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The News from St. Dunstan's: October 6, 2020

Posted 4:21 PM
The News from
St. Dunstan's
October 6, 2020
From the Rector
Dear friends,
I am delighted to announce that St. Dunstan's is now accepting applications for a part-time Director of Children, Youth, and Family Ministries! This is an exciting development in the life of our parish, and I am confident that, even now, God is raising up just the right person to come and minister among us.
I also am a firm believer in the power of networking, and I hope that you will help the Vestry and me spread the word about this new opportunity. Please consider sharing this position description with anyone whom you think might be interested in applying. Feel free to reach out to me with any questions - or, even better, to volunteer to serve on the Search Committee!
Finally, at this particularly difficult time to be a young person, please join me in praying for the physical, mental, and spiritual health of all children and youth:
God our Father, you see your children growing up in an
unsteady and confusing world: Show them that your ways
give more life than the ways of the world, and that following
you is better than chasing after selfish goals. Help them to
take failure, not as a measure of their worth, but as a chance
for a new start. Give them strength to hold their faith in you,
and to keep alive their joy in your creation; through Jesus
Christ our Lord, Amen
(Book of Common Prayer, p. 829).
Our world is, indeed, unsteady and confusing, and our young people (and their parents) need this church community to be the most welcoming, nourishing, and safe haven it can be. I look forward to working together to make this vision a reality.
Your faithfully,

Next Sunday's Worship
Join us
next Sunday, October 11
for Holy Eucharist on the church grounds
For contact tracing purposes, all those attending this service must register and sign the Regathering Covenant and Liability Waiver (electronically) each time before coming to worship. 
Registration will close at 7 p.m. on SATURDAY, October 10
(note later day/time).
We also need your help! If you can lend a hand setting up, cleaning up, or participating in the service, please click HERE.
Many hands do make light work!
The service will be live-streamed,
with the recording sent out by email later in the day.
Thursday Afternoon: Book Group
Join fellow St. Dunstan's parishioners on 
Thursday, October 8, 
at 2:30 p.m. 
for a lively discussion of
The Dutch House, by Ann Patchett.
We will meet via Zoom, using this link
(Meeting ID: 894 3714 3217
Passcode: 165960).
We hope to see you there!
For more information about Book Group, please reach out to Donna Alvarez
If you have any difficulty logging on, please contact Kim Matthews.
Looking ahead:
November 12: Cutting for Stone (Abraham Verghese)
December 10: The Henna Artist (Alka Joshi)
January 14: The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek 
(Kim Richardson)
For Your Prayers
For healing, strength, and protection:
Donna Almon
Nancy Bancroft
Richard and Florence Banks
Sydney Betz
Phil Carroll
Bill Darnell
Kenny Farnsworth
Warren Green
Anja Hein
Barbara Hocker
The Rev. Deacon Fergie Horvath
Jason and Amy Krill and their family
Isabel Krum
Riley Leitermann-Long
Rachael McMillan
Doreen Montalvo
Pam Plaisance
Curt Shively
Allison Spaulding
Lina Verville
Pat von Rautenkranz
Don Wasseman
All those impacted by COVID-19
Those affected by natural disasters

The Vivanco Family (missionaries in Quito, Ecuador)
This Week at St. Dunstan's
Tomorrow Morning: Bible Study
On Wednesday, October 7, at 10:30 a.m., we continue our study of the Acts of the Apostles, and we hope you will join us! We meet via Zoom: if you would like to participate, please click on this link; the Meeting ID is 326 468 549.
Wednesday Evening: Weekly Compline
Compline, sometimes referred to as the "Goodnight Prayer of the Church," is offered every Wednesday at 8:30 p.m., and we hope you will join us! The Zoom link for Compline may be found here (Meeting ID:570 537 096)
Thursday Afternoon: Book Group
The St. Dunstan's Book Group meets on the second Thursday of each month via Zoom, and we would love to have you join us! Please see the box above for information about this month's discussion and upcoming reads.
Friday Afternoon: Friday Fellowship
Join your St. Dunstan's friends for an hour or so of connection and conversation! Use this Zoom link on Friday, October 9, at 5 p.m.  (Meeting ID: 842 3801 8662). Drop in and say "hi" whenever you're able!
Saturday Morning: Soul Sisters and Men's Group
It will be a spiritual abundance of riches this Saturday, October 10, as both the Soul Sisters and Men's Group gather for separate Zoom meetings:
The Men's Group gathering will begin at 9 a.m., and the discussion will start at 9:30. Feel free to join whenever you are able. This month's topic will be, "How do we follow Jesus' commandment to love one another - and love our enemies - in the polarized environment in which we find ourselves?" Watch this space for the Zoom link, and
do not hesitate to reach out to John Wyss for more information about the St. Dunstan's Men's Group.
Soul Sisters will meet from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., also via Zoom. Our topic this month will be “Heading Into Darkness.” For most of the 7 months we’ve been sequestered by COVID-19, it has at least been bright and warm weather. We could get outside for a change of scene, or at least look out the window and see the blooms of spring or lush summer growth. But now we’re heading into the dark, short days of autumn and winter. And, many of us are struggling with dark, heavy feelings: rage, terror, despair. What have we learned from 2020 so far, that might help us in the months ahead? What can we do to help each other get through this?
Join the meeting using this link. This month you will need to use both the Meeting ID (705 712 806) and the 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 email Sue Carroll.
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