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Monday's News from St. Dunstan's: November 16, 2020

Posted 3:16 PM

The News from

St. Dunstan's


November 16, 2020


What Can Love Do?

The Rector, Wardens, and Vestry of St. Dunstan’s

joyfully thank all those who have pledged to the

2021 Stewardship Campaign thus far (as of November 16):

Carl Adams

Patty and Randy Alexander

Donna Alvarez

Julie Anderson and Tony Gomez

Jessica Ault

Marsha Barnes

Bethany and Fred Bentley

Mimi and Bob Betz

Elin Botha

Susan Burkhalter and Curtis Shiveley

Sue Carroll and Ray Donnelly

Jane Chase

Joanne Comstock and John Wyss

Nancy and Walter Douglas

Karen Edwards

Frenchie and Costa Gogos

Dalton Hamilton

Donald and Beatrice Hamilton

Donald Hamilton, Jr.

Dontrice Hamilton

Fergie and Gary Horvath

Jackie Jones and Charles Cash

Ann Johnson

Lynne and Vince Leonard

Mark MacCarthy

Lisa and Norman Martin

Maggie and Bradley Mellor

Cathie Morton

Susan Newman

Behram Nowzad

Andrew O'Brien

Cary and Ron Poropatich

Robin Reed and Mike Brown

Janet and David Repka

Louise and Fred Smoak

Joan Steyaert

Trudy Surut

Rosi Sweeney

Sue von Rautenkranz

James Wachob

Debbie and Cliff White

Kiska Williams

If you have not yet made a pledge in support of Christ's mission and ministry at St. Dunstan's for the coming year, it is not too late. We would be very grateful if you would please give prayerful consideration to a pledge for 2021, in order that the Vestry might draft a budget and have a sense of what ministries and programs we can continue and - God willing - expand, going forward.


To make a pledge online, please click on this pledge form. Thank you, in advance, for your ongoing faithfulness during this exceptional time.

Advent Wreath Orders Due by FRIDAY

Join your St. Dunstan's friends for a parish-wide Advent Wreath Making social event (via Zoom) on Sunday, November 29, 2020 at 4:00 pm.! 


You can pre-order your materials for this event by clicking this link: Advent Wreath Order Form. Wreath kits are $25 and will include: 1 straw wreath form, 4 candles, 4 candle holder stakes, ribbon, and greening pins. 


Please send all check payments to the St. Dunstan's parish office (5450 Massachusetts Avenue, 20816), or contact Kimberly Matthews at 202.360.0520 to pay by credit card. All orders and payments are due by Friday, November 20, 2020. Kits will be delivered directly to your home on Friday, November 27 and Saturday, November 28, or they will be available for pick-up from the church on Friday, November 27 between 12 and 3 p.m.


National Center for Children and Families Thanksgiving Drive


In years past, St. Dunstan's parishioners have provided Thanksgiving baskets for families served by the National Center for Children and Families here in Bethesda. Unfortunately, due to COVID we are not able to collect baskets here at the church this year: NCCF requests that donations be dropped off directly at their facility, by appointment only.


If you would like to assemble a Thanksgiving basket for a vulnerable family and are comfortable delivering it to NCCF yourself - thank you! The shopping list, which includes contact information for scheduling a drop-off appointment, may be downloaded by clicking on the image above. There are also links on that form for making contactless donations.

Give the Gift of Life on December 29


American Red Cross Blood Drive

Tuesday, December 29, 2020

12 Noon - 5 p.m.

St. Dunstan's Parish Hall


Please schedule your appointment TODAY!


St. Dunstan's and our sister parish, the Church of the Redeemer, are proud to sponsor another blood drive in conjunction with the American Red Cross in the St. Dunstan's Parish Hall on Tuesday, December 29, from 12 Noon to 5 p.m.


If you meet these blood donation eligibility requirements, please consider donating. The need for blood products is particularly acute right now, and every pint donated can help up to three people. If you are able to give, please click HERE to schedule your appointment. This drive is closed to the general public, but please feel free to share this link with area friends and family, as well.


COVID-19 precautions: All donors will be asked to wear face masks or coverings in compliance with CDC guidelines.

For Your Prayers

For healing, strength, and protection:


Donna Almon, Nancy Bancroft, Richard and Florence Banks,

Sydney Betz, Phil Carroll, Bill Darnell, Ray Donnelly,

Kenny Farnsworth, Warren Green, Hanson, Barbara Hocker,

The Rev. Deacon Fergie Horvath, Ric Huttenlocher, Isabel Krum,

Joyce Nugent, Pam Plaisance, Matt Ryan, Jake Schaller, Curt Shively,

Allison Spaulding, Lina Verville, Pat von Rautenkranz,

Don Wasseman, Michael Weiss, Jr., Trudy Wood, Charlie Wooters,

Anne Zbinden


All impacted by COVID-19

Those affected by hurricanes and other natural disasters

The Vivanco Family (missionaries in Quito, Ecuador)

This Week at St. Dunstan's

Mornings, M-F: Intercessory Prayer (by phone) 

Each morning at 10 a.m. the Rectors of St. Dunstan's and our sister parish, the Church of the Redeemer, offer Prayers for the Morning by telephone. All you need to do is call our dedicated "prayer hotline" (508.924.1769) and either Patty Alexander or Cricket Park will be on to pray with and for you. (Typically Patty leads prayers on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays.)


Evenings, M-F: Nightly Compline (by Zoom) 

Join your sisters and brothers from St. Dunstan's and Redeemer at 8 p.m. every evening, M-F, for Compline, the "good night prayer" of the Church. To participate in the Zoom, please use this link; Meeting ID: 754 5686 5769. (On Tuesday evenings, Joey Arkfeld leads a special Compline service in the style of Taizé, and on Thursdays Robin Reed leads Compline according to the Book of Common Prayer.) Come and see!




Wednesday Morning: Bible Study

On Wednesday, November 18, at 10:30 a.m., we continue our study of the Acts of the Apostles, and we hope you will join us! We meet via Zoom: if you would like to participate, please click on this link; the Meeting ID is 326 468 549. 


Friday Afternoon: Friday Fellowship

Join your St. Dunstan's friends for an hour or so of connection and conversation! Use this Zoom link next Friday, November 20, at 5 p.m.  (Meeting ID: 842 3801 8662) There is no agenda beyond catching up with one another. Hope to see you there!


Saturday Morning: St. Dunstan's Vestry Retreat

Please hold the Rector and members of your Vestry in prayer as they meet (via Zoom) on Saturday, November 21, for a time of prayer, reflection, and planning about how St. Dunstan's is called to be the Church in 2021. As the pandemic wears on we are in uncharted waters, and parish leaders throughout the larger Church are considering how best to adapt to change while continuing to live out our mission. What are we called to do and be right now, here on the corner of Massachusetts and Fort Sumner?

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