COVID-19
Those affected by hurricanes and other natural disasters
The Vivanco Family (missionaries in Quito, Ecuador)
May they rest in peace, and rise in glory:
Bob Gottesman,
friend of Rosi Sweeney
Those who died in Thursday's Blackhawk helicopter crash
in the Sinai Peninsula
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