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New Deacon in Training

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Meet Eugene Wright!

 
St. Dunstan's welcomes our new deacon candidate, Eugene
 Wright, to our worship and ministries beginning January 7 through June 2018.  Eugene is in the final stages of his training to be ordained a vocational deacon in the Diocese of Washington.  A parish placement is part of the training.  
 
Eugene is a longtime member of St. John's Church in Mt. Rainier.  He has served in many capacities, including as Warden and vestry member there.  He also served as chair of their stewardship and evangelism committee, and is interested in working with us at St. Dunstan's in those areas.  We welcome his help and expertise.  Eugene has also served in various liturgical capacities, and as a pastoral visitor.
 
We hope to provide a good training experience to Eugene as he moves toward diaconal ministry.  Please say hello and welcome him starting this Sunday.  JBM  


 

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Trail Notes: 12/10/2017

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Five Talents Saves Lives

Our friends and longtime mission partners from Five Talents will be here at both services this Sunday, Dec. 10, and between services during our social time, to share their recent ministries.  St. Dunstan’s is currently supporting the project in South Sudan, a place where few aid organizations can even work due to instability there. 

Five Talents is the Anglican microfinance ministry – with a difference: FT doesn’t just make small loans and hope it will help poor people.  FT works through local Anglican churches.  It creates local communities called savings circles, give training in business practices, and walk with these brave entrepreneurs who start businesses to support their families.  Most FT group members are women, who use their money to buy food and medicine, and pay school fees for their children.  Each small loan (often under $100) lifts up many lives out of extreme poverty, saving lives, giving dignity and hope.    

What could be more fitting in this Advent season, when we pause to remember how God came to a poor family in Palestine, in order to bring hope to a world full of poor and scared people?  Our own needs may not be material, but we are spiritually thirsty for something to encourage us in a world that’s often pretty dark.  Some of us are despairing of the hatred and indifference we see in societies today.  We need the hope and light of Jesus just as much as a South Sudanese woman who is trying to keep her children safe and fed. 

God gives something to each of us – maybe five talents (a whole lot!), maybe just one talent (still considerable resources).  Each of us is responsible to use what we’ve been given for God’s glory.  How are you using the resources entrusted to you by God?  JBM  


 

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Trail Notes: 10/15/2017

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The Possibilities of Spring

We come this Sunday to our third season in Creation Time: Spring.  After the cold, dark, and fallowness of wintertime, Spring is always welcome – a sense of possibility, newness, growth, and surprise come with this season. 

In the Gospel today (Matthew 22:1-10) Jesus tells the story of a king who gives a wedding banquet for his son – certainly one of the most significant parties one ever throws, tied up with the hopes and dreams we have for our children.  He sends advance invitations (the first-century equivalent of “save-the-date” cards), and the guests reply.  Then when the moment comes, he sends messengers to bring in the guests who had promised to come.  Then all hell breaks loose.

The guests give excuses for not coming – new property purchases, recent marriage, new livestock to tend.  The king is not amused.  (Here the story lapses into hyperbole about murder and mayhem among the guests and the king’s servants.  This seems to be a reference to the historical misfortune of prophets (messengers or slaves), and the destruction of Jerusalem 40 years after Jesus told this parable.  Thus, these violent outbursts are probably not original to Jesus’ parable, but added later.) 

What I take from this story is about God’s invitation to us to step away from our day-to-day lives and consider something new.  There’s a banquet laid for us in life, but we have to be willing to step out, explore what’s new, and perhaps change our course in life from time to time.  Aunty Mame of Broadway fame once said, “Life’s a banquet, and most poor suckers are starving to death!”  That’s what can happen when we don’t accept God’s invitation to try new things, explore new possibilities, new callings, new ministries.  What better way to honor Spring?  JBM  


 

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Trail Notes: 06/05/2016

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"Worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness...." 

This line from Psalm 96 has always seemed particularly appropriate to the Episcopal Church.  We have always treasured our worship spaces (many are quite beautiful, including St. Dunstan's). We love pageantry, colorful hangings, fresh flowers, gleaming silver and brass, glowing candlelight. We treat the Lord's Supper, rightly, as we would treat a dress-up dinner at home. 
 
I'm always reminded of this when we prepare for Thanksgiving dinner at home: we pull out treasured table linens, inherited silver, and favorite china. We arrange our fresh flowers. The main thing is, of course, the people who are gathered - to celebrate, to remember our blessings, to give thanks to God. But some need to work in the kitchen to make it all happen!
 
Our beautiful liturgies require care and preparation, just like dinner parties at home. That's where our Altar Guild comes in. These faithful folks make things beautiful for all of us, week after week. They work in the room off the altar called the sacristy - a kind of prep kitchen.  Without the Altar Guild, the bread and wine would not be provided, chalices would go unwashed, the candles would burn out, the silver and brass would be tarnished, and the linens would be a mess. And we wouldn't know what season it is because the altar hangings would never change! Fortunately, many who serve find this hands-on ministry very meaningful and spiritually enriching - a kind of prayer to God through action. 
 
Today we honor our Altar Guild, which is down to two people at the moment. We need at least 10 people, each serving one Sunday a month, to share this ministry and cover all our services, serving 1 year terms. We'll explore this important ministry this Sunday
 
Worship is the first privilege and duty of the church. All our ministries spring forth from our worship. How can you serve God and your congregation in worship here?  JBM  

 

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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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Cabaret

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St. Dunstan's big night of music, food, and good cheer is coming Saturday, April 23, 2016, 6-9 p.m.  Plan now to bring family and friends.  The theme this year is "The King and I," with an atmosphere of the old royal court of Siam. Thai food will be served.  The auction is the single largest fundraiser of the year for St. Dunstan's ministries - what a great cause to support. 
 
If you'd like to be involved and assist in the event - invitations, publicity, music, food, drink, auction, decorating, and serving - please contact Jeff. Please RSVP by April 17th. Extra RSVP cards are available on the table in Founder's Hall.


 

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Cabaret: Save the Date!

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St. Dunstan's big night of music, food, and good cheer is coming Saturday, April 23, 2016, 6-9 p.m.  Plan now to bring family and friends.  The theme this year is "The King and I," with an atmosphere of the old royal court of Siam. Thai food will be served.  The auction is the single largest fundraiser of the year for St. Dunstan's ministries - what a great cause to support. 
 
If you'd like to be involved and assist in the event - invitations, publicity, music, food, drink, auction, decorating, and serving - please contact Jeff.


 

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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
Christian Formation Coordinator
 


 

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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.
L. Sue von Rautenkranz
Christian Formation Coordinator
 


 

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Save the Date: Cabaret is Coming

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St. Dunstan's big night of music, food, and good cheer is coming Saturday, April 23, 2016, 6-9 p.m.  Plan now to bring family and friends.  The theme this year is "The King and I," with an atmosphere of the old royal court of Siam. Thai food will be served.  The auction is the single largest fundraiser of the year for St. Dunstan's ministries - what a great cause to support. 
 
If you'd like to be involved and assist in the event - invitations, publicity, music, food, drink, auction, decorating, and serving - please contact Jeff.
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Sermon 02.14.2016 Lent 1

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Video: P.B. Michael Curry – Lent message, the Jesus Movement
    It’s not a settlement, it’s a movement – in motion, changing, growing  

It’s Valentine’s Day!  Did you hear the one about the husband who approached his wife and asked "If I died tomorrow, would you remarry?" The wife thought for a minute and said "Yes, yes, I think I would." He went off for a while and then returned.  "Would you let him use my golf clubs?" "Oh no, no, no," said his wife. "He's left handed."

All of us are subject to temptation, I guess.  We’re in good company: Jesus had to struggle himself with the devil in the desert. 

How can we make ourselves stronger as we are tempted by so many things in this life?  How can we make our congregation stronger, so that our community will shine with the love of Christ on Mass. Avenue? 

Many temptations can lead to little lapses – fudging taxes, lapses of integrity at work, irritability at home, envy and jealousy of our neighbors who seem to be doing better than we are.  Sometimes there are big lapses: infidelity to a partner, dishonesty in business, vengeful reprisals against someone who crosses us.  There’s no shortage of temptation in our lives! 

But on Valentine’s Day, we remember how much we love each other, and might feel a twinge of regret that we don’t always act like it. 

This Lent, we are focusing on a Rule of Life….a pattern of living that helps us live in love and in faith.  Now you may think of a monastic rule, where monks and nuns rise at 4 a.m. to pray each day, wear hair shirts and sackcloth,  give away everything they have, and read through all 150 psalms every week in church. 

It doesn’t have to be like that.  A Rule of Life for the rest of us can be very simple, to help us live more sanely, more generously, more lovingly, more joyfully than we would without it…

Nine of us spent the weekend on retreat exploring what a rule of life might mean for each of us.  We all know some of the traditional elements – daily prayer, moderation in our appetites, acts of compassion.  We discovered that this can be much more about being intentional about practices that feed us and bring us joy and peace…and not about punishing ourselves with demands that we can hardly meet.  It may mean less about adding hard things to our to-do list, and more about committing ourselves to a do-not-do list.  What could a do-not-do list look like? 

· I will not beat up on myself, or on other people, when we make an honest mistake. 

·When I am tired, I will not feel guilty about stopping to rest when I can. 

· I will not say yes to things when I need to say no.

· I will not claim all the credit, or take all the blame, when it doesn’t all belong to me. 

· I will not neglect the ones I love the most.   

Does that sound like a rule of life that might help you live better?  I know it would be good for me. 

Congregations can have a rule of life too – common norms that we all support, to make our community as healthy and Godly as we can be.  Our vestry consultant Ed Kelaher mentioned some of these rules of healthy congregations:

· I will pray that God will send the Holy Spirit into our church, and I will pray for our leaders who have hard jobs, and for our ministries.

· I will always work for the greatest good of the church, even when I don’t get my own way. 

· I will express thanks to God and to all the people who make our church a beautiful community of faith. 

· I will not engage in negative talk to my friends about some else in church; I’ll speak directly to the person.

Before Jesus really got started preaching and teaching about the Kingdom of God, he was led by God’s own Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil.  Why did God do this?  For one reason, it was so that Jesus would know the many temptations that all of us face in life – to be selfish, to indulge our appetites too much, to show off, or to try to manipulate other people, or manipulate God.  For another reason, this time of hunger and temptation was meant, I believe, to harden Jesus, to toughen him up, to make him strong to face what he would have to face.  This was Jesus’ “boot camp,” his basic training for life. 

Maybe we can look at our temptations in life in the same way, and derive some benefit from the struggle – renewed strength, renewed trust in God.  Lent is a good time to take another honest look at your life as an individual child of God, and see if some changes need to be made.  It’s a good time to examine our life as a Christian congregation – the Body of Christ – and ask not what our church can do for us, but what we can do for our church.  Temptations will never go away in life; it’s up to us to face them openly and honestly, and ask God’s help to overcome them.  And God is so happy to be asked!  So happy to be invited into our lives, even our messy lives, to walk with us.  That’s what Jesus learned, and what Jesus is trying to teach us today.  AMEN.  


 

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Trail Notes: 02/21/2016

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ANNUAL MEETING 9:50 a.m. Sunday - Say yes to St. Dunstan’s.   

Only once a year do we gather as a congregation to elect leaders and conduct the business of our parish, St. Dunstan’s.  This year’s meeting is different.  We’ll start with a fun slide show of parish activities of the last year.  And we’ll hear from Praveen Jeyarajah about the exciting plan to grow our parish this year.  And, for the first time ever, the Vestry presents a Three-year Plan for our budget and ministries.  All in 50 minutes, starting at 9:50 a.m. in the Parish Hall, with refreshments.  Will you come? 

I want to thank and celebrate those who have stepped up to be nominated as leaders of our congregation.  We have a bumper crop of talented and dedicated people this year.  Six people are nominated to join the Vestry. 

We’ve also formed two new committees:

Growth Committee: Praveen Jeyarajah, Chair; Meghan Jarvis, Rosi Sweeney, Ray Donnelly, Anne Taylor, Nastya McNally, Julie Anderson, Jeff MacKnight (staff)

Membership Committee: The Vestry...Nils Overdahl, Chair; Fred Bentley, Pete Sather, Jessica Ault, Ryan McCormick, Sue von (staff)

Please welcome all these leaders, thank them, and consider what you can do to support them. (Nominees this year in boldface, underlined.  Note that additional nominations may be made at the meeting on Sunday.) 

Your proposed new Vestry 2016: (New nominees in bold italics.)

Jeff MacKnight, Rector
Nils Overdahl, Sr. Warden
Julie Anderson, Jr. Warden
Shelly Brett-Major, Registrar (Secretary)
Cliff White, Treasurer

 

Vestry Class of 2017

 

Fred Bentley                                 

Vestry Class of 2018

 

Jessica Ault

Vestry Class of 2019

 

Nancy Douglas

Anne Taylor

Cathie Morton

Matt McNally

Carl Adams

Trudy Surut

Pete Sather

 

Diocesan Convention Delegate: Rosi Sweeney (’19); Alternate Delegate:  Mark MacCarthy (19)

New Endowment Committee members: Clare McCown (’19), John Wyss (’19)

Continuing on the Endowment Committee: Chris Hemus, Chair (’17), Chuck Cash (’18), Ron Poropatich (’17), Cliff White, Treasurer ex officio

Columbarium Committee (At least 5 members, appointed by the rector, including Chair, Vice Chair, Clerk, Treasurer, Member(s))

          New Apptmts: Chair: Carl Adams, Member:  Sue Newman
          Reappointments: Vice Chair, Brian Berger; Clerk, Nancy Fassett;
            Treasurer – Cliff White

Growth Committee - Praveen Jeyarajah, Chair; Meghan Jarvis, Rosi Sweeney, Ray Donnelly, Anne Taylor, Nastya McNally, Julie Anderson, Jeff MacKnight (staff)

Membership CommitteeNils Overdahl, Chair; Fred Bentley, Pete Sather, Jessica Ault, Shelly Brett-Major, Matt McNally, Nancy Douglas, Trudy Surut, Ryan McCormick, Sue von (staff)

I also want to thank our leaders who are leaving office at this point, having served from one year to many years. 

Thanks to those leaving the Vestry: Lynne Ryan, Boots Quimby, Rosi Sweeney (Registrar), Don Baker. Thanks to Elin Botha, faithful Diocesan Convention Delegate. Thanks to Bob Boyd, faithful Columbarium Committee Chair. Thanks to Mark Tatelbaum and Praveen Jeyarajah for service on the Endowment Committee.


 

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Trail Notes: 1/17/2016

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Gifts, Known and Unknown

Some years ago, the Bishop asked me to serve on the diocesan committee on Constitution and Canons, which is concerned with church laws and statutes and their revision as needed. I was puzzled, since I have no legal background. Still, I wanted to help, so I said “yes.” Well, I found it fascinating, and I served quite happily for over 10 years, and even became chair of the committee for a while! I would never have known I had any gifts for such things if I had not said “yes” when I was asked to serve. 

St. Paul speaks in I Corinthians 12 about the variety of gifts given by the Holy Spirit – gifts to build up the church, and gifts to serve people in need or trouble.  The Body of Christ – the Church – has need of all these gifts, and the Spirit gives them for the common good. You might have some gifts you’ve never used! (I’d like the gift of working miracles myself….) If you don’t explore your spiritual gifts, how will you ever know? 

As St. Dunstan’s begins a new year, we need your gifts for ministry:  the gifts of every person in our congregation. When one person isn’t offering the gifts God has given, then both that person, and the community, are impoverished. We have been recruiting for Vestry and other offices, and – thank God! – most people are saying yes! We are forming a new team under the leadership of Praveen Jeyarajah to bring growth to our parish. Growing is our primary task and focus in 2016 and beyond, with a goal of a net gain of 10 new households a year for the next several years.  I’m grateful for all who have said “yes” to serve on this crucial project. To grow our church, we’ll need everybody to be on the growth effort – talking about St. Dunstan’s, bringing friends to church, doing visible ministries in the local area, and reaching out to welcome new members in your neighborhood. I hope you’ll offer your God-given gifts to help our parish. Please offer your gifts and skills! And if you are asked to serve, say “yes.” You might be happily surprised.  JBM  


 

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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
Christian Formation Coordinator
 


 

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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
Christian Formation Coordinator
 
 


 

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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. 
 
L. Sue von Rautenkranz
Christian Formation Coordinator
 


 

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Trail Notes: 10/18/2015

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Look around. 
God has done God’s part. 
Now it’s up to us!

Crisp bright days and chilly nights, autumn leaves in a riot of color – we can’t miss the movement of God’s creation outside. This is one of Washington’s most beautiful times. I’m so glad I live in a place with four real seasons! 

Yes, God has outdone Godself once again in the splendor of creation around us.  We now need to look within – within ourselves, within our church – to see and mark what God is doing in us. This is not as easy to point to as a sugar maple glowing an impossible shade of orange, but our inner lives are just as much the site of God’s creative work!

What has God been doing in you – in your heart, your mind? Where has God moved you toward greater love, a growing passion for justice, a heart for people who are poor and struggling? Where has God given you greater joy and gladness?  Where is God calling you to greater generosity? What is the harvest God wants to gather in?

Our parish’s Annual Giving Campaign begins today. Every year, we take stock of where we’ve been and where we’re going. We open our eyes to see God’s gracious hand at work in our lives and in our world. And then we respond with our own offering of praise and thanksgiving…for the church and for the world. 

Our response – our pledge to St. Dunstan’s – is first and foremost a spiritual offering, a part of our spiritual journey with God. It is our small act of reciprocation to God’s huge gift of life and love and beauty. Most of us here have been given so much more than we need. At our house, our problem is too much stuff, not too little! 

But we have an opportunity, with our giving, to make a difference in the lives of others…to welcome and teach children in our faith, to help students in Ecuador, to feed the hungry in Washington, to care for a neighbor who is sick or is grieving a death. We gather to celebrate births and marriages and all the milestones of life.

Through our pledge to our parish church, we can touch people in real need. We also uphold this wonderful house of God and keep it strong, as our forebears have done since 1958. 

The Judeo-Christian tradition has always upheld the tithe – 10% of income – as our standard of giving. That may seem like a lot, but it is a goal that can be reached.  We can take small steps every year to increase our giving. Our parish needs more money each year, just to continue our current ministries. Can you take a step upward in your pledge commitment for 2016? 

Some folks who feel stretched by expenses work toward giving 5% to the church.  If your income is $100,000, that would be a $5,000 pledge. That’s easier on a tight budget, and yet still so helpful to the parish! Every single pledge makes a difference in this community, so please listen to the voices of our 4 week campaign, read the letters in the mail, and make this your most generous year ever.  JBM

Look around. 
God has done God’s part. 
Now it’s up to us!

 

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Short- Term Mission

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Our Team

What happens next?

For just over eight days Tucker Hemphill and I were a part of a short-term mission team in Quito, Ecuador. We went with a group of Episcopal youth and adults from the southeast U.S. We stayed at a wonderful hostel and were treated to amazing breakfasts and outstanding hospitality. We learned more about the ministries of our missionaries Cameron and Roberto Vivanco. We did a day of touring to learn about the culture and people of Ecuador and an afternoon of shopping in the market. Most of our time was spent with the people of Buen Pastor, one of the four Episcopal congregations in the city and the home church of the children we sponsor through Education=Hope.  

Each day we would wake up fairly early, have breakfast and get on the bus for the day's activities. On the bus we would do our daily devotion, led by one of the participants. The ride took about 45 minutes to travel to the southern end of the city. Quito sits in an long valley between the mountains and the parish of Buen Pastor is the southernmost congregation in the city. The journey each day took us through the heart of the city and we would see much along the way. Children and youth headed to summer school, beggars on the streets (selling everything from toilet paper to lottery tickets), and people going about their daily affairs. From our bus windows we saw both the beauty and splendor of Quito and the reality and sadness of it's poverty.  

We also had the pleasure to meet Juana, one of the students we sponsor and Maria, her mother. We will share more of their story in the upcoming weeks. 

Cameron teaches that the most important thing about participating in a short-term mission isn't the time spent in mission, but rather what you choose to do following that experience. The fruit that you produce from what you have learned, experienced, and taken to heart. Tucker and I will be sharing more from our journey over the next few weeks and we hope that you will take the time to be in conversation with us about our fruit.
 
Sue von Rautenkranz

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9th Annual Cabaret

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Send in your reply cards NOW! 

Saturday, April 18, 2015 

6:00-9:00 p.m.

This fundraiser supports St. Dunstan's Community ministries and features a live and silent auction and dinner. Please return your RSVP cards as soon as possible.  Extras are available on the table in Founder's Hall. Cards and checks may be mailed to the church or placed in the offering plate this Sunday, April 12. Support for this event is always appreciated from those who can not attend.  

Bring your friends for a fun night of music and fellowship! 

We are still in need of donated auction items and bakers of Irish soda bread. Please contact Rosi for auction items
and Jeff if you would like to assist with baking. 




 

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Save the Date!

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Save the date… Lent doesn't last forever!

 

The Ninth Annual Cabaret

Saturday April 18, 2015 at St. Dunstan’s

Take a trip to the Temple Bar in Dublin and enjoy an evening at

Delectable dinner of:

 Irish stew, Pecan slaw, Irish soda bread, Ultra-chocolate “Guinness” Cake,  and Beer and wine included!

 

Auction to support St. Dunstan’s Community Ministries

Invitations will be mailed soon!

Can you bring some friends? ‚Äč


 

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