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On the Twelfth Day of Christmas: Wednesday's News from St. Dunstan's (January 5, 2022)

Posted 5:28 PM
January 5, 2022
Christmas Thanks
Dear friends,
This Christmas at St. Dunstan's was one for the books. Despite several factors that threatened to conspire against it (the rise of the Omicron variant, the unexpected illness of our Minister of Music, various last-minute technical "glitches," etc.), Christmas came - and it was beautiful. Even though not everyone could be here in person, together we celebrated the birth of Christ as one united community of faith. The joy and love on Christmas Eve were palpable, and God was glorified. I don't think that "Silent Night" has ever sounded so sweet, even muffled behind masks!
This comes as a sincere "thank you" to everyone who contributed in ways great and small to our festivities this year, including:
  • Deacon: The Rev. Mary Sebold
  • Musicians: Diane Atherton (Cantor), Joey Arkfeld (Minister of Music), Abner Alejandro Márquez Torres (trumpet), and Mark Willey (guest organist)
  • Altar Guild: Marsha Barnes and Ann Johnson (special thanks to Marsha, who has been doing the work of two while Ann recovers from an injury!)
  • Flower Guild: Rosemarie Barrett, Tom Barrett, Sue Newman, and Trudy Surut
  • Tech Team: Elise Flick and Vince Leonard (with behind-the-scenes assistance from Curtis Chatman)
  • Christmas worship participants: Lynne Leonard (greeter); Max McMillan (crucifer); Hans Overdahl, Jessica Ault, Marsha Barnes, and Fred Smoak (lectors); Sue Carroll (intercessor); and Nancy and Walter Douglas (ushers)
  • Parish Administrator: Kim Matthews.
Thanks, as well, to Frannie Gogos, Mary Pat Gogos, and Trey Hanna, who enthusiastically prepared the crèche for Baby Jesus - lions and tigers and bears, and all!
Finally, no list of Christmas thanks would be complete without a shout-out to the Douglas Family, who spent hours stringing sparkly lights outside the church, and to the many "elves" who helped hang greens and place candles to ready the nave for worship. You all made this place look especially beautiful!
Whether you were able to lend a hand in person this year or not, please know that you are an essential part of the St. Dunstan's community; this fellowship would not be the same without you. What's more, the genuine warmth of this congregation is a gift that we can share with the wider community. In 2022, I hope that we all will find ways to extend that same love and support to our neighbors - those whom we know, and those whom we do not know (yet). This parish has so much to offer!
The Rev. Patricia Phaneuf Alexander, Rector
Celebrate the Feast of the Epiphany!
Epiphany Service with the Presiding Bishop
January 6, 2022
12 Noon
Join Presiding Bishop Michael Curry, Bishop Mariann Budde, the Rev. Glenna Huber, and a diverse community of leaders and artists for a live-streamed Epiphany service from Church of the Epiphany in Washington at noon tomorrow, January 6. Bishop Curry will invite Episcopalians to commit afresh to looking, acting, and loving like Jesus. Later in the day, Bishop Curry will also offer a videotaped address to the nation.  Watch the livestream here.
St. Dunstan's Virtual Compline
for the Feast of the Epiphany
Tomorrow, January 6, 2022
8 p.m.
(via Zoom and Facebook)
Meeting ID: 816 2513 4062
Star of Wonder
(mixed media liturgical art by Sue Carroll)
"Star Words" and
"Chalking the Door"
A couple of years ago we began the tradition of distributing inspirational "Star Words" to the congregation on the Feast of the Epiphany. Just as the magi followed a star to the nearer presence of Christ, we, too, are invited to be guided by our own stars in the year ahead. While we cannot distribute physical stars this year, we still can observe this lovely custom here at St. Dunstan's.
If you would like an Epiphany "Star Word" this year, please email Patty, who will select a word for you and send it along with a special prayer of blessing for 2022.
Another beloved Epiphany tradition is the "Chalking of the Door" to invite God's blessing into your home (or office) for the year ahead. For information about how to chalk your doors, please see this link .
Sunday Worship this Week
Service of Spiritual Communion
Sunday, January 9, 2022
10 a.m.
(via Zoom and Facebook)
Meeting ID: 857 0474 2951
Spirit Descending
(mixed media liturgical art by Sue Carroll)
Recording of Today's Bible Study
St. Dunstan's Bible Study: The Gospel of Mark (January 5, 2022)
If you were not able to join us for Bible Study this morning but would like to follow the discussion, just click the button to the left to access the recording of today's class.
Soul Sisters this Saturday
Soul Sisters (the St. Dunstan's women's spirituality group)
will gather this Saturday, January 8,
from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.via Zoom. 
We'll begin the new year by sharing words of wisdom. Let’s tell stories to each other about wise women we have known, or read about, and what words they gave us that have stayed with us and helped us. At the start of what looks to be another difficult year, we all need to restock our store of wise sayings to lean on.
Join the meeting using this link 
(Meeting ID: 705 712 806; Passcode: 266823).
All St. Dunstan's women - and friends! - are welcome to join this time of prayer, reflection, connection, and support.
For more information about the Soul Sisters, 
please be in touch with Sue Carroll.
Book Group in January
Thursday, January 13
1:30 p.m. (via Zoom)
January's selection is
Count the Ways, by Joyce Maynard.
Come and see!
Coming up in 2022:
February 10: The Mist (Ragnar Jonasson)
March 10: Sapiens (Yuval Noah Harari)
April 14: Mary Jane (Jessica Anya Blau)
May 12: Will (Will Smith)
June 9: Apples Never Fall (Liane Moriarty)
For more information about the St. Dunstan's Book Group, please contact Donna Alvarez
Supporting Afghan Refugees
As many of you know, St. Dunstan’s recently joined a parishioner of Westmoreland Congregational Church in resettling a small Afghan family. About ten members of St. Dunstan’s are actively helping them find an immigration attorney, employment, rides to mosque, bicycles for transportation, and soccer programs. If you would like to help, please contact Deacon Mary
Watch this space for future activities on behalf of other refugees and advocacy efforts for those who remain in Afghanistan. Thank you, again, for your previous contributions to this vital Church ministry!
For Your Prayers
For healing, strength, and protection:
Joyce Barnett, Sydney Betz, Connie Carpenter,
Phil Carroll, Chuck Cash and Jackie Jones, Paula Clark,
Bill Darnell, Kenny Farnsworth, Maddie Fennell,
Warren Green, Michael Hackley, Ben Hull,
Todd Leonard, Joyce Nugent, Susan Parker, Christine Partin,
Carol Patterson, Gabi Shea, Ann Shelly, Curt Shively,
Anne Smedberg, Lina Verville, Don Wasseman, 
Charlie and Sheila Wooters, Bea, Carmen, Katherine, and Nancy
Refugees and displaced persons
Those impacted by recent tornadoes, fires,
and other natural disasters
Those battling COVID and those who care for
and about them
Online Calendar
Click for a schedule of parish events:
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