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This Saturday at St. Dunstan's

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Church Beautification Day
Saturday, May 2, 2015 from 10-2 p.m. will be Church Beautification Day! Join us, as we tackle a few minor projects to enhance our house of worship. Help with planting flowers, painting, and clean up around the church and the columbarium.

Bring your gloves, rakes, shovels, and any other yard tools. Donate plants, flowers and bulbs from your gardens or local hardware store, to be planted on the church grounds. Refreshments will be served. Contact Kim Matthews at admin@stdunstansbethesda.org or at 301.229.2960 for more information.

Men's Group
St. Dunstan's Men's group will meet this Saturday, May 2nd at 9:00 a.m. in the kitchen. We encourage you to stay for Church Beautification Day immediately following.

 

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Upcoming Movie Screening: Inequality for All

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Formation 5.3

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Resurrection Stories
There are two more weeks of our focus on Resurrections Stories in sermons and formation offerings.  Through stories of the resurrection people came to know that things would be forever different.  Christ was alive! It took the disciples a long time to get it - some hid, some didn't believe without seeing and touching, others were afraid. Where are your experiences of the resurrection in your life? Have you or will you tell these to someone else? Have you heard stories of resurrection from others? One promise of our baptismal covenant is to "proclaim by word and example the Good News of God in Christ!" A way to do this is to share our stories of resurrection with others. For if we do not - if we are fearful and do not tell - how will others come to believe?  
 

Children's Formation ... Sharing our Faith

The children will be in their classrooms this Sunday, May 3 and continue hearing the stories of Jesus appearing to the disciples after his resurrection.  The story this week will be the Breakfast on the Beach which is told in the Gospel of John.  Parents please take your children down to the classrooms before you head to adult formation. 

Please keep our Children's Choir in your plans for next fall! Beginning in September our Children's Choir will be meeting on Thursday evenings (probably between 5:30-6:30 p.m.). We hope that you will make a commitment to this program as it will help to form the faith of your children and be great fun! There is no better way to learn and integrate the stories of faith then through the music we sing as children. 

Youth Formation ... Growing our Faith

Youth will join the adults for formation again this Sunday, May 3 as we continue to explore resurrection stories. This week Trisha Lyons will be our guest speaker again and we will hear her understanding of Harry Potter as a Resurrection Story

Camp EDOW

The best way to help your young person grow in faith is through a camp community. Please talk with Sue if you have any questions, but set aside the week now.  The Diocese has put together a great program with wonderful leaders in a superb facility. The cost for the week is $575 per camper.  You can register online here.  

Junior Camp (Rising 4th -6th graders) - July 26-31, 2015.  
Middler Camp (Rising 7th- 9th graders) - August 2-7, 2015

Adult Formation ... Living our Faith

Stories of the Resurrection continue this Sunday, May 3 as we welcome back Dr. Patricia Lyons for more on Harry Potter as a Resurrection Story. Trisha will also preach at the 10:45 service. There will be clips from various scenes of the movie and lively discussion.  It promises to be an enlightening and energetic morning!

On Sunday, May 10 The Rev. Susan Flanders will be our guest speaker.  She has recently authored the book - Going to Church: It's Not What You Think! She will share some stories from her book that speak to our topic of Resurrection Stories. Her book is considered to be a modern Pilgrim's Progress which interweaves family drama, theological insight, and a critique on conventional "churchiness."
Sue von Rautenkranz
      Christian Formation Director
 





 

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Fred Smoak's Epic Ride

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Over the past few weeks we have announced the epic ride that Fred Smoak is going to undertake this summer during service. St. Dunstan's is donating up to $500 in Matching Funds from the Outreach Budgeted Fund for 2015 towards the Fuller Center for Housing, the purpose of the ride. Fred is covering his own expenses but he needs to raise $4,000 for the Fuller Center before he departs in late May. While on the ride, the riders will be working on Fuller Center projects across the country.

If anyone would like to make a donation to The Fuller Center for Housing through St. Dunstan's, please make your donations as soon as possible as Fred needs to have the funds that he has raised before he leaves in late May. Please write 'The Fuller Center for Housing/Fred' in the memo line. You may put your donation in the offering plate, bring it into the church office, or hand it to Fred. More information on the Fuller Center for Housing is available in Founder's Hall.





 

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Church Beautification Day!

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Formation 4.26

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Resurrection Stories
This Eastertide the focus of our sermons and all Sunday formation offerings will be on hearing the Gospel stories of Jesus' resurrection and hearing and sharing our own stories of resurrection.  After all, it is through these stories that our life in Christ as Christian people is centered and finds meaning. For while we are told that the disciples and the women who were the first witnesses of the resurrection were fearful; and we are even told that they "didn't tell anyone" - clearly they did! After all we are present, so someone must have shared their faith of the resurrection with us.  Our task is to learn our own stories of resurrection and to learn how to share them with others. For if we do not - if we are fearful and do not tell - how will others come to believe?  

 

Children's Formation ... Sharing our Faith
The children will be in their classrooms again this Sunday, April 26 and continue hearing the stories of Jesus appearing to the disciples after his resurrection.  The story this week will be the Road to Emmaus which is told in the Gospel of Luke.  Parents please take your children down to the classrooms before you head to adult formation. Please keep our Children's Choir in your plans for next fall! Beginning in September our Children's Choir will begin meeting on Thursday evenings (probably between 5:30-6:30 p.m.). We hope that you will make a commitment to this program as it will help to form the faith of your children and be great fun! There is no better way to learn and integrate the stories of faith then through the music we sing as children. 

 

Youth Formation ... Growing our Faith
Youth will join the adults for formation again this Sunday, April 26 as we continue to explore resurrection stories. This week will hear and discover stories within ourselves. 
Next youth event is scheduled for Saturday, June 6 at Guppy Gulch in Delta, PA. So save the date and watch for more details.

 

Camp EDOW
The best way to help your young person grow in faith is through a camp community. Please talk with Sue if you have any questions, but set aside the week now.  The Diocese has put together a great program with wonderful leaders in a superb facility. The cost for the week is $575 per camper.  You can register online here.  

 

Junior Camp (Rising 4th -6th graders) - July 26-31, 2015.  
Middler Camp (Rising 7th- 9th graders) - August 2-7, 2015

 

Adult Formation ... Living our Faith
We continue our focus on Stories of Resurrection on Sunday, April 26. Our session this week will be led by Jeff and Sue which will open with questions and responses to our time last week with Trisha Lyons. Various members of the community will share stories that express resurrection from their own lives. Each of us will also have the opportunity to explore our own stories of resurrection through our responses to art and pictures. Those who feel called to do so will have a opportunity to share their story.
On Sunday, May 3 Trisha will join us again for our formation time to share more Stories of Resurrection through the lens of Harry Potter. You really do not want to miss these sessions!  
 
Sue von Rautenkranz
      Christian Formation Director
 

 

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Small Groups

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New! Glimpses of God

The new small group, Glimpses of God, will meet the first Tuesday of each month, from 7:30 to 9 p.m. at church, beginning on May 5. All are welcome to come share glimpses of God in our lives,  to share stories of what we have experienced in our daily lives, in work, play, poetry, art, whatever or wherever. Please contact Rosi Sweeney if you are interested or have questions.

WHAT WOULD JESUS DO ABOUT ECONOMIC INEQUALITY?

St. Dunstan's workgroup on economic justice invites you to explore the economics of the Gospel with us. The issue is much in the news - more and more people are too poor to live, even working full time. 

We are showing a 90 minute documentary by Robert Reich (former Labor Secretary to Bill Clinton) called Inequality for All. You don't have to be an economist to understand these issues. Discussion will follow. All are invited.  Refreshments served. 

Saturday, May 9, 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at St. Dunstan's Parish Hall, 5450 Massachusetts Avenue, Bethesda 20816. Contact: Mark MacCarthy, maccartm@georgetown.edu





 

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Cabaret: Paddy's Irish Pub - Open Saturday 4/18

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Formation: Resurrection Stories

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Resurrection Stories
This Eastertide the focus of our sermons and adult formation will be on hearing the Gospel stories of Jesus’ resurrection and hearing and sharing our own stories of resurrection.  After all, it is through these stories that our life in Christ as Christian people is centered and finds meaning. For while we are told that the disciples and the women who were first witnesses to the resurrection were at first fearful; and we are even told that they “didn’t tell anyone” - clearly they did! And clearly, we must learn to tell our stories of resurrection so that others might come to believe. This Sunday, April 19 we welcome Dr. Patricia Lyons as our guest speaker and preacher at both liturgies.
 
Adult Formation
Patricia Lyons will be with us on Sunday, April 19 and May 3 for our formation time and as our preacher at both liturgies. Trisha has titled her time with us as Harry Potter as a Resurrection Story. She brings a compelling energy and passion to her love of life, the Gospel, and all things Potter! So hold on to your seat because we are all in for quite a ride. She also brings a profound depth to her understanding of the Christian faith and years of hands on experience in teaching faith to others.

Dr. Patricia Lyons is currently the JK-12 Director of Service Learning at St. Stephen's & St. Agnes Episcopal School in Alexandria, VA and is in her 15th year of teaching ethics and religion at the Upper School. She is also an adjunct at the Virginia Theological Seminary, where she teaches evening and summer courses to masters and doctoral students. Patricia has taught courses in Systematic Theology, C.S. Lewis, Sigmund Freud, Theology and Fiction, and most recently, Christian Themes in Harry Potter and the author of The Soul of Adolescence: In Their Own Words.

Patricia is an honors graduate from Harvard College in the Comparative Study of Religion. She holds a Master of Divinity degree from the Harvard Divinity School, with a focus on Biblical languages and systematic theology. She received her doctorate from the VTS. Her doctoral thesis was a study of the stages of moral and spiritual development of adolescents.

Children’s Formation
Music with Michael! Children will be singing with Michael on Sunday, April 19.  Parents should bring children to the church for formation time this week.
 
Youth Formation
Youth will join the adults for formation on Sunday, April 19 as we will have a special guest speaker, Patricia Lyons. She will be offering Harry Potter as a Resurrection Story and it will be a fun and enjoyable experience. This will take place in the parish hall.





 

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Easter 2015 Sermon

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Jeff's Easter Sermon is NOW online!
If you enjoyed the sermon preached by our own, pastor Jeffrey B. MacKnight on Easter morning at the 10:45 a.m. service, great news, it's now available to read on our website. Click here to experience the Easter sermon for the first time or all over again.



 

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