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Spring Social: Next Sunday April 10

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Cabaret

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St. Dunstan's big night of music, food, and good cheer is coming Saturday, April 23, 2016, 6-9 p.m.  Plan now to bring family and friends.  The theme this year is "The King and I," with an atmosphere of the old royal court of Siam. Thai food will be served.  The auction is the single largest fundraiser of the year for St. Dunstan's ministries - what a great cause to support. 
 
If you'd like to be involved and assist in the event - invitations, publicity, music, food, drink, auction, decorating, and serving - please contact Jeff. Please RSVP by April 17th. Extra RSVP cards are available on the table in Founder's Hall.


 

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Save the Date: Church Picnic

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Egg Hunt this Sunday!!!!

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On Easter Sunday, March 27, St. Dunstan's will be the land of 1,000 eggs!  All our neighbors are invited to hunt for them between services at 10 a.m.  Please bring your friends and neighbors to church and the egg hunt! (And we'd like to get their contact info to keep in touch, too.) 

We are also offering breakfast at church throughout the morning on Easter.  Plan to enjoy a meal with your friends, neighbors, and family here at church, between 8:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. If you are able to bring food or volunteer to help that morning, please click here to sign- up. Sign up slots are only a guideline- whatever you bring is appreciated.


 

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Glimpses of Holy Week

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7:30 p.m. Good Friday, March 25
 
Cross + Candles + Prayer + Song
 
The quiet night in the garden is interrupted by soldiers and the authorities, who take Jesus away. Before daybreak he has stood trial, been whipped and mocked by the soldiers, and is condemned. Like a common criminal Jesus is hung on a cross and dies an agonizing death. He is taken down from the cross and laid in a tomb and sealed with a stone.
 
What now? The expectations of those who have believed that he was the one have been crushed. Jesus' companions, who scattered following his crucifixion, have gathered in the upper room again. They quietly sing songs of lament and offer prayer to God and light a
candle - seeking the way forward and waiting ...
 
 
7:30 p.m. The Great Vigil of Easter
Fire+Water+Story+Bread & Wine
 
We arrive at church in the twilight Saturday night, in a mood of expectation.  The new fire of Easter is kindled and shared - each of us carrying that New Light of Christ with us.  We hear the
stories of God's great saving acts in history as we sit around the fire outside.
 

With ancient chant, we move into the parish hall where water is our theme - life-giving, cleansing, refreshing water.  

Finally, we approach the church and knock on the doors to be admitted into Resurrection.  The lights blaze, the flowers abound, and Easter comes once more - in our Baptismal vows and in the bread and wine of Communion.  We go on our way rejoicing, singing Alleluia!
 
Easter Vigil Reflection
Easter Vigil is my preferred Easter celebration. I like it because I see the time between Maundy Thursday and Easter as a time to reflect on what it would be like without the church, without Christ, without God in my life; as well as without the life of the Christian community. Easter Vigil celebrates the end of our wandering in the spiritual wilderness. After having Christ taken from us, the Easter Vigil service brings the light back to the community, a reminder of caring nature of God, and the resilience of Christ. St. Dunstan's ceremony, starting in the memorial garden around a fire and bringing the light into the church, is a great way to reflect, a time to celebrate the life of Christ and our life in communion with Christ.

Thomas Vander Wal
 
 
 

 

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Cabaret: Save the Date!

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St. Dunstan's big night of music, food, and good cheer is coming Saturday, April 23, 2016, 6-9 p.m.  Plan now to bring family and friends.  The theme this year is "The King and I," with an atmosphere of the old royal court of Siam. Thai food will be served.  The auction is the single largest fundraiser of the year for St. Dunstan's ministries - what a great cause to support. 
 
If you'd like to be involved and assist in the event - invitations, publicity, music, food, drink, auction, decorating, and serving - please contact Jeff.


 

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Neighborhood Egg Hunt

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On Easter Sunday, St. Dunstan's will be the land of 1,000 eggs!  All our neighbors are invited to hunt for them between services at 10 a.m.  Please bring your friends and neighbors to church and the egg hunt! (And we'd like to get their contact info to keep in touch, too.) 
 
We are also offering breakfast at church throughout the morning on Easter.  Plan to enjoy a meal with your friends, neighbors, and family here at church, between 8:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.


 

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Maundy Thursday

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6:30 p.m. Maundy Thursday, March 24
Supper + Washing + Do This + Watch

Imagine yourself in an upstairs room. Jesus' disciples are gathering there, speaking in hushed voices. A table is laid out for the Passover feast. Jesus appears and insists on washing your dirty feet, just like a slave.

Then he invites everyone to sit down to begin the supper. He lifts up a loaf of bread and says, "I break this bread, as I give my body will be broken. Let everyone share in it."

He raises a cup of wine and says, "I pour out this wine for you, as my blood will pour out when they hang me on the cross. I do this out of love and forgiveness. Let everyone share in it. Do this to remember me."
 
Then Jesus is heading out the door, leading the bewildered group down out of the city, across the Kedron valley, and up the hill again into a garden called Gethsemane. "Watch and wait," he says.


 

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The Triduum

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The Triduum ... What is it and why should you be present?
 
Triduum is a Latin word meaning three days. Three days you say? - I count four! True, but the days are counted from sundown to sundown. So the days do not begin until sundown on Thursday and conclude with sundown on Sunday - giving us three days. The three services are really all one, just carried out over these days. This is emphasized by the fact that there is no dismissal on Maundy Thursday or Good Friday. In that way the church emphasizes the importance of being present for all of these liturgies. A play with three acts - there are just longer intermissions. We know about these liturgies because in the 4th century a Spanish pilgrim named Egeria recorded in her journals her experiences in Jerusalem of what we refer to as Holy Week.
 
Maundy Thursday
The name comes from the Latin word, mandatum, which refers to the new commandment that Christ gives to the disciples in John 13:34 - "I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another."  This text was appointed in the prayer book to be sung as an antiphon during the footwashing, and came to be called "the Maundy" in medieval England.  The proper liturgy for this day celebrates the events of the Last Supper - which includes the footwashing and the institution of the Eucharist.  The liturgy concludes with the stripping of the altar. The ornaments of the sanctuary are removed leaving it bare and empty for Good Friday.
 
Good Friday
The observance of the Friday before Easter as a commemoration of the crucifixion has its roots in 4th century Jerusalem. Before that time, Easter was a unitive celebration of the passion and resurrection. Our Good Friday Liturgy includes prayers invited by the deacon for the Church and the World, and the ancient Solemn Collects which gather all our prayers in one. On this night we also use a simple version of the Stations of the Cross, and chants from the Taizé Christian community in France.  The liturgy ends with a simple prayer and silence.
 
The Great Vigil of Easter
Probably the most dramatic liturgy in our Book of Common Prayer, this liturgy includes fire, story, water and the first Eucharist of Easter.  Traditionally the rite took the entire night - after sundown and ending at sunrise, ours will take much less time.  We begin outside and strike flint and steel to make our fire. Then we hear stories of salvation and move into the parish hall.  Finally we enter the church in its Easter glory and sing the first Alleluias and share bread and wine around the altar. This year we will celebrate two adult baptisms.
 
L. Sue von Rautenkranz
Christian Formation Coordinator


 

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Daylight Savings Time

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... at 2:00 a.m. on Sunday, March 13!
 
Spring forward one hour 
on Saturday night 
and be on time 
for church on Sunday!
 


 

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