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2018- 2019 Choir Season

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Our Adult Choir will start the new church year on Sunday, September 2 in preparation for Homecoming Sunday (Sept. 9). The choir is open to any interest Adults and High School-Aged Youth.

Have you been thinking about giving choir a try? Do you want to dust off those music skills from childhood, or would you like to learn how to read music for the first time? If so, choir is for YOU.

What’s Required? 

In order to sing with the choir, all that’s required is a passion for singing (or at least an inkling of one), and a desire to help us to enhance the worship at St. Dunstan’s with music. Our season runs from September 2 until mid-to-late May. 

 

What’s Not Required?

No Experience Required: We sing a wide variety of music in a range of styles and levels of difficulty, but time is spent in rehearsal to make sure everyone feels comfortable with their part, no matter what we’re singing.  If you’ve never sung in a choir before, or if you’ve sung in choir for many years (or many years ago), you’re welcome in the choir at St. Dunstan’s. The ability to read music is helpful, but not at all required (and extra help is always available).

No Long-Term Commitment Required: While a number of our choir members have sung with us for many years, you are very welcome to join us this fall to “kick the tires” and find out if choir is for you. We sing most weeks on Sunday morning, and also for special worship services during the church year, such as Christmas Eve, Ash Wednesday, and Easter. We also sometimes let our hair down and sing more popular music for various other events in the life of our church. If you'd only like to sing for special services, or if you can join us for only short period of time during the year, that's OK! 

No Inconvenient Rehearsals or Perfect Attendance Required: Choir rehearsals will be held one hour before the service, which gives us time to warm up our voices, run through the music for the upcoming service, and work on music for upcoming services. There will be occasional evening rehearsals, but never more than one a month, and will be scheduled for a time most convenient for the group. While choir members are ask to attend every rehearsal possible (it’s not a choir if only one person shows up), we completely understand if you need to miss one every once in a while.

Any Questions?

If you have any questions, e-mail Michael at music@stdunstansbethesda.org

See you in choir this fall!


 

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Christian Formation this Fall

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EMBODIED TRUTH: The Moral Teaching of Jesus

This is the theme for our Fall adult formation offerings – on Sunday mornings and perhaps other times.  Nothing could be more relevant to our lives today than this. 

While lies and selfishness are problems in every era, we face particular assaults on moral values today.  Jesus not only speaks truth, he embodies truth in his words, his actions, and his willingness to give himself up even to death.  We’ll explore together what Jesus’ teaching and his behavior tell us about:

  • Truth and lies
  • Wealth and materialism
  • Racial bigotry
  • Respect for human life (including abortion, capital punishment, and death with dignity)
  • Oppression of human beings (women, gays, poor people, others)
  • Poverty
  • Sexual ethics
  • Nationalism and immigration
  • Democracy and authoritarianism

I will present a view of Jesus based in scripture, with ample time for discussion and debate.  Jesus addresses some issues more clearly than others, and we’ll be honest about that. I hope this will be a fulsome, all-parish discussion of these pressing issues. 


 

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Homecoming Sunday: 9/9/2018

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Save the Date: Homecoming 2018

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2018 Backpack Drive

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Christian Formation: Fall 2018

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EMBODIED TRUTH: The Moral Teaching of Jesus

This is the theme for our Fall adult formation offerings – on Sunday mornings and perhaps other times.  Nothing could be more relevant to our lives today than this. 

While lies and selfishness are problems in every era, we face particular assaults on moral values today.  Jesus not only speaks truth, he embodies truth in his words, his actions, and his willingness to give himself up even to death.  We’ll explore together what Jesus’ teaching and his behavior tell us about:

  • Truth and lies
  • Wealth and materialism
  • Racial bigotry
  • Respect for human life (including abortion, capital punishment, and death with dignity)
  • Oppression of human beings (women, gays, poor people, others)
  • Poverty
  • Sexual ethics
  • Nationalism and immigration
  • Democracy and authoritarianism

I will present a view of Jesus based in scripture, with ample time for discussion and debate.  Jesus addresses some issues more clearly than others, and we’ll be honest about that. I hope this will be a fulsome, all-parish discussion of these pressing issues. 


 

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Sandwich Making 7.29.2018

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Homecoming Sunday 2018

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Backpack Drive 2018

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Once again St. Dunstan's will partner with the National Center for Children and Families to provide filled backpacks to children in need. For many children in the DMV the money needed to provide backpacks and school supplies means their isn't a meal on the table or clothes to wear. So, children begin the school year another step behind their peers and can be easily discounted by their classmates for not having those supplies.
 
Last year we provided 25 backpacks. I believe that we can do better. Let's try to up our number of backpacks to 30! Two backpacks will be there as examples this Sunday. Please pick up a supply list flyer, head to your local store, select a backpack, and fill it with those items listed for a particular age group. Then return your backpack no later than August 19. That Sunday we will bless the backpacks and send them on to be given to children throughout the DMV.
 
Backpack & Brownies
 
A Backpack Stuff Party will be held at NCCF on Wednesday, August 15 at 6:00 p.m. Join me as we gather with others from the community to stuff more backpacks. For more information about this event and how to get there go here.


 

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Vivanco Family Visit

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Today I had the great joy of picking up the Vivanco Family from the airport for their visit with us. That joy was doubled by the generosity of others who have gifted their home for lodging and a van for moving them around during their stay. There is also continual thanksgiving for the support of children through Education Equals Hope.

On Sunday morning, July 22, we will have the opportunity to hear from both Cameron and Roberto during our worship and in a forum following the service. We hope that you will join us for this time to learn more about how you can be involved in their ministry. 


 

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