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"Let every heart prepare him room!": This Week at St. Dunstan's- December 20, 2021

Posted 7:52 PM
The News from
St. Dunstan's
December 20, 2021
Seeking God • Building Community •
Growing Faith • Reaching Out
It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas!
Thank you to everyone who was able to stay after the service yesterday to help get ready for our Christmas celebration!
The place was abuzz with people preparing the Altar, hanging greens, arranging poinsettias, placing window candles, and sorting toiletries for Afghan refugees. Thank you, as well, to Joey Arkfeld for the beautiful Christmas music!
Christmas 2021 Schedule
Friday, December 24
(Christmas Eve)
4:30 p.m.- Children’s Crèche Service
Children of all ages - and their parents! - are invited to join us for this short, informal celebration (without Eucharist). We will sing beloved carols and hear the Story of Christmas while remaining masked and socially-distanced. Pajamas are welcome! (Note: This service will not be live-streamed.)
6:30 p.m. - Pre-worship Christmas Concert
Arrive early to enjoy 30 minutes of beautiful music courtesy of Minister of Music Joey Arkfeld and Cantor Diane Atherton. (Live-streamed)
7:00 p.m. - Festival Holy Eucharist, the “Christ-mass”
Saturday, December 25
(Christmas Morning)
10:00 a.m. - Christmas Morning Service of Holy Eucharist, with music
(Note: This service will not be live-streamed.)
Sunday, December 26
(The First Sunday after Christmas)
10:30 a.m. - Service of Holy Eucharist with the Church of the Redeemer (at Redeemer) 
(Live-streamed at redeemerbethesda.orgTo attend in person, please sign up at this link.)
Please Help Spread the Word!
One of the best ways to support St. Dunstan's is by sharing news about our upcoming services and other events with your networks!
Please feel free to forward these emails to your friends and neighbors.
If you know of someone who would like to be added to our electronic mailing list, please contact Kim Matthews in the Parish Office.
Yesterday's Service
If you were not able to join us for worship yesterday (The Fourth Sunday of Advent), just click on the image to the right and you will be redirected to the recording. 
The text of this week's sermon may be accessed here.

Sunday Worship from St Dunstan's: The Fourth Sunday of Advent (December 19, 2021)
Support for Afghan Refugees
Thank you to everyone who donated toiletries for medically vulnerable Afghan refugees staying in Bethesda. Your generosity helps provide for our neighbors who have come to this country with very little. Please watch this space in the new year for further opportunities to extend hospitality to our sisters and brothers from Afghanistan.
St. Dunstan's 2022 Calendar
Good news! 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.
If you reserved a St. Dunstan's 2022 calendar in our first run and have not received it yet, look forward to it arriving in the mail in the coming days. (Everyone who has made a financial pledge for 2022 also will receive a calendar as a thank-you gift from the parish.)
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 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.
If you anticipate that you will not be able to fulfill your 2021 pledge, please just be in touch with the Rev. Patty Alexander to let her know.
Thank you all for your support this year, and may God continue to bless you richly in 2022 and beyond!
Taking a Break:
Bible Study Resumes in January
The Wednesday Bible Study is on hiatus for the remainder of December. Bible Study will reconvene on January 5, 2022, which would be a wonderful time for you to join us!
If your schedule permits, why not make studying the Word part of your weekly discipline for the new year?
To watch last week's class,
please click here.
American Red Cross Blood Drive
Our country is experiencing
a dangerous blood shortage.
If you are eligible, please donate.
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.
**Only a few slots remain!**
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, Ben Hull, Ann Johnson,
Todd Leonard, Joyce Nugent, Susan Parker, Christine Partin,
Carol Patterson, Gabi Shea, Ann Shelly, Curt Shively,
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
Online Parish Calendar
Please click the icon below to be taken to this month's calendar of parish events:
St. Dunstan's Episcopal Church | Website

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