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Pageant, Blessing of the Children's Altar & Chili Supper

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Pageant, Blessing of the Children's Altar 
& Chili Supper
Saturday, December 19 at 5:00 p.m.
 
The children and youth of St. Dunstan's will present the Christmas story and all will join them in singing familiar carols. All children are welcome to participate and there will be a short run through on that day beginning at 3:30 p.m. No other rehearsals will be needed. We do a simple pageant of movement that requires no lines to be learned or extra time. And welcome grandchildren who may be visiting.

Our Bishop, Mariann Budde, will be with us to bless our new altar and Michael has written a special song for this occasion. All of this will be followed by a chili supper, including a competition for various categories of chili. 

 
Just come and join in as there will be plenty of food!
And there is always room for one more angel, shepherd and animals!


 

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Advent Giving- This Sunday 12/20/2015

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This Sunday, December 20 is the last day to bring items!

 
Winter Needs for Syrian Refugees
Socks - Mittens - Gloves - Hats - Scarves
 
Please place your donations in the baskets in Founders' Hall. Our offerings will be shipped to Croatia to Christian missionaries, Aaron and Winnie Horvat. At least three times a week they are directly meeting the needs of families fleeing the war in Syria and arriving in Europe, ill equipped for winter. To read a first hand account of what is happening there, read Winnie's blog here.


 

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Formation 12/20/2015

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Sunday, December 20
Cookies and Blankets!
9:50 to 10:35 a.m.
 
 
 
We will have a time of fun and service as we make three more blankets for the Syrian refugees and decorate cookies to take home.  
 
 
 
Sunday, December 27
Sandwiches for Martha's Table
9:50 to 10:35 a.m.
 
Being formed by serving others will be the focus of our time together on the Sunday after Christmas Day. This is a wonderful time for ALL members of the congregation to come together and be in fellowship while we help to feed the hungry in our community. Martha's Table feeds over 500 people each day.
We will need a family to deliver our sandwiches, so be in touch with Sue if you are willing. The Outreach Committee has increased our offerings for next year to 300 sandwiches per month. following the 
 
L. Sue von Rautenkranz
Christian Formation Coordinator


 

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Lessons and Carols: This Sunday, December 13 at 4:00 p.m.

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Lessons and Carols
 
Join us for  Lessons and Carols, which will be held on Sunday, December 13 at 4:00 p.m. here at St. Dunstan's Episcopal Church. This is an opportunity to join in worship with our neighbors at Little Flower Parish as the choirs from both churches join forces in singing carols and anthems for Advent, and members and leaders from both churches offer traditional readings about the coming Messiah.
 
Michael Austin
Director of Music
 


 

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Christmas Pageant: Save the Date!

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Pageant, Blessing of the Children's Altar 
& Chili Supper
Saturday, December 19 at 5:00 p.m.
 
The children and youth of St. Dunstan's will present the Christmas story and all will join them in singing familiar carols. All children are welcome to participate and there will be a short run through on that day beginning at 3:30 p.m. No other rehearsals will be needed. We do a simple pageant of movement that requires no lines to be learned or extra time. And we welcome grandchildren who may be visiting.
 
Our Bishop, Mariann Budde, will be with us to bless our new altar and Michael Austin has written a special song for this occasion. All of this will be followed by a chili supper, including a competition for various categories of chili. 
 
Please sign up at the church to bring items for the dinner. Parents please fill out this form so we can be prepared for your children to participate. 

 

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Formation: 12/13/2015

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Children ...
This Sunday, December 13, the children will be singing with Michael at 9:50 a.m. and preparing for the Christmas Pageant. So come on down to the Choir during formation time! Have you signed up for the pageant? If not, please go to this link.
 
Only two more weeks of Advent Pajama Prayers! Tonight 12/10 and next Thursday. We begin at 7:00 p.m. A great time to be quiet and listen for God, say our prayers and sing.
 
The next two weeks of children's formation are focused on service learning & fellowship. 

On December 20 we will be finishing the blankets for the Syrian refugees and making some Christmas items - ornaments and cookie decorating will be in order.

Then on December 27 we will again make sandwiches for Martha's Table. We need a family to deliver our sandwiches, Please connect with Sue if you are willing.
 
Youth ... 4th - 12th grade
This Sunday, December 13, the Coffee House will be open for youth and we will be making preparations for the Christmas Pageant. Youth usually take a lead role in the pageant and help lead the young children. We will join the service learning opportunities on the last two Sundays of December - preparing items for Syrian refugees and feeding the hungry in DC. This is a great opportunity to make a difference for someone else!
 
Adults ...
The Good News of St. Luke
Join Jacqueline Bray, our seminarian, for a journey into the Gospel of Luke this Sunday, December 13. We've begun the new church year and with that comes a change in our Gospel lessons. In Year C we primarily use the texts from Luke. This second week we will look at some of the traditional Advent stories juxtaposed to those of the end times. These are the two themes of Advent - the first and second comings of Christ. 
 
L. Sue von Rautenkranz
Christian Formation Coordinator
 


 

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World AIDS Day

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December 1st is World AIDS Day
 
We will be offering special prayers for the continuing need to find a cure, for medications to be readily available, for support for those living with this disease, and an opportunity for us to name those that we know who have died or are still fighting this disease.  
 
 
 
Prayer of Hope
 
God of Hope
All of us are affected by HIV/AIDS.
At this time of Advent Hope,
As we prepare for the coming of your son into this world
We give thanks for signs of hope.
For growing understanding
For medical advances
For changing attitudes and behavior
For greater awareness and concern in your church.
God of Unity
Bind us together with strong ties of love
That this church community may be a place where
All can find acceptance,
May it be a place of welcome for all affected by HIV/AIDS.
May it be a place where care is given and received, especially
for affected children and youth,
Where stories are told and heard,
Where fear is overcome by love,
Where you are to be found. Amen.
 
Adapted from The Diakonia Council of Churches in South Africa
 
For more information about the state of AIDS in our world go to this UN link. For an Advent calendar focused on the concerns see this website
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Christmas Pageant

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Pageant, Blessing of the Children's Altar 
& Chili Supper
Saturday, December 19 at 5:00 p.m.
 
The children and youth of St. Dunstan's will present the Christmas story and all will join them in singing familiar carols. All children are welcome to participate and there will be a short run through on that day beginning at 3:30 p.m. No other rehearsals will be needed.

Our Bishop, Mariann Budde, will be with us to bless our new altar and Michael has written a new song for this occasion. All of this will be followed by a chili supper, including a competition for various categories of chili. 

Please sign up at the church for the dinner and to bring items for the dinner. Parents please fill out this form so we can be prepared for your children to participate. 


 

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Faith Forming Opportunities

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Children ...
This Sunday, December 6, the children will be in classrooms and learning about John the Baptist. They will hear about his message to repent and follow God as well as his rather unique lifestyle - living in the desert and eating insects. Parents could follow up on this conversation about the most unique foods ever eaten as well as keeping our focus on God, especially during Advent.

Next week the children will be doing music with Michael and practicing songs for the pageant and Christmas Eve. Have you signed up for the pageant? If not, please go to this link

Come to Advent Pajama Prayers on Thursdays at 7:00 p.m! December 3, 10 & 17. A great time to be quiet and listen for God, say our prayers and sing.
 
 
Youth ... 4th - 12th grade
The next two Sundays, December 6 and 13, the Coffee House will be open for youth and we will be discussing the season of Advent and a few of the characters we meet in scripture and in legend. These will include John the Baptist, St. Nicholas, and Ebeneezer Scrooge. So come and join the conversation!
 

In the afternoon, members of the youth group will be heading to Alexandria for the production of A Christmas Carol at the Little Theatre of Alexandria. We still need a driver and have a couple of available tickets, first come basis. Please let me know if you can now attend. We will meet at St. Dunstan's at 2:00 p.m. and plan to return by 6:00 p.m.
 
 
 
Adults ...
The Good News of St. Luke

Join Jacqueline Bray, our seminarian, for a journey into the Gospel of Luke on the Sundays of December 6 and 13. With Advent, we make the start of a "new year" in the church's calendar and that also means a change in our lectionary for Sundays. Year C uses the Gospel of Luke on most weeks. This week we will look at an 
overview of this gospel and see the adventure that is Luke's vision of the Good News.
 
Our focus for the following week will include a look at some of the traditional advent stories that we have grown to love, that are only found in Luke's narrative and his version of the end times to come. We will have great conversation comparing these birth and end time stories and what they mean in our contemporary lives.
 
L. Sue von Rautenkranz
Christian Formation Coordinator
 


 

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Advent is Coming

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Advent is Coming ... Whom are you waiting for?
 
Whom are you waiting for?
 
The four weeks of Advent begin on the Sunday of Thanksgiving weekend. How appropriate to start our journey of waiting and anticipation in the context of a time focused on giving thanks. 
 
The question we are asking this year is - Whom are you waiting for? The answer that each one of us gives may make a huge impact on how we choose to live during this season. Here are some options for marking the days until Christmas. Most of these resources take only a few minutes each day. Will you take a few moments to seek the one who brings hope, peace, joy and love? 
 
Slow Down, Quiet, It's Advent! is poster that can be used by everyone in the home.  Pick one up at church this Sunday.  Enjoy the season through the whimsical art and ideas of Jay Sidebotham. 
 
Living Well through Advent: Practicing Patience with all your Heart, Soul, Strength and Mind. This daily meditation guide is a great way to enter into some quiet time each day through the words for various church leaders and scripture. Guest writers this year include: Steven Charleston, Nurya Love Parish, Tom Purdy, and Porter Taylor. If you prefer an app to a printed booklet, follow this link.
Both of these resources are available in Founders' Hall.
 
Daily Devo. St. Dunstan's still offers this daily email to all parishioners. This is primarily focused on families with young children, but I use this daily and have found it beneficial. If you unsubscribed or are not receiving this service it is easy to re-submit your email, just contact me
 
The Society of St. John the Evangelist (SSJE), a monastic community of The Episcopal Church, has an interactive advent practice this year using Instagram, Twitter, and Snapchat.  Each day the community provides a word - and then those participating, share a picture which describes that word.  You will receive access to view all submissions from around the world. Sign up to participate in this year experience by going to this link
 
Following the Star is a daily devotional specifically designed for youth and young adults.  The daily devotional site, d365, is produced by Passport, Inc. and is sponsored by the youth offices of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship, the Presbyterian Church (USA), and The Episcopal Church.  Access this online resource here.
 
Busted Halo, an online magazine for spiritual seekers and a ministry of The Paulist Fathers, a religious order of the Roman Catholic Church, offers an online Advent calendar at this link.                                      
   
Do you use other resources for your Advent experience? Let me know and I will share those in the next weeks.
L. Sue von Rautenkranz
Christian Formation Coordinator
 


 

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