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Greening of the Church 12/17/2017

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On December 17, all members of the congregation are invited to join the Flower Guild and decorate the Church for Christmas. There will be some preparation between the services for early attendees and then the "ladder work"will commence straight after the 10:45 a.m service. Materials and refreshments will be provided. Donations for the special Christmas greens and flowers would be much appreciated. Please use the Christmas flower envelopes at the usher table and leave your donations in the collection plate or give them to Jeff.



Advent Offerings for all ages

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Here are some ways to engage and participate in the season:
Advent in a Bag is offered for families of all ages and sizes. Similar to our Lent to Go boxes last spring this give us another way to bring the season home. There will be a calendar to follow the season, prayers and scripture with a simple Advent wreath, and other activities to help us focus on the season. Pick one up in Founders' Hall beginning on December 3.

Coloring the Season will give all an opportunity to create some wonderful images that will decorate our parish hall and teach us about the weekly journey through the season. All ages are welcome to help create these wonderful posters. These will be available in the Parish Hall each Sunday. Stop by and color for a few minutes.
Living Well through Advent: Practicing Wonder With All Your Heart, Soul, Strength, and Mind
The seasons of Advent and Christmas are filled with the presence of wonder, if only we remember to pause and open ourselves to receiving this gift. This resource will assist us to take time to discover how the gifts of wonder might be born in us  again this year. Pick up your booklet in Founders' Hall beginning December 3.
Advent Giving Tree
Beginning on Sunday, December 3 and continuing throughout Advent, we will have the opportunity to support the work of Episcopal Relief & Development. This amazing outreach arm of our church provides aid and development around the world working with existing organizations on the ground. This year the focus will be on monetary donations because we have the chance to double our gifts. ERD has received their most generous matching gift in the history of their work - up to $760,000 will be matched. Just think of the possibilities!
Join this endeavor by taking an envelope from the Giving Tree in the Parish Hall, adding your check to the envelope, and placing it in the offering plate or handing it to Jeff or Sue. 
A couple of online ways to engage the season!
AdventWord - the Anglican Communion's Global Advent Calendar - begins on Sunday, 3 December, 2017, with images and meditations available via email, FaceBook, InstaGram and Twitter . During the 23 days of Advent, a daily email featuring the #AdventWord of the day will go out at 5 a.m. each day, and respondents are encouraged to share their responses to the meditations and images to the aggregated prayer walls within the advent calendar. To sign up click here.
Busted Halo, resources from the Roman Catholic Paulist Fathers, offers a simple on line calendar - click here each day to access the daily offering. Each day the link on the calendar will lead you to a daily jolt and a micro challenge.
L Sue von Rautenkranz
Children and Youth Formation Coordinator



Dunstan's Dialogues

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Dunstan's Dialogue with Rep. Jamie Raskin and Delegate Ana Sol-Gutierrez
A good crowd of parishioners and members of the local community joined us on Tuesday night at St. Dunstan's for an informative and emotional discussion of immigration issues. U.S. Representative Jamie Raskin, who represents our area, told us about Congressional attempts to pass legislation to allow the children of immigrants to stay in this country regardless of the immigration status of their parents.  Maryland State Delegate Sol-Gutierrez whose parents are from El Salvador spoke movingly about the difficulties of families with temporary immigration permits face, now that their permits have been rescinded.  She urged us to act to protect these families. Conversation and dialogue were aided by a good supply of cookies and brownies graciously provided by Lisa Moy Martin and Sue Carroll.



December Book of the Month

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Immigration Forum

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Family Christmas Singalong

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Remembrances 2017

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St. Dunstan's Honors Veterans Nov. 12
St. Dunstan's Church - invites all who serve or have served in the Armed Forces to a service of honor and remembrance on Sunday, Nov. 12 at 10:45 a.m.  We thank all who have served our country and defended our freedoms.  Refreshments will follow the service. 
Click here to submit your remembrances electronically, or fill out the remembrance slips in Founders' Hall.



Book of the Month- November 2017

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Thanksgiving Dinner Baskets- 2017

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Thanksgiving Baskets
It's that time of year again! Helping the families served by N.C.C.F. to have a fabulous Thanksgiving dinner. Let's try to equal our giving of last year. 

It is a simple and fun activity for the whole family. Take a basket and flyer from the church beginning on Sunday, October 22 and return it to the church no later than Sunday, November 12
Then participate in N.C.C.F.'s Pie & Stuffing Party on
Wednesday, November 18 from 5:30-7:00 p.m. All present will fill a few hundred more baskets with people from all over Bethesda. All ages are invited and encouraged to come out for this event.



10/22/2017-Help Us Help Refugees

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Refugee Training for Volunteers and More

Volunteers who would like to work one-on-one with refugee families are required to attend a short training session presented by Lutheran Social Services, the lead refugee settlement agency in this area.  St John's Norwood parish is arranging a training session in the near future and has invited interested members of St Dunstan's to join them.  

St John's will be settling a refugee family and the required training is an early step on the process.  St Dunstan's hopes to assist in the process by contributing volunteers, household goods, tutoring and transportation from time to time.  While St Dunstan's is probably too small to sponsor a family on its own, we can help make St John's efforts--and those of other congregations--a success.  Please consider how you might wish to help.  
St John's does not have a firm date for the training yet  but will keep us posted.
In the meantime, Donna Alvarez attended tutor training sponsored by Montgomery County's Welcoming Our New Neighbors program.  Other St Dunstan's volunteers have expressed interest; more are welcome.  Patty Larson is a coordinator with that program and you can contact her at 240-355-5140 for details.
Our Winter Coats Drive continues through October.  Already, several coats for men, women and children have arrived at St Dunstan's.  If you have coats to contribute, please leave them at the church, in the foyer by the table near the basement stairs.
As always, your help is appreciated widely.
Ray Donnelly


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