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News from St. Dunstan's: September 16, 2020

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News from
St. Dunstan's
September 16, 2020
From Our Senior Seminarian Intern
Dear St. Dunstan’s family:
Mike and I are absolutely delighted to continue to call St. Dunstan’s our parish home for my Senior year at Virginia Theological Seminary (VTS).
When Patty invited me last spring to consider staying on at St. Dunstan’s as a Senior Seminarian Intern, my immediate response was a big “Yes!” Mike and I are so grateful to be a part of St. Dunstan’s as we worship, fellowship, and serve God with each of you. We are grateful to Patty for her leadership and mentorship as we move toward becoming clergywoman and spouse. We thank all of you for being such a welcoming community and for teaching us in this odd time of pandemic and social strife how to be the Church - a people of covenant, service, and love. 
This semester, you will see me active, as able and needed, in the Altar party on Sundays. I will preach, hopefully outside, on September 27. I will be working on specific skills, particularly learning from Patty about Church administration and Vestry matters.   I will also be creating a Christian Formation program on our history and identity as people of the Episcopal Church and Anglican Communion. I hope to stay engaged with our Children’s Ministry as well.  So, stay tuned!
With God’s grace and the Diocese of Central Florida’s approval, I hope to be ordained in Orlando to the Sacred Order of Deacons in February 2021.   Mike and I hope and pray God will call us to return to Central Florida to serve after my graduation from VTS in May 2021. 
Thank you to Patty and to each one of you for offering and providing a wonderful, loving parish home for our time at Virginia Theological Seminary.   We have been truly blessed.
God’s peace and blessings,
Compline Tonight!
Please join us this evening, September 16, at 8:30 p.m. as we continue our weekly rhythm of praying 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). The Order of Service for tonight maybe found here. Come and see!
Yoga and Prayer
Yoga and Prayer
(via Zoom)
Fridays from 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm beginning September 18
Join the Rev. Diana Gustafson for an hour of centering and prayer. Explore ancient psalms and contemporary poetry that resonate in today’s world, within a framework drawn from the Book of Common Prayer.
The class is led from candlelit St. Thomas' Parish DuPont Circle. All students, regardless of experience or ability, are welcome to share in the movements of the body and spirit. Roll out your mats and sign onto Yoga and Prayer online. This event is hosted by the Episcopal Diocese of Washington and St. Thomas' on DuPont Circle.
Click here to register; a Zoom link will be emailed in advance of the start of each class.
Thank You from Bethesda Help
Thank you to everybody that donated to this past Saturday's food drive at St. Jane de Chantal Church. You are making a difference in people's lives during this difficult time.
I just got word that we collected 1,394 lbs of food! Assuming an average can weighs about a pound and well, a one pound bag of rice weighs a pound, that means that we got around 1,300 items. That will feed a lot of hungry people.  
Bethesda Help
Everyone Can Sing!
While we're not able to sing together in person, that doesn't mean our voices have to be silenced! This fall Minister of Music Joey Arkfeld will be offering virtual "Everyone Can Sing" sessions to help anyone who would like to feel more confident with their singing in worship. Whether you're already a proud member of the choir or secretly thrilled that you can hide behind the mute button during our remote services, these sessions will have something to offer you. Our first session will be held via Zoom on Monday, September 21 at 7 p.m. You might even want to join the choir and rock out your new skills in the future!
We will send out the Zoom login credentials closer to the date. In the meantime, please do not hesitate to contact Joey directly at music@stdunstansbethesda.org for more information.
Episcopal Shield Masks
Christ Church Parish on Kent Island (MD) is selling Episcopal shield masks as a fundraiser for the Queen Anne’s County School Backpack program, which provides relief for residents in that area experiencing food insecurity.
Masks are available for purchase through the Christ Church website (here). Why not sport one at our next outdoor service?
For Your Prayers
For healing, strength, and protection:
Donna Almon
Joel and Ann Anders
Nancy Bancroft
Richard and Florence Banks
Helen Brown
Phil Carroll
Bill Darnell
Kenny Farnsworth 
Warren Green
Anja Hein
Barbara Hocker
The Rev. Deacon Fergie Horvath
Jason and Amy Krill and their family
Pam Plaisance
Curt Shively
Allison Spaulding
Lina Verville
Pat von Rautenkranz
Don Wasseman
Those in the path of Hurricane Sally and the West Coast wildfires
The Parish of St Francis of Assisi and the Diocese of Kimberley and Kuruman (Anglican Church of Southern Africa)
The Vivanco Family and the clergy, students, teachers, and parents of Buen Pastor School in Quito, Ecuador
May they rest in peace, and rise in glory:
Army Sgt. Adam James Hendrickson
Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Ian McKnight
Air Force Senior Airman Jason Khai Phan
Air Force Tech. Sgt. Warrell Ricketts
This Week at St. Dunstan's
TONIGHT: Weekly Compline
Compline, sometimes referred to as the "Goodnight Prayer of the Church," will be said this evening, September 16, at 8:30 p.m. Please see the box above for login credentials.
Friday Afternoon: Friday Fellowship
Join your St. Dunstan's friends for an hour or so of connection and conversation! Use this Zoom link this Friday, September 18, at 5 p.m.  (Meeting ID: 842 3801 8662) There is no agenda beyond catching up with one another. Come and see - and invite a friend!
Saturday Morning: St. Dunstan's Soul Sisters
The St. Dunstan's Soul Sisters, our women's group, will hold our next monthly meeting electronically on Saturday, September 19, from 10:00 - 11:30 a.m. All St. Dunstan's women (and friends) are welcome to join this time of prayer, reflection, connection, and support. 
After six months of wearing masks all the time, it occurred to me that the topic of masks might be interesting to talk about. I’m thinking not just the literal masks we’ve had over our lower faces (does anyone else find themselves frustrated that our friendly smiles can no longer be seen?) but the emotional masks we wear. When is it useful to "wear a mask" to disguise our true feelings and selves… to remain polite in an awkward situation, for instance? And when does it become a disservice to ourselves or to a relationship? How can we "love our neighbors as ourselves" if we are not being our true selves? Or, are there ever times when being our "true selves" is not the loving thing to be?
Here is the link for joining the meeting: Soul Sisters Zoom Link (Meeting ID: 705 712 806). If you know of folks who you think would appreciate this kind of conversation, please feel free to share the link with them. Just give a heads up to Patty, as she will need to let them in from the Waiting Room. Let me know if you have any questions. And I hope to see you next Saturday morning!
Sue CarrollConvener
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