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Holy Week 2017 ... Save the Dates!

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Neighborhood Egg Hunt 2017... Save the Date!

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On Easter Sunday, April 16, 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.) 


 

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Cabaret 2017... Save the Date!

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Sandwich Making 3/26/17

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Prison Ministry

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Prison Ministry & Welcoming Returning Citizens

 
I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you gave me clothing, I was sick and you took care of me, I was in prison and you visited me.' Then the righteous will answer him, 'Lord, when was it that we saw you hungry and gave you food, or thirsty and gave you something to drink? And when was it that we saw you a stranger and welcomed you, or naked and gave you clothing? And when was it that we saw you sick or in prison and visited you?' And the king will answer them, 'Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.'  Matthew 25:35-40
 
 
Expanded Forum, March 26, 12:30-2:00 p.m.: We will welcome Free Minds Book Club and several Poet Ambassadors. Free Minds uses books, creative writing, and peer support to awaken DC youth incarcerated as adults to their own potential.  Through creative expression, job readiness training, and violence prevention outreach, these young poets achieve their education and career goals and become powerful voices for change in the community.  For details see the expanded write-up below.
 
Tour of Montgomery County Correctional Facility, April 19:00-11:00 a.m.:  The Montgomery County Correctional Facility is a state of the art detention facility in Boyds, Maryland and houses up to 1,028 men and women. We will have the opportunity to tour the facility and learn about their education, employment, religious, and pre-release services in addition to volunteer opportunities. The tour is limited to 15 individuals and names must be submitted a week prior to the tour for clearance purposes. Sign up sheet in Founders' Hall. 
 
Just Mercy Book Group: As a follow-up to the forums and the tour of MCCF, a book group will be offered on the national bestseller, Just Mercy, by Bryan Stevenson.  Just Mercy is the powerful true story about the potential for mercy to redeem us and a call to address the brokenness of our criminal justice system.  Bryan Stevenson has been called "America's young Nelson Mandela" by Bishop Desmond Tutu. Book group will convene after Easter.
Julie Petersmeyer


 

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Holy Week 2017

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Economic Justice Update

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"Many of us are concerned about the direction of public policy regarding immigration and refugees and wonder if there is anything we can do.   A first step is to seek guidance from our Episcopal leaders. On January 25 our Presiding Bishop issued a  statement http://episcopaldigitalnetwork.com/ens/2017/01/25/presiding-bishop-other-episcopal-leaders-call-on-trump-to-maintain-refugee-resettlement-efforts/  saying "We ask that refugees from all countries receive consideration to come to the U.S. and not to ban those who come from countries most in need of our assistance."  On January 31, Bishop Budde's said "Scripture could not be clearer: we are called to welcome the stranger." http://myemail.constantcontact.com/Bishop-Budde-s-Statement-on-Refugee-Resettlement-and-Immigration-Restrictions.html?soid=1108352395623&aid=j8ywl2f4NFs statement.   

We can do more than agree with these sentiments. We can take action ourselves by coordinating with the Episcopal Public Policy Network, which organizes the Episcopal Church's national advocacy efforts. You can sign up to receive their alerts here: http://advocacy.episcopalchurch.org/home

The group has an established and active refugee advocacy program. For several years, the network has encouraged members to speak out on refugee issues and has provided them with webinars, scripts for calling members of Congress and sample letters and an automatic way to have those letters submitted.  One current relevant advocacy item is a script for calling your 2 senators and 1 representative.  The key message in this script is:  I am strongly opposed to President Trump's announcements to stop the resettlement of refugees from Syria, Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, and Yemen; pause the refugee resettlement program entirely; and reduce the number of refugees we welcome.  Here's the link: http://advocacy.episcopalchurch.org/RefugeeAdvocacy

Another refugee initiative is a sample letter urging members of Congress to speak out "in support of our nation's admirable tradition of welcome."  Here's the link: http://advocacy.episcopalchurch.org/app/write-a-letter?10&engagementId=260973

I urge all of you to take advantage of these advocacy opportunities to make a difference in the lives of the many immigrants and refugees who experiencing hardship in a difficult time.
 
Please join us for the next meeting of St. Dunstan's economic justice group, informally known as the Justice League of St. Dunstan's.  We'll be meeting for about an hour at the church starting at 7:00 p.m. on Monday March 13.
 
 
Mark MacCarthy


 

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The University of Jamestown Concert Choir

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The University of Jamestown Concert Choir is coming to St. Dunstan's!
Enjoy a night of sacred choral music sung by a group of talented young students!

 

 
 
Friday, March 10, 2017
7:30 PM
St. Dunstan's Episcopal Church
5450 Massachusetts Ave 
Bethesda, MD 


 

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Observing Lent

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If you are not sure how to observe Lent this year, try doing one thing
: Commit to attend worship every Sunday in Lent.  (Even if you are traveling, it's almost always possible to find a church service to attend on Sunday or Saturday evening.) Note how you feel after several weeks of regular worship...more grounded in what's truly important?  More calm?  More connected to your faith community? 
 
Lenten Resources:
Two different daily meditation booklets are available at church (both free).  Pick one up and see what it does for you.  We also have "Lent in a Box" kits, with daily and weekly observances for individuals and families. 
 
 
Lent in a Box
 
If you have not picked up your Lent in a Box, be sure to do so this coming Sunday. This new resource is available for families (and individuals) and offers different ways for all to engage the season of Lent. Prayer, fasting and alms-giving cards will offer suggests for all to do one simple daily task. Other once-weekly activities assist everyone in engaging scripture and a faith conversation together. 
If you pick up your box before Sunday, March 5, please be sure to take a bulb from the basket in Founders' Hall - a delayed shipment.
 
One box per household until the supplies are gone - there should be plenty for all! 
 


 

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Refugee Update- This Sunday at 9:50 a.m.

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Refugee Program Meeting Between Services:
 Help St Dunstan's Help Refugees.

We will meet in the parish hall to discuss our options for further support of refugees here and abroad.  Ideas to be discussed include:

1)  Continue to collect Welcome Kits as a way of providing practical support to refugee families through Lutheran Social Services.

2) Work with the International Rescue Committee;  this is an old and respected organization that has long served refugee families.  

3)  Explore ways to assist refugees who are "stuck" in camps in the Middle East and elsewhere.  As our speaker from the International Orthodox Christian Charities described, the needs are great.  Doctors without Borders also serves this population. 

4)  Look for ways to interact with refugees at a personal level, as in help with English, assistance in obtaining medical care and placing children in schools, and similar needs.

5)  Offer support to St Columba's parish and other congregations when they are assigned a refugee family.

6)  Undertake advocacy work at the local and state government level to "smoothe the way" for good policies affecting refugees.  
 
7) As part of Advocacy, develop stronger relationships with churches, synagogues and community groups who are working to address refugee needs.

Please come, add your thoughts to the discussion and help St Dunstan's help Refugees.
 
Ray Donnelly


 

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