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Adult Formation 01/07/2018

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Adult Formation

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Did you ever wish you had a better grasp on the Bible - the big picture - main events in the story of God's people through the ages? 
 
 
 
 
 Starting January 15, we'll explore the "big" Bible narrative through five major acts or moves that define our faith:
 
  1. Creation
  2. Slavery/Liberation (The Exodus),
  3. Learning How to Live (the prophets)
  4. Jesus Changes Everything
  5. New Creation in Christ
On January 15, we'll see how Martin Luther King's teaching fits into this grand biblical narrative.  (Sundays, 9:50 - 10:35 a.m. in the Parish Hall).  


 

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Adult Formation 11/27/2016

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Thanksgiving Services
Join us for our Thanksgiving liturgy on Wednesday, November 23, 2016 at 11:30 a.m.
​You can also enjoy Thanksgiving Eucharist at the National Cathedral on November 24, 2016 at 10:00 a.m.

 

HOW SHALL WE RESPOND?

A continuing conversation about Refugee Resettlement
 Sunday, December 4 
9:50 - 10:35 a.m.
 
In November we heard from representatives from St. Columba's about their year-long process of preparing for a refugee family to arrive. They expect this family within the next month. We are still determining how we at St. Dunstan's might join in their ministry initiative to welcome and assist this family, possibly help to bring a second family to the area using their organizational structure that is already in place, and maybe even working on a policy level. Come on the first Sunday of December to learn more and hear how you might engage this ministry.



 

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Adult Formation 11/13/2016

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The Bishop's Visitation
Sunday, November 20, 2016
 
Our last official visit of the Rt. Rev. Mariann Edgar Budde to the parish was in Advent of 2013, but she was also present with us at our last two Pageants. Celebrating Jeff's anniversaries (15 years of being rector here and 30 years of being a priest) in December of 2014 and last year to bless our new Children's Altar.
 
This coming visit marks another official visit of the Diocesan Bishop to our parish community, something a diocesan bishop must do for every congregation at least once every three years. 

Bishop Mariann will be with us for both the 9:00 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. liturgies as our celebrant and preacher. She will also be our speaker for the adult formation time between services from 9:50 to 10:35 a.m. We hope that all members of the parish will be present for this very important time with our Bishop.
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HOW SHALL WE RESPOND?
A continuing conversation about Refugee Resettlement
 Sunday, December 4 
9:50 - 10:35 a.m.
 
In November we heard from representatives from St. Columba's about their year-long process of preparing for a refugee family to arrive. They expect this family within the next month. We are still determining how we at St. Dunstan's might join in their ministry initiative to welcome and assist this family, possibly help to bring a second family to the area using their organizational structure that is already in place, and maybe even working on a policy level. Come on the first Sunday of December to learn more and hear how you might engage this ministry.
Ray Donnelly
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Exploring Islam: Myths and Realities
 
As a follow-up to our forum on October 23, our speaker, Salih Sayilgan, will be the featured presenter for a program on November 19, 2016 from 9:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. at the Smithsonian. Detailed information and how to register for this event may be found here. This all-day event will be at the S. Dillon Ripley Center.


 

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Adult Formation 11/6/2016

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HOW SHALL WE RESPOND?
 
 Sunday, November 6 
9:50 - 10:35 a.m.
We are all aware of the outflow of refugees from violence and turmoil in the Middle East. 
 
Refugees' needs do not end when they receive a visa. Eventually, some will leave the camps and arrive in Europe, Canada  and the United States as refugees. They will need help in finding housing and work, in adapting to our culture and finding a place in the community while they assimilate.
 
A number of St Dunstan's members are asking what we can do to help. One of the opportunities is to work as partners with St Columba's parish which will begin "settling" refugees in the very near future. They are ready and well organized.
 
This Sunday Jim Losey and the Rev. Jean Ann Wright, co-chairs of St. Columba's Refugee response, will speak at our Adult Formation session. 
 
Please come to hear these interesting speakers and consider how you might become part of St Dunstan's team of volunteers. This opportunity is open to everyone; several neighbors who are not members of St Dunstan's are also ready to volunteer. So, if your friends and neighbors might be interested, bring them with you to this adult formation session.
 
Ray Donnelly
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Salam Neighbor
Invitation to a film and discussion
Friday, November 4, 2016
 
A significant number of St Dunstan's members and friends have asked how they can help refugees who are being settled in the Washington Area.
 
Members of St. Dunstan's are exploring ways we & our neighbors can support and assist efforts of St Columba's Church, which is prepared to receive its first refugee family imminently. They expect that more refugee families will be sent to them, who also will need practical assistance in the months to come. St. Columba's welcomes our support and participation.
 
For those who are interested in helping with the resettlement of a refugee family, or who are just interested in learning more about the mission to welcome strangers into our midst, St Columba's Church will be showing a film, Salaam Neighbor. The showing will be this Friday, November 4 at 7pm at St. Columba's (4201 Albemarle St., NW). The film will be followed by a conversation with Simon Henshaw, Deputy in the State Department's Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration. 
 
If you have any questions about this endeavor, please contact Ray Donnelly or Sue von. Further information about our partnership with St Columba's will follow in the weekly newsletters.
 
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The Bishop's Visitation
Sunday, November 20
 
Our last official visit of the Rt. Rev. Mariann Edgar Budde to the parish was in Advent of 2013, but she was also present with us at our last two Pageants. Celebrating Jeff's anniversaries (15 years of being rector here and 30 years of being a priest) in December of 2014 and last year to bless our new Children's Altar.
 
This coming visit marks another official visit of the Diocesan Bishop to our parish community, something a diocesan bishop must do for every congregation at least once every three years. 

Bishop Mariann will be with us for both the 9:00 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. liturgies as our celebrant and preacher. She will also be our speaker for the adult formation time between services from 9:50 to 10:35 a.m. We hope that all members of the parish will be present for this very important time with our Bishop.
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Exploring Islam: Myths and Realities
 
As a follow-up to our forum on October 23, our speaker, Salih Sayilgan, will be the featured presenter for a program on November 19, 2016 from 9:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. at the Smithsonian. Detailed information and how to register for this event may be found here. This all-day event will be at the S. Dillon Ripley Center.


 

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Adult Formation 10/2/2016

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Episcopal FAQ: 9:50 a.m. in the Parish Hall
  • What if I don't really believe in the bodily resurrection of Jesus? 
  • What does the Episcopal Church say about capital punishment, or abortion, or gun safety, or fish on Fridays? 
  • Is Advent supposed to be penitent, or joyful? (And is it purple, or blue?)
  • What does it mean when people cross themselves over their chests?
  • Why do we talk so much about death in our liturgies?
 
Our first session ranged from the role of St. Mary in Anglicanism to the meaning of the word "episcopal" (it just means "bishop"). What are you wondering about?  How we relate to people of other religions? How the church teaches about political issues (without being partisan, of course)? Doctrines like the Trinity, or the Virgin Birth, or the Resurrection? What we believe about heaven and hell?  Come and let's talk about it! 
 
Submit your  questions by email or you can write them on the board in Founders' Hall. Sessions will be in October 10/2, November 11/6 and December 12/4 with an added week on 11/20. No question is too silly, deep, simple or complex. 
 
Coming up Next Month
 
Sunday, October 9 - Hear Stories of Refugees
We plan to have a few guests at our Second Sunday Social. The families coming this day will have journeyed far to get to the area, as they will have traveled the road of the modern refugee. St. Dunstan's is beginning to explore the possibilities of sponsoring a refugee family. Come and eat breakfast with some new neighbors and hear their story over a meal.
 
Sunday, October 16 - Learn about Ministry
This day we welcome Mr. Louis A. Zagami, the Development Officer for the International Orthodox Christian Charities. IOCC is a faith-based, nonprofit organization committed to providing emergency relief and development programs to help those in need throughout the world without discrimination. Our goal is to enable people to live more hopeful and rewarding lives.
 
Sunday October 23 - Growing in Understanding
We welcome back Salih  Sayilgan, who is joined by his spouse,  Zeynab Sayilgan, so that we might grow more in our understanding of our Muslim neighbors. Both Salih and Zeyneb are distinguished scholars as well as faithful Muslims, who currently teach at Catholic University and Virginia Theological Seminary respectively.   


 

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Christian Formation this Fall

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EMBODIED TRUTH: The Moral Teaching of Jesus

This is the theme for our Fall adult formation offerings – on Sunday mornings and perhaps other times.  Nothing could be more relevant to our lives today than this. 

While lies and selfishness are problems in every era, we face particular assaults on moral values today.  Jesus not only speaks truth, he embodies truth in his words, his actions, and his willingness to give himself up even to death.  We’ll explore together what Jesus’ teaching and his behavior tell us about:

  • Truth and lies
  • Wealth and materialism
  • Racial bigotry
  • Respect for human life (including abortion, capital punishment, and death with dignity)
  • Oppression of human beings (women, gays, poor people, others)
  • Poverty
  • Sexual ethics
  • Nationalism and immigration
  • Democracy and authoritarianism

I will present a view of Jesus based in scripture, with ample time for discussion and debate.  Jesus addresses some issues more clearly than others, and we’ll be honest about that. I hope this will be a fulsome, all-parish discussion of these pressing issues. 


 

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Christian Formation: Fall 2018

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EMBODIED TRUTH: The Moral Teaching of Jesus

This is the theme for our Fall adult formation offerings – on Sunday mornings and perhaps other times.  Nothing could be more relevant to our lives today than this. 

While lies and selfishness are problems in every era, we face particular assaults on moral values today.  Jesus not only speaks truth, he embodies truth in his words, his actions, and his willingness to give himself up even to death.  We’ll explore together what Jesus’ teaching and his behavior tell us about:

  • Truth and lies
  • Wealth and materialism
  • Racial bigotry
  • Respect for human life (including abortion, capital punishment, and death with dignity)
  • Oppression of human beings (women, gays, poor people, others)
  • Poverty
  • Sexual ethics
  • Nationalism and immigration
  • Democracy and authoritarianism

I will present a view of Jesus based in scripture, with ample time for discussion and debate.  Jesus addresses some issues more clearly than others, and we’ll be honest about that. I hope this will be a fulsome, all-parish discussion of these pressing issues. 


 

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Formation 1/22/2017

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Children's Formation ...
 
Follow Me: would we stop what we are doing and follow?
 
This Sunday, January 22 we hear one of the stories of Jesus calling his disciples who were fisherman. In this version he calls two sets of brothers, Andrew and Simon (Peter) and James and John. They are doing their daily work, probably sorting and fixing their nets after an early morning out in their boats. All Jesus says is follow me, and off they go leaving their nets, boats and even their father. 
This week our children will learn about not only how Jesus called the fishermen, but others to follow him and how he asked them to fish for people. Please ask your children what they learned in their class today. 
 

Youth Formation ...

Dunstan's Youth Group - Thursday, January 19
All 5th through 12th graders!
Dinner 6:30 p.m.
Program 7:00 to 8:00 p.m.
 

What do we believe?

Over the next couple of Thursday evenings we will begin to look at the Creeds, what the Episcopal Church believes and how we as individuals make choices about what we believe. Then we will look at how our beliefs help us to make day to day decisions. Decisions like - How do we treat others? Will we cheat or lie or steal? Who are we called to love? All of these decisions and choices are formed by our faith.
 
 
P.R.A.Y. (Potomac River Anglican  [Area-Amazing-Awesome] Youth)
 
Our next P.R.A.Y. event will be held on Sunday, February 12 in the afternoon. Please stay tuned for more information. Details will be in next week's newsletter and emailed to parents. IT WILL BE FUN - so mark your calendar NOW!
 
Please put the following dates on your calendar for these joint youth events:
March 19  +  April 9  +  May 21
 
Friends are always welcome at any youth program!
 
Adult Formation ...
 
Did you ever wish you had a better grasp on the Bible - the big picture - main events in the story of God's people through the ages? 
 
This Sunday, January 22, we'll continue to explore the "big" Bible narrative through five major acts or moves that define our faith: Creation, Slavery/Liberation (The Exodus), Learning How to Live (the prophets), Jesus Changes Everything, New Creation in Christ. Please join us in the Parish Hall

 

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Trail Notes: 08/28/2016

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Practicing Love

Cuddling a baby. Sitting up with a family member who’s going through hard times.  Making that last phone call of the evening, to check on a friend. Sending a check to Doctors without Borders. Stopping to talk with that homeless guy who’s always begging near the Metro. Helping a coworker who’s heading down a destructive path. Standing up for someone whose rights are getting trampled.

All these are acts of love. Our new parish theme, introduced in car magnets and banners, is “Love Practiced Here.” When I think of the Gospel of Jesus – both what it promises us, and what it demands of us – it all comes down to love. The practice of love is our calling and our mission, day in and day out, in all kinds of circumstances. 

Talking about love of God is easy; practicing Christian love is not. Why? Because Christ asks a lot of us. We are not to look after only our own interests, but invest in the wellbeing of others, in the common good. We are not to return evil for evil, but to stop the cycle of violence and seek ways to forgive. 

This fall at St. Dunstan’s, we’ll explore this call of our Lord Jesus, this call to practice love. In sermons, adult formation, and articles like this one, we’ll try to get very specific and practical about the practice of love. Love can be hard. But if love were not possible, Jesus would not exhort us to practice it. 

One trap I regularly fall into is this: I start thinking about the huge mess the world is in, and I begin to believe that nothing I can do will make a difference. I might as well keep my head down, and protect my own little world as best I can. But Jesus doesn’t ask us to love the whole world. Only God can love the whole world. Jesus asks us simply to love our neighbor…the one next to us in line, the person we work with or play with, the people in our families, the cashier at the grocery store.  Sometimes we have a change to expand our circle of neighbors…for instance, we are exploring a parish effort to resettle refugees in our area this fall. Someone far away and strange to us can become our neighbor this way.

I hope you’ll join this conversation about practicing love. What have you learned?  What do you find difficult? What rewards – and costs -  of love have you experienced in your life?   JBM


 

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Trail Notes: 7/10/2016

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Listening and Learning from Neighbors

A man I’ve known for years, who struggles mightily to support his wife and children, last Tuesday asked me if St. Dunstan’s could help him purchase the insulin he needs for diabetes. He had been out for a few days, and his feet were going numb. He works hard, full time, but had lost three weeks of work – unpaid – because he was bitten by a dog. His bare-bones budget was ruined. It was my privilege, on behalf of St. Dunstan’s, to give him the $50 he needed for insulin. You became his good neighbor on Tuesday. 

Who is my neighbor?  Do we know our neighbors?  This parable is not actually about having good neighbors, it’s about being a good neighbor…. acting in a Christ-like way when we encounter somebody in need.  In Jesus’ story, he blows all assumptions out of the water when he tells of how the religious leaders avoided the injured man by the roadside, but the despised foreigner, the Samaritan, reached out to help. (This makes me, as a priest, squirm every time I read it!)

In our parish, we are making every effort to be good neighbors – to each other, and to the world around us. We have organized all parishioners into 5 neighborhood clusters with captains, to encourage getting together, and the sharing of stories, needs, and celebrations. 

Because being a neighbor begins with listening, I also held 7 different “listening sessions” in June, with every person in St. Dunstan’s congregation invited to attend one. All received evites, and if we got no response people were phoned to encourage participation. I enjoyed every session, and heard many helpful suggestions, hopes, dreams, and good constructive criticisms.  Thank you to the 41 parishioners who took time to attend, and to the seven who hosted the sessions. Those 41 persons represent households composing around half the active membership of our parish - not a bad cross-section. 

What have I learned?  10 highlights, with more to come:

  1. Our parishioners love St. Dunstan’s, value it, and want it to thrive.
  2. Both worship services are appreciated and treasured. We find God here.
  3. We love children, and we want children to be active and visible in our congregation, and grow in faith. We need to keep working on that. 
  4. Small groups are highly valued by those in them. How can we involve more people? 
  5. Adult formation is much appreciated by those who participate. 
  6. Outreach is important, and hands-on projects are popular (e.g. sandwiches). 
  7. Our youth/teens program needs a boost: we need critical mass, perhaps by teaming up with nearby churches. 
  8. Parents are key; they need to model commitment and behaviors for kids.
  9. We should experiment – with joint Sunday services, models for Christian formation, ways to communicate with our neighborhoods. 
  10. St. Dunstan’s is a safe, friendly, welcoming place to be, where we experience the love of God and keep learning how to love our neighbors as ourselves. 

JBM


 

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Formation 5/15/2016

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The Feast of Pentecost
 
One of the simple traditions of this feast has become the wearing of red by all who attend worship on this day. So dig in your closets and find something red. A great way to participate in the coming of the Holy Spirit and being on fire for Jesus!
 
Adult Formation
Sunday, May 15St. Dunstan's Growth Group
This will be a great opportunity to hear from members of the Growth Group about initiatives for St. Dunstan's. On the day of Pentecost, the birthday of the Church, there were over 3000 new Christians added to the community in Jerusalem. While we are not expecting that kind of number, we do hope to grow our parish by 10 families each year. Come and hear how you can be a part of this exciting time for our parish. We need everyone's participation and enthusiasm to reach our goals for growth. 
 
Children's Formation 
 
This Sunday, May 15 marks the end of our formal formation classes for the year. Children will learn about the Day of Pentecost and celebrate the birthday of the church. Children will gather in the youth room to watch a video about this feast day and participate in some fun projects together. Please come and join us!. 
 
We celebrate on May 22, with an all Parish Eucharist at 10:00 a.m. (using the style of our family service) followed by the Parish Picnic. It will be a great day with good food and fellowship - including a blow-up obstacle course! If you'd like to help with the festivities - please email Sue.
 
Youth Formation
 
This Sunday, May 15, youth will help lead the fun projects of Pentecost with the children in the youth room.
 
Graduate Sunday  
 
Is anyone in your family graduating this year? That could be from high school, college, or graduate school. Please let Sue know. We plan to honor all graduates on Sunday, June 5 at both services. 
 
Summer is just around the corner!
Looking for a Camp or Mission Opportunity?
Camp EDOW is now open for registration!
 
Junior Camp - rising 4th through rising 6th graders. 
July 24-July 29, 2016.
Middle Camp - rising 7th through rising 9th graders. 
July 31- August 5, 2016.
For more information talk with Sue or visit the diocesan website here.
 
L. Sue von Rautenkranz
Christian Formation Coordinator
 


 

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Formation 5/8/2016

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Adult Formation
Conversations on Religious Diversity
Last Sunday's adult formation forum on world religions and learning about the fundamentals of Islam was a lively time that included video clips and a presentation of Islam from the Rev. Eva Cavaleri. Next week the forum will continue with our guest, Salih Sayilgan, a Muslim theologian who focuses on Muslim-Christian conversations. 
 
Looking for more information?
Here are various links to different videos, materials and websites used during last week's session or mentioned as places to go for further learning and understanding:
Movies about Islam:
  • Inside Mecca a documentary about Hajj, the pilgrimage to Mecca.
  • Koran by Heart a documentary about a competition for youth who memorize the Koran.
Websites for more information about world religions:
 
May 15: Growth Group
On this day we hear from members of the Growth Group about initiatives for St. Dunstan's. On the day of Pentecost, the birthday of the Church, there were over 3000 new Christians added to the community in Jerusalem. While we are not expecting that kind of number, we do hope to grow our parish by 10 families each year. Come and hear how you can be a part of this exciting time for our parish.
 
Children's Formation 
We only have two more weeks of Sunday morning formation before we take a summer break. This week, May 8, the children will have their last music session with Michael. During formation time they will meet in the choir room.
 
On May 15, the children will learn about the Day of Pentecost and celebrate the birthday of the church. Children will gather in the classrooms on the lower level. 
 
We then celebrate on May 22, with an all Parish Eucharist at 10:00 a.m. (using the style of our family service) followed by the Parish Picnic. It will be a great day with good food and fellowship - including a blow-up obstacle course! If you'd like to help with the festivities - please email Sue.
 
Youth Formation
 
This Sunday, May 8, youth will join the adults for a session on Islam with a special guest speaker, Salih Sayilgan. This is the second session on Religious Diversity.
 
Graduate Sunday  
 
Is anyone in your family graduating this year? That could be from high school, college, or graduate school. Please let Sue know. We plan to honor all graduates on Sunday, June 5 at both services. 
 
Summer is just around the corner!
Looking for a Camp or Mission Opportunity?
Camp EDOW is now open for registration!
 
Junior Camp - rising 4th through rising 6th graders. 
July 24-July 29, 2016.
Middle Camp - rising 7th through rising 9th graders. 
July 31- August 5, 2016.
For more information talk with Sue or visit the diocesan website here.
 
L. Sue von Rautenkranz
Christian Formation Coordinator


 

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Formation : 4/24/2016

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Formation through Service
This Sunday, April 24, we will be making sandwiches for Martha's Table. There is plenty to do and we always have fun together. People of all ages can find a task that works for you. Join us - 9:50 to 10:35 a.m. in the Parish Hall. Make a difference for someone who is hungry!
 
Graduate Sunday  
 
Is anyone in your family graduating this year? That could be from high school, college,, or graduate school. Please let Sue know. We plan to honor all graduates on Sunday, June 5 at both services. 
 
Summer is just around the corner!
Looking for a Camp or Mission Opportunity?
Camp EDOW is now open for registration!
 
Junior Camp - rising 4th through rising 6th graders. 
July 24-July 29, 2016.
 
Middle Camp - rising 7th through rising 9th graders. 
July 31- August 5, 2016.
 
For more information talk with Sue or visit the diocesan website here.
 
Youth Mission Experience
June 19-25, 2016  + + + Youth aged 14-19 
EDOW will send 70 adults and youth to rural Appalachia to work with the Appalachia Service Project (ASP) to help make homes warmer, safer and drier. For more information talk with Sue or visit the diocesan website here.
 
Adult Formation
 
May 1 & 8: Conversations on Religious Diversity
On the first two Sundays in May our Adult Formation will focus on both religious diversity and tolerance. We shall begin with an overall program and conversation with Eva Cavaleri, the chaplain at the National Cathedral School. Eva and her family have been attending St. Dunstan's since moving to the DC area in August. In our second week we shall welcome Salih Sayilgan,who teaches Islamic Studies at Catholic University in DC. It should be a great two weeks of learning about the many people who live and work around us.
 
May 15: Growth Group
On this day we hear from members of the Growth Group about initiatives that they are developing for St. Dunstan's. On the day of Pentecost, the birthday of the Church, there were over 3000 new Christians added to the community in Jerusalem. While we are not expecting those kind of numbers, we do hope to grow our parish by 10 families each year. Come and hear how you can be a part of this exciting time for our parish.
 
L. Sue von Rautenkranz
Christian Formation Coordinator
 


 

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Formation 4/7/2016

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Children's Formation
This week, Sunday, April 10, the children will be playing outside (weather permitting) or watching a video in the youth room, having their own Spring Social, the youth will be supervising.
 
On Sunday, April 17 all will learn about the Lost Sheep. The fourth Sunday of Easter is commonly called sheep Sunday because the collect (prayer for the day) uses the phrase, whose Son Jesus is the good shepherd and we usually hear one of the stories from scripture that focuses on that image of Jesus. 
 
Youth Formation
This Sunday, April 10 the youth will be supervising the children during the formation time - weather permitting out in the playground or watching videos in the youth room. Either way there will be treats and fun involved.
 
On Sunday, April 17 the youth will gather in the youth room to discuss some of the images used to describe Jesus - this week we will focus on Jesus as the Good Shepherd.
 
 
Summer is just around the corner!
Looking for a Camp or Mission Opportunity?
 
 
Camp EDOW is now open for registration!
Junior Camp - rising 4th through rising 6th graders. 
July 24-July 29, 2016.
 
Middle Camp - rising 7th through rising 9th graders. 
July 31- August 5, 2016.
 
For more information talk with Sue or visit the diocesan website here.
 
Youth Mission Experience
June 19-25, 2016  + + + Youth aged 14-19 
EDOW will send 70 adults and youth to rural Appalachia to work with the Appalachia Service Project (ASP) to help make homes warmer, safer and drier. For more information talk with Sue or visit the diocesan website here
 
Adult Formation
 
April 10: Spring Social
Please mark your calendar for the upcoming Spring Social on Sunday, April 10, between the services. There will be coffee and juice, bagels and lox as well as pastries and other goodies.  It's a great chance to connect with old friends and make some new ones.  Hosted by your Vestry!
 
April 17: Five Talents
Hear about the work of this amazing outreach ministry which reaches to the farthest parts of our world with micro credit programs for women entrepreneurs. Learn how St. Dunstans supports this and how you can as well.
Formation through Service
Last Sunday of each Month - Sandwich Making for Martha's Table
All ages come together once a month to help feed the hungry in the DC metro area by making sandwiches for Martha's Table, one of our local outreach ministries.
 
Graduate Sunday  
Is anyone in your family graduating this year? That could be from high school, college,, or graduate school. Please let Sue know. We plan to honor all graduates on Sunday, June 5 at both services. 
 
L. Sue von Rautenkranz
Christian Formation Coordinator
 


 

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Formation 3/13/16

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Praying for Others: Intercessory Prayer
Sunday, March 13
Adult Formation Offering at 9:50 a.m.
 
Have you every wondered what to pray about or how to even begin a prayer? Maybe someone has asked you to pray for them because of an illness or family situation and you thought - "Will it make a difference?" And what about God hearing our prayers? If you have ever thought about any of these questions then this week's formation offering is for you. 
Sister Barbara Jean will return to St. Dunstan's to share her thoughts, wisdom and experience of praying for others. For over forty years she has lived in community and actively engaged in daily prayer practices.  She will also preach at the 10:45 liturgy. 
 

Adult Commitments of Faith
 
Is your faith in God developing?  Would you like to make a firm commitment to Christianity and our Episcopal branch of the Jesus Movement?  
 
Please speak to Jeff or Sue soon.  We have a few adults who want to prepare for Confirmation by the Bishop on May 14 at the Cathedral.  We welcome more.  You may also reaffirm your faith if you've already been confirmed.  We'll meet several times to deepen our faith and understanding together. 
 
Children's Formation
 
Children will gather this Sunday, March 13 in the choir room for Music with Michael and others. This is a great time of singing, coloring, playing instruments and learning about the faith. Come and join in!
 
 
Youth Formation ... 4th - 12th grades
 
This Sunday, March 13 the youth will gather in the youth room to begin preparing for the Easter Day Egg Hunt. This year we are planning to open the hunt to the neighborhood, so we need to be ready with a much larger supply of eggs. Come and fill eggs for the church of St. Dunstan's and the larger community. 
 
Future Planning of Youth Programs at St. Dunstan's
Jeff and Sue will gather with parents of youth on Monday, March 14 to discuss and shape the plans for the youth program at St. Dunstan's. We will begin with a simple supper at 7:00 p.m. and conclude by 8:30 p.m. All parents of this year's 4th-12th graders are encouraged to attend. Youth group, events, confirmation, Sunday ministries and mission and outreach will be included in the conversation. Please speak with Jeff or Sue if you have questions.
 
 
Formation through Service
 
Next Sunday, March 20 we will be making sandwiches for Martha's Table. This is a week earlier than usual because Easter Day is the last Sunday of the month. Please join us for a few minutes or the whole time. We need as many hands as possible to complete our 300+ sandwiches. Help us feed the hungry in DC!
L. Sue von Rautenkranz
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Formation 3/3/2016

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The Painting Table with Roger Hutchison
This Sunday - March 6 
10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
 
The Painting Table is an innovative group activity that blends the creation of art with mindful spiritual practice. At The Painting Table, participants gather and share a table and paper and art supplies. Participants are free to paint anything they want and use their hands as brushes. In Roger's own words, "The end result of The Painting Table is not the painting that is created. It is the conversation, sharing, and listening that takes place around the table. Come and share your story through art and ready yourself for the conversation that might take place between your heart and God."
 
We still have a few spots open at each session, so please check to see if we have room.
 
If you are unable to make our Sunday experience of The Painting Table, there is another offering on Saturday, March 5 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Dunstan's. This is being offered to other Episcopal congregations in the Diocese. Please email Sue if you would like to attend this event.
 
Praying for Others: Intercessory Prayer
Sunday, March 13
Adult Formation Offering at 9:50 a.m.
 
The act of prayer is the primary way that we communicate with God and grow in relationship with God and others. This Lent we have emphasized developing a rule of life. Reading and meditating on scripture, attending and actively participating in worship, and participating in acts of service and mission are all important to growing as disciples of Jesus. Prayer is what weaves and molds those acts, yet it is one of the most difficult practices to maintain in our Christian lives. 
Sister Barbara Jean will return to St. Dunstan's to share her thoughts, wisdom and experience of praying for others. For over forty years she has lived in community and actively engaged in daily prayer practices.  She will also preach at the 10:45 liturgy. 

Adult Commitments of Faith
 
Is your faith in God developing?  Would you like to make a firm commitment to Christianity and our Episcopal branch of the Jesus Movement?  
 
Please speak to Jeff or Sue soon.  We have a few adults who want to prepare for Confirmation by the Bishop on May 14 at the Cathedral.  We welcome more.  You may also reaffirm your faith if you've already been confirmed.  We'll meet several times to deepen our faith and understanding together. 
 
Children's Formation
 
Children will gather on Sunday, March 13 in the choir room for Music with Michael and others. This is a great time of singing, coloring, playing instruments and learning about the faith. Come and join in!
 
 
Youth Formation ... 4th - 12th grades
 
On Sunday, March 13 the youth will gather in the youth room to begin preparing for the Easter Day Egg Hunt. This year we are planning to open the hunt to the neighborhood, so we need to be ready with a much larger supply of eggs. Come and fill eggs for the church of St. Dunstan's and the larger community. 
 
Future Planning of Youth Programs at St. Dunstan's
Jeff and Sue will gather with parents of youth on Monday, March 14 to discuss and shape the plans for the youth program at St. Dunstan's. We will begin with a simple supper at 7:00 p.m. and conclude by 8:30 p.m. All parents of this year's 4th-12th graders are encouraged to attend. Youth group, events, confirmation, Sunday ministries and mission and outreach will be included in the conversation. Please speak with Jeff or Sue if you have questions.
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Special Lent Events and Resources

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The Painting Table with Roger Hutchison
Sunday, March 6 
10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
 
The Painting Table is an innovative group activity that blends the creation of art with mindful spiritual practice. At The Painting Table, participants gather and share a table and paper and art supplies. Participants are free to paint anything they want and use their hands as brushes.  In Roger's own words, "The end result of The Painting Table is not the painting that is created. It is the conversation, sharing, and listening that takes place around the table. Come and share your story through art and ready yourself for the conversation that might take place between your heart and God."
 
Roger will offer two workshops for all ages on how to express one's thoughts and relationship with God through the art of painting with one's hands. A simple soup lunch will be offered. Signup in Founders' Hall or use this online form for the session you will attend. Deadline for signup is Monday, February 29.
 
If you are unable to make our Sunday experience of The Painting Table, there is another offering on Saturday, March 5 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Dunstan's. This is being offered to other Episcopal congregations in the Diocese. Please email Sue if you would like to attend this event.
 
Praying for Others: Intercessory Prayer
Sunday, March 13
Adult Formation Offering at 9:50 a.m.
 
The act of prayer is the primary way that we communicate with God and grow in relationship with God and others. This Lent we have emphasized developing a rule of life. Reading and meditating on scripture, attending and actively participating in worship, and participating in acts of service and mission are all important to growing as disciples of Jesus. Prayer is what weaves and molds those acts, yet it is one of the most difficult practices to maintain in our Christian lives.   
Sister Barbara Jean will return to St. Dunstan's to share her thoughts, wisdom and experience of praying for others. For over forty years she has lived in community and actively engaged in daily prayer practices.  She will also preach at the 10:45 liturgy. 
 
Lenten Resources
It's never too late to begin a Lenten practice. Choose a simple daily practice with one of these take-home or online resources. 
 
Growing a Rule of Life - a process to regulate your spiritual practices with God, self, others and the world.  Workbooks are available to take home and daily videos and emails are available here . 
 
 Living Well through Lent - daily reflections on scripture  focusing on the words of the Great Commandment and one's heart, strength, mind and soul. Booklets are available to take home or download for your phone or tablet here
 
The Forty Days of Lent - a Lenten poster with the simple task of focusing on a da ily scripture text. Take one home. 
 
Lent Madness - learn about the saints of the church and choose your winner of the  Golden Halo. Visit the  website to vote for your favorite each day. The winner is announced on the Wednesday of Holy Week. 
 
Episcopal Relief and Development - a Lenten meditation booklet focused on justice and global concerns.  It can be read online here.
 
Videos for your Soul -  a daily video and scripture focus designed primarily for youth and young adults. Visit the site daily or subscribe to receive a daily email including the video.   
Journey to the Cross - another resource specifically created for youth and young adults. d365 is produced by Passport, Inc. This devotional is available throughout the entire year and alters their focus for the seasons of Lent and Advent.
 
L. Sue von Rautenkranz
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Special Lenten Offerings

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It's Lent!                                                   Whose Trail are you on?
 
The Painting Table with Roger Hutchison
Sunday, March 6 
10:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m.
 
Roger will offer two workshops for all ages on how to express one's thoughts and relationship with God through the art of painting with one's hands. A simple soup lunch will be offered. Signup in Founders' Hall or this online form for the session you will attend
 
Roger's gift of prayer, painting, and presence were utilized in a workshop he designed for the grieving families of Newtown, Connecticut in the spring of 2013. Children and parents sat together, shared their stories, poured them out as paint on the canvas. In their grieving, healing began to take root.
Roger will share with us his story about painting and prayer and how this gift helped him to begin the healing for many people around the country. Roger will read from his books and will do a book signing during the event. 
 
Roger Hutchison is an artist, author, and the Director of Christian Formation and Parish Life at Palmer Memorial Episcopal Church in Houston, Texas. His first book, The Painting Table: A Journal of Loss and Joy, has been used by people of all ages in schools, churches, and community groups across the United States. His artwork has been exhibited throughout the world. 
 
Praying for Others: Intercessory Prayer
Sunday, March 13
Adult Formation Offering
 
Sister Barbara Jean will return to St. Dunstan's to share her thoughts, wisdom and experience of praying for others. She will be our speaker for the adult formation class on this Sunday and will preach at the 10:45 liturgy. 
 
Sr. BJ helped to found the Anamchara Fellowship, an inclusive religious community with a Celtic spirit which focuses on retreats and quiet days, pastoral care, intercessory prayer and spiritual direction. 
 
Book Signing
Both of our Lenten speakers have recently authored books. Samples copies are on the table in Founders' Hall and there are signup sheets to order copies or fill out this form. Both Roger and Sr. BJ will be happy to sign your copies on the day they are here. 
 
Take-home Resources
Three different take-home resources are offered this year. 
 
Growing a Rule of Life
The word rule comes from the Latin word, regula, from which we get the words regular and regulate. This isn't about creating rules, but rather creating intention and purpose. Creating a rule is about making small steps, individually, to move one into a more meaningful and deeper relationship with God. We will outline the program on Sunday, February 14 at our adult formation time from 9:50-10:35 a.m. Workbooks are available to take home and use daily. The SSJE community provides daily emails and other resources for this program. Signup to receive these daily emails here
 
 Living Well through Lent
 
A daily reading and reflection booklet created by Living Compass.  This non-profit organization develops resources and programs for personal, family and congregational wellness focusing on the words of the Great Commandment - heart, strength, mind and soul. This booklet includes a weekly reflection for Sundays and short reflection on a scripture text for the others days of each week.
Copies are on the table in Founders' Hall. 
 
The Forty Days of Lent
 
Pick up a Lenten poster with the art work of Roger Hutchison and a daily scripture text to reflect on throughout the day. A simple way for youth or adults to take a moment each day for reflection. 
 
Online Resources
Visit these various websites to access online Lenten resources. 
 
Lent Madness
 
Who will win the Golden Halo this year? Visit their website to read about the daily pairing of saints and vote for your favorite. This fun and creative competition between the saints is provided for your enjoyment, but also to help us learn about those who have preceded us in faith. This program was modeled after the tournaments of various college sports in March. A large bracket poster, which will be updated daily, is posted in the Parish Hall. 
 
Smaller blank bracket posters have been printed for your convenience. Take one home. 
 
 
Episcopal Relief and Development offers a Lenten meditation booklet.  Leaders from across the Anglican Communion were asked to reflect on scripture and other sources of spiritual wisdom as they consider their own work to strengthen communities and provide economic opportunities. If you want a focus on justice and global concerns this may be the Lenten meditation guide for you.  It can be read online here.
 
Videos for your Soul is the creation of Randall Curtis, the youth minister for the Diocese of Arkansas.  These are particularly helpful for youth and young adults, but can be used by people of all ages.  You may visit the site daily or just once, and subscribe to receive a daily email with the video of the day.   
 
Journey to the Cross is another resource specifically created for youth and young adults. d365 is produced by Passport, Inc. and is sponsored by the youth offices of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship, the Presbyterian Church (USA), and The Episcopal Church. This devotion site is available throughout the entire year and alters their focus for the seasons of Lent and Advent.
 
L. Sue von Rautenkranz
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Formation 02/14/2016

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Adult & Youth Formation
 
What are you doing for Lent this year?
 
Our Prayer book shares: The first Christians observed with great devotion the days of our Lord's passion and resurrection, and it became the custom of the Church to prepare for them by a season of penitence and fasting.

On Sunday, February 14 our adult formation gathering will look at various ways to observe and keep the season of Lent. This will include the first phase of the program, Growing a Rule of Life. Sue and Jeff will lead this forum for adults and youth. How will you walk the trail this Lent? Will you choose a way that will help you in more closely following Jesus?


Children's Formation
This Sunday, February 14, the children will gather in the Choir Room with Michael and other adults to learn and sing and play instruments! This is a great formational time of learning about faith through song and providing a way for children to be leaders in our worship experiences. 
 
During the formation time on February 21, the children will gather in the Youth Room for a special movie time, while parents are participating in the Annual Meeting. We will even break out the popcorn machine this week!

 

L. Sue von Rautenkranz
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Lent begins on Wednesday!

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Lent begins on Wednesday!

Ash Wednesday Liturgies
Remember that you are dust and to dust shall you return.
February 10, 2016
11:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Holy Eucharist and the Imposition of Ashes
 
 
The season of Lent lasts for 40 days and has traditionally been a time when all Christians examine their lives and work on being better disciples. For many this practice turned into a "giving up" of some habit or item and growing in Christ and deepening our spiritual life was lost. This year at St. Dunstan's we will be offering various ways for all ages to engage in the development of spiritual practices.
 
Special Lenten Events Include
 
Lent Overnight Retreat
"What is your Rule of Life?"
 
Friday, February 12 at 4:00 p.m. through Saturday, February 13 after lunch.
Jeff  Mac Knight will lead a Lent overnight retreat at The Woods in Hedgesville, West Virginia (90 miles from Bethesda). This will be an opportunity for reflection, conversation, fellowship, and Eucharist. 
Please contact Rosi Sweeney if you have any questions. There is no charge for participation in this event. Sign up in Founders Hall.
 
The Painting Table with Roger Hutchison
Sunday, March 6 
10:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m.
 
Roger will offer two workshops for all ages on how to express one's thoughts and relationship with God through the art of painting with one's hands. A simple soup lunch will be offered. Signup in Founders' Hall for the session you will attend.
 
Roger Hutchison is an artist, author, and the Director of Christian Formation and Parish Life at Palmer Memorial Episcopal Church in Houston, Texas. His first book, The Painting Table: A Journal of Loss and Joy, has been used by people of all ages in schools, churches, and community groups across the United States. His artwork has been exhibited throughout the world. 
 
Praying for Others: Intercessory Prayer
Sunday, March 13
Adult Formation Offering
 
Sister Barbara Jean will return to St. Dunstan's to share her thoughts, wisdom and experience of praying for others. She will be our speaker for the adult formation class on this Sunday. 
 
Sr. BJ helped to found the Anamchara Fellowship, an inclusive religious community with a Celtic spirit which focuses on retreats and quiet days, pastoral care, intercessory prayer and spiritual direction. 
 
Book Signing
Both of our Lenten speakers have recently authored books. Samples copies are on the table in Founders' Hall and there are signup sheets to order copies or fill out this form. Both Roger and Sr. BJ will be happy to sign your copies on the day they are here. 
 
Take-home Resources
Three different take-home resources are offered this year. 
 
Growing a Rule of Life
The word rule comes from the Latin word, regula, from which we get the words regular and regulate. This isn't about creating rules, but rather creating intention and purpose. Creating a rule is about making small steps, individually, to move one into a more meaningful and deeper relationship with God. We will outline the program on Sunday, February 14 at our adult formation time from 9:50-10:35 a.m. Workbooks are available to take home and use daily. The SSJE community provides daily emails and other resources for this program. Signup to receive these daily emails here
 
 Living Well through Lent
 
A daily reading and reflection booklet created by Living Compass.  This non-profit organization develops resources and programs for personal, family and congregational wellness focusing on the words of the Great Commandment - heart, strength, mind and soul. This booklet includes a weekly reflection for Sundays and short reflection on a scripture text for the others days of each week.
Copies are on the table in Founders' Hall. 
 
The Forty Days of Lent
 
Pick up a Lenten poster with the art work of Roger Hutchison and a daily scripture text to reflect on throughout the day. A simple way for youth or adults to take a moment each day for reflection. 
 
Online Resources
Visit these various websites to access online Lenten resources. 
 
Lent Madness
 
Who will win the Golden Halo this year? Visit their website to read about the daily pairing of saints and vote for your favorite. This fun and creative competition between the saints is provided for your enjoyment, but also to help us learn about those who have preceded us in faith. This program was modeled after the tournaments of various college sports in March. A large bracket poster, which will be updated daily, is posted in Founders' Hall. 
 
Smaller blank bracket posters have been printed for your convenience. Take one home. 
 
 
Episcopal Relief and Development offers a Lenten meditation booklet.  Leaders from across the Anglican Communion were asked to reflect on scripture and other sources of spiritual wisdom as they consider their own work to strengthen communities and provide economic opportunities. If you want a focus on justice and global concerns this may be the Lenten meditation guide for you.  It can be read online here.
 
Videos for your Soul is the creation of Randall Curtis, the youth minister for the Diocese of Arkansas.  These are particularly helpful for youth and young adults, but can be used by people of all ages.  You may visit the site daily or just once, and subscribe to receive a daily email with the video of the day.   
 
Journey to the Cross is another resource specifically created for youth and young adults. d365 is produced by Passport, Inc. and is sponsored by the youth offices of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship, the Presbyterian Church (USA), and The Episcopal Church. This devotion site is available throughout the entire year and alters their focus for the seasons of Lent and Advent.
 
L. Sue von Rautenkranz
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Formation: 01/10/2016

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Children's Formation
This week our children will gather with Michael to learn music during our formation time. Next Thursday, our children's choir begins again. If you haven't joined in before now, this is a perfect time to start. All children K-3rd Grade are welcome to sing. This choir time begins at 5:45 p.m. and is followed by a wonderful community dinner at 6:30.
Children are always welcome to join the formation offerings on any day, even if they have not been present in the past. The new year is a great time to make this a regular practice for your family to participate in these formation offerings.
 
Youth Formation
The Coffee House will be open for the first three Sundays of January and  we will be exploring the stories of the flight to Egypt, Jesus' baptism by John, and the first miracle of Jesus at the wedding in Cana. 
Our next youth event will be Ice Skating at the Rockville City Center rink on Sunday, January 24
 
from 5:30 - 8:30 p.m. We will leave and return to St. Dunstan's. Friends are welcome. Cost is $7. Please let Sue know if you'll be participating no later than 1-17 so plans can be made for transportation and adult leaders. 
 
Adult Formation
During the formation offerings in the first three Sundays of January we will be learning and discussing the topics of race, justice and reconciliation. Many of the news items over the last year have centered on our country's inability to face the underlying realities of the systems of oppression that exist for most people of color. 
 
This Sunday, January 10, we welcome The Rev. Canon Paula Clark as our formation leader, preacher and celebrant at 10:45 a.m. She will be present and assist at the Family Eucharist at 9:00 a.m.Paula serves as the Canon for Clergy Development and Multicultural Ministries on the diocesan staff. Her ministry includes working with multi-cultural congregations, training in cultural awareness and race relations.   
 
Martha's Table Sandwich Making
The Outreach Committee has made the decision to continue the monthly practice of making sandwiches for the hungry in DC and is increasing the number to 300 each time. Please plan to be with us on Sunday, January 31 for Formation through Service. Be there to help make sandwiches and be in fellowship with one another.
 
L. Sue von Rautenkranz
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Formation 11/22/2015

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Adult Formation: November 22
November 22: Taking your faith around the world
 
Come and meet Kayla Massey. Kayla is a missionary with the Young Adult Service Corp of The Episcopal Church. She spent her first year of service living and working with The Episcopal Church in the Philippines and now she's serving her second year with the global missions department of the Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society (our church's corporate name) and living in New York City. She is excited to join us this Sunday and talk about her passion for global missions and the faith journey that has brought her to this point in her life. 
 
Children's Formation ...
 
This Sunday, November 22, the children will be in the classrooms on the lower level. This week they will be celebrating the feast of Christ the King. On this last Sunday before Advent the church focuses on the kingship of Christ. Crowns will definitely be in order.
 
Youth Formation ... 4th-12th Grade
 
The Coffee House will be open on Sunday, November 22 and this week we will be discussing the kingship of Christ as we come to the end of the liturgical year and look toward the new year and Advent.
L. Sue von Rautenkranz
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Formation 11/15/2015

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Formation = Fellowship
Consecration Sunday - November 15
All Parish Brunch in the Parish Hall at 10:00 a.m.
This is a day for the whole community to come together to support each other 
through our financial pledge to God and the ministry of this community.
 
Adult Formation: November 22
November 22: Taking your faith around the world
 
Come and meet Kayla Massey. Kayla is a missionary with the Young Adult Service Corp of The Episcopal Church. She spent her first year of service living and working with The Episcopal Church in the Philippines and now she's serving her second year with the global missions department of the Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society (our church's corporate name) and living in New York City. She is excited to join us this Sunday and talk about her passion for global missions and the faith journey that has brought her to this point in her life. 
 
Children's Formation ...
 
Next Sunday, November 22, the children will be in the classrooms on the lower level. This week they will be celebrating the feast of Christ the King. On this last Sunday before Advent the church focuses on the kingship of Christ. Crowns will definitely be in order.
 
Youth Formation ... 4th-12th Grade
 
The Coffee House will be open on Sunday, November 22 and this week we will be discussing the kingship of Christ as we come to the end of the liturgical year and look toward the new year and Advent.
 
 
Formation & Service Ministry
 
Sunday, November 29
The First Sunday of Advent
 
Sandwich Making for Martha's Table 
& Advent Wreath Making
 
We will make food for those who are hungry in our community and make wreaths to use at home and mark the days till Christmas. We will need greens from trees and bushes in your yard and a family to deliver the food to their facility. Please be in touch with Sue if you can help out with either of these needs.
L. Sue von Rautenkranz
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Formation 11/8/2015

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Adult & Youth Sunday Formation: November 8
 
Stories from Ecuador
Tucker Hemphill and Sue spent 9 days in Quito, Ecuador this past summer. They worked on construction projects, taught Sunday School, led the youth group, painted, and led workshops on faith formation for youth leaders and parents of Education=Hope students. Above all they spent time with the parish community of Buen Pastor. Come and get a taste of what they experienced and learn about how you might participate in such a journey.
Youth will be joining the adults for this week's formation experience.
 
Children's Formation ...
 
This Sunday, November 8 the children will gather in the music room with Michael and other leaders to sing, play and learn music together. This month they will be starting to learn songs for the pageant. It is just over a month until that day!
 
Youth Event ... 4th-12th Grade
 
A Christmas Carol: Sunday, December 6
 
This week we will be purchasing tickets for this play at the Little Theatre of Alexandria. Contact Sue no later than Wednesday to reserve your tickets. All 4th-12th graders are welcome to attend this great story of hope and wonder. Tickets for the opening weekend matinee sell out early. Show time is 3:00 p.m. Details will be sent out in later November.
 
 
Formation = Fellowship
Consecration Sunday - November 15
All Parish Brunch in the Parish Hall at 10:00 a.m.
This is a day for the whole community to come together to support each other 
through our financial pledge to God and the ministry of this community. 
 
Upcoming Adult Formation
November 22: Taking your faith around the world - YASC
Each year a corps of young adults head to many places around the world, spending a year serving because of their faith. Their ministries are varied and the placements are diverse. Come on this day and hear the story of one of those Episcopal young adults who chose to head off to the Philippines for a year and now is serving a second year in our church's corporate office. Came and meet Kayla Massey. 
 
L. Sue von Rautenkranz
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Formation 11/01/2015

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Adult Sunday Formation: November 1

Dr. Elisabeth "Lisa" Kimball - Passing on the Faith   Lisa is the Director of the Center for the Ministry of Teaching and Professor of Christian Formation and Congregational Leadership at Virginia Theological Seminary. Her doctoral thesis on the role of Godparents will inform the conversation this Sunday. She will also be our preacher at the 10:45 a.m. liturgy and assist Sue with the sermon at 9:00 a.m.

 
Children's Formation ...
Sunday, November 1 is All Saints' Day! Children will be in the classrooms this week learning about Baptism and the story of Jesus' baptism by John in the Jordan River. Parents, this would be a great week to talk with your children about their baptism. Show them pictures and let them ask questions about this day.
 

 

Youth Formation ... 4th-7th Grade
The Coffee House will be open this Sunday and we will be discussing sainthood and baptism. Join us in the youth room from 9:50 to 10:35 a.m.
Serving Others: Sunday, November 8 - 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
This will be a service learning opportunity through Samaritan Ministry, an organization which focuses on the empowerment of those who are homeless and working toward setting goals and moving forward. We will be working outside and doing some fall clean-up at their offices in NW DC. Please dress for being outside and bring gloves. Sign-up at the church or let contact Sue if you are able to go.
 
Upcoming Adult Formation
November 8: Serving and Learning in Ecuador
On this day Tucker Hemphill and Sue von will share their experiences of this past summer - serving and learning at the parish of Buen Pastor in Quito, Ecuador. 
 
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Trail Notes: 11/1/2015

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Passing on the faith

Today in the church one of the greatest needs is assisting all of our people to with tools to pass on the faith. Why is this? Well, there are lots of reasons – fewer and fewer people know the story of God at work in the world; fewer actually are raised in the faith, and even among those who are, many do not know the biblical story; and an even smaller number are either willing or able to take the time to learn and grow in their own faith journey.

How did you come to know Jesus?

An interesting question on this All Saints’ weekend. All Saints’ Day is the day the Church remembers all those who have gone before us, those who we remember but who don’t have their “own” day of remembrance. You know – like the big SAINTS – Francis, James, John, Mary, Julian, etc. All of those big saints have a day on the Church’s calendar for remembrance. But for all of those who have passed on the faith but only have special days in our hearts, this is the day that they are remembered.

Who taught you the stories about Jesus?

This Sunday, The Episcopal Church will be installing our next Presiding Bishop, The Rt. Rev. Michael Curry. This will happen at Washington National Cathedral at 12 noon. Bishop Curry wants all of us in this church to be part of the Jesus Movement. By that he means that he wants us to know and love Jesus Christ and to share that knowledge and love with others. You can watch that service here at St. Dunstan’s.

Are you willing to share Jesus with others?

At the 9:00 liturgy this week and the 10:45 liturgy next week, we will welcome three new folks into the Christian family through baptism. Aidan and Quinn McNally are being baptized this week and William Gormley the following Sunday. In those liturgies we will affirm their baptisms by saying that we will do all in our power to support these persons in their life in Christ.

At our adult formation offering this Sunday at 9:50 a.m., we welcome Dr. Elisabeth Kimball. Lisa has been my friend, colleague, mentor and companion on my journey of faith for over 30 years. She is on the faculty of Virginia Theological Seminary and works primarily in the areas for faith formation. Come and hear her thoughts and wisdom about Passing on the Faith.

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Formation 9/27/2015

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Forming faith in non-traditional ways ...
 
This Sunday and next we will be formation faith in an intergenerational way and we hope that you will partake in these opportunities.
 
Being Christ's Hands and Feet!
Sunday, September 27 from 9:50 to 10:35 a.m.
This week we begin a new venture between formation and outreach as we gather to make sandwiches for those who are served by Martha's Table. This organization will serve over 700,000 meals in this year in 15 different locations across the D.C. metro area.

 

They are open every day of the year and have been serving for over 35 years. Come and help us to feed those who are hungry!
 
Caring for those who depend on us!
PET BLESSING - Sunday, October 4 during the 9:00 Service! On this feast of St. Francis we will bless animals and stuffed critters as well. Please be sure that they are properly leashed or caged for their comfort and safety. 
 
We will have a special presentation during our formation time in the parish hall, complete with special treats for our furry friends. Allan Cohen, Chair of the Board of Directors  for MCPAW will give a special presentation to our community. He is a founding member of the organization and has a great love and care for the well-being of animals in our county. MCPAW serves as a partner to the Mont. Co. Animal Services & Adoption Center. They work to identify and correct the causes that make shelters necessary and provide programs and advocate for change so that animals are cared for properly. 
 
If you have any old towels or blankets or wish to send treat to the dogs and cats, 
please bring these on Sunday morning!
 
Children's Formation ...
Music will be the offering for children on Sunday, October 11 as they gather in the choir room with Michael to sing and play instruments. The choir room is assessed by walking through the youth room.
Children are back in their classrooms on the lower level on Sunday, October 18
Teachers this year include Meghan Jarvis (younger children) and Peter & Rose Sather (older room). We still need two more to join them so that we have a teaching pair for each age group. Christine Tatelbaum and Anne Taylor will be serving as formation guides (helping teachers with supplies, aiding children in need, and guiding parents). Clint Chamberlin, Nastya McNally, Alex Berger and Jessica Ault will be assisting Michael on our music days.
 
Youth Formation ... 4th-7th Grade
 
We are reforming our youth formation program this year and changing the grade levels. We hope that this will build a stronger program in the years to come.
The Coffee House will again be open in the youth room on all Sundays - other than those where there is an intergenerational event. This program will be focused on developing community and building faith of those in 4th through 7th grade. Older youth (8th through 12th grade) are being invited to serve as mentors to this younger group, assist with the children's program, or join the adult formation program on Sunday morning. Lacy Douglas and Austin Fodrie will join Sue in leading and developing this group.
Once each month we will also offer a special event for young people to come together for fun, service, community building and of course food. We will kick off this year with an event at Sandy Springs Adventure Park on Sunday, October 4!
 
Upcoming Adult Sunday Formation:
October 11: Presentation from the Economic Justice small group will share information about resolutions on economic inequality . 
October 18Mr. Paul Cooney, Canon to the Ordinary for the Diocese of Washington is our featured speaker and preacher to kick off our stewardship season.
October 25Martha's Table - Intergenerational Formation through Service. On the last Sunday of each month our formation will be intergenerational and experiential as we gather to make sandwiches for the hungry in our community.
 
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Formation: 9/20/2015

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How does faith formation happen?
This Sunday, September 20, we will have the pleasure of hearing from  The Rev. Eva Cavaleri. For more than 20 years her ministry has been focused on faith formation of children, youth and adults working in Episcopal churches and schools in both lay and ordained capacities. She currently serves as the Senior Chaplain at National Cathedral School in Washington, D.C. Come and hear her passion for being a disciple of Christ and making disciples of Christ. She will also be our guest preacher at both services.
 
She and her husband Jorma, along with their two young sons, JD and Eli, have moved to the DC area this summer from Minnesota. They have chosen St. Dunstan's to be their faith community and we are excited to have them worship and learn with us. 
 
Upcoming Adult Sunday Formation:
October 4: Allan Cohen from MCPAW (Montgomery Co. Partners for Animal Well-being).
October 11: Presentation from the Economic Justice small group. 
October 18: Mr. Paul Cooney, Canon to the Ordinary for the Diocese of Washington.
October 25: Martha's Table - Intergenerational Formation through Service. 
 
On the last Sunday of each month our formation will be intergenerational and experiential as we gathering to make sandwiches for those in need in our community.
 
Children's Formation ...
It all begins this Sunday, September 20! Children will gather in the classrooms on the lower level in two age groups. Three, Four and Five Year Olds will be in one room and 1st through 3rd Grade will be in our other classroom. The younger group will be exploring the Old Testament this fall through story, games and crafts. Our older group will be exploring those same stories through the creation of Lego bricks. Children will be in classrooms about two Sundays each month. On the second Sunday of each month children will be learning music with Michael and on the last Sunday all ages will come together in service learning.
Teachers this year include Meghan Jarvis (younger children) and Peter & Rose Sather (older room). We still need two more to join them so that we have a teaching pair for each age group. Christine Tatelbaum and Anne Taylor will be serving as formation guides (helping teachers with supplies, aiding children in need, and guiding parents). Clint Chamberlain, Nastya McNally, Alex Berger and Jessica Ault will be assisting Michael on our music days.
 
Youth Formation ...
 
We are reforming our youth formation program this year and changing the grade levels. We hope that this will build a stronger program in the years to come.
The Coffee House will again be open in the youth room on all Sundays - other than those where there is an intergenerational event. This program will be focused on developing community and building faith of those in 4th through 7th grade. Older youth (8th through 12th grade) are being invited to serve as mentors to this younger group, assist with the children's program, or join the adult formation program on Sunday morning. Lacy Douglas and Austin Fodrie will join Sue in leading and developing this group.
Once each month we will also offer a special event for young people to come together for fun, service, community building and of course food. We will kick off this year with an event on Sunday, October 4!
L. Sue von Rautenkranz
Christian Formation Coordinator
 

 

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Formation: Homecoming Sunday 9/13/2015

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Just TWO more ...
All we need are two more individuals or couples and we will have a full group of teachers for our children. Teams are used for both groups of children, so the time commitment is only a few hours for each teacher - one Sunday per month and just a bit of prep time. All materials and equipment is provided. It is also a great way to grow in your faith and become a better disciple, because children are great teachers of faith to adults. Please connect with Sue.
 
Children & Youth Registration
Please be sure to fill out these forms so that we can adequately prepared to received your children in our formation programs which begins in September.
If you have children who are infants through grade 5, please use this Form
If you have young people in grades 6 through 12, please use this Form
 
Youth and their parents will also need to complete the Year-long Permission form to participate in any activities that will take us off the grounds of the church.  Because this form requires a signature, it is in paper format.  Copies are available in Founders' Hall and on the youth page of the website via this link
 
Sunday Adult Formation
We will open our Sunday morning Adult formation offerings with wisdom from The Rev. Eva Cavaleri. For more than 20 years her ministry has been focused on faith formation of children, youth and adults working in Episcopal churches and schools in both lay and ordained capacities. She currently serves as the Senior Chaplain at National Cathedral School in Washington, D.C. Come and her passion for being a disciple of Christ and making disciples of Christ. 
She and her husband Jorma, along with their two young sons, JD and Eli, have moved to the DC area this summer from Minnesota. They has happy chosen to be apart of our faith community and we are excited to have them worship and learn with us. 
Come on Sunday, September 20 to hear her wisdom during our adult formation time and listen as she preaches at our services that morning. 
 
In October we will hear from our Economic Justice small group and their work on resolutions that will be presented to our diocesan convention. We will also welcome Mr. Paul Cooney, Canon to the Ordinary for the Diocese of Washington who will speak with us about the many gifts we receive from God's abundance.





 

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Formation 9/6/2015

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Our Children need YOU - NOW!
We are now two weeks away from the beginning of classes for our children and we only have one couple who has come forward to serve as a Faith Former! That's right - we may not have traditional children's formation. The time commitment is less than a few hours a month - one Sunday morning teaching slot and a short amount of prep. It's time to step up and let Sue know you are willing. 
 
Children & Youth Registration
Please be sure to fill out these forms so that we can adequately prepared to received your children in our formation programs which begins in September.
If you have children who are infants through grade 5, please use this Form
If you have young people in grades 6 through 12, please use this Form
 
Youth and their parents will also need to complete the Year-long Permission form to participate in any activities that will take us off the grounds of the church.  Because this form requires a signature, it is in paper format.  Copies are available in Founders' Hall and on the youth page of the website via this link
 
LEGOS - YIPPIE - Thank you!
We have the Legos - now we just need the leaders for this new program. Thank you to all the people who have committed to bringing in these might bricks. We could probably use some extra figures/people. Please consider add one or two to your shopping cart when you are in a store over the next couple of weeks. Any character will do!
 
HIGH SCHOOL YOUTH EVENT
Registration is now open for the first Diocesan youth event of the year. This new event, ROOTED, for High School Students, grade 9-12, is being designed for youth who are in confirmation programs and those who are interested in growing in faith. Sue has been a part of the planning team and Tucker will be attending and assisting with the music for the event. Come and join us. September 18-20 at the Bishop Claggett Center. Information on registration has been sent to youth and parents.
 
Sunday Adult Formation
We will open our Sunday morning Adult formation offerings with wisdom from The Rev. Eva Cavaleri. For more than 20 years her ministry has been focused on faith formation of children, youth and adults working in Episcopal churches and schools in both lay and ordained capacities. She currently serves as the Senior Chaplain at National Cathedral School in Washington, D.C. Come and her passion for being a disciple of Christ and making disciples of Christ. 
She and her husband Jorma, along with their two young sons, JD and Eli, have moved to the DC area this summer from Minnesota. They has happy chosen to be apart of our faith community and we are excited to have them worship and learn with us. 
Come on Sunday, September 20 to hear her wisdom during our adult formation time and listen as she preaches at our services that morning. 
 
In October we will hear from our Economic Justice small group and their work on resolutions that will be presented to our diocesan convention. We will also welcome Mr. Paul Cooney, Canon to the Ordinary for the Diocese of Washington who will speak with us about the many gifts we receive from God's abundance. 
L. Sue von Rautenkranz
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Formation 5.17

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Children's Formation ... Sharing our Faith
It's time to CELEBRATE! This week, Sunday, May 17, the children will gather at the play ground for games and treats to celebrate the end of this year's formation programs. Parents are invited to join in or take advantage of the adult formation offering on Economic Injustice. We ask that children wear clothes for being outside and being active. 
 
Youth Formation ... Growing our Faith
Youth will be in helping with the fun activities at the playground on Sunday, May 17. Come and have a great time outside with the children of St. Dunstan's!
 
The best way to help your young person grow in faith is through a camp community. Please talk with Sue if you have any questions, but set aside the week now.  The Diocese has put together a great program with wonderful leaders in a superb facility. The cost for the week is $575 per camper.  You can register online here.   

Junior Camp (Rising 4th -6th graders) - July 26-31, 2015.  
Middler Camp (Rising 7th- 9th graders) - August 2-7, 2015

 

Adult Formation ... Living our Faith
 What would Jesus do about economic inequality? Explore the economics of the Gospel with us.  The issue is much in the news - more and more people are too poor to live, even working full time. On Sunday May 17, we begin a discussion on issues of economic justice. Our session will be facilitated by members of the St. Dunstan's small group on economic justice. We'll have a short presentation of some of the work the group has been doing and each of us will also have an opportunity to discuss what economic justice means in our own lives.  We'll also begin a conversation about what the parish and the diocese might be able to do to help mitigate some of the worst effects of economic injustice. You don't want to miss this session!

 

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" Come and have breakfast"

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When I was a kid (before eggs and bacon were condemned as horrible for human health), I remember my mother making breakfast for my dad and my brothers and me before school. The smell of sizzling bacon and toasting bread would waft through the house, and then my mother would call us: “Come and have breakfast.”

These four simple words convey so much:  welcome, graciousness, hospitality, care, love. These are warm memories! In today’s resurrection story, Jesus appears to his disciples, standing on a beach over a charcoal fire, toasting bread. He calls to the disciples in a fishing boat, “Come and have breakfast.”

One of our parish small groups focuses on Economic Justice, which may not seem related to the “bagels and lox” Jesus offered his disciples. But eating breakfast is intimately related to economic justice and wellbeing. 

Churches have always found ways to feed the hungry, and that’s a good thing. As a society, most of us agree that people should not go hungry in a nation as rich as ours. Collectively, we use government policy to promote our values that all human beings should have enough to eat and to live. (Breakfast at school is one such policy that prepares children to learn with full stomachs.” Much in the news these days is the issue of economic inequality: especially the decline in the incomes of Middle Americans, while the incomes of the richest skyrockets. Jesus did not condemn wealth per se, but he always spoke up for the poor to get enough. We who follow him can do no less. 

In Adult Formation at 9:50 a.m. this Sunday, the Economic Justice group will share its work so far on this huge, perplexing issue. I hope you’ll come and explore how we can do God’s will and care for the poor in our society.  JBM





 

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Formation 5.10

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Resurrection Stories
This our last week of our series on Resurrections Stories in our formation offerings. We hope that this has been a time for each of us to recall and recognize the resurrection stories in our own lives. As the disciples told their experiences, we also hope that each of us will learn to share our stories with others.  For it is through sharing story that we deepen out relationships and grow in our community - and through sharing stories of our own faith journey that we become better disciples and make more disciples.
Next Sunday, May 17 will end our formation program year until the fall. Throughout the summer there will be a formation opportunities offered for various age groups and in various times and places. 
 
Children's Formation ... Sharing our Faith
This week, Sunday, May 10, the children will gather with Michael for music in the parish hall. This has been a great time all year for learning about music, playing games and praising God. We gearing up for the Children's Choir in the fall.  Be sure to keep your Thursday evenings open, so your children can be in the choir next year.

Next week the children will have a celebration in the playground - weather permitting. 

Youth Formation ... Growing our Faith
Youth will be in the youth room on Sunday, May 10 sharing conversation and Stories of Resurrection.  Come and join us! 

 

Camp EDOW
The best way to help your young person grow in faith is through a camp community. Please talk with Sue if you have any questions, but set aside the week now.  The Diocese has put together a great program with wonderful leaders in a superb facility. The cost for the week is $575 per camper.  You can register online here.  

 

Junior Camp (Rising 4th -6th graders) - July 26-31, 2015.  
Middler Camp (Rising 7th- 9th graders) - August 2-7, 2015
 
Adult Formation ... Living our Faith
Stories of the Resurrection continue on Sunday, May 10 as we welcome The Rev. Susan Flanders will be our guest speaker.  She has recently authored the book - Going to Church: It's Not What You Think! She will share some stories from her book that speak to our topic of Resurrection Stories. Her book is considered to be a modern Pilgrim's Progress which interweaves family drama, theological insight, and a critique on conventional "churchiness." There will be opportunities to purchase her book and have it signed!

As she says in her book, Susan believes in Resurrection with her whole heart, even as she steers away from a literal understanding of that story and of much else in Scripture. She has found God's power to bring new life out of situations of death to be at the core of Christian belief and to be a very real part of her own life experience. She hopes her memoir will speak to others about how they might understand this central mystery and how going to church really can be more and different than what many disenchanted folks think.  

 

What would Jesus do about economic inequality? Explore the economics of the Gospel with us.  The issue is much in the news - more and more people are too poor to live, even working full time. On Sunday May 17, we begin a discussion and speaker series on issues of economic justice. Our session this week will be facilitated by members of the St. Dunstan's small group on economic justice. We'll have a short presentation of some of the work the group has been doing and each of us will also have an opportunity to discuss what economic justice means in our own lives.  We'll also begin a conversation about what the parish and the diocese might be able to do to help mitigate some of the worst effects of economic injustice. You don't want to miss this session!


 

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Formation 5.3

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Resurrection Stories
There are two more weeks of our focus on Resurrections Stories in sermons and formation offerings.  Through stories of the resurrection people came to know that things would be forever different.  Christ was alive! It took the disciples a long time to get it - some hid, some didn't believe without seeing and touching, others were afraid. Where are your experiences of the resurrection in your life? Have you or will you tell these to someone else? Have you heard stories of resurrection from others? One promise of our baptismal covenant is to "proclaim by word and example the Good News of God in Christ!" A way to do this is to share our stories of resurrection with others. For if we do not - if we are fearful and do not tell - how will others come to believe?  
 

Children's Formation ... Sharing our Faith

The children will be in their classrooms this Sunday, May 3 and continue hearing the stories of Jesus appearing to the disciples after his resurrection.  The story this week will be the Breakfast on the Beach which is told in the Gospel of John.  Parents please take your children down to the classrooms before you head to adult formation. 

Please keep our Children's Choir in your plans for next fall! Beginning in September our Children's Choir will be meeting on Thursday evenings (probably between 5:30-6:30 p.m.). We hope that you will make a commitment to this program as it will help to form the faith of your children and be great fun! There is no better way to learn and integrate the stories of faith then through the music we sing as children. 

Youth Formation ... Growing our Faith

Youth will join the adults for formation again this Sunday, May 3 as we continue to explore resurrection stories. This week Trisha Lyons will be our guest speaker again and we will hear her understanding of Harry Potter as a Resurrection Story

Camp EDOW

The best way to help your young person grow in faith is through a camp community. Please talk with Sue if you have any questions, but set aside the week now.  The Diocese has put together a great program with wonderful leaders in a superb facility. The cost for the week is $575 per camper.  You can register online here.  

Junior Camp (Rising 4th -6th graders) - July 26-31, 2015.  
Middler Camp (Rising 7th- 9th graders) - August 2-7, 2015

Adult Formation ... Living our Faith

Stories of the Resurrection continue this Sunday, May 3 as we welcome back Dr. Patricia Lyons for more on Harry Potter as a Resurrection Story. Trisha will also preach at the 10:45 service. There will be clips from various scenes of the movie and lively discussion.  It promises to be an enlightening and energetic morning!

On Sunday, May 10 The Rev. Susan Flanders will be our guest speaker.  She has recently authored the book - Going to Church: It's Not What You Think! She will share some stories from her book that speak to our topic of Resurrection Stories. Her book is considered to be a modern Pilgrim's Progress which interweaves family drama, theological insight, and a critique on conventional "churchiness."
Sue von Rautenkranz
      Christian Formation Director
 





 

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Formation 4.26

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Resurrection Stories
This Eastertide the focus of our sermons and all Sunday formation offerings will be on hearing the Gospel stories of Jesus' resurrection and hearing and sharing our own stories of resurrection.  After all, it is through these stories that our life in Christ as Christian people is centered and finds meaning. For while we are told that the disciples and the women who were the first witnesses of the resurrection were fearful; and we are even told that they "didn't tell anyone" - clearly they did! After all we are present, so someone must have shared their faith of the resurrection with us.  Our task is to learn our own stories of resurrection and to learn how to share them with others. For if we do not - if we are fearful and do not tell - how will others come to believe?  

 

Children's Formation ... Sharing our Faith
The children will be in their classrooms again this Sunday, April 26 and continue hearing the stories of Jesus appearing to the disciples after his resurrection.  The story this week will be the Road to Emmaus which is told in the Gospel of Luke.  Parents please take your children down to the classrooms before you head to adult formation. Please keep our Children's Choir in your plans for next fall! Beginning in September our Children's Choir will begin meeting on Thursday evenings (probably between 5:30-6:30 p.m.). We hope that you will make a commitment to this program as it will help to form the faith of your children and be great fun! There is no better way to learn and integrate the stories of faith then through the music we sing as children. 

 

Youth Formation ... Growing our Faith
Youth will join the adults for formation again this Sunday, April 26 as we continue to explore resurrection stories. This week will hear and discover stories within ourselves. 
Next youth event is scheduled for Saturday, June 6 at Guppy Gulch in Delta, PA. So save the date and watch for more details.

 

Camp EDOW
The best way to help your young person grow in faith is through a camp community. Please talk with Sue if you have any questions, but set aside the week now.  The Diocese has put together a great program with wonderful leaders in a superb facility. The cost for the week is $575 per camper.  You can register online here.  

 

Junior Camp (Rising 4th -6th graders) - July 26-31, 2015.  
Middler Camp (Rising 7th- 9th graders) - August 2-7, 2015

 

Adult Formation ... Living our Faith
We continue our focus on Stories of Resurrection on Sunday, April 26. Our session this week will be led by Jeff and Sue which will open with questions and responses to our time last week with Trisha Lyons. Various members of the community will share stories that express resurrection from their own lives. Each of us will also have the opportunity to explore our own stories of resurrection through our responses to art and pictures. Those who feel called to do so will have a opportunity to share their story.
On Sunday, May 3 Trisha will join us again for our formation time to share more Stories of Resurrection through the lens of Harry Potter. You really do not want to miss these sessions!  
 
Sue von Rautenkranz
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Formation: Resurrection Stories

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Resurrection Stories
This Eastertide the focus of our sermons and adult formation will be on hearing the Gospel stories of Jesus’ resurrection and hearing and sharing our own stories of resurrection.  After all, it is through these stories that our life in Christ as Christian people is centered and finds meaning. For while we are told that the disciples and the women who were first witnesses to the resurrection were at first fearful; and we are even told that they “didn’t tell anyone” - clearly they did! And clearly, we must learn to tell our stories of resurrection so that others might come to believe. This Sunday, April 19 we welcome Dr. Patricia Lyons as our guest speaker and preacher at both liturgies.
 
Adult Formation
Patricia Lyons will be with us on Sunday, April 19 and May 3 for our formation time and as our preacher at both liturgies. Trisha has titled her time with us as Harry Potter as a Resurrection Story. She brings a compelling energy and passion to her love of life, the Gospel, and all things Potter! So hold on to your seat because we are all in for quite a ride. She also brings a profound depth to her understanding of the Christian faith and years of hands on experience in teaching faith to others.

Dr. Patricia Lyons is currently the JK-12 Director of Service Learning at St. Stephen's & St. Agnes Episcopal School in Alexandria, VA and is in her 15th year of teaching ethics and religion at the Upper School. She is also an adjunct at the Virginia Theological Seminary, where she teaches evening and summer courses to masters and doctoral students. Patricia has taught courses in Systematic Theology, C.S. Lewis, Sigmund Freud, Theology and Fiction, and most recently, Christian Themes in Harry Potter and the author of The Soul of Adolescence: In Their Own Words.

Patricia is an honors graduate from Harvard College in the Comparative Study of Religion. She holds a Master of Divinity degree from the Harvard Divinity School, with a focus on Biblical languages and systematic theology. She received her doctorate from the VTS. Her doctoral thesis was a study of the stages of moral and spiritual development of adolescents.

Children’s Formation
Music with Michael! Children will be singing with Michael on Sunday, April 19.  Parents should bring children to the church for formation time this week.
 
Youth Formation
Youth will join the adults for formation on Sunday, April 19 as we will have a special guest speaker, Patricia Lyons. She will be offering Harry Potter as a Resurrection Story and it will be a fun and enjoyable experience. This will take place in the parish hall.





 

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Stories of Resurrection- The Third Week of Easter

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“We die daily.  Happy those who daily come to life as well.”

George MacDonald

 

Some monks in olden days slept at night in coffin-like cots, in recognition that sleep is deathlike experience, and waking every morning is a little resurrection!

During the 50 days of Easter Season, we are focusing on resurrection stories – human experiences large and small which bring new life and light and hope into our lives, after we have suffered pain, loss, or disillusionment.  If we have eyes to see, we’ll realize that God’s fingerprints are on these experiences of renewal.  We’ll begin to see our stories in the light of Jesus’ story. 

In adult formation last Sunday, we began to explore this theme in the beloved movie – The Sound of Music.  Think about Maria, the nuns, the children, Captain Von Trapp, even Liesl’s young Nazi boyfriend.  Nearly everybody in that story experiences loss and renewal and transformation.  Most of the characters emerge as more fully human – more alive and able to love than they started.  That’s why it’s such a great story! 

So what is your resurrection story?  Have you experienced the death of a relationship, and then discovered new life on the other side?  Have you lost someone you love, and found the strength to enjoy life again?  Have you been badly hurt by someone, and found the grace to forgive?  Or are you in a place where Easter hasn’t arrived, and all you can do is wait and hope? 

At the men’s group, we shared our experiences of Holy Week and Easter: the descent into the depths of loss and emptiness, and the miraculous rebirth of life and hope that follows, by the grace of God.  Don Baker, who leads the group, asked us to ponder where in our lives we are in need of resurrection, of rising from the dead. 

Finding the language we need to tell these stories is a challenge, but when we do share them, we are all enriched and inspired in our Christian journeys.  We’ll have two guests sharing resurrection stories with us on Sundays – Patricia Lyons of St. Stephen and St. Agnes School in Alexandria, and retired rector of St. John’s Norwood, Susan Flanders.  I hope you’ll come and find new life yourself.  JBM





 

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Resurrection Stories

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This Eastertide the focus of our sermons and adult formation will be on hearing the Gospel stories of Jesus’ resurrection and hearing and sharing our own stories of resurrection.  After all, it is through these stories that our life in Christ as Christian people is centered and finds meaning. For while we are told that the disciples and the women who were first witnesses to the resurrection were at first fearful; and we are even told that they “didn’t tell anyone” - clearly they did! And clearly, we must learn to tell our stories of resurrection so that others might come to believe. Join us this Sunday, April 12, for our first stories of resurrection, as Jeff and Sue open the conversation to telling our stories and read more below about our guest speakers and preachers during the Great Fifty Days.  Alleluia! Christ is risen!

Patricia Lyons will be with us on Sunday, April 19 and May 3 for     our formation time and as our preacher at the late liturgy.  She brings a compelling energy and passion to her love of live and a profound depth to her understanding of the Christian faith. Dr. Patricia Lyons is currently the JK-12 Director of Service Learning at St. Stephen's & St. Agnes Episcopal School in Alexandria, VA and is in her 15th year of teaching ethics and religion at the Upper School. She is also an adjunct at the Virginia Theological Seminary, where she teaches evening and summer courses to masters and doctoral students. Patricia has taught courses in Systematic Theology, C.S. Lewis, Sigmund Freud, Theology and Fiction, and most recently, Christian Themes in Harry Potter and the author of The Soul of Adolescence: In Their Own Words.

Susan Flanders will join us on Sunday, May 10 to share from her experience various stories of resurrection in her life and in the life of the communities she has served. The Rev. Susan Flanders is a retired Episcopal priest of the Diocese of Washington and the author of Going to Church: It’s Not What You Think!  She will share some stories from her book that speak to our topic of Resurrection Stories on Sunday, May 10.  Her book is considered to be a modern Pilgrim’s Progress which interweaves family drama, theological insight, and a critique on conventional “churchiness.” 

Children’s Formation
The children will be back in the classrooms on the lower level on Sunday, April 12 to learn more about the Easter story.  Next week children will sing with Michael during formation time.

 

Youth Formation
The Coffee House will be open on, Sunday, April 12, and those present will talk about stories of resurrection from our gospel writers. Austin Fodrie will be leading the conversation this week.




 

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Formation 3-22

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Children’s Formation

Today, March 22, the children will be in their classrooms and focusing on the stories of Holy Week and Easter.

Eggs needed for the Hunt!

There are empty eggs in Founders’ Hall - are you one who might fill them up and bring them back to the church before 9 a.m. on Easter Day?  We could also use a few more.  Or donate both eggs and candy and we will find eager hands - but these are needed by Palm Sunday.  Either way, we could use a few helpers from that elusive rabbit. If you can assist, please be in contact with Sue.

Youth Formation

The Coffee House will be openthis week, Sunday, March 22, and those present will discuss Holy Week and Easter with Jackie Bray.

 

The next youth event is the Overnight &Watch on Maundy Thursday, April 2. Youth will participate in the dinner and liturgy for Maundy Thursday and then spend the night at the church.  This begins at 6:30 p.m. and ends on Friday morning at 8:30 a.m. After the service we will gather in the youth room for movies and conversation before taking our time of prayer.  Please let Sue know if you are coming. There is no cost for this event,

Adult Formation

Jeff will lead another session of our Lenten study through Time: Redeeming the Gift, from the brothers of Society of St. John the Evangelist this Sunday, March 22. Come and join the conversation inthe parish hall!

 

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Formation 3/15

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Lenten Intergenerational Event

Sunday, March 15 - 9:50 a.m. to 10:35 a.m.

Come and see! Children, youth and adults gather in the parish hall for a special time to learn together. We will begin with a video and move to a number of activity stations to make both Lent and Easter crafts. Pretzels and string eggs will again be offered with a couple of new ways to experience the seasons. Come for learning and fun on this “refreshment” Sunday in Lent.

Children’s Formation

On Sunday, March 22, the children will be in their classrooms to learn about the stories of Holy Week and Easter.

We are now and the midway point of Lent making Holy Week and Easter just a few weeks away.  If you would like to fill empty eggs for the hunt on Easter Day or contribute filled eggs, please be in contact with Sue.

Youth Formation

St. Dunstan's youth at the MLK memorial on Saturday, March 7 - the 50th anniversary of the March from Selma to Montgomery.

The Coffee House is open on, Sunday, March 22, and those present will discuss Holy Week and Easter with Austin. 

Adult Formation

One Sunday, March 22, we will continue our Lenten study of Time: Redeeming the Gift, from the brothers of Society of St. John the Evangelist. Jeff will lead the discussion this morning on one of the videos.

 

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Formation 3-8

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Lenten Intergenerational Event

Sunday, March 15 - 9:50 a.m. to 10:35 a.m.

Come and see! Children, youth and adults gather in the parish hall for a special time to learn together. We will begin with a video and move to a number of activity stations to make both Lent and Easter crafts. Pretzels and string eggs will again be offered with a couple of new ways to experience the seasons. Come for learning and fun on this “refreshment” Sunday in Lent.

Children’s Formation

On Sunday, March 8, the children will gather in the Church for Music with Michael and some of our other musicians.

We are now and the midway point of Lent making Holy Week and Easter just a few weeks away.  If you would like to fill empty eggs for the hunt on Easter Day or contribute filled eggs, please be in contact with Sue.

Youth Formation

Youth and youth leaders from St. Dunstan’s are attending a Montgomery County Episcopal youth event at the Church of the Epiphany this coming weekend. They will spent Saturday evening learning about homelessness and justice issues in the metro area and on Sunday morning will participate in the Welcome Table, a program that feeds and provides hospitality to over 200 guests each week. Please hold them in prayer as they experience this program.

The Coffee House is open on, Sunday, March 8, and those present will discuss the season of Lent. Various programs that are especially appropriate for youth will be highlighted - including Lent Madness, d365, and Videos for your Soul.

Adult Formation …

One Sunday, March 8, we will continue our Lenten study of Time: Redeeming the Gift, from the brothers of Society of St. John the Evangelist. If you have not signed up for the daily meditations please go to this link, It is never too late to begin. The program shares a daily mediation and weekly focus on five words - Stop, Pray, Work, Play and Love - through the lens of Time.  This week we focus on Work.  Come and join us for conversation and discussion. A workbook is available online and copies are available on the table in Founders’ Hall.

 

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Forming Disciples for the Journey with Christ

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This week in formation, Sunday,March 1,  the adults of the parish will be participating in the Annual Parish Meeting - postponed due to the snow storm last weekend and children will be watching the film, The Prince of Egypt.  Youth are encouraged to attend the annual meeting or assist with the supervision of the children (and enjoy the movie).  Read more details about our formation offerings here, 

 
Children's Formation ... Sharing our Faith
Next week, March 8, the children gather with Michael for music - singing and playing instruments.
 
Youth Formation ... Growing our Faith
This weekend, Tucker Hemphill, will be attending a Christian discipleship event called Happening in North Carolina.  Please pray for him to have an amazing experience and for safe travel for he and Joel.  I'm sure that he will will have much to share with us and will probably learn some new music for our 9:00 a.m. service.

On March 7-8 a number of youth from our community will be participating in the Welcome Table at the Church of the Epiphany in downtown DC.  They will join other Episcopal youth from Montgomery County to learn about homelessness and poverty in our metro area.

Camp EDOW

It isn't too early to be thinking about sending your children or youth to camp this summer. I spent a day at the camp for Middle School students last summer. It is a great facility in southern Maryland and it sure looked like everyone was having a great time, learning and growing in faith and the staff was great. The cost for the week is $575 per camper.  You can register online here.  

Junior Camp (Rising 4th -6th graders) - July 26-31, 2015.  
Middler Camp (Rising 7th- 9th graders) - August 2-7, 2015
 
Adult Formation ...Living our Faith

Next week, March 8, we will continue our Lenten study through Time: Redeeming the Gift, from the brothers of Society of St. John the Evangelist. The program shares a daily mediation and weekly focus on five words - Stop, Pray, Work, Play and Love - through the lens of Time.  There are short daily videos and reflection questions; as well as the opportunity to share your thoughts and view the experiences of others engaged around the world.  Come and join us for conversation and discuss around these topics. Subscribe to the daily videos here.

  L. Sue von Rautenkranz
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Formation Opportunitites

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Children's Formation ... Sharing our Faith
 
This Sunday - February 15 - the children will begin to learn about Joseph - the Old Testament Joseph - who had the coat of many colors and dreamed dreams.  This week the children will hear about his struggles with his brothers and becoming an interpreter of Pharaoh's dreams. On the day of the annual meeting the children will view the movie Prince of Egypt and the following week in classes we will hear more about his reunion with his family and how the Hebrew people came to live in Egypt. 
 
Youth Formation ... Growing our Faith

The Coffee House is open this Sunday, February 15 and our discussions will be on relationships. 

Youth Group

Don't miss a great time to be with youth from all over Montgomery County as well as an opportunity to learn about the justice issues surrounding homelessness on March 7-8 as youth gather for the Welcome Table at the Church of the Epiphany in downtown DC.  Details of this event are in the Trailblazer and have been sent via email to youth and parents. The deadline to sign-up is next Sunday.

Camp EDOW

It isn't too early to be thinking about sending your children or youth to camp this summer. I spent a day at the camp for Middle School students last summer. It is a great facility in southern Maryland and it sure looked like everyone was having a great time, learning and growing in faith and the staff was great. The cost for the week is $575 per camper.  You can register online here.  

Junior Camp (Rising 4th -6th graders) - July 26-31, 2015.  
Middler Camp (Rising 7th- 9th graders) - August 2-7, 2015
 
Adult Formation ...Living our Faith
This Sunday, February 15 we will view the intro video to our Sunday Lenten Adult Study on TIME: Redeeming the Gift,  This program offered through the monastic community of Society of St. John the Evangelist offers a daily mediation and weekly focus on five words - Stop, Pray, Work, Play and Love - through the lens of TIME.  There are short daily videos and reflection questions; as well as the opportunity to share your thoughts and view the experiences of others through social media.
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Children's Formation

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Children's Formation

On Sunday January 21  we will learn the story of covenant that God makes with Abraham and hear about the visit from three messengers bringing the news that made Sarah laugh. This is a wonderful story of making all things possible with God. When was the last time God made you laugh?
 
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Youth Formation
 
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4th Monday - January 22
6:30 p.m. Simple Supper
7:00-8:00 p.m. Program

We missed our first gathering of the new year because of ice roads. Hopefully we will have fair weather on January 22. Our focus turns from the relationships we have with each other - family and friends - to our relationship with God. 

December P.R.A.Y. Event

MLK Day of Service
Monday, January 15
9:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Washington Hebrew Congregation

Please contact Sue if you are still planning to attend. The sign-up deadline is past. Youth should be dropped off and pick up at the main door of the temple.

February P.R.A.Y. Event
The Museum of the Bible
Sunday, February 10
Time TBD 
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Children's Formation: 09/17/2017

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What's Your Favorite Story?

On Sunday, September 17 we begin our journey into the Old Testament by hearing about favorite stories. 
All children are encouraged to bring their favorite story book - picture or chapter book - to church for a Show and Tell time. 
 
 
The Old Testament, or Hebrew Scriptures, are full of stories - some are historical, some are told in song or poetry, and others try to explain how God and God's people grew in relationship over time.  Join us from 9:50 to 10:35 a.m.
 
Please help us out and fill in a simple registration form for Children's Formation.

If you have children who are infants through 4th grade please fill out this Children's Form


 

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Formation July 16, 2017: Save the Date!

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"The opposite of poverty isn't wealth. The opposite of poverty is justice. Each of us is more than the worst thing we have ever done."
                                       --Bryan Stevenson
 
Formation Hour on Sunday, July 16th

Join us at the Formation Hour to watch Bryan Stevenson's TED Talk and discuss issues of justice, race and mercy. Bryan Stevenson is the author of the New York Times National Bestseller - Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption.  Bishop Desmond Tutu has called Stevenson "America's young Nelson Mandela."  Over 3.6 million people have watched this engaging TED Talk and TED has presented Stevenson with a 1million dollar grant for his Equal Justice Initiative.
 
To watch two brief interviews with Bryan Stevenson, click here, and here.


 

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Summer Formation 2017

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Summer Movie Night
 
Sunday, June 25
6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Dinner followed by a movie
 
We are inviting all rising 3-5 graders and their parents from our three collaboration congregations for a summer movie night. But no one will be checking ID's at the door - so really all are welcome. Just know that the movie selection will be for children who are primarily in this age category.
 
A simple dinner of hot-dogs with the fixings, drinks and of course fresh popcorn will be offered. Bring your pillow or sleeping bags or a blanket to sit on. Please sign up in Founders' Hall no later than Sunday morning, June 25 or use this simple form
 
Grow Christians
 
This is a new resource available through Forward Movement Inc. and I have found it to be a good read each day. The blog is written by various authors and gives practical and implementable ideas for parents to assist them in forming the faith of their children. You can read the latest posts at this link. If you find it helpful or something you might like to receive  on a daily basis, just scroll the left side of the blog and sign up for a daily email. 
 
 
Street Church at Church of the Epiphany DC
Tuesday, June 27
11:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Rising 6-12 grade Youth
 
Calling all youth for a day in the city preparing food, worshiping God, and feeding the hungry! Earn some SSL hours for school next year! Have fun with other youth!
 
Get a real flavor of life on the streets of DC for those who do not have a place to live and rely on the generosity of others for food. Plan to arrive at Epiphany no later than 11:00 a.m. and leave no earlier than 2:30 p.m.
 
Sign up in Founders' Hall or on this form no later than Sunday, June 25
 
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2017 Summer Formation

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Summer Movie Night
 
Sunday, June 25
6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Dinner followed by a movie
 
We are inviting all rising 3-5 graders and their parents from our three collaboration congregations for a summer movie night. But no one will be checking ID's at the door - so really all are welcome. Just know that the movie selection will be for children who are primarily in this age category.
 
A simple dinner of hot-dogs with the fixings, drinks and of course fresh popcorn will be offered. Bring your pillow or sleeping bags or a blanket to sit on. Please sign up in Founders' Hall no later than Sunday morning, June 25 or use this simple form
 
Grow Christians
 
This is a new resource available through Forward Movement Inc. and I have found it to be a good read each day. The blog is written by various authors and gives practical and implementable ideas for parents to assist them in forming the faith of their children. You can read the latest posts at this link. If you find it helpful or something you might like to receive  on a daily basis, just scroll the left side of the blog and sign up for a daily email. 
 
 
Street Church at Church of the Epiphany DC
Tuesday, June 27
11:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Rising 6-12 grade Youth
 
Calling all youth for a day in the city preparing food, worshiping God, and feeding the hungry! Earn some SSL hours for school next year! Have fun with other youth!
 
Get a real flavor of life on the streets of DC for those who do not have a place to live and rely on the generosity of others for food. Plan to arrive at Epiphany no later than 11:00 a.m. and leave no earlier than 2:30 p.m.
 
Sign up in Founders' Hall or on this form no later than Sunday, June 25
 
L Sue von Rautenkranz
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Formation 9/11/2016

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Get Involved in Forming Faith - Teachers NEEDED!
 
Would you like to be a part of a planning team for adult, youth or children's formation? Do you like to tell stories, or make crafts, or play games? Maybe you'd like to lead some of our children's programs. Are you someone who likes to discover or work together to find the answers to questions? Sounds like walking with our youth in their faith journey might just be the right place for your ministry. Have you have been on a study tour, or taken a class on prayer, or been involved with a great ministry program? Consider being a presenter for one of our adult forums. Email or talk with Sue!
 
 
Children's Formation Programs
 
This week, September 11, is Homecoming Sunday and we ask that all children bring their backpacks for a blessing on Sunday. If you have also shopped for a backpack to give away - this is the day to bring them to the church. If you still need a list for shopping just click here
We begin classroom programs for children on September 18 with a focus on what we believe, how we pray, and learning the stories of Jesus. We hope your children will join us for learning, fun, games, activities and growing in faith. Register your children here.
 
Youth Programs for 2016-2017
 
There are two new ways for youth to engage in fun and formation during this program year and we are excited about what will happen! Register youth here for this year's programs and be sure to fill out the year-long permission form.
 
 
Thursday Night Dunstan's Youth Group

Dinner at 6:30 p.m. Program from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m.
1st and 3rd Thursdays - beginning on September 15
 
This is open to all youth in grades 5 through 12 and will be lead by both Sue and Jeff. It will include games, community building, and being formed in faith. Some of the formation program will be specifically directed toward preparing youth for Confirmation. The sacrament of Confirmation would be an option in the spring for those who have completed 8th grade or above. 
 
Collaboration Youth Events
Join with youth from St. David's, St. Patrick's, Church of the Redeemer, and St. Dunstan's for fun, service and learning. 
Our first event will take place on Sunday, September 18 at the GW Summit Outdoor Challenge Course at GWU's Foxhall Rd. Campus from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. The cost for this event is $15 per person. Participants will be required to sign a waiver form. Sign-up in Founders' Hall or here, no later than Monday, September 12. Waiver forms and year-long permission forms have been sent to all parents, are available on the youth page of the web site, and are available in Founder's Hall. 
 
Please put the following dates on your calendar for these joint youth events:
September 18 - October 16 - November 20 - December 18 - January 18
 
L. Sue von Rautenkranz
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Musical Thursdays! Adult Choir Kicks Off Tonight.

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Adult Choir kicks off tonight with rehearsals starting at 7:30 p.m.

The beginning of the program year is here, and we are starting up Musical Thursdays! All ages are welcome! Any skill level, no auditions. We have a choir for you.

Thursday Schedule

  • 5:45 p.m. Children’s and Bell Choir
  • 6:30 p.m. Dinner
  • 7:00 a.m. DYG ( alternating weeks)
  • 7:30 p.m. Adult Choir
  • Taize (Last Thursday of the Month)

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Formation 7/10/2016

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Summer Movie Nights
 
 
Friday, July 29 and August 26
Family Fun for all ages!
Invite Friends!
 
6:00 p.m. Simple Supper   6:30 p.m. Movie   
Concluding with Pajama Prayers
 
We had a great time last year and we are trying this again. We hope that you will join us. The evening will begin with a simple supper followed by the selection and showing of a movie that will be suitable for young children. If we have teens attend, a second movie will be offered in the youth room for the more sophisticated crowd. Following the film we will come together for Night Prayers. 
 
[This would be a great time to invite neighbors to St. Dunstan's!]
 
 
Camp EDOW
 
There's still room - register now!
Junior Camp - rising 4th through rising 6th graders. 
July 24-July 29, 2016.
Middle Camp - rising 7th through rising 9th graders.
July 31- August 5, 2016.
For more information talk with Sue or visit the diocesan website here.
 
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Life Long Christian Formation

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Summer Movie Nights
 
Friday, July 29 and August 26
Family Fun for all ages!
Invite Friends!
 
6:00 p.m. Simple Supper   6:30 p.m. Movie   
Concluding with Pajama Prayers
 
We had a great time last year and we are trying this again. We hope that you will join us. The evening will begin with a simple supper followed by the selection and showing of a movie that will be suitable for young children. If we have teens attend, a second movie will be offered in the youth room for the more sophisticated crowd. Following the film we will come together for Night Prayers. 
 
[This would be a great time to invite neighbors to St. Dunstan's!]
 
 
Camp EDOW
 
There's still room - register now!
Junior Camp - rising 4th through rising 6th graders. 
July 24-July 29, 2016.
Middle Camp - rising 7th through rising 9th graders.
July 31- August 5, 2016.
For more information talk with Sue or visit the diocesan website here.
 
L. Sue von Rautenkranz
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Formation 6/5/2016

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Children's Formation - Parents' Meeting - this Sunday
On Sunday, June 5 Jeff and Sue will be meeting with the parents of our children to discuss our formation programs. This will take place in the  parish hall from 9:50 to 10:35 a.m. Please join us as we share our hopes and dreams for raising young Christians in our world today. 
 
Graduate Sunday - June 5 at both Services
 
St. Dunstan's has may graduates this year from High School through graduate school. While all of them will not be present this coming Sunday, we hope that when you see them you will wish them well on their next adventure.
 
Our High School graduates include:
 
Alex Berger 

Alex graduated from Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School on June 1 after attending there for four years. Next year she will attend Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut. At Wesleyan, Alex will swim for the cardinals and she plans on doing premed.
 

Elizabeth Douglas

Elizabeth graduated from the Cate School, a boarding school near Santa Barbara, California on May 29 and will be headed back to the DC area. She will attend Georgetown University in the school of foreign service in the fall.
 
 
Tucker Hemphill

Tucker has been attending The Field School and will graduate from there on June 10. After visiting and assessing musical programs and communication programs at various schools, Tucker will be taking a gap year here in DC. He plans to work, develop his music, and do some traveling.
 
Those graduating with their bachelor degrees include:
 
Beau Gomez

Beau is the son of Tony Gomez and he graduated from the United States Naval Academy on May 27 with a Bachelor of Science. He was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps. Beau will report to Quantico, Virginia in September to continue his officer training at The Basic School. 
 

Nathan Hull

Nathan spent four years at Towson University studying applied physics. He is currently applying to the officer program for the Marine Corps and hopes to be accepted into that program this summer.
 

 

 
Those receiving masters degrees include:
 
Jessica Ault

Jessica graduated with a Master's Degree in Library Science with a specialization in Archives and Digital Curation from the University of Maryland's College of Information Studies on May 20. She'll be taking some time off for travel and relaxation before starting a job at Better Markets, a DC-based nonprofit organization dedicated to financial reform, to work as a records and information manager. In this job, she'll get to organize, develop strategies for knowledge management, answer reference and research questions, and develop policies for the organization.

 
Colin MacKnight

Colin just received his Masters of Music degree in organ performance from The Juilliard School in May. He will begin his Doctorate of Musical Arts as a C.V. Starr Doctoral Fellow at Juilliard this fall. (And yes, he, not his father, selected this picture.)
 

 

L. Sue von Rautenkranz
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Formation 05/29/2016

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Children's Formation - Parents' Meeting
On Sunday, June 5 Jeff and Sue will be meeting with the parents of our children to discuss our formation programs. This will take place in the  parish hall from 9:50 to 10:35 a.m. Please join us as we share our hopes and dreams for raising young Christians in our world today. 
 
Graduate Sunday  
 
Is anyone in your family graduating this year? That could be from high school, college, or graduate school. Please let Sue know. We plan to honor all graduates on Sunday, June 5 at both services. 
 
Summer is just around the corner!
Looking for a Camp or Mission Opportunity?
Camp EDOW is now open for registration!
 
Junior Camp - rising 4th through rising 6th graders. 
July 24-July 29, 2016.
Middle Camp - rising 7th through rising 9th graders. 
July 31- August 5, 2016.
For more information talk with Sue or visit the diocesan website here.
 
L. Sue von Rautenkranz
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Formation 5/22/2016

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Children's Formation 
This Sunday we will thank the people who have been faithfully serving as teachers and guides for the children of St. Dunstan's. They have given of their time and gifts to help our children explore and create and learn about people of The Story - those from the Hebrew Scriptures and of course Jesus and those who followed him. Please be sure to extend your thanks for their willingness to serve in this way. We thank: Don Baker, Meghan Jarvis, Mariana McCormick, Pete & Rose Sather, Christine Tatelbaum and Anne Taylor.
 
Parents' Meeting
On Sunday, June 5 Jeff and Sue will be meeting with the parents of our children to discuss our formation programs. This will take place in the  parish hall from 9:50 to 10:35 a.m. Please join us as we share our hopes and dreams for raising young Christians in our world today. 
 
 
Graduate Sunday  
 
Is anyone in your family graduating this year? That could be from high school, college, or graduate school. Please let Sue know. We plan to honor all graduates on Sunday, June 5 at both services. 
 
Summer is just around the corner!
Looking for a Camp or Mission Opportunity?
Camp EDOW is now open for registration!
 
Junior Camp - rising 4th through rising 6th graders. 
July 24-July 29, 2016.
Middle Camp - rising 7th through rising 9th graders. 
July 31- August 5, 2016.
For more information talk with Sue or visit the diocesan website here.
 
L. Sue von Rautenkranz
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Life-Long Christian Formation

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Children's Formation
 
Over the next two weeks our children will be learning two of the great stories in the Gospel of Luke. This Sunday, January 17 will be the story of the Good Samaritan and on Sunday, January 24 will be the Prodigal Son. Both of these stories are only found in Luke's Gospel and yet are some of the most well known parables of Jesus. We use Luke's texts throughout this year in our lectionary. His emphasis is usually on those who are in need and how we are to respond, and especially when that takes is out of our comfort zone or asks us to move beyond what is expected. This would be a good time for parents to talk about the ways your family responds and reaches out to those in need.
 
Children are always welcome to join the formation offerings on any day, even if they have not been present in the past. The new year is a great time to make this a regular practice for your family to participate in these formation offerings.
 
Youth Formation
 
The Coffee House will be open for the next two Sundays of January.  This Sunday, January 17, we will talk about Martin Luther King, Jr. and his passion for justice and social change. On January 24, we will look at a few of the stories that are only found in the gospel of Luke - The Good Samaritan and The Prodigal Son. We will view a few different video clips for each story and talk about what they say to us today.
 
Our next youth event will be Ice Skating at the Rockville City Center rink on Sunday, January 24 from 5:30 - 8:30 p.m. We will leave from and return to St. Dunstan's. We will join other Episcopal youth and their friends from other congregations present this evening - so bring your friends along! Cost is $7 per person which includes skate rentals and snacks and hot cocoa. A signup form is available here as well as one posted on the signup board at the church. Parents, please let Sue know if you might be able to provide rides this evening or if you are willing to chaperon at this event. Skating is not required to participate as an adult chaperon. Deadline for signing up is January 17!


 

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Formation 12/20/2015

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Sunday, December 20
Cookies and Blankets!
9:50 to 10:35 a.m.
 
 
 
We will have a time of fun and service as we make three more blankets for the Syrian refugees and decorate cookies to take home.  
 
 
 
Sunday, December 27
Sandwiches for Martha's Table
9:50 to 10:35 a.m.
 
Being formed by serving others will be the focus of our time together on the Sunday after Christmas Day. This is a wonderful time for ALL members of the congregation to come together and be in fellowship while we help to feed the hungry in our community. Martha's Table feeds over 500 people each day.
We will need a family to deliver our sandwiches, so be in touch with Sue if you are willing. The Outreach Committee has increased our offerings for next year to 300 sandwiches per month. following the 
 
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Formation: 12/13/2015

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Children ...
This Sunday, December 13, the children will be singing with Michael at 9:50 a.m. and preparing for the Christmas Pageant. So come on down to the Choir during formation time! Have you signed up for the pageant? If not, please go to this link.
 
Only two more weeks of Advent Pajama Prayers! Tonight 12/10 and next Thursday. We begin at 7:00 p.m. A great time to be quiet and listen for God, say our prayers and sing.
 
The next two weeks of children's formation are focused on service learning & fellowship. 

On December 20 we will be finishing the blankets for the Syrian refugees and making some Christmas items - ornaments and cookie decorating will be in order.

Then on December 27 we will again make sandwiches for Martha's Table. We need a family to deliver our sandwiches, Please connect with Sue if you are willing.
 
Youth ... 4th - 12th grade
This Sunday, December 13, the Coffee House will be open for youth and we will be making preparations for the Christmas Pageant. Youth usually take a lead role in the pageant and help lead the young children. We will join the service learning opportunities on the last two Sundays of December - preparing items for Syrian refugees and feeding the hungry in DC. This is a great opportunity to make a difference for someone else!
 
Adults ...
The Good News of St. Luke
Join Jacqueline Bray, our seminarian, for a journey into the Gospel of Luke this Sunday, December 13. We've begun the new church year and with that comes a change in our Gospel lessons. In Year C we primarily use the texts from Luke. This second week we will look at some of the traditional Advent stories juxtaposed to those of the end times. These are the two themes of Advent - the first and second comings of Christ. 
 
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Formation 10/25/2015

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Forming faith in non-traditional ways ...
Calling all Ages! It's Sandwich Making Day! October 25!
Intergenerational Formation through Service. 
We are ready for our second 
Sunday of intergenerational and experiential learning as we gather to make sandwiches for the hungry people of our community! The McNallys will take our offering to Martha's Table this month. Who would like to help in November? It will be Thanksgiving weekend but we know someone will step up. Please be in contact with Sue if you are interested in doing this next month.

 

 
The Installation of the 27th Presiding Bishop 
of The Episcopal Church
St. Dunstan's will offer an opportunity for all to view the live stream
of this service which is taking place at Washington National Cathedral. If you are interested, please contact Sue or put your name on the Signup board. This takes place on Sunday, November 1 and it begins at 12:00 noon. The viewing of the entire liturgy will take about 1-2 hours.

 

Children's Formation ...

Next Sunday, November 1 is All Saints' Day! Children will be in the classrooms this week learning about Baptism and the story of Jesus' baptism by John in the Jordan River. Parents this would be a great week to talk with your children about their baptism. Show them pictures and let them ask questions about this day,
 

 

Youth Formation ... 4th-7th Grade

The Coffee House will be open next Sunday and we will be discussing sainthood and baptism. Join us in the youth room from 9:50 to 10:35 a.m.
Our next youth event will be held on Sunday, November 8 beginning at 12:30 p.m. This will be a service learning opportunity through Samaritan Ministries, an organization which focuses on the empowerment of those who are homeless and working toward setting goals and moving forward. Details will be available early next week and set to parents via email.
 

 

Adult Sunday Formation: November 1
Dr. Elisabeth "Lisa" Kimball - Passing on the Faith
Lisa is the Director of the Center for the Ministry of Teaching and Professor of Christian Formation and Congregational Leadership at Virginia Theological Seminary. Her doctoral thesis on the role of Godparents will inform the conversation this Sunday. She will also be our preacher at the 10:45 a.m. liturgy and assist Sue with the sermon at 9:00 a.m. 
 
November 8: Serving and Learning in Ecuador
On this day Tucker Hemphill and Sue von will share their experiences of this past summer - serving and learning at the parish of Buen Pastor in Quito, Ecuador. 
 
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Formation 10/18/2015

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Children's Formation ...
Our children will be in the classrooms on the lower level this week and exploring the story of creation. Children age 3 through kindergarten are in the last room on the right. Their teachers this year are Meghan Jarvis and Mariana McCormick. Those in grades 1-3 are in the middle room on the right with Pete & Rose Sather and Don Baker. Parents of our youngest children, please take your children down to formation each week and pick them up afterward. Our formation guides, Anne Taylor and Christine Tatelbaum will know if one of the classes has gone outside. And be sure to ask your children what they did today - ask them to tell you the story they learned.
We have a full team for children's formation! Please express your gratitude to these teachers and the others who make formation for the children of St. Dunstan's possible. 
 
Youth Formation ... 4th-7th Grade
 
This Saturday, October 17 is the Haunted House and we need you to make it work! Please go to this form to let Sue know when you will be here to help with setting up and running the event. Set-up begins at 1:00 p.m. until completed and the Haunted House is open from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. Clean up should go quickly after we close it down. There will be pizza for those who show up at the beginning of set up and other snacks throughout the day. We need everyone's help to make it work!
The Coffee House is open this week - and while we might have a conversation about Creation, we will probably also be packing up Haunted House supplies for another year. Join us in the youth room from 9:50 to 10:35 a.m.
 
Adult Sunday Formation: October 18
God's Abundance and Our Faith
This week we have the pleasure of hearing from the Canon to the Ordinary for the Diocese of Washington, Mr. Paul Cooney. In that role Paul serves as the "right hand" person to the Bishop and manages the day to day affairs of the Diocese. Before joining the Bishop's staff in 2002, he practiced law full time in a large DC firm and gave of his gifts to the diocese in a variety of capacities including Finance Chair, Chancellor and Chair of Search Committee for Eighth Bishop of Washington.
Paul will share some practical perspectives regarding the intersection of our faith, God's abundance and how we think about the treasure entrusted to our community and to us as individuals. He will also give some information about events and developments in the Diocese. He will be our preacher at the 10:45 liturgy.
 
October 25: Martha's Table - Intergenerational Formation through Service. We are ready for our second Sunday of intergenerational and experiential learning as we gather to make sandwiches for the hungry people of our community! We need a family to deliver our offering and we had a number of families who were interested. Please be in contact with Sue if you are interested in doing this next Sunday.
 
November 1: Dr. Elisabeth "Lisa" Kimball - Passing on the Faith
Lisa is the Director of the Center for the Ministry of Teaching and Professor of Christian Formation and Congregational Leadership at Virginia Theological Seminary. Her doctoral thesis on the role of Godparents will inform the conversation this Sunday. She will also be our preacher at the 10:45 a.m. liturgy and assist Sue with the sermon at 9:00 a.m.
 
 
L. Sue von Rautenkranz
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Formation 10/11/2015

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Children's Formation ...
Music will be the offering for children this Sunday, October 11 as they gather in the choir room with Michael to sing and play instruments. The choir room is accessed by walking through the youth room (bean bag room).Children are back in their classrooms on the lower level on Sunday, October 18
 
Youth Formation ... 4th-7th Grade
 
It's time for the Haunted House! This Sunday, October 11 during our Coffee House gathering we will be going through supplies and making plans. So try to be present this Sunday from 9:50 to 10:35 a.m.

Then next Saturday, October 17 it is all hands on deck for set-up, running the Haunted House, and taking it down. So please go to this form to let us know when you can be here to help with setting up and running the event. Set-up begins at 1:00 p.m. until completed and the Haunted House is open from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. Clean up should go quickly after we close it down. There will be pizza for those who show up at the beginning of set up and other snacks throughout the day. We need everyone's help to make it work!
 
Upcoming Adult Sunday Formation: October 11
 
What's Wrong with Economic Inequality? 
Why you should care about growing disparities of income and wealth?

Come join the St. Dunstan's Economic Justice Working Group for a timely and lively conversation on a topic that is front and center in today's political debates - what to do about economic inequality? We will discuss what our Christian faith says about economic inequality; how we experience it in our own lives; how and why it has worsened and what will happen if current trends continue, including how it might affect our children and grandchildren. We've put together two resolutions for the January Diocesan convention on what we can do individually, as a parish, in the diocese, and as a country to address the problem. You can find the resolutions and a wealth of supporting material on this page of our website and scroll down to Sunday Formation.  Please come and share this important conversation.
 
October 18Mr. Paul Cooney, Canon to the Ordinary for the Diocese of Washington will be our featured speaker and preacher to kick off our annual giving campaign.
 
October 25: Martha's Table - Intergenerational Formation through Service. On the last Sunday of each month our formation will be intergenerational and experiential as we gather to make sandwiches for the hungry people in our community. Is there another family or individual who would like to learn the ropes from the Johnson's? Either be in contact with Sue or Paul Johnson.
 
L. Sue von Rautenkranz
Christian Formation Coordinator
 

 

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Formation: 10/4/2015

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Caring for those who depend on us!
PET BLESSING - Sunday, October 4 during the 9:00 Service! On this feast of St. Francis we will bless animals and stuffed critters as well. Please be sure that they are properly leashed or caged for their comfort and safety. 
 
We will have a special presentation during our formation time in the parish hall, complete with special treats for our furry friends. Allan Cohen, Chair of the Board of Directors  for MCPAW will give a special presentation to our community. He is a founding member of the organization and has a great love for the well-being of animals in our county. MCPAW serves as a partner to the Mont. Co. Animal Services & Adoption Center. They work to identify and correct the causes that make shelters necessary and provide programs and advocate for change so that animals are cared for properly. 
 
If you have any old towels or blankets or wish to send treats to the dogs and cats, 
please bring these on Sunday morning!
 
Children's Formation ...
Music will be the offering for children on Sunday, October 11 as they gather in the choir room with Michael to sing and play instruments. The choir room is accessed by walking through the youth room (bean bag room).Children are back in their classrooms on the lower level on Sunday, October 18

 

Youth Formation ... 4th-7th Grade
We have a great group planning to climb the trees at Sandy Springs Adventure Park this Sunday, October 4! We hope that the weather cooperates! Youth will meet at the church for lunch beginning at 12:30 p.m. Don't forget your year-long permission form or guest form. Cost is $50 made payable to St. Dunstan's. We will be monitoring the storm and update all participants on Saturday afternoon. If we have to cancel for this week, we will find another time to go later in the year.

 

 
Upcoming Adult Sunday
Formation: October 11
What's Wrong with Economic Inequality? 
Why you should care about growing disparities of income and wealth?

Come join the St. Dunstan's Economic Justice Working Group for a timely and lively conversation on a topic that is front and center in today's political debates - what to do about economic inequality? We will discuss what our Christian faith says about economic inequality; how we experience it in our own lives; how and why it has worsened and what will happen if current trends continue, including how it might affect our children and grandchildren. We've put together two resolutions for the January Diocesan convention on what we can do individually, as a parish, in the diocese, and as a country to address the problem. You can find the resolutions and a wealth of supporting material on this page of our website and scroll down to Sunday Formation.  Please come and share this important conversation.
 
October 18Mr. Paul Cooney, Canon to the Ordinary for the Diocese of Washington will be our featured speaker and preacher to kick off our stewardship season.
October 25: Martha's Table - Intergenerational Formation through Service. On the last Sunday of each month our formation will be intergenerational and experiential as we gather to make sandwiches for the hungry people in our community.
 
L. Sue von Rautenkranz
Christian Formation Coordinator
 


 

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This Week in Formation

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Faith Formers Needed - Our Children need YOU!
Are you called to spend just a couple hours each month with the children of St. Dunstan's? The requirements for
this ministry are a love for children and/or youth, a willingness to grow in faith with them, and the gift of your time and talents. And yes, there is an expectation of participation in a one-time class on Safeguarding God's Children. But the benefit of this ministry and how you will grow outweighs the concerns you may have. Please talk with Sue if you are interested in joining the formation leaders for this coming year.
We would especially like a few  of our men to join this group. Time commitment is only a few hours each month, as we do not have classroom activities every week.
 
Children & Youth Formation ...  
Please be sure to fill out these forms so that we can adequately prepared to received your children in our formation programs which begin in September.
If you have children who are infants through grade 5, please use this Form
If you have young people in grades 6 through 12, please use this Form
 
Youth and their parents will also need to complete the Year-long Permission form to participate in any activities that will take us off the grounds of the church.  Because this form requires a signature, it is in paper format.  Copies are available in Founders' Hall and on the youth page of the website via this link.
 
LEGOS
 
This year our older Children's Formation group will be using a new curriculum called - Building Faith Brick by Brick. This curriculum tells bible stories and encourages the children to create a portion of the story with Legos. Any and all types of Legos are desired - figures, blocks, and platforms to build on. A bin will be in Founders' Hall to accept your donations.y Legos filling up plastic bins around your house? Have your children grown out of these wonderful plastic blocks? We know just the place that needs them - St. Dunstan's!
 
 
YOUTH FORMATION
Registration is now open for the first Diocesan youth event of the year. This new event, ROOTED, for High School Students, grade 9-12, is being designed for youth who are in confirmation programs and those who are interested in growing in faith. Sue has been a part of the planning team and Tucker will be attending and assisting with the music for the event. Come and join us. September 18-20 at the Bishop Claggett Center. Information on registration is being sent to youth and parents this week.
Stayed tuned for other events and programs for all youth in the next few weeks. The Coffee House will reopen in September and plans are underway for parish and area-wide activities. These will be open to all in grades 6-12.
L. Sue von Rautenkranz
Christian Formation Coordinator
 

 

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Formation 8/16/2015

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Faith Formers Needed
Are you called to spend just a couple hours each month with the children of St. Dunstan's? The requirements for this ministry are a love for children and/or youth, a willingness to grow in faith with them, and the gift of your time and talents. And yes, there is an expectation of participation in a one-time class on Safeguarding God's Children. But the benefit of this ministry and how you will grow outweighs the concerns you may have. Please talk with Sue if you are interested in joining the formation leaders for this coming year. We would especially like a few of our men to join this group. 
Time commitment is only a few hours each month, as we do not have classroom activities each week.
 
Children & Youth Formation ... on-line registration  
Please be sure to fill out these forms so that we can adequately prepared to received your children in our formation programs which begin in September.
If you have children who are infants through grade 5, please use this Form
If you have young people in grades 6 through 12, please use this Form
 
Youth and their parents will also need to complete the Year-long Permission form to participate in any activities that will take us off the grounds of the church.  Because this form requires a signature, it is in paper format.  Copies are available in Founders' Hall and on the youth page of the website via this link.
 
LEGOS
Do you have any Legos filling up plastic bins around your house? Have your children grown out of these wonderful plastic blocks? We know just the place that needs them - St. Dunstan's!
This year our older Children's Formation group will be using a new curriculum called - Building Faith Brick by Brick. This curriculum tells bible stories and encourages the children to create a portion of the story with Legos. Any and all types of Legos are desired - figures, blocks, and platforms to build on. A bin will be in Founders' Hall to accept your donations.
 
YOUTH FORMATION
 
Registration is now open for the first Diocesan youth event of the year. This new event, ROOTED, for High School Students, grade 9-12, is being designed for youth who are in confirmation programs and those who are interested in growing in faith. Sue has been a part of the planning team and Tucker will be attending and assisting with the music for the event. Come and join us. September 18-20 at the Bishop Claggett Center. Information on registration is being sent to youth and parents this week.
Stayed tuned for other events and programs for all youth in the next few weeks. The Coffee House will reopen in September and plans are underway for parish and area-wide activities. These will be open to all in grades 6-12.
L. Sue von Rautenkranz
Christian Formation Coordinator

 

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Formation 5.24

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Life-Long Christian Formation

We've had a great program year of formation at St. Dunstan's and many people have contributed through their time and talents.  Next week, Sunday, May 31we will recognize those who have been present for children and youth.  They include: Nina Horgan, Jessica Ault, Bethany Bentley, Karen Edwards, Christine Tatelbaum, Anne Taylor, Austin Fodrie, and Lacy Douglas. We hope you will be present to thank them for their contribution of time; and especially for their love of children and their willingness to share faith stories with the children and youth of the parish. But if not, be sure to thank them when you see them. 

 

The best way to help your young person grow in faith is through a camp community. Please talk with Sue if you have any questions, but set aside the week now.  The Diocese has put together a great program with wonderful leaders in a superb facility. The cost for the week is $575 per camper.  You can register online here.   

Junior Camp (Rising 4th -6th graders) - July 26-31, 2015.  
Middler Camp (Rising 7th- 9th graders) - August 2-7, 2015


 

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Lenten Offerings 3/1

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Lenten Offerings ... 

Lent offers us a time to reflect on our life and to make changes and learn new ways to experience God.  This year at St. Dunstan's we are highlighting two programs for adults which offer daily reflections and an opportunity to come together weekly for community reflection and conversation.  One of these is featured in our Sunday morning formation and the other is offered on Thursday evenings.  We are also offering an opportunity for families to partake in a simple meal, for children to sing and restart our children's choir program, and for all to experience a simple nighttime liturgy.  Read more about how to be a better disciple here.

Thursdays

Children's Choir Rehearsals

March 5 & 19 and April 2 at 5:45 p.m. Children will gather with Michael and other adults to learn music for Holy Week and Easter. All children from age 4 through grade 5 are welcome to participate. Older youth are welcome to come and serve as leaders for this program. Please connect with Michael if your children will participate.

Sue and Jeff present "The Lord's Supper"

March 5 & 19 and April 2 - 6:30 p.m. A simple supper for all ages between the Children's Choir and Adult Choir rehearsals.  Parents (actually all adults) are welcome to gather in the kitchen for refreshments while the children rehearse.  This will be followed by Good Night God prayers at 7:10 p.m. every week except April 2, Maundy Thursday.  A sign-up is posted at the church and online here.

 

Adult Choir Rehearsals 

7:30 p.m. each Thursday evening in Lent. All are welcome to join the choir and those who wish to sing for Easter services are encouraged to come for the first 30 minutes of rehearsal time.

  Evening Bible Study ... Living Well through Lent

Thursday evening from 7:30 to 9:00 p.m.  Sue will facilitate the conversation and each participant will be given a devotional program with daily reflections on the Sunday gospels focusing on practicing resilience with all our heart, soul, strength, and mind.  Please be in contact with Sue to join this group or sign-up at church.  At least 8 persons must commit to hold this study.

 Daily Lenten Morning Prayers

At 8 a.m. each weekday in Lent St. Dunstan's offers parishioner-led Morning Prayer, a brief quiet service with scriptures and psalms. Why not consider stopping by one morning a week on your way to work or after dropping off the kids for a few moments of candle-lit peace and prayer at the back of the church. Enjoy 20 minutes of peace before stepping out into the world.

Other Lenten reflections and growing opportunities ...

Lent Madness - vote for your favorite saint, learn about their life and witness, and explore legends, quirks, quotes and even enjoy saintly kitsch. Find out all you need to know to make an informed selection.

Two great devotions sites for youth: d365 a daily devotional specifically designed for youth and young adults.  Produced by Passport, Inc. and sponsored by the youth offices of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship, the Presbyterian Church (USA), and The Episcopal Church.  

Videos for your Soul are particularly posted for youth and young adults, but can be used by people of all ages.  You may visit the site daily or just once, and subscribe to receive a daily email with the video of the day.


Lenten Daily Calendars are a great way to keep track of the 40 days and participate in various prayer practices and giving. These are available in Founders' Hall.

 

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Lenten Offerings

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Thursdays

Ashes and Music

On February 19 children will gather for a special time to experience Ashes and sing with Fr. Jeff beginning at 5:45 p.m. Parents are welcome to join this experiential time or gather for conversation and refreshments in the kitchen.  

 

"The Lord's Supper" follows at 6:30 p.m. A simple supper for all ages between the Children's Choir and Adult Choir rehearsals. This will be followed by Good Night God prayers at 7:10 p.m. Please sign-up as soon as possible here.

 

Adult Choir Rehearsals 

7:30 p.m. each Thursday evening in Lent. All are welcome to join the choir and those who wish to sing for Easter services are encouraged to come for the first 30 minutes of rehearsal time.

  

Evening Bible Study ... Living Well through Lent

Thursday evening from 7:30 to 9:00 p.m.  Sue will facilitate the conversation and each participant will be given a devotional program with daily reflections on the Sunday gospels focusing on practicing resilience with all our heart, soul, strength, and mind.  Please be in contact with Sue to join this group or sign-up at church.  At least 8 persons must commit to hold this study.

    

Daily Lenten Morning Prayers

At 8 a.m. each weekday in Lent St. Dunstan's offers parishioner-led Morning Prayer, a brief quiet service with scriptures and psalms. Why not consider stopping by one morning a week on your way to work or after dropping off the kids for a few moments of candle-lit peace and prayer at the back of the church. Enjoy 20 minutes of peace before stepping out into the world.

 

Other Lenten reflections and growing opportunities ...

 

Lent Madness - vote for your favorite saint, learn about their life and witness, and explore legends, quirks, quotes and even enjoy saintly kitsch. Find out all you need to know to make an informed selection.

  

Two great devotions sites for youth: d365 a daily devotional specifically designed for youth and young adults.  Produced by Passport, Inc. and sponsored by the youth offices of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship, the Presbyterian Church (USA), and The Episcopal Church.  

 Videos for your Soul are particularly posted for youth and young adults, but can be used by people of all ages.  You may visit the site daily or just once, and subscribe to receive a daily email with the video of the day.


Lenten Daily Calendars are a great way to keep track of the 40 days and participate in various prayer practices and giving. These are available in Founders' Hall.





 

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Music Opportunities

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Handbell Choir Rehearsals!
The Handbell Choir will rehearse at 12:15 p.m. every Sunday until Easter. Please contact Jessie McCardell or Michael Austin if you are interested in joining the Handbell Choir.

Now Looking for Easter Choir Members! 
 We will be rehearsing music for Easter Day, April 5, for the first 30 minutes of each choir rehearsal between now and Holy Week.

If you are interested in singing with the choir, but are looking for a short rehearsal with a short-term commitment, join us for 30 minutes on Thursdays, 7:30 p.m.- 8:00 p.m. in the sanctuary. Reading music is not a requirement to join us; practice recording will be provided! Regular adult choir rehearsals are Thursdays, 7:30 p.m.-9:00 p.m. in the sanctuary. Join us! 

Michael Austin, Music Director

  





 

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Looking for the Lenten Experience ?

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Looking for a Lenten experience?
 
"Ashes to Go"
As you emerge from the escalator at the Bethesda Metro station during evening rush hour on February 18 you will see a band of folks from St. Dunstan's offering a brief prayer and ashes to anyone who wishes to commemorate the beginning of Lent with this ancient symbol.  This will be the second year that St. Dunstan's will participate in Ashes to Go, bringing ashes to people who might not have the time or inclination to come to a mid-week church service or might have forgotten it is Ash Wednesday. 

Last year we decided to give this a try and lo and behold several dozen people saw the "Ashes to Go" sign and approached our group for ashes.  We also handed out a card with some Lenten resources, a prayer, and information about St. Dunstan's.  Many Metro riders were genuinely pleased with the convenience of getting their ashes on the way home from work.

This year, we'd like to involve more St. Dunstan's parishioners in Ashes to Go.  Did you know that there is no rule that only clergy can offer ashes?   Would you like to share in this ministry on Ash Wednesday?  Would you like to hand out prayer/information cards to people who have received ashes?  If so, please get in touch with Jeff or Sue von.  Or maybe you'll be coming up the escalator yourself.

Rosi Sweeney

 

Ash Wednesday Liturgies

Remember that you are dust, 
and to dust you shall return.

February 18, 2015

11:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m.

The Imposition of Ashes and Holy Eucharist


 

Lenten Offerings ... 

 

Thursday Evenings

Children's Choir Rehearsals

February 19, March 5 & 19 and April 2 at 5:45 p.m.  Children will gather with Michael and other adults to learn music for Holy Week and Easter.  All children from age 4 through grade 5 are welcome to participate.  Older youth are welcome to come and serve as leaders for this program. Please connect with Michael if your children will participate.


 

Sue and Jeff present "The Lord's Supper"

February 19, March 5 & 19 and April 2 - 6:30 p.m. A simple supper for all ages between the Children's Choir and Adult Choir rehearsals.  Parents (actually all adults) are welcome to gather in the kitchen for wine and refreshments while the children rehearse.  This will be followed by Good Night God prayers at 7:10 p.m. every week except April 2, Maundy Thursday.  A sign-up is posted at the church and online here.

 

Adult Choir Rehearsals

7:30 p.m. each Thursday evening in Lent. 

All are welcome to join the choir and those who wish to sing for Easter services are encouraged to come for the first 30 minutes of rehearsal time.
 

Living Well through Lent

An adult scripture study on the Sunday gospels will be held each Thursday evening from 7:30 to 9:00 p.m.  Sue will facilitate the conversation and each participant will be given a devotional program with daily reflections on the scripture to practicing resilience with all our heart, soul, strength, and mind.  Please be in contact with Sue to join this group or sign-up at church.  At least 8 persons must commit to hold this study.




 

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Trail Notes: Self- Giving Love: The Way of Jesus

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Think of the most self-giving person you know. Is she a joyful person? Is he someone you like to be with? Someone you would like to emulate in your life? 

For myself, I know that having children taught me about being a self-giving person…being willing to put my own needs aside – gladly – for the sake of another human being (or, these days, for our dogs!). Because children’s needs are so clear and unvarnished, they help us step out of our self-absorbed selves and respond to them with care and generosity. It’s not that our own needs or desires are gone – we still struggle with the tension between what we want and what others need. But children are good teachers in this journey. 

I’m not just talking about parents, either. I think of my nursery school teacher, Mrs. Bennett, who instilled in me a love of music (accordion!) and of French…all at the age of 4. Or my fifth grade teacher, Mrs. Reinehr, who was so full of life and love that she gave me a zeal for learning that stays with me today. And Maggie and Colin’s godmother, DeeDee Allen, who has shown them a consistent and generous love of a non-parent adult in their lives.There are many in our own community who work in public service, forgoing financial remuneration in order to serve the common good. 

Then there are the many people who risk their very lives in service to others – fire and police officers, the soldiers we pray for every Sunday, the medical people who responded to the ebola crisis. What drives these people? As Christians, we see the life of Jesus as an example, a motivator to give of ourselves, without counting the cost, for the life of other people and the life of the world. 

On this last Sunday in our series on human relationships, we reflect on the self-giving life that Jesus demonstrates for us. This is fitting as we turn our spirits toward the season of Lent. The Gospel is paradoxical at its root, and therefore it often makes little sense to the world’s wisdom. But we who know Jesus understand that it is through self-giving – giving ourselves away – that we in fact gain real fullness of life and joy. This is why we can say that the way of the Cross is the way of life.  JBM

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