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Upcoming Youth Events

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Fall Formation Programs for All Ages
 
This fall there will be a variety of formation programs offered on Sunday mornings between the services from 9:50 to 10:35 a.m. One Sunday each month we will build relationships within our community through Second Sunday Socials. We will be formed through hands-on-ministry as we make sandwiches for Martha's Table on the last Sunday of each month. Seasonally we will have special events that are Intergenerational with special speakers or activities, like the Painting Table last year. On most other Sundays the focus for all ages will be the basics of the Christian Faith and how we as Episcopalians live out that faith in our world today.
 
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
 
We begin formation programs for children in September 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
 
 
Last Chance to Splash!
 
Come to the last splash of summer on Sunday, August 28 from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. at the Kenwood Country Club pool. All entering 5th through 12th graders are invited - along with your friends - to enjoy a couple hours of play in the water. Please sign-up in Founders' Hall or here no later than 8/24. There is no cost for this event. Bring your swimsuit and towel. 
 
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
Beginning with an event on September 18, we are joining with St. David's, St. Patrick's and Church of the Redeemer to bring together our youth for fun, service and learning. These events will happen once a month and take place on Sunday afternoons. The specifics of each event will be announced via the Trailblazer and through emails to parents and youth. 
 
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 Thursday, September 15. 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
Christian Formation Coordinator
 


 

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Youth Programs 2016

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Youth Programs for 2016-2017
 
 
Last Chance to Splash!
 
Come to the last splash of summer on Sunday, August 28 from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. at the Kenwood Country Club pool. All entering 5th through 12th graders are invited - along with your friends - to enjoy a couple hours of play in the water. Please sign-up in Founders' Hall or here no later than 8/24. There is no cost for this event. Bring your swimsuit and towel. 
 
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
Beginning with an event on September 18, we are joining with St. David's, St. Patrick's and Church of the Redeemer to bring together our youth for fun, service and learning. These events will happen once a month and take place on Sunday afternoons. The specifics of each event will be announced via the Trailblazer and through emails to parents and youth. 
 
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 Thursday, September 15. 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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Youth Musical

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A musical play based on the biblical stories of Creation and Resurrection will be presented at both services on Sunday, July 24. Longtime St. Dunstan's members will remember the many plays performed by our Junior Choir some years ago. We're delighted to renew this tradition, with some former players (now in high school and college) and some new, younger players. 
 
Please come to see and hear their production of "New Creation" in place of the sermon on July 24.  Jessica Ault and Jeff MacKnight will be assisting.  


 

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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 
L Sue von Rautenkranz
Children and Youth Formation Coordinator
 


 

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Advent Offerings for all ages

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Here are some ways to engage and participate in the season:
 
Advent in a Bag is offered for families of all ages and sizes. Similar to our Lent to Go boxes last spring this give us another way to bring the season home. There will be a calendar to follow the season, prayers and scripture with a simple Advent wreath, and other activities to help us focus on the season. Pick one up in Founders' Hall beginning on December 3.

 
Coloring the Season will give all an opportunity to create some wonderful images that will decorate our parish hall and teach us about the weekly journey through the season. All ages are welcome to help create these wonderful posters. These will be available in the Parish Hall each Sunday. Stop by and color for a few minutes.
 
Living Well through Advent: Practicing Wonder With All Your Heart, Soul, Strength, and Mind
The seasons of Advent and Christmas are filled with the presence of wonder, if only we remember to pause and open ourselves to receiving this gift. This resource will assist us to take time to discover how the gifts of wonder might be born in us  again this year. Pick up your booklet in Founders' Hall beginning December 3.
 
 
Advent Giving Tree
Beginning on Sunday, December 3 and continuing throughout Advent, we will have the opportunity to support the work of Episcopal Relief & Development. This amazing outreach arm of our church provides aid and development around the world working with existing organizations on the ground. This year the focus will be on monetary donations because we have the chance to double our gifts. ERD has received their most generous matching gift in the history of their work - up to $760,000 will be matched. Just think of the possibilities!
 
Join this endeavor by taking an envelope from the Giving Tree in the Parish Hall, adding your check to the envelope, and placing it in the offering plate or handing it to Jeff or Sue. 
 
A couple of online ways to engage the season!
 
 
AdventWord - the Anglican Communion's Global Advent Calendar - begins on Sunday, 3 December, 2017, with images and meditations available via email, FaceBook, InstaGram and Twitter . During the 23 days of Advent, a daily email featuring the #AdventWord of the day will go out at 5 a.m. each day, and respondents are encouraged to share their responses to the meditations and images to the aggregated prayer walls within the advent calendar. To sign up click here.
 
 
Busted Halo, resources from the Roman Catholic Paulist Fathers, offers a simple on line calendar - click here each day to access the daily offering. Each day the link on the calendar will lead you to a daily jolt and a micro challenge.
 
L Sue von Rautenkranz
Children and Youth Formation Coordinator
 


 

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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
 
L Sue von Rautenkranz
Children and Youth Formation Coordinator
 


 

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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
Children and Youth Formation Coordinator
 


 

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Prison Ministry

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Prison Ministry & Welcoming Returning Citizens

 
I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you gave me clothing, I was sick and you took care of me, I was in prison and you visited me.' Then the righteous will answer him, 'Lord, when was it that we saw you hungry and gave you food, or thirsty and gave you something to drink? And when was it that we saw you a stranger and welcomed you, or naked and gave you clothing? And when was it that we saw you sick or in prison and visited you?' And the king will answer them, 'Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.'  Matthew 25:35-40
 
 
Expanded Forum, March 26, 12:30-2:00 p.m.: We will welcome Free Minds Book Club and several Poet Ambassadors. Free Minds uses books, creative writing, and peer support to awaken DC youth incarcerated as adults to their own potential.  Through creative expression, job readiness training, and violence prevention outreach, these young poets achieve their education and career goals and become powerful voices for change in the community.  For details see the expanded write-up below.
 
Tour of Montgomery County Correctional Facility, April 19:00-11:00 a.m.:  The Montgomery County Correctional Facility is a state of the art detention facility in Boyds, Maryland and houses up to 1,028 men and women. We will have the opportunity to tour the facility and learn about their education, employment, religious, and pre-release services in addition to volunteer opportunities. The tour is limited to 15 individuals and names must be submitted a week prior to the tour for clearance purposes. Sign up sheet in Founders' Hall. 
 
Just Mercy Book Group: As a follow-up to the forums and the tour of MCCF, a book group will be offered on the national bestseller, Just Mercy, by Bryan Stevenson.  Just Mercy is the powerful true story about the potential for mercy to redeem us and a call to address the brokenness of our criminal justice system.  Bryan Stevenson has been called "America's young Nelson Mandela" by Bishop Desmond Tutu. Book group will convene after Easter.
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Lent 2: 03/12/2017

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Sermon, Lent 2A                                                                          Jeffrey B. MacKnight
12 March 2017                                                                           St. Dunstan’s, Bethesda

 

“This hills are alive with the sound of music….”

Have you ever lived in the mountains?  Every morning you walk out and look around, and it’s just as the psalmist said:  “I lift up my eyes to the hills, from where is my help to come?”  Something in the grandeur of the mountains reminds us of the solidity and dependability of God. 

And yet sometimes we just don’t feel it.  We may go through all the motions and do all the right things, but still not feel God in our lives.  That seemed to be the case with Nicodemus, a strong Jewish man, a leader, and yet he was missing something huge…or else he wouldn’t have taken the risk to come talk to Jesus late that night long ago.  Something was missing for Nicodemus. 

And of course, we are Nicodemus in this story!  You and I have times when things aren’t working, our faith may seem dry, our hope exhausted, we wonder if it’s all worth it.  That’s when we need to come again to Jesus, by day or by night, in prayer or in worship or on a mountain.  “My help comes from the Lord, the maker of heaven and earth.”  God’s creation, God’s handiwork, tells us of God’s power and care.  It is blessed assurance that God is still with us. 

Jesus told Nicodemus he needed to be born again.  What’s that about?  Many of us may have a jaded view of being “born again,” from other Christians who push and prod about what day and hour we gave our hearts to Jesus, or got saved, or declared Jesus our personal Lord and savior. 

I’m sure that is NOT what Jesus was talking about!  This rebirth, this renewal, was much more mystical than that – it’s about God’s Spirit blowing through us like a refreshing breeze, blowing away all the dust and grime that clouds our vision and clogs us up, bringing in the fresh scent of pine and mountain wildflowers. 

And this renewal doesn’t just happen one day in your life, and then it’s done.  It’s an ongoing thing, a journey, a long trek over mountain trails – some parts hard climbing, other times easy going across a hidden meadow, and occasionally, now and then, arriving at a place of such indescribable beauty that it takes our breath away.  That’s what happened to Abraham: God  called him to leave what was familiar, and voyage into the unknown…another kind of rebirth. 

When Maria, in The Sound of Music (who will always be Julie Andrews in my mind!), went into the mountains, she thought her God-given path in life was the convent, a life of service to God.  Little did she know that she would be completely reborn when she met all those bratty little von Trapp children!  Sometimes the obvious path isn’t the right path.  God is a God of surprises.  Be prepared to alter course!

The same holds true for Christian communities, too.  St. Dunstan’s as a congregation is being born anew.  Our journey continues, sometimes in surprising ways. 

Your new Vestry met in retreat last week, 4 hours with a facilitator, and 5 more on our own, with our new Senior Warden Julie Anderson capably leading us.  What did we come up with? 

We looked at who we are, and we like it!, and we decided to focus on what’s important to us:

  • We are a real voice in Bethesda for justice and welcoming the “stranger” as in our refugee and asylum-seekers ministry
  • The beauty and vitality of our Anglican worship is important to us
  • We want to keep welcoming children and youth here

We know we want to be welcoming and inclusive of all people, and we want to practice love: to be kind, with humility.  We are a modest church; we can’t be all things to all people.  We’re not going to agonize over growth in numbers anymore.  We’ll focus on God’s call to us, just as we are. 

Our core values end up aligning very well with the prophet Micah’s well-known description of faithful life with God:

Do justice
Love Kindness
Walk humbly with our God.

We’re going to come to you, the congregation, with our plans and proposals, and ask your input, your thoughts, your suggestions.  Because of course St. Dunstan’s is all of us, from the youngest baby to the eldest senior. 

Scholars now tell us that “born again” is not the best translation in this passage.  A better translation is “born from above.”  I’ve thought about what that means, and I believe it means getting our DNA from God, not just from human parents.  As individuals, we are not just looking at life from a human perspective, looking out for ourselves.  We now look at the world from God’s perspective, and we look out for God’s world, God’s beloved people and creatures – all of them. 

So, we hope that St. Dunstan’s can offer you support and guidance and inspiration and joy as you walk your walk with God.  And we ask your support and help and input as we chart our course as a parish, ever knowing that God’s Spirit is our true guide…our help is in the name of the Lord.  As our lovely sequence hymn puts it:

And so the yearning strong, with which the soul will long,
   shall far outpass the power of human telling;
For none can guess its grace, till Love create a place
   wherein the Holy Spirit makes a dwelling.               (Hymnal 516)


 

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Hard Knocks: Sermon 3

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Sermon, Epiphany 3A                                                                   Jeffrey B. MacKnight
22 January 2017                                                                         St. Dunstan’s, Bethesda

 

Chopping cabbage, carrots, celery, and potatoes…. That’s what I spent a few hours doing on Monday morning, MLK day.  It was a day of service organized by Washington Hebrew Congregation, our neighbors down Mass. Ave.  Hundreds of youth and adults from all over the city did numerous kinds of work to help poor people.  My group was prepping veggies for a number of soup kitchens.  It was good, honest work to be doing.  I enjoy working with food.  And I emerged without cutting myself – just one callous! 

Doing something active, and doing something for somebody else, are two good ways to combat the symptoms of mental illness, which often include profound lethargy, a sense of paralysis and futility.  Mental illness is our “hard knocks” topic today.

I hasten to add that these activities can help with symptoms, but they do not lessen, much less cure, mental illness.  Illnesses of the mind have many causes, including proven chemical causes in the brain.  These are medical conditions. They have no simple or easy solutions. 

I’ll bet everybody here has direct experience with mental illness – either you’ve suffered from it yourself, or you know somebody well who has.  Maybe you know what it’s like to be Eeyeore – feeling listless and sad for no apparent reason.  Or you know what it’s like to be Winnie the Pooh – trying to be a good friend to Eeyeore, even when that’s hard to do.  I’ve been on both sides myself. 

The Mayo Clinic defines Mental illness as a wide range of mental health conditions — disorders that affect your mood, thinking and behavior. Examples of mental illness include depression, anxiety disorders, schizophrenia, eating disorders and addictive behaviors.

To that, I would add dementia, which is such a huge part of our lives now, as human beings live longer.  These illnesses seriously affect the quality of life for sufferers and companions alike.  The stress of living with someone whose mental capacities are diminishing daily is unbelievable.  If you’ve lived with an addict, or if you are one yourself, you know how destructive that is.  And we know that mental illness is one driver of heinous acts of violence such as shooting…although there are other factors that need addressing as well. 

Now, to the Gospel passage today.  In Matthew, Jesus does not begin his public ministry until John the Baptist is imprisoned, indicating that Jesus was a disciple of John’s.  When Jesus does announce his own mission, he quotes Isaiah: “The people who sat in darkness have seen a great light, and for those who sat in the region and shadow of death light has dawned.”  This is the nature of Jesus’ message: God is bringing light where there was only darkness. 

Was Jesus referring to mental illness here?  No, at least not particularly.  Jesus was announcing liberation from many oppressors – many sources of darkness.  These included oppressive poverty, the oppression of Roman occupation, oppressive class structures in society, and yes, the oppression of mental and physical diseases.  Jesus’ healing stories fill the Gospels!  Many of them are mental healings – freeing persons from demons and unclean spirits.  That’s the way they understood mental illness in Jesus’ day.  Jesus wanted people to be healthy and whole.  Jesus wants us to be healthy and whole!  We should never forget that – especially when we are feeling anything but whole. 

But the world is an imperfect world – beautiful, but imperfect: full of risks, hurts, disease, and misfortune.  People suffer – we all suffer in various ways.  And that gives us opportunity to help, to minister to people who really need it.  It’s like chopping vegetables for the soup kitchen – it feels good to help someone feel a little better, or at least a little less alone. 

And here, religion and science come together.  Scientists have developed tools to reduce human suffering.  For mental illness, many of these tools are drugs.  I am indebted to several of these drugs which have helped me since I first had trouble in college with overwhelming depression.  I am grateful these drugs exist.  Other treatments are crucial, too – talk therapy, cognitive therapies, and even electroshock therapy for some people. 

I asked my psychiatrist on Friday what one thing she’d want you to know about mental illness.  She said mainly that she wanted people to understand these are diseases of the brain, causing great suffering – just as physical diseases can. 

For addictive personalities, the 12-step movement has saved millions of lives, through hard, constant work – a lifetime of recovery.  Twelve step groups such as Alcoholics Anonymous are spiritual communities, often functioning like churches.  Our church has much to learn about the mutual support given in such groups, much of it one-on-one. 

Coping with dementia is perhaps the greatest challenge of our generation, because the number of sufferers is growing as the elderly population is growing.  Interestingly, some studies show that the actual prevalence has decreased – that could be very good news indeed.  Still, how do we support people as they enter dementia, and how do we support their caregivers?  Can we sit and talk with someone who has dementia?  Are we willing to offer a few hours respite care?

Finally, I want to touch on stigma, which still exists in American society, and other societies (Maggie has told me it’s worse in Scotland).  We should never, ever tell people to “buck up” or “get over it,” because they can’t – just as a diabetic can’t just “get over” his need for insulin.  We must fight this.  We must talk openly about mental illness as one of many medical problems we face, and advocate for help and treatments just as we do for cancer or heart disease.  Jesus actually destigmatized mental illness in the language of his own day: by addressing demons and unclean spirits who “possessed” people, he removed the fault from the human being himself or herself.  These persons were invaded by malevolent forces – diseases – that needed to be eradicated. 

This is why, every so often, I speak of my own struggles with depression in sermons and articles.  I’ve been treated with medication for many years.  I’ve done talk therapy on and off.  I am so grateful for these treatments, and the people who have helped me obtain them.  For good insurance coverage and family members who understand.  For friends who have stuck by me through my dark hours.  I see all these things – from drugs to friends – as healing gifts from God who loves me and wants the best for me.  That’s the same God who loves you and wants the best for you. 

“The people who sat in darkness have seen a great light, and for those who sat in the region and shadow of death light has dawned.”  This is the nature of Jesus’ message: God is bringing light where there was only darkness.  He wants us to walk in that light.  AMEN. 

 

 


 

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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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Practicing Love Sermon 6: Practicing Love Series 10/09/2016

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Sermon: Practicing Love through Thanksgiving                         Jeffrey B. MacKnight
9 October 2016                                                                          St. Dunstan’s, Bethesda

I don’t know about you, but I really don’t like to ask for help. I remember the first time my back went out several years ago. I bent over slightly, and felt that sickening pop, and I couldn’t stand up straight again. Later, after several scans, I was told I have a herniated disk in my lower back – a common condition, and there’s not much they can do about it without cutting you open….

So I asked for help (I had to). I tried the chiropractor, but that didn’t do much. I did physical therapy. And finally, I had a course of steroids, and it was like a miracle. I could stand and straighten my back again! What a blessing. I was so thankful to be healed.

Today Jesus tells the story of ten lepers. Those lepers, they kept their distance from Jesus. In fact, lepers were required to keep their distance from society, and shout a warning when they approached, lest anybody “catch” their disease. What an isolating, lonely way to live. 

But they found the courage to cry out, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!” After all the humiliation they had endured, they had the guts, and the hope, to cry to Jesus whom they had heard was a healer. They asked for help.

Jesus responded: “Go and show yourselves to the priests.” The priests were the ones who authenticated healings, and would allow the lepers back into society. They would be set free!  Off they went, gazing down at the fresh pink skin on their hands and arms, rejoicing in their new, healthy bodies.

We are the lepers – if not physically in need of healing, then certainly emotionally, spiritually in need. We’ve all hurt people, and been hurt. We’ve made mistakes. We’ve been selfish. We have our weaknesses, our foibles our herniated disks. We carry the scars of life on our own skins – visibly or invisibly, they are there. 

And then…one of them – just one out of ten – turned back, praising God, and fell down at Jesus’ feet, and thanked him….and he was a Samaritan, a foreigner. Why not the others? Did they forget so quickly the awful state they’d been in? Did they think at all about this man Jesus who set them free? What would I do? Or you? Jesus seems very human in his sadness at this.

Then there is Naaman – a proud man, a military officer, used to deference. But he too was a leper.  A slave girl in his house told him about the God of Israel, who could heal him. Naaman came, with all his horses and chariots, to see the prophet Elisha. Elisha told him how to be healed, but Naaman thought it was ridiculous. He was proud. O my goodness, doesn’t that sound like us?  Would we stoop to wash ourselves in the sorry little Jordan River?  Or would we say, “Naw, this is silly.  I don’t believe in this stuff.  I’m an important man – too important to be doing this!” 

We are prideful, it seems, by nature. Look at the world – the posturing and preening of our leaders, celebrities, movie stars. We all want to be important, more so than the next guy. We don’t want to appear weak, or needy.  

Christian life is really all about coming back to give thanks. It’s about swallowing our pride, asking for help when we need it, and rejoicing when God grants us some healing, some new hope, clear new pink skin, a back that can stand up straight. Christian life is living in an “attitude of gratitude,” as they say. Knowing we need to depend on God, and responding with thanks for every gift. 

Giving thanks – that’s how we finally are free of our pride, our need to be self-sufficient, our desire to be stronger or better or richer than others. With gratitude, all of that falls away. What a freeing thing!

And what’s more, thankfulness heightens our pleasure and delight in the simplest of things – good hot coffee, a great meal, a walk in this gorgeous fall weather, the first red leaf spotted in a tree, the laughter of a toddler at the grocery store (and that’s just from my day yesterday). Oh and of course, the nuzzle of one’s favorite dog!

These are simple gifts – the best kind. We launch our Annual Giving Campaign today with this theme: Simple Gifts – for the Church and for the World.  I hope you’ll think about the simple gifts in your life, and take special joy in thanking God for each and every one of them. Just try it – starting with gratitude. It will bring you joy. 

One way to give thanks is to pass on the blessings to others around you. Your pledge to this church is one good way to do that. We all know that without your consistent, committed giving, St. Dunstan’s can’t survive. And yet, faithful people have helped this community survive and thrive for 58 years now. So much ministry has flowed through these walls, and out into the world around us for all these years; so many people have been touched and helped; so many baptisms and marriages have been celebrated here; so many saints have been commended to God here, after their deaths. So many children have learned about Jesus; so many youths have learned the joy of serving people in need. So many people visited in hospital or nursing home; so much joy in Easter and Christmas services, so much music offered to God and enjoyed by all of us. 

And overarching it all is one thing: Giving Thanks to God. That is the essence of the Eucharist.  It is the Christian life. Thankfulness frees us from our fears, our selfishness, our need to get ahead and outshine others.  Fear, self-centeredness, pride – those are the diseases of our day, the leprosy of this age. And the cure is ready at hand: gratitude; thankfulness to God. Jesus offers us the cure, the key to a new life. It is a simple gift, but a profound one. Let us take it! And let us be the one who, in his joy, returns to give thanks for the mighty work of God in our lives.  AMEN.   


 

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Musical Thursday's at St. Dunstan's

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       Thursday Night is Music Night
       Starting September 15, 2016
 
The beginning of the program year is just around the corner! And we've saved a seat for YOU!
 
Children's Choir - Thursdays at 5:45-6:30pm - Kids ages 4-4th Grade
We'll sing songs, play instruments, play games, make things, and have a great time! We'll also being work on another musical production for this Fall. 
 
Kid-Friendly, All-Church Supper - 6:30-7:00pm - Everyone Welcome
We'll offer a free, kid-friendly supper on Thursday nights between Children's Choir and Pajama prayers to make Thursday nights as easy as possible for parents and kids. Everyone is welcome to join us for a time of food and fellowship. 
 
Pajama Prayers - 7:00-7:15pm - Everyone Welcome
After dinner, we'll end our evening activities for children with a brief time of prayer and song.
 
Adult Choir - Thursdays at 7:30-9:00pm - Youth and Adults
The choir is open to anyone who loves to sing, reading music is not necessary, and there is no audition to join. We would love to have you join us this year - try choir out for a few weeks this Fall! 
 
Taizé Worship - Last Thursday of Most Months - 8:30-9:00pm - Everyone Welcome
On the last Thursday of most months (during the regular program year, except December), we'll have a compline service in the style of Taizé. Please let Michael, Jeff, or Sue if you're interested in helping to set up for this service, to play an instrument, or lead in any way. 
 
 
Dr. Michael L. Austin
Music Director
 
 


 

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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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Summer Movie Night in 2 Weeks!

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Summer Movie Night
 
Friday, August 26Family Fun for all ages!
 
Invite Friends and neighbors!
 great way to introduce them to 
the St. Dunstan's community.
 
6:00 p.m. Simple Supper   6:30 p.m. Movie   followed by Pajama Prayers
 
Join us for a fun evening that includes 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 Pajama Prayers. Please sign-up in Founders' Hall by August 21 so we know how many are coming. 


 

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Trail Notes: 07/24/2016

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Got Joy?

What brings you joy…really tickles your fancy and makes you feel good about yourself and the world?

Joy is one of God’s greatest gifts to us. Today, I think of the joy that I find in children, youth, and music – sweet young voices joining together to bring us laughter and inspiration and hope and…yes…joy. 

That’s what we have in store for us as our young people – ages 7 to 19 – perform the first musical play we’ve had in worship for a number of years. The sermon doesn’t have to be a deadly serious exhortation of all that ails us. In its place, we can hear the Good News of the Gospel in the beauty, winsomeness, and talents of our youth. 

The story starts with God’s good creation, leads us through the pain of human rebellion against God, and finally back into a loving relationship with God through the coming of Jesus into the world. It is the Bible story in miniature. I hope you enjoy it.

 

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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.
 
L. Sue von Rautenkranz
Christian Formation Coordinator
 


 

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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. 

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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
Christian Formation Coordinator
 


 

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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
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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
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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
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Trail Notes: 4/17/2016

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Good Shepherd Sunday

The image of Jesus as our Good Shepherd is one of our favorites: a shepherd is earthy, humble, and focused on the welfare of the sheep. He goes after the one who is lost. He guards against dangers. If necessary, he lays down his life for the sheep. 

In our Monday staff meeting scripture reflection, we asked ourselves:

·       Who has been a Good Shepherd to me during my life?
·       How have I served as a Good Shepherd to others along the way?

We cited favorite teachers, influential pastors, and respected elders who have shepherded us in our lives, our relationships, our work, and our faith. We hoped we had been Good Shepherds to our children, youth, and to others whom we have guided and supported. 

When you think of the Good Shepherds in your life, you may think of people who believed in you and invested in you along the way. In my own life, there were teachers who spent extra time with me, relatives who helped fund music camp for me, and employers who took a chance on me when I needed to gain experience and expertise. I’ve been blessed by so many mentors along my way! 

When folks don’t have those Good Shepherds, life is really hard. In very poor countries, even a small investment can make a huge difference. The Anglican Church organization FIVE TALENTS makes that difference for tens of thousands of our neighbors in the East African countries of Kenya, Burundi, and South Sudan. Through business training and small loans (often under $100), FIVE TALENTS helps women become self-sufficient, and able to support their children in school. The impact of these modest investments is remarkable! 

You can be a Good Shepherd to a mother and her children in East Africa, through FIVE TALENTS. This Sunday, hear the stories of transformed lives at St. Dunstan’s at each service, and between services at 9:50 a.m. 

Consider whether God is asking you to be a Good Shepherd for some of God’s flock in Kenya, Burundi, or South Sudan. FIVE TALENTS is launching a new program of support called 1000 Friends, to expand this ministry tremendously. Your monthly commitment for three years could do wonders. Pray about what you can do, as a fortunate American family, for a struggling African family in need of a Good Shepherd.  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
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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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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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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: 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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Pageant, Blessing of the Children's Altar & Chili Supper

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Pageant, Blessing of the Children's Altar 
& Chili Supper
Saturday, December 19 at 5:00 p.m.
 
The children and youth of St. Dunstan's will present the Christmas story and all will join them in singing familiar carols. All children are welcome to participate and there will be a short run through on that day beginning at 3:30 p.m. No other rehearsals will be needed. We do a simple pageant of movement that requires no lines to be learned or extra time. And welcome grandchildren who may be visiting.

Our Bishop, Mariann Budde, will be with us to bless our new altar and Michael has written a special song for this occasion. All of this will be followed by a chili supper, including a competition for various categories of chili. 

 
Just come and join in as there will be plenty of food!
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Christmas Pageant: Save the Date!

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Pageant, Blessing of the Children's Altar 
& Chili Supper
Saturday, December 19 at 5:00 p.m.
 
The children and youth of St. Dunstan's will present the Christmas story and all will join them in singing familiar carols. All children are welcome to participate and there will be a short run through on that day beginning at 3:30 p.m. No other rehearsals will be needed. We do a simple pageant of movement that requires no lines to be learned or extra time. And we welcome grandchildren who may be visiting.
 
Our Bishop, Mariann Budde, will be with us to bless our new altar and Michael Austin has written a special song for this occasion. All of this will be followed by a chili supper, including a competition for various categories of chili. 
 
Please sign up at the church to bring items for the dinner. Parents please fill out this form so we can be prepared for your children to participate. 

 

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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. 
 
L. Sue von Rautenkranz
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World AIDS Day

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December 1st is World AIDS Day
 
We will be offering special prayers for the continuing need to find a cure, for medications to be readily available, for support for those living with this disease, and an opportunity for us to name those that we know who have died or are still fighting this disease.  
 
 
 
Prayer of Hope
 
God of Hope
All of us are affected by HIV/AIDS.
At this time of Advent Hope,
As we prepare for the coming of your son into this world
We give thanks for signs of hope.
For growing understanding
For medical advances
For changing attitudes and behavior
For greater awareness and concern in your church.
God of Unity
Bind us together with strong ties of love
That this church community may be a place where
All can find acceptance,
May it be a place of welcome for all affected by HIV/AIDS.
May it be a place where care is given and received, especially
for affected children and youth,
Where stories are told and heard,
Where fear is overcome by love,
Where you are to be found. Amen.
 
Adapted from The Diakonia Council of Churches in South Africa
 
For more information about the state of AIDS in our world go to this UN link. For an Advent calendar focused on the concerns see this website
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Christmas Pageant

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Pageant, Blessing of the Children's Altar 
& Chili Supper
Saturday, December 19 at 5:00 p.m.
 
The children and youth of St. Dunstan's will present the Christmas story and all will join them in singing familiar carols. All children are welcome to participate and there will be a short run through on that day beginning at 3:30 p.m. No other rehearsals will be needed.

Our Bishop, Mariann Budde, will be with us to bless our new altar and Michael has written a new song for this occasion. All of this will be followed by a chili supper, including a competition for various categories of chili. 

Please sign up at the church for the dinner and to bring items for the dinner. Parents please fill out this form so we can be prepared for your children to participate. 


 

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Faith Forming Opportunities

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Children ...
This Sunday, December 6, the children will be in classrooms and learning about John the Baptist. They will hear about his message to repent and follow God as well as his rather unique lifestyle - living in the desert and eating insects. Parents could follow up on this conversation about the most unique foods ever eaten as well as keeping our focus on God, especially during Advent.

Next week the children will be doing music with Michael and practicing songs for the pageant and Christmas Eve. Have you signed up for the pageant? If not, please go to this link

Come to Advent Pajama Prayers on Thursdays at 7:00 p.m! December 3, 10 & 17. A great time to be quiet and listen for God, say our prayers and sing.
 
 
Youth ... 4th - 12th grade
The next two Sundays, December 6 and 13, the Coffee House will be open for youth and we will be discussing the season of Advent and a few of the characters we meet in scripture and in legend. These will include John the Baptist, St. Nicholas, and Ebeneezer Scrooge. So come and join the conversation!
 

In the afternoon, members of the youth group will be heading to Alexandria for the production of A Christmas Carol at the Little Theatre of Alexandria. We still need a driver and have a couple of available tickets, first come basis. Please let me know if you can now attend. We will meet at St. Dunstan's at 2:00 p.m. and plan to return by 6:00 p.m.
 
 
 
Adults ...
The Good News of St. Luke

Join Jacqueline Bray, our seminarian, for a journey into the Gospel of Luke on the Sundays of December 6 and 13. With Advent, we make the start of a "new year" in the church's calendar and that also means a change in our lectionary for Sundays. Year C uses the Gospel of Luke on most weeks. This week we will look at an 
overview of this gospel and see the adventure that is Luke's vision of the Good News.
 
Our focus for the following week will include a look at some of the traditional advent stories that we have grown to love, that are only found in Luke's narrative and his version of the end times to come. We will have great conversation comparing these birth and end time stories and what they mean in our contemporary lives.
 
L. Sue von Rautenkranz
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Advent is Coming

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Advent is Coming ... Whom are you waiting for?
 
Whom are you waiting for?
 
The four weeks of Advent begin on the Sunday of Thanksgiving weekend. How appropriate to start our journey of waiting and anticipation in the context of a time focused on giving thanks. 
 
The question we are asking this year is - Whom are you waiting for? The answer that each one of us gives may make a huge impact on how we choose to live during this season. Here are some options for marking the days until Christmas. Most of these resources take only a few minutes each day. Will you take a few moments to seek the one who brings hope, peace, joy and love? 
 
Slow Down, Quiet, It's Advent! is poster that can be used by everyone in the home.  Pick one up at church this Sunday.  Enjoy the season through the whimsical art and ideas of Jay Sidebotham. 
 
Living Well through Advent: Practicing Patience with all your Heart, Soul, Strength and Mind. This daily meditation guide is a great way to enter into some quiet time each day through the words for various church leaders and scripture. Guest writers this year include: Steven Charleston, Nurya Love Parish, Tom Purdy, and Porter Taylor. If you prefer an app to a printed booklet, follow this link.
Both of these resources are available in Founders' Hall.
 
Daily Devo. St. Dunstan's still offers this daily email to all parishioners. This is primarily focused on families with young children, but I use this daily and have found it beneficial. If you unsubscribed or are not receiving this service it is easy to re-submit your email, just contact me
 
The Society of St. John the Evangelist (SSJE), a monastic community of The Episcopal Church, has an interactive advent practice this year using Instagram, Twitter, and Snapchat.  Each day the community provides a word - and then those participating, share a picture which describes that word.  You will receive access to view all submissions from around the world. Sign up to participate in this year experience by going to this link
 
Following the Star is a daily devotional specifically designed for youth and young adults.  The daily devotional site, 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.  Access this online resource here.
 
Busted Halo, an online magazine for spiritual seekers and a ministry of The Paulist Fathers, a religious order of the Roman Catholic Church, offers an online Advent calendar at this link.                                      
   
Do you use other resources for your Advent experience? Let me know and I will share those in the next weeks.
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.
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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. 
 
L. Sue von Rautenkranz
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Formation 10/25/2015

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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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Thanksgiving Dinner Baskets

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For the last 3 years St. Dunstan's has participated in their drive to make Thanksgiving Dinner possible for many families who would otherwise do without. In our 1st year we did 20 baskets and last year 25. Lets see if we can raise that to 30 this year!


 

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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
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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
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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.
 
L. Sue von Rautenkranz
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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
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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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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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Homecoming Sunday

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HOMECOMING SUNDAY IS JUST AROUND THE CORNER!

Mark your calendars now
Sunday, September 13!
 
                                  9:00 a.m. Family Eucharist
                                  10:00 a.m Brunch for all in the Parish Hall
                                  10:45 a.m. Traditional Choral Eucharist

Both liturgies will include the Blessing of Backpacks.

All members are encouraged to bring your backpacks, briefcases or school bags to receive a special blessing this day. We will also be collecting school supplies for The Bishop Walker School and these will also be presented and blessed on this day. So while your out shopping in the next few weeks, even if you don't need to fill a school supply list, pick up a few items for the boys. A list of items desired by the school will be available next 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.

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.
 
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.  
L. Sue von Rautenkranz
Christian Formation Coordinator


 

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Children's Ministry

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AN ALTAR FOR OUR CHILDREN

It's a beautiful thing to see our children - even very young ones - bring the bread and wine to the altar and set the table for Holy Eucharist. We have enjoyed this tradition at the early service, where we use a simple table for an altar.

This fall, the 9 a.m. service will be moving into the church, so that that congregation can enjoy the beauty of the space, the excellent acoustics, and learn patterns of reverence for God's house. For this purpose, we have commissioned a fine woodworker to build a new altar to be used on the nave floor level. This beautiful table, in maple and tiger maple woods, will be at a height accessible to our children. The altar will be movable, so it can be used in several places in our building.

Some generous gifts have already been received to underwrite the cost of $3,700. Parishioners are invited to make donations of $100 or more in memory or in honor of loved ones. These will be recorded on a permanent plaque on the new altar.

We are excited to bring our early worship service into the church this fall! As announced earlier, new video screens will be mounted in the church soon to facilitate this service and other communication strategies. They will change the appearance of the church somewhat, but will not be obtrusive once we are used to them. Thank you all for your support!   JBM

  Children's Choir

Beginning on September 17, 2015 our Children's Choir will begin weekly rehearsals at 5:45pm. We'll play games, play instruments, sing, and most importantly - have a great time learning about worshiping God through music. Children's Choir is open to kids PK-5th grade.
 
To make it even easier for you to join us, we will have a simple dinner available between choir rehearsals on 
Thursdays at 6:30p.m.
Michael Austin

Growing the Faith of our Children 
Children learn faith in so many ways. In their early years it is through watching and copying the practices of adults around them. As they grow it is vitally important for them to be active participants in those liturgies. This can take place in many ways - being an usher or greeter, serving as an acolyte, bringing gifts forward, or singing in a choir. Our 9:00 liturgy is a great way for children to engage actively in the service and learn the patterns of worship.
 
Another aspect of learning about the faith is through traditional formation programs such as Sunday School. While participation in these programs is not on the increase, learning stories of our faith from other adults and with peers is another aspect of growing faith. Hopefully, these times of learning about our ancestors in the faith will help children as they begin to formulate their own faith story. Adults who give their time to the children and youth of our parish really help to create a foundation for faith formation. If you might be interested in being a part of the team for the coming program year, just let me know. If you have never considered serving in this way - please do - and be prepared for my call in the next couple of weeks,
Sue von
 
 





 

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Ministry with Children

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AN ALTAR FOR OUR CHILDREN
It's a beautiful thing to see our children - even very young ones - bring the bread and wine to the altar and set the table for Holy Eucharist. We have enjoyed this tradition at the early service, where we use a simple table for an altar.

This fall, the 9 a.m. service will be moving into the church, so that that congregation can enjoy the beauty of the space, the excellent acoustics, and learn patterns of reverence for God's house. For this purpose, we have commissioned a fine woodworker to build a new altar to be used on the nave floor level. This beautiful table, in maple and tiger maple woods, will be at a height accessible to our children. The altar will be movable, so it can be used in several places in our building.

Some generous gifts have already been received to underwrite the cost of $3,700. Parishioners are invited to make donations of $100 or more in memory or in honor of loved ones. These will be recorded on a permanent plaque on the new altar.

We are excited to bring our early worship service into the church this fall! As announced earlier, new video screens will be mounted in the church soon to facilitate this service and other communication strategies. They will change the appearance of the church somewhat, but will not be obtrusive once we are used to them. Thank you all for your support!   JBM

 Children's Choir
Beginning on September 17, 2015 our Children's Choir will begin weekly rehearsals at 5:45pm. We'll play games, play instruments, sing, and most importantly - have a great time learning about worshiping God through music. Children's Choir is open to kids PK-5th grade.
 
To make it even easier for you to join us, we will have a simple dinner available between choir rehearsals on 
Thursdays at 6:30p.m.
Michael Austin

Growing the Faith of our Children 
Children learn faith in so many ways. In their early years it is through watching and copying the practices of adults around them. As they grow it is vitally important for them to be active participants in those liturgies. This can take place in many ways - being an usher or greeter, serving as an acolyte, bringing gifts forward, or singing in a choir. Our 9:00 liturgy is a great way for children to engage actively in the service and learn the patterns of worship.
 
Another aspect of learning about the faith is through traditional formation programs such as Sunday School. While participation in these programs is not on the increase, learning stories of our faith from other adults and with peers is another aspect of growing faith. Hopefully, these times of learning about our ancestors in the faith will help children as they begin to formulate their own faith story. Adults who give their time to the children and youth of our parish really help to create a foundation for faith formation. If you might be interested in being a part of the team for the coming program year, just let me know. If you have never considered serving in this way - please do - and be prepared for my call in the next couple of weeks,
Sue von
 





 

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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

      Christian Formation Director




 

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Next Stop Quito!

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Tucker Hemphill and I leave in just a few short days and my dining room table is covered with supplies to take on our journey. This Sunday, July 5, our congregation will commission Tucker and I for our short-term mission to Quito, Ecuador and the parish of Buen Pastor. On Tuesday we fly to Atlanta to meet the rest of our team and begin our work of preparing for entering a different culture and an opportunity to grow in faith. The next day we will head to Quito to meet our hosts and guides, two members of the short-term staff for the summer. Once there we will spend one day touring and learning about the culture and people of Ecuador. The following day we will begin our work at the parish of Buen Pastor. This congregation is one of the Episcopal churches in Quito and where our church currently sponsors two children to attend public school. Their priest, Juan Carlos Quiñonez is a friend that I have known for ten years and I can't wait to see him and work with him for the next week. We will spend our days continuing the work they are doing with their building projects, leading a VBS for children, teaching Sunday school, leading youth group programs and teaching youth leaders from the diocesan community. It will be a full ten days!
 
We ask for your prayers throughout our experience - July 7-17 - for safe travel, open hearts and minds, and growth in sharing our faith stories and listening to the faith stories of others. We will be sharing as much as possible through St. Dunstan's Facebook page and PYE Quito Province VI - our blog site. We will have much to share when we return.




 

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Summer Reading

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Looking for a little summer reading?

Check out the lending shelf in the hallway to the parish office. We have purchased a number of books that were suggested in my last post in the Trailblazer on various LGBTQ subjects as well as help books for parents, youth and children to talk about gender, sexual identity, and sexual orientation. Also included in these books are some dealing with theological and biblical questions and understandings that have been discussed over the last decade or more. Please feel free to take these; but please return them when you are finished so other might also read.

Two of the suggested picture books for children have been placed on the children's book shelves in the parish hall - And Tango Makes Three and Jacob's New Dress. As with all books on the children's shelf, these can be read at church or taken home. Please just return them so other children may also read them.  





 

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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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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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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
      Christian Formation Director
 

 

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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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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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Lenten Offerings 3/22

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Lenten Offerings ... 

We have reached the final week of Lent and move toward the journey of Holy Week. If you have been keeping a Lenten discipline, stay with it for another two weeks. If you haven’t even begun  there is still time to choose something and work that plan for another two weeks or make a decision to engage the liturgies of Holy Week in their entirety. You will be changed in any choice you make to deepen your relationship with Christ and become a better disciple. Read more.

Thursday Evenings

 

Our last evening of children’s choir rehearsal, simple supper for all and Goodnight God Prayers is tonight, March 19. There is still time to be present as we always have room for more.

  • 5:45 p.m. Children’s Choir and Adult Conversation
  • 6:30 p.m. Dinner for all
  • 7:10 p.m. Good night God Prayers

 

The following programs continue for the next two Thursday evenings.

 

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 evenings at 7:30 p.m.  A facilitated conversation using a devotional booklet that focuses on the Sunday gospel reading and with daily reflections on practicing resilience with all our heart, soul, strength, and mind.  Living Well booklets are on the table in Founders' Hall.

 

 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 - were heading into the stretch run for the Golden Halo for this year.  Vote each day for your favorite saint. Find out all you need to know to make an informed selection.

Two great devotions sites for youth: d365 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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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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Holy Week

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6:30 p.m. Maundy Thursday, April 2
Supper + Washing + Do This + Watch

7:30 p.m. Good Friday, April 3
Cross + Candles + Prayer + Song

7:30 p.m. The Great Vigil of Easter, April 4
Fire + Water + Story + Bread & Wine

 

Since the earliest days the church, the Triduum (three days) has been celebrated to give all the experience of walking with Jesus from the Last Supper with his disciples to the Resurrection on Easter morning. These three liturgies are meant to be experienced as one - like a play with three acts - only our intermissions are a bit longer. 

You are invited to come and experience the story by participating in many different actions, word and song. Because of the experiential nature of these liturgies, they are one of the best ways to form our faith and especially the faith of children and youth. So, mark the times and days on your family's calendar and immerse yourself in the greatest story - the love of God for all of us.


 

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Lenten Offerings 3/15

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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.

Thursday Evenings

Children's Choir Rehearsals

March 12 & 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 12 & 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 8:30 p.m.  Sue will facilitate the conversation and each participant will be given a devotional booklet 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. Living Well booklets are on the table in Founders' Hall.

 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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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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Lenten Offerings 3/8

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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.

Thursday Evenings

Reluctantly, we are canceling church activities for this evening, Thursday, March 5th due to snow. Please contact Sue von if you can make up this session next Thursday, March 12 or sign up here.

Children's Choir Rehearsals

March 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 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 8:30 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. Living Well booklets are on the table in Founders' Hall. 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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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
Christian Formation Coordinator





 

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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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Lenten Offerings ... 

  

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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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.
                L. Sue von Rautenkranz
Christian Formation Coordinator





 

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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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Camp EDOW

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Episcopal Diocese of Washington Summer CampIt 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 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
 





 

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