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Children's Ministry

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AN ALTAR FOR OUR CHILDREN

It's a beautiful thing to see our children - even very young ones - bring the bread and wine to the altar and set the table for Holy Eucharist. We have enjoyed this tradition at the early service, where we use a simple table for an altar.

This fall, the 9 a.m. service will be moving into the church, so that that congregation can enjoy the beauty of the space, the excellent acoustics, and learn patterns of reverence for God's house. For this purpose, we have commissioned a fine woodworker to build a new altar to be used on the nave floor level. This beautiful table, in maple and tiger maple woods, will be at a height accessible to our children. The altar will be movable, so it can be used in several places in our building.

Some generous gifts have already been received to underwrite the cost of $3,700. Parishioners are invited to make donations of $100 or more in memory or in honor of loved ones. These will be recorded on a permanent plaque on the new altar.

We are excited to bring our early worship service into the church this fall! As announced earlier, new video screens will be mounted in the church soon to facilitate this service and other communication strategies. They will change the appearance of the church somewhat, but will not be obtrusive once we are used to them. Thank you all for your support!   JBM

  Children's Choir

Beginning on September 17, 2015 our Children's Choir will begin weekly rehearsals at 5:45pm. We'll play games, play instruments, sing, and most importantly - have a great time learning about worshiping God through music. Children's Choir is open to kids PK-5th grade.
 
To make it even easier for you to join us, we will have a simple dinner available between choir rehearsals on 
Thursdays at 6:30p.m.
Michael Austin

Growing the Faith of our Children 
Children learn faith in so many ways. In their early years it is through watching and copying the practices of adults around them. As they grow it is vitally important for them to be active participants in those liturgies. This can take place in many ways - being an usher or greeter, serving as an acolyte, bringing gifts forward, or singing in a choir. Our 9:00 liturgy is a great way for children to engage actively in the service and learn the patterns of worship.
 
Another aspect of learning about the faith is through traditional formation programs such as Sunday School. While participation in these programs is not on the increase, learning stories of our faith from other adults and with peers is another aspect of growing faith. Hopefully, these times of learning about our ancestors in the faith will help children as they begin to formulate their own faith story. Adults who give their time to the children and youth of our parish really help to create a foundation for faith formation. If you might be interested in being a part of the team for the coming program year, just let me know. If you have never considered serving in this way - please do - and be prepared for my call in the next couple of weeks,
Sue von
 
 





 

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Music Ministry

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Thursday Night is Choir Night!

Save a place in your schedule on Thursday nights for choir! This fall is a PERFECT time to join us!

Our Adult Choir (open to anyone in middle school or older - regardless of your ability to read music), will begin rehearsals on September 3, 2015. This group rehearses every Thursday at 7:30 p.m. (from Labor Day to Memorial Day), but no long-term commitment is required; feel free to join us and try it out on a short-term basis! 





 

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Upcoming Family Movie Night!

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Ministry with Children

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AN ALTAR FOR OUR CHILDREN
It's a beautiful thing to see our children - even very young ones - bring the bread and wine to the altar and set the table for Holy Eucharist. We have enjoyed this tradition at the early service, where we use a simple table for an altar.

This fall, the 9 a.m. service will be moving into the church, so that that congregation can enjoy the beauty of the space, the excellent acoustics, and learn patterns of reverence for God's house. For this purpose, we have commissioned a fine woodworker to build a new altar to be used on the nave floor level. This beautiful table, in maple and tiger maple woods, will be at a height accessible to our children. The altar will be movable, so it can be used in several places in our building.

Some generous gifts have already been received to underwrite the cost of $3,700. Parishioners are invited to make donations of $100 or more in memory or in honor of loved ones. These will be recorded on a permanent plaque on the new altar.

We are excited to bring our early worship service into the church this fall! As announced earlier, new video screens will be mounted in the church soon to facilitate this service and other communication strategies. They will change the appearance of the church somewhat, but will not be obtrusive once we are used to them. Thank you all for your support!   JBM

 Children's Choir
Beginning on September 17, 2015 our Children's Choir will begin weekly rehearsals at 5:45pm. We'll play games, play instruments, sing, and most importantly - have a great time learning about worshiping God through music. Children's Choir is open to kids PK-5th grade.
 
To make it even easier for you to join us, we will have a simple dinner available between choir rehearsals on 
Thursdays at 6:30p.m.
Michael Austin

Growing the Faith of our Children 
Children learn faith in so many ways. In their early years it is through watching and copying the practices of adults around them. As they grow it is vitally important for them to be active participants in those liturgies. This can take place in many ways - being an usher or greeter, serving as an acolyte, bringing gifts forward, or singing in a choir. Our 9:00 liturgy is a great way for children to engage actively in the service and learn the patterns of worship.
 
Another aspect of learning about the faith is through traditional formation programs such as Sunday School. While participation in these programs is not on the increase, learning stories of our faith from other adults and with peers is another aspect of growing faith. Hopefully, these times of learning about our ancestors in the faith will help children as they begin to formulate their own faith story. Adults who give their time to the children and youth of our parish really help to create a foundation for faith formation. If you might be interested in being a part of the team for the coming program year, just let me know. If you have never considered serving in this way - please do - and be prepared for my call in the next couple of weeks,
Sue von
 





 

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Short- Term Mission

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Our Team

What happens next?

For just over eight days Tucker Hemphill and I were a part of a short-term mission team in Quito, Ecuador. We went with a group of Episcopal youth and adults from the southeast U.S. We stayed at a wonderful hostel and were treated to amazing breakfasts and outstanding hospitality. We learned more about the ministries of our missionaries Cameron and Roberto Vivanco. We did a day of touring to learn about the culture and people of Ecuador and an afternoon of shopping in the market. Most of our time was spent with the people of Buen Pastor, one of the four Episcopal congregations in the city and the home church of the children we sponsor through Education=Hope.  

Each day we would wake up fairly early, have breakfast and get on the bus for the day's activities. On the bus we would do our daily devotion, led by one of the participants. The ride took about 45 minutes to travel to the southern end of the city. Quito sits in an long valley between the mountains and the parish of Buen Pastor is the southernmost congregation in the city. The journey each day took us through the heart of the city and we would see much along the way. Children and youth headed to summer school, beggars on the streets (selling everything from toilet paper to lottery tickets), and people going about their daily affairs. From our bus windows we saw both the beauty and splendor of Quito and the reality and sadness of it's poverty.  

We also had the pleasure to meet Juana, one of the students we sponsor and Maria, her mother. We will share more of their story in the upcoming weeks. 

Cameron teaches that the most important thing about participating in a short-term mission isn't the time spent in mission, but rather what you choose to do following that experience. The fruit that you produce from what you have learned, experienced, and taken to heart. Tucker and I will be sharing more from our journey over the next few weeks and we hope that you will take the time to be in conversation with us about our fruit.
 
Sue von Rautenkranz

      Christian Formation Director




 

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Church Social

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All parishioners are invited! 
This Saturday, July 18, from 5:00-8:00 p.m. Mariana and Ryan McCormick will host a midsummer social gathering. Childcare, moon-bounce, food and fun will all be provided. See you there! For more information, contact Kim Matthews.





 

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Tuesday July 21- Pub Conversations

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Outreach Opportunities

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Buen Pastor Scholarship

St. Dunstan's Outreach Committee has again decided to continue our sponsorship of 2 children at Buen Pastor, Quito, Ecuador. One student will be sponsored from the Outreach Budgeted Fund, and the second student will be sponsored by12 Parishioners, contributing $32 each. If any Parishioner would like to contribute $32 towards the student, please write your check to St. Dunstan's with Buen Pastor scholarship in the memo line and place it in the offering plate, or deliver to the office. For more information, please contact Elin Botha.


 

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Small Group Meetings Coming Up!

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Men's Group
Attention all parish men! Men's group will gather this Saturday, July 11, at 9:00 a.m. in the kitchen.

Glimpse of God
Glimpses of God group will meet on Tuesday, July 14 at 7:30 p.m. at the church. This meeting replaces the one originally scheduled for July 7th.

Soul Sisters
Soul Sisters will meet on Friday, July 17th at 7:30 p.m. in the back of the church.


 

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