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Making Disciples

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It's time. Time to grow as disciples.
We have been preparing for you... and for a wonderful fall season at St. Dunstan's. The building is spic and span, the grounds are beautiful. Small groups that took a hiatus for the summer are coming together again. It's time to come back to church! We are disciples, walking the trail with Jesus...learning our story, learning to love, learning to forgive, learning to serve in the world.
Homecoming Sunday is September 13, with our regular services at 9 a.m. and 10:45 a.m., and a brunch for all at 10 a.m. It's a great time to reconnect to old friends, and give your spiritual life some fresh energy and renewal. God didn't intend for us to go through life solo, but in a community of faithful people.
The 9 a.m. Family Service will move into the church, as soon as our video screens are installed there. All our families - and our children - will then enjoy our beautiful church and its fine acoustics for singing. The parish hall will be more available on Sunday mornings for Christian Formation activities, fellowship, and service.
Monthly Feeding Program
I am personally very gratified that we'll be building community service into our Sunday schedule every month, with sandwich making the last Sunday of each month between services. We'll all learn about the needs of hungry people not far from us, the ministry of Martha's Table in Washington, D.C. (our partner), and God's will and desire that all people share in the earth's abundance...all have enough food, shelter, care, and opportunities to thrive as human beings.
We're all on the welcoming committee.
This year we focus on God's call to invite people to hear the Good News of Christ's love and forgiveness, and to find meaning and joy and comfort in the fellowship of the church. The simplest way to do this is to invite friends and neighbors to St. Dunstan's for a service or event. Many get hooked, once they are here! We are beefing up our Sunday greeters to make new people feel welcome; we are enhancing our worship with video technology; we are contacting new households moving into our zip codes, and we are strengthening our follow-up with newcomers. At noon on the last Sunday of each month, we'll meet at coffee hour to go over newcomer lists, assemble gift bags, label mailings, and do what needs doing to meet our goals for welcome, hospitality, and retention of members. With all of us helping, God will give us the growth.
So, it's time. Time to rejoin your friends and fellow disciples and travelers at St. Dunstan's. Time to recommit to a closer relationship with God. Time to find new avenues to learn, to grow, to serve our needful neighbors. Let's make September 13th a Homecoming to rejoice in!   JBM



Formation 9/6/2015

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Our Children need YOU - NOW!
We are now two weeks away from the beginning of classes for our children and we only have one couple who has come forward to serve as a Faith Former! That's right - we may not have traditional children's formation. The time commitment is less than a few hours a month - one Sunday morning teaching slot and a short amount of prep. It's time to step up and let Sue know you are willing. 
Children & Youth Registration
Please be sure to fill out these forms so that we can adequately prepared to received your children in our formation programs which begins in September.
If you have children who are infants through grade 5, please use this Form
If you have young people in grades 6 through 12, please use this Form
Youth and their parents will also need to complete the Year-long Permission form to participate in any activities that will take us off the grounds of the church.  Because this form requires a signature, it is in paper format.  Copies are available in Founders' Hall and on the youth page of the website via this link
LEGOS - YIPPIE - Thank you!
We have the Legos - now we just need the leaders for this new program. Thank you to all the people who have committed to bringing in these might bricks. We could probably use some extra figures/people. Please consider add one or two to your shopping cart when you are in a store over the next couple of weeks. Any character will do!
Registration is now open for the first Diocesan youth event of the year. This new event, ROOTED, for High School Students, grade 9-12, is being designed for youth who are in confirmation programs and those who are interested in growing in faith. Sue has been a part of the planning team and Tucker will be attending and assisting with the music for the event. Come and join us. September 18-20 at the Bishop Claggett Center. Information on registration has been sent to youth and parents.
Sunday Adult Formation
We will open our Sunday morning Adult formation offerings with wisdom from The Rev. Eva Cavaleri. For more than 20 years her ministry has been focused on faith formation of children, youth and adults working in Episcopal churches and schools in both lay and ordained capacities. She currently serves as the Senior Chaplain at National Cathedral School in Washington, D.C. Come and her passion for being a disciple of Christ and making disciples of Christ. 
She and her husband Jorma, along with their two young sons, JD and Eli, have moved to the DC area this summer from Minnesota. They has happy chosen to be apart of our faith community and we are excited to have them worship and learn with us. 
Come on Sunday, September 20 to hear her wisdom during our adult formation time and listen as she preaches at our services that morning. 
In October we will hear from our Economic Justice small group and their work on resolutions that will be presented to our diocesan convention. We will also welcome Mr. Paul Cooney, Canon to the Ordinary for the Diocese of Washington who will speak with us about the many gifts we receive from God's abundance. 
L. Sue von Rautenkranz
Christian Formation Coordinator


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