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Formation 3/15

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Lenten Intergenerational Event

Sunday, March 15 - 9:50 a.m. to 10:35 a.m.

Come and see! Children, youth and adults gather in the parish hall for a special time to learn together. We will begin with a video and move to a number of activity stations to make both Lent and Easter crafts. Pretzels and string eggs will again be offered with a couple of new ways to experience the seasons. Come for learning and fun on this “refreshment” Sunday in Lent.

Children’s Formation

On Sunday, March 22, the children will be in their classrooms to learn about the stories of Holy Week and Easter.

We are now and the midway point of Lent making Holy Week and Easter just a few weeks away.  If you would like to fill empty eggs for the hunt on Easter Day or contribute filled eggs, please be in contact with Sue.

Youth Formation

St. Dunstan's youth at the MLK memorial on Saturday, March 7 - the 50th anniversary of the March from Selma to Montgomery.

The Coffee House is open on, Sunday, March 22, and those present will discuss Holy Week and Easter with Austin. 

Adult Formation

One Sunday, March 22, we will continue our Lenten study of Time: Redeeming the Gift, from the brothers of Society of St. John the Evangelist. Jeff will lead the discussion this morning on one of the videos.

 

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Formation 3-8

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Lenten Intergenerational Event

Sunday, March 15 - 9:50 a.m. to 10:35 a.m.

Come and see! Children, youth and adults gather in the parish hall for a special time to learn together. We will begin with a video and move to a number of activity stations to make both Lent and Easter crafts. Pretzels and string eggs will again be offered with a couple of new ways to experience the seasons. Come for learning and fun on this “refreshment” Sunday in Lent.

Children’s Formation

On Sunday, March 8, the children will gather in the Church for Music with Michael and some of our other musicians.

We are now and the midway point of Lent making Holy Week and Easter just a few weeks away.  If you would like to fill empty eggs for the hunt on Easter Day or contribute filled eggs, please be in contact with Sue.

Youth Formation

Youth and youth leaders from St. Dunstan’s are attending a Montgomery County Episcopal youth event at the Church of the Epiphany this coming weekend. They will spent Saturday evening learning about homelessness and justice issues in the metro area and on Sunday morning will participate in the Welcome Table, a program that feeds and provides hospitality to over 200 guests each week. Please hold them in prayer as they experience this program.

The Coffee House is open on, Sunday, March 8, and those present will discuss the season of Lent. Various programs that are especially appropriate for youth will be highlighted - including Lent Madness, d365, and Videos for your Soul.

Adult Formation …

One Sunday, March 8, we will continue our Lenten study of Time: Redeeming the Gift, from the brothers of Society of St. John the Evangelist. If you have not signed up for the daily meditations please go to this link, It is never too late to begin. The program shares a daily mediation and weekly focus on five words - Stop, Pray, Work, Play and Love - through the lens of Time.  This week we focus on Work.  Come and join us for conversation and discussion. A workbook is available online and copies are available on the table in Founders’ Hall.

 

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Save the Date!

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Save the date… Lent doesn't last forever!

 

The Ninth Annual Cabaret

Saturday April 18, 2015 at St. Dunstan’s

Take a trip to the Temple Bar in Dublin and enjoy an evening at

Delectable dinner of:

 Irish stew, Pecan slaw, Irish soda bread, Ultra-chocolate “Guinness” Cake,  and Beer and wine included!

 

Auction to support St. Dunstan’s Community Ministries

Invitations will be mailed soon!

Can you bring some friends? ‚Äč


 

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Lenten Offerings 3/8

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Lenten Offerings ... 

Lent offers us a time to reflect on our life and to make changes and learn new ways to experience God.  This year at St. Dunstan's we are highlighting two programs for adults which offer daily reflections and an opportunity to come together weekly for community reflection and conversation.  One of these is featured in our Sunday morning formation and the other is offered on Thursday evenings.  We are also offering an opportunity for families to partake in a simple meal, for children to sing and restart our children's choir program, and for all to experience a simple nighttime liturgy.  Read more about how to be a better disciple here.

Thursday Evenings

Reluctantly, we are canceling church activities for this evening, Thursday, March 5th due to snow. Please contact Sue von if you can make up this session next Thursday, March 12 or sign up here.

Children's Choir Rehearsals

March 19 and April 2 at 5:45 p.m. Children will gather with Michael and other adults to learn music for Holy Week and Easter. All children from age 4 through grade 5 are welcome to participate. Older youth are welcome to come and serve as leaders for this program. Please connect with Michael if your children will participate.

Sue and Jeff present "The Lord's Supper"

March 19 and April 2 - 6:30 p.m. A simple supper for all ages between the Children's Choir and Adult Choir rehearsals.  Parents (actually all adults) are welcome to gather in the kitchen for refreshments while the children rehearse.  This will be followed by Good Night God prayers at 7:10 p.m. every week except April 2, Maundy Thursday.  A sign-up is posted at the church and online here.

Adult Choir Rehearsals 

7:30 p.m. each Thursday evening in Lent. All are welcome to join the choir and those who wish to sing for Easter services are encouraged to come for the first 30 minutes of rehearsal time.

  Evening Bible Study ... Living Well through Lent

Thursday evening from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m.  Sue will facilitate the conversation and each participant will be given a devotional program with daily reflections on the Sunday gospels focusing on practicing resilience with all our heart, soul, strength, and mind.  Please be in contact with Sue to join this group or sign-up at church. Living Well booklets are on the table in Founders' Hall. At least 8 persons must commit to hold this study.

 Daily Lenten Morning Prayers

At 8 a.m. each weekday in Lent St. Dunstan's offers parishioner-led Morning Prayer, a brief quiet service with scriptures and psalms. Why not consider stopping by one morning a week on your way to work or after dropping off the kids for a few moments of candle-lit peace and prayer at the back of the church. Enjoy 20 minutes of peace before stepping out into the world.

Other Lenten reflections and growing opportunities ...

Lent Madness - vote for your favorite saint, learn about their life and witness, and explore legends, quirks, quotes and even enjoy saintly kitsch. Find out all you need to know to make an informed selection.

Two great devotions sites for youth: d365 a daily devotional specifically designed for youth and young adults.  Produced by Passport, Inc. and sponsored by the youth offices of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship, the Presbyterian Church (USA), and The Episcopal Church.  

Videos for your Soul are particularly posted for youth and young adults, but can be used by people of all ages.  You may visit the site daily or just once, and subscribe to receive a daily email with the video of the day.

Lenten Daily Calendars are a great way to keep track of the 40 days and participate in various prayer practices and giving. These are available in Founders' Hall.

 

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Music Opportunities 3/8

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Good Friday Taizé Choir 

If anyone is interested in singing as part of the Taizé choir   on Good Friday, please talk to Michael or send him an e-mail at music@stdunstansbethesda.org; we will schedule a short rehearsal closer to the date. The austere simplicity and beauty of this music helps to make our Good Friday service profound and worshipful, and we would love to add your voice to the choir for this special service. 

 

Easter Choir 

If you're interested in singing with the choir for Easter Sunday, we invite you to join us on Thursday nights at 7:30pm. We will rehearse Easter music for the first 30 minutes of each rehearsal. On every other Thursday (March 5 and 19), adult choir rehearsal will be proceeded by dinner provided by the church (please call the church office or e-mail Michael to let us know if you're coming for dinner). The choir is open to anyone of High School age or older that is willing to sing (or willing to learn) - no music reading ability is required, and rehearsal recordings will be provided.

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One More Time! Parish Annual Meeting This Sunday

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PARISH ANNUAL MEETING THIS SUNDAY
March 1, 9:50 A.M.

 
This church is your place, this church is my place.
We meet together, we leave the rat-race,
We feel God's love here, we are forgiven,
This church is made for you and me.

 

This cheerful song from the Annual Giving Campaign last Fall is a good call to all of us who love St. Dunstan's to participate in the Annual Parish Meeting Sunday, March 1, at 9:50 a.m. in the Parish Hall (between the services). As Jesus faced the ordeal of the cross, so we face our own crosses to bear - as individuals and as a parish. It's not an easy time to be in the church, but it's an exciting time!


Your church needs you as we elect leaders and navigate the budget. The Vestry will present our strategy for the next 18 months. We are filled with faith and hope in God's future for our congregation. Come and be a part of God's family. (Children too young to take part in the meeting will watch the movie Prince of Egypt).

Oh when it snows here, and gets all icy,
Worship on Sundays, it can be dicey!
But we'll be back soon, with happy faces,
This church is made for you and me.




 

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Forming Disciples for the Journey with Christ

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This week in formation, Sunday,March 1,  the adults of the parish will be participating in the Annual Parish Meeting - postponed due to the snow storm last weekend and children will be watching the film, The Prince of Egypt.  Youth are encouraged to attend the annual meeting or assist with the supervision of the children (and enjoy the movie).  Read more details about our formation offerings here, 

 
Children's Formation ... Sharing our Faith
Next week, March 8, the children gather with Michael for music - singing and playing instruments.
 
Youth Formation ... Growing our Faith
This weekend, Tucker Hemphill, will be attending a Christian discipleship event called Happening in North Carolina.  Please pray for him to have an amazing experience and for safe travel for he and Joel.  I'm sure that he will will have much to share with us and will probably learn some new music for our 9:00 a.m. service.

On March 7-8 a number of youth from our community will be participating in the Welcome Table at the Church of the Epiphany in downtown DC.  They will join other Episcopal youth from Montgomery County to learn about homelessness and poverty in our metro area.

Camp EDOW

It isn't too early to be thinking about sending your children or youth to camp this summer. I spent a day at the camp for Middle School students last summer. It is a great facility in southern Maryland and it sure looked like everyone was having a great time, learning and growing in faith and the staff was great. 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

Next week, March 8, we will continue our Lenten study through Time: Redeeming the Gift, from the brothers of Society of St. John the Evangelist. The program shares a daily mediation and weekly focus on five words - Stop, Pray, Work, Play and Love - through the lens of Time.  There are short daily videos and reflection questions; as well as the opportunity to share your thoughts and view the experiences of others engaged around the world.  Come and join us for conversation and discuss around these topics. Subscribe to the daily videos here.

  L. Sue von Rautenkranz
Christian Formation Coordinator





 

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Lenten Offerings 3/1

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Lenten Offerings ... 

Lent offers us a time to reflect on our life and to make changes and learn new ways to experience God.  This year at St. Dunstan's we are highlighting two programs for adults which offer daily reflections and an opportunity to come together weekly for community reflection and conversation.  One of these is featured in our Sunday morning formation and the other is offered on Thursday evenings.  We are also offering an opportunity for families to partake in a simple meal, for children to sing and restart our children's choir program, and for all to experience a simple nighttime liturgy.  Read more about how to be a better disciple here.

Thursdays

Children's Choir Rehearsals

March 5 & 19 and April 2 at 5:45 p.m. Children will gather with Michael and other adults to learn music for Holy Week and Easter. All children from age 4 through grade 5 are welcome to participate. Older youth are welcome to come and serve as leaders for this program. Please connect with Michael if your children will participate.

Sue and Jeff present "The Lord's Supper"

March 5 & 19 and April 2 - 6:30 p.m. A simple supper for all ages between the Children's Choir and Adult Choir rehearsals.  Parents (actually all adults) are welcome to gather in the kitchen for refreshments while the children rehearse.  This will be followed by Good Night God prayers at 7:10 p.m. every week except April 2, Maundy Thursday.  A sign-up is posted at the church and online here.

 

Adult Choir Rehearsals 

7:30 p.m. each Thursday evening in Lent. All are welcome to join the choir and those who wish to sing for Easter services are encouraged to come for the first 30 minutes of rehearsal time.

  Evening Bible Study ... Living Well through Lent

Thursday evening from 7:30 to 9:00 p.m.  Sue will facilitate the conversation and each participant will be given a devotional program with daily reflections on the Sunday gospels focusing on practicing resilience with all our heart, soul, strength, and mind.  Please be in contact with Sue to join this group or sign-up at church.  At least 8 persons must commit to hold this study.

 Daily Lenten Morning Prayers

At 8 a.m. each weekday in Lent St. Dunstan's offers parishioner-led Morning Prayer, a brief quiet service with scriptures and psalms. Why not consider stopping by one morning a week on your way to work or after dropping off the kids for a few moments of candle-lit peace and prayer at the back of the church. Enjoy 20 minutes of peace before stepping out into the world.

Other Lenten reflections and growing opportunities ...

Lent Madness - vote for your favorite saint, learn about their life and witness, and explore legends, quirks, quotes and even enjoy saintly kitsch. Find out all you need to know to make an informed selection.

Two great devotions sites for youth: d365 a daily devotional specifically designed for youth and young adults.  Produced by Passport, Inc. and sponsored by the youth offices of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship, the Presbyterian Church (USA), and The Episcopal Church.  

Videos for your Soul are particularly posted for youth and young adults, but can be used by people of all ages.  You may visit the site daily or just once, and subscribe to receive a daily email with the video of the day.


Lenten Daily Calendars are a great way to keep track of the 40 days and participate in various prayer practices and giving. These are available in Founders' Hall.

 

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Parish Annual Meeting- This Sunday!

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PARISH ANNUAL MEETING THIS SUNDAY, 9:50 A.M.

 
This church is your place, this church is my place.
We meet together, we leave the rat-race,
We feel God's love here, we are forgiven,
This church is made for you and me.

You may remember this cheerful song from the Annual Giving Campaign last Fall. It's a good call to all of us who love St. Dunstan's to participate in the Annual Parish Meeting Sunday, February 22, at 9:50 a.m. in the Parish Hall (between the services). As Jesus faced stress in the wilderness, so our parish has been through some challenging times. It's not an east time to be the church! Your church needs you as we elect leaders and navigate the budget. The Vestry will present our strategy for the next 18 months. We are filled with faith and hope in God's future for our congregation. Come and be a part of God's family. (Children too young to take part in the meeting will watch the movie Prince of Egypt).


 

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Lenten Offerings

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Lenten Offerings ... 

  

Thursdays

Ashes and Music

On February 19 children will gather for a special time to experience Ashes and sing with Fr. Jeff beginning at 5:45 p.m. Parents are welcome to join this experiential time or gather for conversation and refreshments in the kitchen.  

 

"The Lord's Supper" follows at 6:30 p.m. A simple supper for all ages between the Children's Choir and Adult Choir rehearsals. This will be followed by Good Night God prayers at 7:10 p.m. Please sign-up as soon as possible here.

 

Adult Choir Rehearsals 

7:30 p.m. each Thursday evening in Lent. All are welcome to join the choir and those who wish to sing for Easter services are encouraged to come for the first 30 minutes of rehearsal time.

  

Evening Bible Study ... Living Well through Lent

Thursday evening from 7:30 to 9:00 p.m.  Sue will facilitate the conversation and each participant will be given a devotional program with daily reflections on the Sunday gospels focusing on practicing resilience with all our heart, soul, strength, and mind.  Please be in contact with Sue to join this group or sign-up at church.  At least 8 persons must commit to hold this study.

    

Daily Lenten Morning Prayers

At 8 a.m. each weekday in Lent St. Dunstan's offers parishioner-led Morning Prayer, a brief quiet service with scriptures and psalms. Why not consider stopping by one morning a week on your way to work or after dropping off the kids for a few moments of candle-lit peace and prayer at the back of the church. Enjoy 20 minutes of peace before stepping out into the world.

 

Other Lenten reflections and growing opportunities ...

 

Lent Madness - vote for your favorite saint, learn about their life and witness, and explore legends, quirks, quotes and even enjoy saintly kitsch. Find out all you need to know to make an informed selection.

  

Two great devotions sites for youth: d365 a daily devotional specifically designed for youth and young adults.  Produced by Passport, Inc. and sponsored by the youth offices of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship, the Presbyterian Church (USA), and The Episcopal Church.  

 Videos for your Soul are particularly posted for youth and young adults, but can be used by people of all ages.  You may visit the site daily or just once, and subscribe to receive a daily email with the video of the day.


Lenten Daily Calendars are a great way to keep track of the 40 days and participate in various prayer practices and giving. These are available in Founders' Hall.





 

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