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The News from St. Dunstan's: September 29, 2020

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The News from
St. Dunstan's
 
September 29, 2020
 
 
From the Rector
 
Dear friends,
It may seem counterintuitive, but in the midst of this challenging time - locally, nationally, and globally - last night's monthly Vestry meeting was one of the most productive, hopeful events I have attended in some time. I was reminded yet again that this parish is so blessed by its faithful and dedicated lay leadership. I am in awe of their willing spirit, and I am tremendously grateful for their ongoing guidance and support. Rest assured that St. Dunstan's is in very good hands!
 
Here are a couple of highlights from this month's discussion:
 
  • We have decided to capitalize on the opportunity to gather outside this fall and will worship in person (with Eucharist) every Sunday as long as the weather cooperates. Services will be live-streamed, with the recording sent out by email later in the day. We also recognize that, for all of its limitations, Zoom does enable folks at home to worship and share fellowship together in a more intimate, personal way. If you would like us to explore the possibility of offering a separate Zoom service on those Sundays when we gather in person, please let me know.
 
  • We are ready to move ahead with our plans to call a part-time Director of Children, Youth, and Family Ministries. Thanks to generous designated gifts from a couple of St. Dunstan's families, we now are able to hire someone to serve with us a few hours a week to develop and implement programming for young people and their parents. Having had to put this initiative on hold for several months, I am very excited by this sign of new life in our parish. Please join me in praying that God will raise up just the right person to minister among us. We are in the process of drafting the position description now and soon will have it available for you to share with your networks. If you would be willing to serve on the Search Committee for this important position, please be in touch with me at your earliest convenience. Likewise, if you would like to make a designated gift in support of our programming for Children, Youth, and Families, please contact our Treasurer, Cliff White.
 
Even as we seem to wander in the wilderness of this pandemic, our God is faithful and is out there ahead of us. Let us move forward together into the future that God has prepared!
 
Blessings,
Patty+
914.882.4221
 
Join the Outreach Committee
Are you passionate about serving others? Would you like to learn more about Outreach opportunities at St. Dunstan's? Are you interested in having a voice in our decisions about Outreach grants this year?
 
If you answered "yes" to any of these questions, then please join our Outreach Committee!
 
We will meet tomorrow evening (Wednesday, September 30) at 7:30 p.m. via Zoom, using this link (Meeting ID:826 5108 1059)
 
ALL are welcome: You do not need to have participated in the Outreach Committee before to attend. We will wrap up in time for any who wish to log on to Compline at 8:30 to be able to do so.
 
For more information about Outreach at St. Dunstan's,
please contact Elin Botha.
 
Next Sunday: Outdoor Eucharist
Join us
 
next Sunday, October 4
(The Feast of St. Francis of Assisi), 
at 10:00 a.m.
 
for a socially-distanced, in-person celebration of 
Holy Eucharist on the church grounds
(weather-permitting)!
 
 
All those attending this service must register and sign the 
Regathering Covenant and Liability Waiver (electronically) 
before coming to worship. 
 
Please visit THIS LINK to reserve your spot. 
 
Registration will close at 12 noon on Friday, October 2. 
Please click the image below to volunteer to help with this service.
 
For more information about outdoor worship at St. Dunstan's, 
please contact Patty Alexander.
 
The Blessing of the Animals ~ Oct. 4
 
"Drive-through"
Blessing of the Animals: 
Sunday, October 4,
4 p.m.
 
(Zoom Blessing: 3 p.m.)
 
All creatures, great and small, are warmly welcomed to St. Dunstan's Blessing of the Animals next Sunday! We will honor St. Francis of Assisi, who was known for his special love of animals, with special prayers for our furry, winged, finned, and scaled family members!
 
This year, in the interest of safety and social distancing, the Blessing of the Animals will be contactless. Please drive up to the lower circle (by the glass doors) and remain in your car; the Rector will come to you and bless your pet through the car window. Photos of pets and stuffed animals are welcome, too!
 
For those who would prefer to participate in the Blessing of the Animals virtually, please log on to this Zoom link at 3 p.m.Zoom Blessing of the Animals (Meeting ID: 853 8355 7278). Just hold your pet (or a photo or stuffed animal) up to the screen!
 
Please join us as we give thanks for the beloved animals in our lives and ask God's blessing on them for the year to come.
 
This Week at St. Dunstan's
 
Wednesday Morning: Bible Study
Tomorrow (September 30) 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: Outreach Committee Meeting
Please see the box above for details about how to get involved with Outreach at St. Dunstan's - and join us tomorrow night at 7:30 p.m., via Zoom.
 
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)
 
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 2, at 5 p.m.  (Meeting ID: 842 3801 8662) There is no agenda beyond catching up with one another. Come and see - and invite a friend!
 
Next Sunday: The Blessing of the Animals!
Once again this year we will offer the Blessing of the Animals in honor of the Feast of St. Francis (October 4). While the pandemic necessitates that we do things a bit differently this year, all pets - and stuffed animals! - will have an opportunity to receive a blessing, either in person or by Zoom. Please see the box above for details.
 
Vestry News
 
Click the image below to read the minutes 
of the August 24, 2020 St. Dunstan's Vestry Meeting:
 
For Your Prayers
 
For healing, strength, and protection:
 
Donna Almon
Joel and Ann Anders
Nancy Bancroft
Richard and Florence Banks
Sydney Betz
Phil Carroll
Bill Darnell
Kenny Farnsworth
Warren Green
Hanson
Anja Hein
Barbara Hocker
The Rev. Deacon Fergie Horvath
Ric Huttenlocher
Jason and Amy Krill and their family
Isabel Krum
Riley Leitermann-Long
The Peel Family
Pam Plaisance
Curt Shively
Allison Spaulding
Lina Verville
Pat von Rautenkranz
Don Wasseman
Trudy Wood
 
All those impacted by COVID-19
 
Those affected by natural disasters

The Vivanco Family (missionaries in Quito, Ecuador)
 
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