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Regathering for Worship at St. Dunstan's- May 15, 2021

Posted 3:55 PM
The News from
St. Dunstan's
May 15, 2021
From the Rector
Dear friends,
To quote the iconic Bob Dylan, "the times they are a-changin’!"
As you no doubt know by now, on Thursday the CDC announced significant changes to the COVID protocols we all have been following for more than a year, lifting restrictions on masking and social distancing in most cases for fully-vaccinated people. On the same day, Bishop Mariann Budde released this update on regathering in the Diocese of Washington. As Bishop Mariann notes, "Suddenly, it feels like reopening is happening faster than we anticipated."  Amen!
Given the rate of recent change, and given questions I have received from parishioners over the past two days, I am writing now to provide some clarity about our plans here at St. Dunstan's for the near future:
  • In her email, Bishop Mariann instructs us to follow the guidance of local civic authorities: Please note that in Montgomery County, masks are still required until later this month (likely May 29). I ask that, regardless of your vaccination status, you continue to comply with this expectation when on St. Dunstan's campus. Please be especially mindful that not everyone in our community has had the vaccine, nor is everyone comfortable (yet) not wearing masks.
  • While we now have permission to gather indoors for worship, the Regathering Team and I are committed to moving at a pace that is comfortable for the majority of our parishioners. Throughout the pandemic we have been intentional and prayerful about not disenfranchising anyone, and we are not about to change that now.
  • The Regathering Team is meeting this coming week to evaluate our readiness to reopen, and we will, of course, share our plans with you all as soon as possible. There is much to consider, and we will not act precipitously. In the meantime, we plan to worship outdoors again tomorrow, following the same protocols that we have been observing.
  • It is no longer necessary to sign the Regathering Covenant in order to attend worship at St. Dunstan's, but we do ask you to sign up for tomorrow's service using the link below.
Finally, this comes as a reminder that whenever we gather for worship, whether outdoors or indoors, we need your help. Worship is not a spectator sport, and it takes many hands (and voices) to prepare for and help lead services. Please, please, please consider signing up to participate in whatever way makes most sense for you. Tomorrow, May 16, we especially need help setting up and cleaning up. You may use the link below to volunteer.
As always, I encourage you to be in touch with me or any member of the Regathering Team (Carl Adams, Karen Edwards, Frenchie Gogos, Vince Leonard, and Rosi Sweeney) with your questions, concerns, and ideas. Please remember that we cannot know what is on your mind unless you tell us!
I hope to see many of you in person for worship tomorrow.
The Rev. Patricia Phaneuf Alexander, Rector
Worship Outdoors Tomorrow!
Sunday, May 16
Holy Eucharist
10:00 a.m. (outdoors)
Weather-permitting, we will gather again tomorrow for worship on the church grounds. The service also will be live-streamed on the St. Dunstan's Facebook page.
While it is no longer necessary to sign the Regathering Covenant and Liability Waiver, we do still need for everyone to sign up ahead of time. This will help our planning and enable contact tracing, in the unlikely event that it should be necessary. Please use this link to register; you also may use this form to volunteer to help with the service.
If you are worshipping online, the bulletin for tomorrow's service may be found here. You will want to print it ahead of time, as it will not be projected onscreen during the service.
In the event of inclement weather, the service will be live-streamed from inside the church. We will communicate via email by 7:00 a.m. tomorrow to let you know our plans.
Printable Children's Activity Pages
(based on this week's lessons):
Save the Date! Next Blood Drive
Tuesday, June 15
1:30-6:30 p.m.
The Church of the Redeemer
6201 Dunrobbin Drive
Please use THIS LINK to register.
If you have any difficulty scheduling your appointment, please contact
The Art of Mimi Betz at
Brookside Gardens
Now through May 23: "Artists of the Atelier"
Brookside Gardens Visitors' Center
1800 Glenallan Avenue, Wheaton, MD
Come see the paintings of parishioner Mimi Betz, one of St. Dunstan's amazingly gifted visual artists, at Brookside Gardens! Mimi is one of about 15 artists with paintings currently on exhibit, and there are 12 of her pieces in the show.
"Artists of the Atelier" will be open from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. through May 23. The outdoor gardens are open from 7 a.m. until 5 p.m. daily and are absolutely beautiful with all of the spring blossoms.
For more information, please visit the Brookside Gardens website
For Your Prayers
For healing, strength, and protection:
Joey Alfonso, Alice and Bill Avery, Nancy Bancroft,
Joyce Barnett, Sydney Betz, Phil Carroll, the Rev. Paula Clark, Suzie Coughlan, Bill Darnell, Mike Donnelly,
Kenny Farnsworth, Maddie Fennell, Chip Gallagher, 
Gracey Greco, Warren Green, Mary Elizabeth Hannah,
Todd Leonard, Victoria Lodewick, Nicole Luedtke, Gene Maier,
Susanna Metz, Joyce Nugent, Carol Patterson, Pam Plaisance, Allison Roberts, Curt Shively, Allison Spaulding, Lina Verville, Don Wasseman, Charlie Wooters, Carmen, Claire, and
The Vivanco Family (missionaries in Quito, Ecuador)
The peoples of Palestine and Israel
Those victimized by racial hatred and gun violence
Those impacted in body, mind, or spirit by COVID-19
Those experiencing homelessness, hunger, unemployment,
and underemployment
May he rest in peace, and rise in glory:
Gene Maier
brother of Vince Leonard
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