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Cabaret Next Saturday!

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Gardening Day- Save the Date!

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Spring is here! It is gloriously beautiful and a perfect time to revitalize our new garden. Grounds Committee invites you to join us for a few hours of weeding,    re-planting, and mulching on Saturday morning, May 6, from 10-12:00 p.m.
 
We will have plenty of bottled water and snacks on hand, but you'll want to bring your gardening gloves, hat, sunscreen, and repellent, as well as your favorite shovel or trowel.

Weather is always a factor, so look for confirmation closer to May 6. We look forward to seeing you, for a friendly, fun, and productive morning.
 
 
Sincerely,
Rosemarie Barrett
Sue Newman
 


 

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Open Mic Night at St. Dunstan's

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Open Mic Night at St. Dunstan's "Café"
 Saturday, May 13, 2017, 6:30 - 8:30 PM.
St. Dunstan's Episcopal Church,
5450 Massachusetts Avenue, 
Bethesda MD 20816
 
Music: Acoustic/electric open "mic." All ages, styles and abilities. Open to the general public. Sign up sheet at the door, first come first to play 1-3 songs or 10 minutes per performer/group. A piano and drum kit will be available.

 
 
 
Suggested donations at the door for Samaritan Ministry's Empower the Homeless Campaign:
  • Gift cards
    • $25 gift cards to grocery stores like Giant and Safeway
    • $25 - $50 gift cards to Payless Shoe Store
    • $25 gift cards to Target
  • Metro SmarTrip cards for participants to get to job interviews or work for the first two weeks until they receive a paycheck
  • Granola bars, salmon or tuna packages, crackers, peanut butter, jelly, chili, beef stew, soups, canned fruits, pasta sauces, small bottles of watter
  • Reading glasses - all powers from +1 to +4, with case 
  • Small folding umbrellas 
  • Briefcases or portfolios for carrying papers 
  • White or blue men's and women's dress shirts in sizes L, XL, 1XL, or 2XL
  • New khaki pants and long sleeve dress shirts for interview wear
  • Black slacks for men and women - all sizes
  • Male and Female Toiletries: sanitary napkins, deodorant, hair conditioner, shaving cream, disposable razors, soap, body wash
Food/snacks and beverages will also be for sale. Proceeds to support Samaritan Minstry. Website:  https://www.samaritanministry.org/
Questions:  Feel free to contact Clint Chamberlin at clint_22202@yahoo.com.

Clint Chamberlin
 
 


 

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Holy Week 2017 ... Save the Dates!

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Neighborhood Egg Hunt 2017... Save the Date!

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On Easter Sunday, April 16, St. Dunstan's will be the land of 1,000 eggs!  All our neighbors are invited to hunt for them between services at 10 a.m.  Please bring your friends and neighbors to church and the egg hunt! (And we'd like to get their contact info to keep in touch, too.) 


 

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Cabaret 2017... Save the Date!

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Sandwich Making 3/26/17

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Prison Ministry

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Prison Ministry & Welcoming Returning Citizens

 
I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you gave me clothing, I was sick and you took care of me, I was in prison and you visited me.' Then the righteous will answer him, 'Lord, when was it that we saw you hungry and gave you food, or thirsty and gave you something to drink? And when was it that we saw you a stranger and welcomed you, or naked and gave you clothing? And when was it that we saw you sick or in prison and visited you?' And the king will answer them, 'Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.'  Matthew 25:35-40
 
 
Expanded Forum, March 26, 12:30-2:00 p.m.: We will welcome Free Minds Book Club and several Poet Ambassadors. Free Minds uses books, creative writing, and peer support to awaken DC youth incarcerated as adults to their own potential.  Through creative expression, job readiness training, and violence prevention outreach, these young poets achieve their education and career goals and become powerful voices for change in the community.  For details see the expanded write-up below.
 
Tour of Montgomery County Correctional Facility, April 19:00-11:00 a.m.:  The Montgomery County Correctional Facility is a state of the art detention facility in Boyds, Maryland and houses up to 1,028 men and women. We will have the opportunity to tour the facility and learn about their education, employment, religious, and pre-release services in addition to volunteer opportunities. The tour is limited to 15 individuals and names must be submitted a week prior to the tour for clearance purposes. Sign up sheet in Founders' Hall. 
 
Just Mercy Book Group: As a follow-up to the forums and the tour of MCCF, a book group will be offered on the national bestseller, Just Mercy, by Bryan Stevenson.  Just Mercy is the powerful true story about the potential for mercy to redeem us and a call to address the brokenness of our criminal justice system.  Bryan Stevenson has been called "America's young Nelson Mandela" by Bishop Desmond Tutu. Book group will convene after Easter.
Julie Petersmeyer


 

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Holy Week 2017

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Economic Justice Update

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"Many of us are concerned about the direction of public policy regarding immigration and refugees and wonder if there is anything we can do.   A first step is to seek guidance from our Episcopal leaders. On January 25 our Presiding Bishop issued a  statement http://episcopaldigitalnetwork.com/ens/2017/01/25/presiding-bishop-other-episcopal-leaders-call-on-trump-to-maintain-refugee-resettlement-efforts/  saying "We ask that refugees from all countries receive consideration to come to the U.S. and not to ban those who come from countries most in need of our assistance."  On January 31, Bishop Budde's said "Scripture could not be clearer: we are called to welcome the stranger." http://myemail.constantcontact.com/Bishop-Budde-s-Statement-on-Refugee-Resettlement-and-Immigration-Restrictions.html?soid=1108352395623&aid=j8ywl2f4NFs statement.   

We can do more than agree with these sentiments. We can take action ourselves by coordinating with the Episcopal Public Policy Network, which organizes the Episcopal Church's national advocacy efforts. You can sign up to receive their alerts here: http://advocacy.episcopalchurch.org/home

The group has an established and active refugee advocacy program. For several years, the network has encouraged members to speak out on refugee issues and has provided them with webinars, scripts for calling members of Congress and sample letters and an automatic way to have those letters submitted.  One current relevant advocacy item is a script for calling your 2 senators and 1 representative.  The key message in this script is:  I am strongly opposed to President Trump's announcements to stop the resettlement of refugees from Syria, Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, and Yemen; pause the refugee resettlement program entirely; and reduce the number of refugees we welcome.  Here's the link: http://advocacy.episcopalchurch.org/RefugeeAdvocacy

Another refugee initiative is a sample letter urging members of Congress to speak out "in support of our nation's admirable tradition of welcome."  Here's the link: http://advocacy.episcopalchurch.org/app/write-a-letter?10&engagementId=260973

I urge all of you to take advantage of these advocacy opportunities to make a difference in the lives of the many immigrants and refugees who experiencing hardship in a difficult time.
 
Please join us for the next meeting of St. Dunstan's economic justice group, informally known as the Justice League of St. Dunstan's.  We'll be meeting for about an hour at the church starting at 7:00 p.m. on Monday March 13.
 
 
Mark MacCarthy


 

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