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Creation Season 2017

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Every October, St. Dunstan's celebrates God's creation in our worship services, and this year's theme is The Seasons. Each of the first four weeks of October will be dedicated to a season of the year - Fall, Winter, Spring, and Summer. Music in both services will focus on nature, creation, and stewardship of our world. We'll supplement our liturgy with readings of seasonal prayers and poetry by Joyce Rupp. Our worship space will also be transformed each week with art and flowers that reflect each season. 

Also, mark your calendars - on Oct. 29, we'll commemorate the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. 
Michael Austin
Director of Music
 


 

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Animal Blessing

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Oktoberfest 2017

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Book Of the Month

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Minimum Wage Forum

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On September 11, St. Dunstan's hosted a lively and informative discussion of the $15/hour minimum wage bill before the Montgomery County Council.  It featured presentations by County Council Chairman Roger Berliner, who had reservations about the bill, but committed to passing some version of it before the end of the year, and Councilmember Marc Elrich, the sponsor of the bill. This was a great chance for St. Dunstan's parishioners and members of the local community to catch up on a crucial public policy issue that has a significant moral and religious dimension.  We had about 40 people there.

The Montgomery County Council is considering a revised bill raising the county minimum wage to $15/hour by 2020.  It is currently $11.50.  In its last action, the Council called for an economic report, which was delivered over the summer. At our meeting, both councilmembers criticized the report.  It will be the subject of a discussion with the Council on September 19.  There will be a further hearing on September 26, at which I will be testifying.  If you are interested in attending as well, let me know.  These meetings are a good way to understand community sentiment and see our Council at work.

Berliner said they would get a bill passed this year.  Erlich was also confident that something would be accomplished this year. The audience raised a series of questions probing the councilmembers on issues such as exceptions for workers making tips, the size of the company that would be able to delay compliance, teen exception, what to do about non-profits.
This was an important event for St. Dunstan's in establishing ourselves as a place for the discussion of significant moral issues in public policy.  We had previously had a successful discussion of immigration.  The Economic Justice Working will be meeting soon to think about next steps in our work in this area.  If you are interested please get in touch with Mark MacCarthy.


 

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Children's Formation: 09/17/2017

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What's Your Favorite Story?

On Sunday, September 17 we begin our journey into the Old Testament by hearing about favorite stories. 
All children are encouraged to bring their favorite story book - picture or chapter book - to church for a Show and Tell time. 
 
 
The Old Testament, or Hebrew Scriptures, are full of stories - some are historical, some are told in song or poetry, and others try to explain how God and God's people grew in relationship over time.  Join us from 9:50 to 10:35 a.m.
 
Please help us out and fill in a simple registration form for Children's Formation.

If you have children who are infants through 4th grade please fill out this Children's Form


 

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Hurricane Harvey Relief... from our neighbors in the Diocese of Maryland

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A MESSAGE FROM THE DIOCESAN DISASTER COORDINATOR
 
 

Hurricane Harvey Relief
What Can I Do?

At this time all agencies are asking people not to head to Texas or Louisiana if you are not already part of a group such as the Red Cross or other relief agencies on the ground. Right now in Maryland the BEST thing we can do is donate money to the relief agency of your choice. Episcopal Relief & Development, Red Cross, Salvation Army, whoever you are comfortable with. The recovery from Harvey will take years to complete and there will be many opportunities for people from our area to go and help -- well after the cameras, feeding trucks and others have gone home. The only request we are making at this time is to donate money. That is distributed locally to those who are in the impacted areas and is used by the relief agencies to cover the immediate costs of housing, feeding and helping those in need. You could plan a fundraiser at home and send the proceeds. You could even sign up with a relief agency for future events. But for now, please donate and know that you are doing the best for those in need.

Please follow Disaster Emergency Response Team Maryland on Facebook for news, information and future calls for help.

Here are 6 ways to support the work of Episcopal Relief & Development and to support post disaster response. 
  1. Donate to the Hurricane Harvey Response Fund to support impacted dioceses as they meet the needs of their most vulnerable neighbors after this event.
  2. Please don't send food, clothing or other items! Donations such as these can actually become more of a burden on the local diocesan leaders than a benefit. The most efficient option is supporting the local economy to respond.
  3. Sign-up on the Ready to Serve page to register as a possible volunteer in the future. These are the lists Episcopal Relief & Development staff share with dioceses when they are ready to recruit external volunteers.
  4. Read Rob's Blog on best response practices.
  5. Pray! for all those affected by Hurricane Harvey and get the latest program updates on Facebook and Twitter and episcopalrelief.org
  6. Share the bulletin insert
We all want to DO something and the best we can do right now is donate money. You may contact me at stillman@claggettcenter.org or 410-467-1399 Ext. 6383

Blessings and thank you!
Sharon Tillman
Diocesan Disaster Relief Coordinator
Diocese of Maryland
 


 

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Should we have a $15 minimum wage?

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Join the discussion Monday, Sept. 11, 7:00 p.m. 
 
That's the question to be debated at St. Dunstan's community forum Monday, September 11, 7 p.m.  This issue has come again before our Montgomery County Council.  Our parish's Justice League studied the issue of increasing income a be a living wage - a full time worker should be able to support him/her self.  In a high cost area such as ours, $15/hour is an appropriate rate of pay. 
 
In my opinion, lessening income inequality is a moral imperative, because Jesus taught us that poverty is a stain on human society.  (He also said that wealth is fraught with dangers.)  Income inequality lessened in the U.S. from WWII until 1970.  From the 70's until now it has increased dramatically.  We have seen median income fall in the U.S. since the peak in 1999.  U.S. tax policy is advantageous to the wealthy.  The middle and working classes are at increased risk and fear of economic collapse. 
 
A $15 minimum wage means that a full time worker earns $31,200 per year.  Most of us would not consider working full time for that, and would find it extremely difficult to get by on that income.  Loving our neighbors means striving for a just distribution of the world's wealth.  That's what I think. 
 
What do you think? Come, and bring interested friends and neighbors to our forum on the $15 minimum wage for Montgomery County.  JBM 


 

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Save the Date! Homecoming Sunday is 9/10/2017

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Second Sunday Social : 08/13/2017

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