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Preview of coming attractions: Daily Message from St. Dunstan's: June 29, 2020

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Daily Message from
St. Dunstan's
June 29, 2020
From the Rector
Dear friends,
As we enter this week into another new month, I am writing with an update about what I know about our "regathering" plans at this juncture - bearing in mind that, like everything else associated with this pandemic, the information that I am sharing here is very much subject to change!
I want to begin by extending a sincere "thank you" to those who have responded already to our Congregational Regathering Survey. Your input is essential as your Vestry and I think about how and when to begin to offer in-person worship again, and we are very grateful to have heard from you. If you have not yet had an opportunity to complete the survey, there's no time like the present! It only takes a couple of minutes, and you can choose whether to provide your name or to remain anonymous. Your responses are not binding, of course, but they will give us a helpful sense of how folks are feeling about the possibility of worshipping together in person again. The link to the Google survey form may be found here.
Our current plan is to continue worshipping via Zoom/Facebook Live throughout July - both to give us a chance to gather and interpret survey data, and to allow me to enjoy a bit of time off with my family. As we plan these online services, we need your help! We invite you to participate actively in worship as a Lector and and/or Prayer Leader. No previousexperience is necessary...anyone (of any age) who can read can volunteer!  All you need is to be able to access Zoom app on your smartphone, tablet, or computer in order to take part in one or more of our services during July. Please click the big blue button below to sign up!
On the subject of time off: I will be on vacation from this Sunday, July 5 (after church!) through the following Sunday. On Sunday, July 12, St. Dunstan's will worship with our sister parish, the Church of the Redeemer, via Zoom at 5 p.m.; our Seminarian Intern, Robin Reed, will preach. More information (including Zoom login credentials) will be provided in the Daily Message as we get closer to that date. In the meantime, please mark your calendars now with the schedule change that week. I plan to take some other time off later in July, but as of right now I do not anticipate that it will impact Sunday worship. I also look forward to welcoming our friends from Redeemer to join us for worship in August as their Rector, the Rev. Cricket Park, enjoys some time away to meet her first grandchild!
And now, drumroll, please...
At this point we are hoping to be able to offer our first outdoor in-person service on Sunday, August 9 (weather and other variables permitting). I am very excited to try this, since this is a great use of the gift of our lovely grounds! More details will follow, but for now please hold that date and think about whether you might be able to help set up for that service. There will be many roles to fill in order to make worship happen that day. You can indicate your availability to help on the Congregational Regathering Survey, or by emailing me directly.
Finally, please continue to hold the members of the Vestry and me in prayer as we try to discern the best way forward for St. Dunstan's. As you might imagine, these have been trying times to be in parish leadership, since so much still remains unknown and we are figuring it out day by day, week by week. I am so grateful for your support, and I thank God for each of you. It is a blessing to serve as your Rector.
Peace be with you all,
Tomorrow (Tuesday, June 30)
at St. Dunstan's
American Red Cross
Blood Drive
11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Only 2 appointment slots remain, both for
Power Red donations - click here to learn more!
Thank you to those who have signed up to give blood tomorrow at St. Dunstan's! The doors open at 11 a.m. and close at 5 p.m., and donations are by appointment only; this drive is closed to the general public.
Reminders for donors: Please remember to continue eating an iron-rich diet and increase your intake of water; you need to be hydrated in order to donate blood. Please bring your photo ID (driver's license, passport, Red Cross donor card) to the drive and wear a mask. (If you do not have a mask, the Red Cross will provide one.) Tomorrow morning, please go to www.redcrossblood.org/rapidpass to complete your pre-reading and health history questions before you arrive. Upon completing the rapidpass, you will see a QR Code that you can print or email to yourself. Bring that to the blood drive. If you cannot keep your appointment, please email david.hull@redcross.org or text/phone 240-676-9955.
If you are interested in making a Power Red donation, please click on the image above to schedule your appointment. As of this writing there are just two appointments remaining, at 3:00 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.
I will be here all day tomorrow and look forward to seeing many of you - from a safe distance - then! ~ Patty+
Book Discussion,
sponsored by the St. Dunstan's Justice League
7 p.m., via Zoom
Join on June 30 as we team up with members of our sister parish, the Church of the Redeemer, for a Zoom book discussion of the Rev. Peter Jarrett-Schell's Seeing My Skin: A Story of Wrestling with Whiteness.
Please join us, whether you have read, or not!
To participate, use this Zoom link (Meeting ID: 843 6837 3987).
Special thanks to Mark MacCarthy for moderating this discussion!
How Can I Help?
Please Reach Out to Our Friends at Brighton Gardens!
As you can imagine, this time of physical distancing has been particularly challenging for St. Dunstan's parishioners in assisted living at Brighton Gardens. The good news is that there has not been a rampant outbreak of COVID at the facility, thanks be to God, but the downside is that residents are confined to their apartments and are very lonely. They especially miss seeing their friends at St. Dunstan's.
Happily, Brighton Gardens residents are now allowed to receive mail again, which gives us an opportunity to minister tangibly to our our fellow parishioners. If you are able, please consider sending cards and notes to any/all of our folks there: Janet Crampton, Hailey Dart, 
Eleanor Neiman, and Sue Philipp. The address is 5555 Friendship Boulevard, Chevy Chase, 20815. 
In addition, parishioner Jessie McArdell lives at another Sunrise facility, at 5111 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, 20008. She would love to hear from you, too!
Thank you, in advance, for your ministry to our dear sisters in Christ.
Masks for S.O.M.E.
We're almost at our goal...
now let's do it again!
So Others Might Eat is an interfaith, community-based organization dedicated to helping those experiencing homelessness and food insecurity in the metro DC area. St. Dunstan's regularly supports S.O.M.E. both through grants from the Outreach Committee and by preparing casseroles for their feeding program. 
While we can't deliver home-cooked meals right now, we still can support the people served by S.O.M.E. by helping to provide them with much-needed masks. We have set a goal of providing 100 masks for S.O.M.E., and we're almost there (94 - woo-hoo!)! Now we want to try for another 100...Will you help?
Click on the image above to be taken to a dedicated page to order masks for S.O.M.E. made by parishioner Peta Leitermann-Long. Shipping is free. Thank you for helping to keep S.O.M.E.'s clients safe!
Congregational Regathering Survey
Please respond by July 5!
As we look toward offering some limited in-person worship opportunities at St. Dunstan's, we need to hear from you! Please take a couple of minutes to complete a brief (10-question) "regathering" survey at your earliest convenience.
Please click HERE to be redirected to the Google form.
Thank you, in advance, for your help!
Parish Prayer List
For healing, strength, and protection:
Nancy Bancroft
Roy Barber
Phil Carroll
Bill Darnell
Kenny Farnsworth 
Warren Green
Anja Hein
Barbara and John Hocker
Damishia and Brielle King 
Stephanie Krawczyk
Vince Leonard
The Montalvo Family 
Jennifer Noberini
Julie Petersmeyer
Pam Plaisance
Curt Shively
Louise Smoak
Lina Verville
Pat von Rautenkranz
Don Wasseman

The Week Ahead at St. Dunstan's
Tomorrow Morning: Morning Prayer
Join Robin Reed for a virtual service of Morning Prayer at 7 a.m. on Tuesday, June 30, via Zoom. To participate, just click here
Tomorrow (11 a.m. ~ 5 p.m.): American Cross Blood Drive
If you are eligible, please consider giving the gift of life. Come see friends from St. Dunstan's and the Church of the Redeemer - in person! (observing physical distance, of course...). Donations are by appointment only; please see blurb above to sign up.
Tomorrow Evening: Book Discussion of Seeing My Skin
Please log on for this important and timely discussion of Seeing My Skin: A Story of Wrestling with Whiteness, sponsored by the St. Dunstan's Justice League. Please see above for further details, including Zoom credentials. Thanks, in advance, to parishioner Mark MacCarthy for moderating our conversation. God-willing, we will be joined by parishioners from Redeemer, as well. Hope to see you there!
Wednesday Morning: Bible Study
On Wednesday, July 1, at 10:30 a.m., we continue our study of the Acts of the Apostles (beginning at Chapter 2, verse 14), and we hope you will join us! We meet via Zoom: if you would like to participate, please just click on this link; the Meeting ID is 326 468 549. 
Wednesday Afternoon: Children's Message
Children - and their parents! - are invited to join our Intern, Robin Reed, and the Rector for our weekly Children's Message on Wednesday afternoon, July 1, at 4:30 p.m. In order for your children to participate, just click on this Zoom link. We will share a brief time of conversation, story, and prayer, which is a great way for them to stay connected to St. Dunstan's and experience God's love in community.
Wednesday Evening: Weekly Compline
Compline, sometimes referred to as the "Goodnight Prayer of the Church," is said every Wednesday at 8:30 p.m., and you are warmly invited to join us! The Zoom link for Compline may be found here
Friday Morning: Morning Prayer
Join Robin for Morning Prayer at 7 a.m. on Friday, July 3, via Zoom. To participate in the service, simply click here
Friday Afternoon: Community Fellowship Time
Come join your St. Dunstan's friends for an hour or so of connection and conversation! Use this Zoom link on Friday, July 3, at 5 p.m. Invite a friend!
Sunday Morning: Sunday Worship with St. Dunstan's
Please plan to join your sisters and brothers in Christ for worship via Zoom and Facebook Live next Sunday, July 5, 2020. To participate in the Zoom meeting, please use this link, which will go live beginning at 9:50 a.m.  Immediately following worship, stay online for Coffee Hour to connect with your St. Dunstan's friends!

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