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News from St. Dunstan's: October 14, 2020

Posted 6:48 PM
The News from
St. Dunstan's
October 14, 2020
From the Rector
Dear friends,
Whenever I counsel a couple for marriage, I remind them that when God calls two people into relationship, they are able to accomplish things together that neither can do alone. One plus one - plus God - equals far more than three! I also find that the same is true for ministry: When we join our hearts and hands and minds for a common mission, we can help achieve God's purposes far more abundantly than we can in isolation.
In that spirit, I am excited to announce a new collaboration between St. Dunstan's and our sister parish, the Church of the Redeemer, which is designed to broaden the reach of both congregations. Beginning next Monday, October 19, the two churches will be combining forces to offer two opportunities for prayer every week day, Monday-Friday. The schedule will be as follows:
  • Each morning at 10 a.m. we will offer a time of intercessory prayer the old-fashioned way...by telephone! No worries about Zoom fatigue: All you need to do is call our dedicated "prayer hotline," and either Cricket Park or I will be on to pray with and for you. I encourage you give it a try.
  • As well, you are invited to join friends from St. Dunstan's and Redeemer at 8 p.m. every evening, M-F, for Compline. These services will be lay-led and will draw on a variety of sources, including our own 1979 Book of Common PrayerA New Zealand Prayer Book, Celtic Compline, and more! (Insider tip: On Mondays, our own Joey Arkfeld will lead a sung Taizé Compline. I, for one, and very excited!)
I will, of course, send out all the details about these services in the days to come, but for the moment please mark your calendars and plan to join us whenever you're able - in the morning, in the evening, or at both times. Please let me know at your earliest convenience if you would be interested in leading Compline one evening a week. We would be delighted to put you in the rota and will equip you with all that you need to guide others in prayer.
On behalf of Cricket Park, Geoffrey Silver, Joey Arkfeld, and myself, I look forward to sharing these expanded prayer offerings with you. God is good - all the time! - and we are so blessed by the strength of our combined community.
Peace and love,
Compline at 8:30 Tonight
Please join us this evening, October 14, at 8:30 p.m. for Compline, an ancient (and short ~ 15 minutes) service for the end of the day. 
To participate via Zoom, please click on this link (Meeting ID: 570 537 096).
Next Sunday's Worship
Join us
this Sunday, October 18
for Holy Eucharist on the church grounds
For planning and contact tracing purposes, we ask that all those attending this service register and sign the Regathering Covenant and Liability Waiver (electronically) each time before coming to worship. Please sign up by 7 p.m. on Saturday, October 17.
We also need your help! If you are planning to attend worship in person and can lend a hand setting up, cleaning up, or taking part in the service, please click HERE.
(Liturgy is the "work of the people," and many people, working together, make the load lighter for everyone!)
The service will be live-streamed,
with the recording sent out by email later in the day.
Election Day Prayer Presence
As Election Day draws near, national anxiety is understandably rising, given all that we've been through this year and the issues before us as a people.
One antidote to anxiety is prayer. Bishop Mariann is inviting congregations to take part in an EDOW effort to be a prayerful presence at polling stations within our diocesan bounds on Tuesday, November 3.
The Diocese has asked each parish to form a small group to pray quietly for our democracy and all those exercising their right to vote at the polling station(s) of their choice, at a time of their choosing.
Ray Donnelly is coordinating St. Dunstan's Prayer Delegation for Election Day. If you would like to join him, along with the Rector and other members of this parish, please reach out to Ray directly via email. Each participant will be asked to e-sign a covenant, committing to be a peaceful, non-partisan presence.
More information about this peaceful witness will be available as Election Day grows closer.
Almighty God, to whom we must account for all our powers and privileges: Guide the people of the United States in the election of officials and representatives; that, by faithful administration
and wise laws, the rights of all may be protected
and our nation be enabled to fulfill your purposes;
through Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen.
~"For an Election," BCP, p. 822
Help Wanted!
Samaritan Ministry of Greater Washington Partner Parish Representative
Are you passionate about social justice at the local level? Are you concerned about our brothers and sisters who are experiencing homelessness? Are you willing to help provide a “next step” to folks trying to find housing and reenter the workforce? If so, then please consider serving as St. Dunstan’s next Samaritan Ministry Partner Parish Representative. Established in 1986 under the auspices of the Episcopal Church, Samaritan Ministry of Greater Washington has a proven track record of transforming the lives of homeless and jobless people in the greater DC area. In the past St. Dunstan’s has played a key role in this work: this year alone, our Outreach Committee has granted SMGW $2,500 in support of their life-changing ministry in our community. 
As a Parish Rep, you would represent St. Dunstan's at approximately six partner meetings per year and would help coordinate our participation in SMGW events. This is a meaningful and important ministry, and we hope that you will give prayerful consideration to this opportunity. For more information about Samaritan Ministry of Greater Washington, please visit their website. To volunteer as Partner Parish Rep or to explore whether this might be your call, please contact Patty Alexander.
Position Opening
St. Dunstan's is now accepting applications for a part-time Director of Children, Youth, and Family Ministries, and we need your help to spread the word!
Please share this position description with anyone whom you think might be interested in applying.
For Your Prayers
For healing, strength, and protection:
Donna Almon
Nancy Bancroft
Richard and Florence Banks
Sydney Betz
Phil Carroll
Bill Darnell
Kenny Farnsworth
Warren Green
Anja Hein
Barbara Hocker
The Rev. Deacon Fergie Horvath
Ric Huttenlocher
Jason and Amy Krill and their family
Isabel Krum
Rachael McMillan
Pam Plaisance
Curt Shively
Allison Spaulding
Lina Verville
Pat von Rautenkranz
Don Wasseman
Trudy Wood
All those impacted by COVID-19
Those affected by the West Coast wildfires,
and those in the path of Hurricane Delta

The Vivanco Family (missionaries in Quito, Ecuador)
This Week at St. Dunstan's
This Evening: Compline
Compline, sometimes referred to as the "Goodnight Prayer of the Church," is offered every Wednesday at 8:30 p.m., and we hope you will join us! Please see the box above for login details.
Friday Afternoon: Friday Fellowship
Join your St. Dunstan's friends for an hour or so of connection and conversation! Use this Zoom link on Friday, October 16, at 5 p.m.  (Meeting ID: 842 3801 8662) There is no agenda beyond catching up with one another. Hope to see you there!
Sunday Morning: Outdoor Eucharist
Join us Sunday, October 18, at 10:00 a.m. for Holy Eucharist on the church grounds (weather-permitting). Come worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness!
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