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Sandwiches for Martha's Table

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Would your family like to take our "makings" to Martha's Table on Sunday morning? A great way to teach the extension of our mission in the world to your children. Just connect with Sue to offer this service or if you have questions.


 

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Save the Dates for Holy Week!

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Palm Sunday
March 20, 2016
9:00 Family Eucharist
10:45 a.m. Choral Eucharist
 
Maundy Thursday 
6:30 p.m. March 24
Supper + Washing + Do This + Watch
 
 
Good Friday
7:30 p.m. March 25
Cross + Candles + Prayer + Song

 

The Great Vigil of Easter
7:30 p.m. March 26
Fire + Story + Water + Bread & Wine
 
Easter Day
Sunday, March 27, 2016
9:00 a.m. Family Eucharist
9:50 a.m. Fellowship and Easter Egg Hunt.
10:45 a.m. Festival Choral Eucharist
 


 

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Special Lent Events and Resources

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The Painting Table with Roger Hutchison
Sunday, March 6 
10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
 
The Painting Table is an innovative group activity that blends the creation of art with mindful spiritual practice. At The Painting Table, participants gather and share a table and paper and art supplies. Participants are free to paint anything they want and use their hands as brushes.  In Roger's own words, "The end result of The Painting Table is not the painting that is created. It is the conversation, sharing, and listening that takes place around the table. Come and share your story through art and ready yourself for the conversation that might take place between your heart and God."
 
Roger will offer two workshops for all ages on how to express one's thoughts and relationship with God through the art of painting with one's hands. A simple soup lunch will be offered. Signup in Founders' Hall or use this online form for the session you will attend. Deadline for signup is Monday, February 29.
 
If you are unable to make our Sunday experience of The Painting Table, there is another offering on Saturday, March 5 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Dunstan's. This is being offered to other Episcopal congregations in the Diocese. Please email Sue if you would like to attend this event.
 
Praying for Others: Intercessory Prayer
Sunday, March 13
Adult Formation Offering at 9:50 a.m.
 
The act of prayer is the primary way that we communicate with God and grow in relationship with God and others. This Lent we have emphasized developing a rule of life. Reading and meditating on scripture, attending and actively participating in worship, and participating in acts of service and mission are all important to growing as disciples of Jesus. Prayer is what weaves and molds those acts, yet it is one of the most difficult practices to maintain in our Christian lives.   
Sister Barbara Jean will return to St. Dunstan's to share her thoughts, wisdom and experience of praying for others. For over forty years she has lived in community and actively engaged in daily prayer practices.  She will also preach at the 10:45 liturgy. 
 
Lenten Resources
It's never too late to begin a Lenten practice. Choose a simple daily practice with one of these take-home or online resources. 
 
Growing a Rule of Life - a process to regulate your spiritual practices with God, self, others and the world.  Workbooks are available to take home and daily videos and emails are available here . 
 
 Living Well through Lent - daily reflections on scripture  focusing on the words of the Great Commandment and one's heart, strength, mind and soul. Booklets are available to take home or download for your phone or tablet here
 
The Forty Days of Lent - a Lenten poster with the simple task of focusing on a da ily scripture text. Take one home. 
 
Lent Madness - learn about the saints of the church and choose your winner of the  Golden Halo. Visit the  website to vote for your favorite each day. The winner is announced on the Wednesday of Holy Week. 
 
Episcopal Relief and Development - a Lenten meditation booklet focused on justice and global concerns.  It can be read online here.
 
Videos for your Soul -  a daily video and scripture focus designed primarily for youth and young adults. Visit the site daily or subscribe to receive a daily email including the video.   
Journey to the Cross - another resource specifically created for youth and young adults. d365 is produced by Passport, Inc. This devotional is available throughout the entire year and alters their focus for the seasons of Lent and Advent.
 
L. Sue von Rautenkranz
Christian Formation Coordinator


 

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Parish Annual Meeting: This Sunday!

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Lenten Taize Service!

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Sandwich Making for Martha's Table

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Parish Annual Meeting- Sunday, February 21, 2016

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Next Sunday, February 21 at 9:50 a.m., St. Dunstan's will hold it's annual meeting in the parish hall. Please join us to review the last year and discuss new initiatives for 2016.


 

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Special Lenten Offerings

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It's Lent!                                                   Whose Trail are you on?
 
The Painting Table with Roger Hutchison
Sunday, March 6 
10:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m.
 
Roger will offer two workshops for all ages on how to express one's thoughts and relationship with God through the art of painting with one's hands. A simple soup lunch will be offered. Signup in Founders' Hall or this online form for the session you will attend
 
Roger's gift of prayer, painting, and presence were utilized in a workshop he designed for the grieving families of Newtown, Connecticut in the spring of 2013. Children and parents sat together, shared their stories, poured them out as paint on the canvas. In their grieving, healing began to take root.
Roger will share with us his story about painting and prayer and how this gift helped him to begin the healing for many people around the country. Roger will read from his books and will do a book signing during the event. 
 
Roger Hutchison is an artist, author, and the Director of Christian Formation and Parish Life at Palmer Memorial Episcopal Church in Houston, Texas. His first book, The Painting Table: A Journal of Loss and Joy, has been used by people of all ages in schools, churches, and community groups across the United States. His artwork has been exhibited throughout the world. 
 
Praying for Others: Intercessory Prayer
Sunday, March 13
Adult Formation Offering
 
Sister Barbara Jean will return to St. Dunstan's to share her thoughts, wisdom and experience of praying for others. She will be our speaker for the adult formation class on this Sunday and will preach at the 10:45 liturgy. 
 
Sr. BJ helped to found the Anamchara Fellowship, an inclusive religious community with a Celtic spirit which focuses on retreats and quiet days, pastoral care, intercessory prayer and spiritual direction. 
 
Book Signing
Both of our Lenten speakers have recently authored books. Samples copies are on the table in Founders' Hall and there are signup sheets to order copies or fill out this form. Both Roger and Sr. BJ will be happy to sign your copies on the day they are here. 
 
Take-home Resources
Three different take-home resources are offered this year. 
 
Growing a Rule of Life
The word rule comes from the Latin word, regula, from which we get the words regular and regulate. This isn't about creating rules, but rather creating intention and purpose. Creating a rule is about making small steps, individually, to move one into a more meaningful and deeper relationship with God. We will outline the program on Sunday, February 14 at our adult formation time from 9:50-10:35 a.m. Workbooks are available to take home and use daily. The SSJE community provides daily emails and other resources for this program. Signup to receive these daily emails here
 
 Living Well through Lent
 
A daily reading and reflection booklet created by Living Compass.  This non-profit organization develops resources and programs for personal, family and congregational wellness focusing on the words of the Great Commandment - heart, strength, mind and soul. This booklet includes a weekly reflection for Sundays and short reflection on a scripture text for the others days of each week.
Copies are on the table in Founders' Hall. 
 
The Forty Days of Lent
 
Pick up a Lenten poster with the art work of Roger Hutchison and a daily scripture text to reflect on throughout the day. A simple way for youth or adults to take a moment each day for reflection. 
 
Online Resources
Visit these various websites to access online Lenten resources. 
 
Lent Madness
 
Who will win the Golden Halo this year? Visit their website to read about the daily pairing of saints and vote for your favorite. This fun and creative competition between the saints is provided for your enjoyment, but also to help us learn about those who have preceded us in faith. This program was modeled after the tournaments of various college sports in March. A large bracket poster, which will be updated daily, is posted in the Parish Hall. 
 
Smaller blank bracket posters have been printed for your convenience. Take one home. 
 
 
Episcopal Relief and Development offers a Lenten meditation booklet.  Leaders from across the Anglican Communion were asked to reflect on scripture and other sources of spiritual wisdom as they consider their own work to strengthen communities and provide economic opportunities. If you want a focus on justice and global concerns this may be the Lenten meditation guide for you.  It can be read online here.
 
Videos for your Soul is the creation of Randall Curtis, the youth minister for the Diocese of Arkansas.  These are particularly helpful 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.   
 
Journey to the Cross is another resource specifically created for youth and young adults. 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. This devotion site is available throughout the entire year and alters their focus for the seasons of Lent and Advent.
 
L. Sue von Rautenkranz
Christian Formation Coordinator


 

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Formation 02/14/2016

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Adult & Youth Formation
 
What are you doing for Lent this year?
 
Our Prayer book shares: The first Christians observed with great devotion the days of our Lord's passion and resurrection, and it became the custom of the Church to prepare for them by a season of penitence and fasting.

On Sunday, February 14 our adult formation gathering will look at various ways to observe and keep the season of Lent. This will include the first phase of the program, Growing a Rule of Life. Sue and Jeff will lead this forum for adults and youth. How will you walk the trail this Lent? Will you choose a way that will help you in more closely following Jesus?


Children's Formation
This Sunday, February 14, the children will gather in the Choir Room with Michael and other adults to learn and sing and play instruments! This is a great formational time of learning about faith through song and providing a way for children to be leaders in our worship experiences. 
 
During the formation time on February 21, the children will gather in the Youth Room for a special movie time, while parents are participating in the Annual Meeting. We will even break out the popcorn machine this week!

 

L. Sue von Rautenkranz
Christian Formation Coordinator
 


 

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Pancake Breakfast This Sunday!

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