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The News from St. Dunstan's: November 12, 2020

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The News from
St. Dunstan's
November 12, 2020
Consecration Sunday 2020
Please plan to worship with St. Dunstan's via Zoom and Facebook Live this Sunday, November 15 (Consecration Sunday), as we celebrate our blessings and recommit ourselves to the mission of God in this parish for the coming year. This is also the date by which we hope to have received most pledges for 2021. The Vestry and I soon will begin preparing next year's budget and need to have a sense of which ministries we can continue and - God willing - extend, going forward.
In the midst of this truly difficult year, we at St. Dunstan's have so much for which to be grateful - including our parish community. I hope you will join me this Sunday as we look forward in hope and faith to the future that God is preparing for us, even now.
Remembering Our Nation's Veterans
This Sunday, November 15, we will honor our Veterans during our 10 a.m. service of Holy Eucharist (via Zoom and Facebook Live). If you or a loved one serves or has served in our nation's Armed Forces, we would be grateful if you would please share names to be included in the Prayers of the People that day via this form by TOMORROW, November 13, 2020 at 12 noon. Thank you!
Special Forum during Coffee Hour this Sunday: Nourishing Bethesda
Please plan to join us this Sunday, November 15, after our 10 a.m. worship (via Zoom) for a special Coffee Hour Forum presented by John Ross, Head of the Men's Ministry at St. John's, Norwood.
John and his fellow St. John's parishioners are engaged in an important new ministry, "Nourishing Bethesda," that provides support to folks experiencing food insecurity in our area - and they are inviting us to participate, too! Come meet John online and learn how we might reach out our hands in love to our neighbors in Bethesda and Chevy Chase.
For further information about about "Nourishing Bethesda," please take a moment to look at these recent news stories:
National Center for Children and Families
Thanksgiving Drive
In years past, St. Dunstan's parishioners have provided Thanksgiving baskets for families served by the National Center for Children and Families here in Bethesda. Unfortunately, due to COVID we are not able to collect baskets here at the church this year: NCCF requests that donations be dropped off directly at their facility, by appointment only. If you would like to assemble a Thanksgiving basket for a vulnerable family and are comfortable delivering it to NCCF yourself - thank you! The shopping list, which includes contact information for scheduling a drop-off appointment, may be downloaded by clicking on the image above. There are also links on that form for making contactless donations. In addition, this year St. Dunstan's will be making a gift of $500 to NCCF from the parish budget to help defray the cost of providing Thanksgiving dinners to area families.
We give thanks to God for all our blessings - most especially for the ability to share the resources that God has given us. Let us pray fervently for the day when there is ample food for all and collections such as this are no longer necessary.
Reminder: The Deadline to Pre-Order Advent Wreath Kits is Next Week
Advent is the period of watching and waiting that the Church sets aside to prepare for the birth of Jesus. As part of that preparation, many Christians use Advent wreaths to help mark God's time and count down to Christmas. In the past St. Dunstan's has cherished the custom of gathering to make wreaths together.
While we can't do that in person this year, Patty will lead us in a parish-wide Advent Wreath Making social event via Zoom on Sunday, November 29, 2020 at 4:00 pm. You can pre-order your materials for this event by clicking this link: Advent Wreath Order Form. Wreath kits are $25 and will include: 1 straw wreath form, 4 candles, 4 candle holder stakes, ribbon, and greening pins. 
Please send all check payments to the St. Dunstan's parish office (5450 Massachusetts Avenue, 20816), or contact Kimberly Matthews at 202.360.0520 to pay by credit card. All orders and payments are due by Friday, November 20, 2020. Kits will be delivered directly to your home on Friday, November 27 and Saturday, November 28, or they will be available for pick-up from the church on Friday, November 27 between 12 and 3 p.m.
For Your Prayers
For healing, strength, and protection:
Donna Almon
Nancy Bancroft
Richard and Florence Banks
The Best Family 
Sydney Betz
Phil Carroll
Bill Darnell
Ray Donnelly
Kenny Farnsworth
Warren Green
Barbara Hocker
The Rev. Deacon Fergie Horvath
Ric Huttenlocher
Isabel Krum
Joyce Nugent
Pam Plaisance
Jake Schaller
Curt Shively
Allison Spaulding
Lina Verville
Pat von Rautenkranz
Don Wasseman
Michael Weiss, Jr.
Trudy Wood
Charlie Wooters
All impacted by COVID-19
Those affected by natural disasters
The Vivanco Family (missionaries in Quito, Ecuador)
This Week at St. Dunstan's
Daily Prayer with Our Friends at Redeemer:
Mornings, M-F: Intercessory Prayer (by phone) 
Each morning at 10 a.m. the Rectors of St. Dunstan's and our sister parish, the Church of the Redeemer, offer Prayers for the Morning by telephone. All you need to do is call our dedicated "prayer hotline" (508.924.1769) and either Patty Alexander or Cricket Park will be on to pray with and for you. (Typically Patty leads prayers on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays.)
Evenings, M-F: Nightly Compline (by Zoom) 
Join your sisters and brothers from St. Dunstan's and Redeemer at 8 p.m. every evening, M-F, for Compline, the "good night prayer" of the Church. To participate in the Zoom, please use this link; Meeting ID: 754 5686 5769. Come and see!
Tomorrow Afternoon: Friday Fellowship
Join your St. Dunstan's friends for an hour or so of connection and conversation! Use this Zoom link on Friday, November 13, at 5 p.m.  (Meeting ID: 842 3801 8662)
Saturday Morning: St. Dunstan's Soul Sisters
All St. Dunstan's women (and friends!) are welcome to join the Soul Sisters for their monthly gathering on Saturday, November 14from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. via Zoom. The topic this month will be “Now what? What have we learned in the past weeks, and what will that mean for the way we go forward?” Join the meeting using this link (Meeting ID: 705 712 806). For more information about St. Dunstan's Soul Sisters, please email Sue CarrollWe look forward to sharing this time of prayer, reflection, connection, and support together.
Sunday Morning: Worship with St. Dunstan's
Please join your sisters and brothers in Christ for worship via Zoom and Facebook Live this coming Sunday, November 15, 2020 at 10 a.m. To participate in the Zoom meeting, please use this link, which will go live beginning at 9:50 a.m.; the Meeting ID is 826 4027 2649.  Immediately following worship, stay online for a special Adult Forum during Coffee Hour (see box above)!
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