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The News from St. Dunstan's- Outreach Edition: October 8, 2020

Posted 4:29 PM
The News from
St. Dunstan's
October 8, 2020
From the Rector
Dear friends,
When I was in conversation with the Search Committee last year, one of the many attributes about St. Dunstan's that I found appealing was its longstanding commitment to Outreach. Outreach is essential to my own discipleship and ministry, and the parish's demonstrated care for its neighbors was a compelling factor as I discerned whether God was calling me to serve as your next Rector. I thank God for all the ways in which this parish responds, to the best of its ability, to the needs of the world; this faithful witness is inspirational.
We at St. Dunstan's are blessed in so many ways, including having the resources to make grants each year to a number of worthy Outreach recipients. Because so very many causes could use our help, the parish historically has been guided by two primary criteria for grant-making:
  • Insofar as possible, we strive for a balance among local, national, and global organizations; and
  • At least one parishioner needs to be involved with the organization as a financial supporter and/or hands-on volunteer.
(This year we also have taken into consideration the mission priorities identified at an all-parish meeting last February: mental health and mental illness, homelessness, and hunger.)
With all of this in mind, the Outreach Committee met last week to finalize our allocations of funding from the Outreach budget for this calendar year. We prayerfully discussed several organizations and made our determinations according to these guiding principles. I hope that you will take a moment to read about each of this year's recipients in the box below. Please also pray for their ministries and the people whom they serve.
Finally, please join me in giving thanks for the faithful ministry of Elin Botha, who leads the charge on our Outreach efforts here at St. Dunstan's. I am so grateful for Elin's passion for, and commitment to, serving others.
If you would like to join the Outreach Committee and help us identify areas where we can extend and deepen our support going forward, please be in touch with me directly. We need and welcome your involvement!
Yours faithfully,
2020 Grants from the Outreach Budget
This year, St. Dunstan's budgeted $10,000 for Outreach grants, which we have distributed among the following organizations. Please click on the individual links to learn more about the mission and ministry of each.
e=h (education equals hope): $468 from Outreach budget (parishioners made additional contributions for student sponsorship)
Beginning Soon: Book Group
Join fellow St. Dunstan's parishioners
this afternoon, October 8, 
at 2:30 p.m. 
for a lively discussion of
The Dutch House, by Ann Patchett.
Book Group meets via Zoom,
using this link
(Meeting ID: 894 3714 3217
Passcode: 165960).
For more information, please reach out to Donna Alvarez
Sunday Worship this Week
Join us
this 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).
If we gather in person, the service will be live-streamed on Facebook.
In the event of inclement weather, we will worship via Zoom; look for an email update no later than 7 a.m. on Sunday.
In either case, the recorded service will be sent out
by email later in the day.
Position Opening
St. Dunstan's is now accepting applications for a part-time Director of Children, Youth, and Family Ministries, and we need your help to spread the word!
Please share this position description with anyone whom you think might be interested in applying, and please be in touch with the Rector if you would be willing to serve on the Search Committee.
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
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 the West Coast wildfires,
and those in the path of Hurricane Delta

The Vivanco Family (missionaries in Quito, Ecuador)
This Week at St. Dunstan's
This 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.
Friday Afternoon: Friday Fellowship
Join your St. Dunstan's friends for an hour or so of connection and conversation! Use this Zoom link tomorrow, 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 this polarized environment?" Use this Zoom link to join the meeting, 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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