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Welcome Julie Petersmeyer

Posted 5:02 PM by
 
We are pleased to welcome Julie Petersmeyer to St. Dunstan's on January 15, for a 6 month ministry placement. Julie is part of the deacons' training program in our diocese. She will spend around 10 hours per week with us, sharing some of her outreach experience with prisoners, serving in liturgies, and leading formational activities. Julie is a long-time member of St. Columba's and lives in our neighborhood. Please welcome her warmly!
 
 
 
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Movie Screening
 
Julie works with an organization called Reunion which works to dismantle mass incarceration thru relationships and commitment. Reunion and Church of Christ, Right Now invites the public to a free screening of "13th," an in-depth look at the prison system in the United States and how it reveals the nation's history of racial inequality.
Wednesday, January 11, 5:30 p.m.
The Festival Center
1640 Columbia Road NW


 

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Sermon Series Starting in January

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New Sermon Series - January/February 2017
 
Hard Knocks: Weathering the losses, troubles, and conflicts life brings, without losing our humor, compassion, and inner peace. 
 
We all face tough times in life: illness, relationship troubles, aging, rejection, and failure. How can God help us through these inevitable parts of life? What does Scripture tell us? Come hear Jeff's new sermon series on "Hard Knocks" at the 10:45 a.m. service, starting January 8, 2017


 

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Open House at the MacKnight's

Posted 5:35 PM by
 
 
All members of the St. Dunstan's family are invited to stop in for conversation and refreshments at the MacKnights' house, Friday, December 30, 2-5 p.m.  Our address is 14 Meadowcroft Court, Montgomery Village, MD 20886 - we're up I-270, about 30 minutes from St. Dunstan's.
 
 
 - Jeff and Leslie
 
 


 

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Annual Giving 2016

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ANNUAL GIVING KICKOFF SUNDAY – OCTOBER 9
JOYFUL BRUNCH IN THE PARISH HALL
9:50 a.m. – 10:35. a.m.

St. Dunstan’s 2017 Annual Giving Campaign begins on October 9 and continues to Consecration Sunday on November 13.  Our theme is Simple Gifts…For the Church & For the World and this is a time to cherish the gifts we have been given and to share our abundance. 

You see the Simple Gifts banner on Massachusetts Avenue, lots of materials about our church, and we’ll have conversations about ways to pledge and to give.  You’ll find pledge cards throughout the church, and a link HERE to submit your pledge form online.

Our goal is for all in the congregation to pledge -- 100 percent of the vestry and annual giving campaign leaders have already pledged, so we are on our way!


 

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Creation Season is Coming!

Posted 4:21 PM by
 
As is our custom, we celebrate God as Creator of all each Fall in our liturgies through special texts, music, and sermons. We want to bring visual interest to the church with works of art related to creation, nature, and God's creatures, including human beings. Artists in the church are invited to hang your art on the church walls (beneath the windows) to enhance our worship.  Contact Jeff or Rosi Sweeney for details.  
 
A tableau will also be created in the rear of the church, based on themes in the liturgies. Take a look!  


 

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Practicing Love Sermon Series: This Fall at St. Dunstan's

Posted 6:27 PM by
 
Join us for the 10:45 a.m. Sunday service to hear sermons on many situations in which we need to practice love - even when it's difficult! If you can't make the service, look on our website for these sermons. 
 
 
Sept 11 - Practicing Love when we are Lost (Luke 15:1-10)
Sept 18 - Practicing Love with our Money (Luke 16:1-13)
Sept 25 - Practicing Love with our Money, redux! (Luke 16:19-31)
Oct 2 -  Practicing Love with by remaining Faithful (Luke 17:5-10)
Oct 9 -  Practicing Love with Thanksgiving (Luke 17:11-19)
Oct 16 -  Practicing Love by doing Justice (Luke 18:1-18)
Oct 23 -  Practicing Love in Humility (Luke 18:9-14)
Oct 30 -  Practicing Love through Repentance (Luke 19:1-10)
 
The New York Times (Nicholas Kristoff, Sunday, September 4 edition) ran an article on the kind of religion Jesus would practice.  The author Brian McLaren asked, "Could Christians migrate from defining their faith as a system of beliefs to expressing it as aloving way of life?"
 
St. Dunstan's is well on our way to doing just that:  Love Practiced Here.  


 

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Worship for the Fourth of July

Posted 4:18 PM by
 
Sunday, July 3, 2016 9:00 a.m. and 10:45 a.m.

Celebrate the goodness of America, and God's call to us.
 
We'll teach the kids to sing "God Bless America" at 9:00 a.m.!
Enjoy patriotic hymns and trumpet at 10:45 a.m.!
 
Gabe Slesinger- Guest Trumpet Player
Gabe Slesinger graduated from Rice University in May, 2016, with a degree in trumpet performance. A Pyle and Whitman graduate, Gabe won first prize at the 2012 National Trumpet Competition and has also performed with the Houston Symphony. He is very grateful for the generosity of St. Dunstan's in allowing him to use the church space for practice and recordings.


 

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July Summer Book Group

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Jeff MacKnight will lead a discussion of two recent, notable books on two Sundays, July 17th and 23rd, from 9:50-10:35 a.m. in the parish hall: Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates, and The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, by Rebecca Skloot. These much talked about books both touch on the African-American experience, and the ways human beings can ignore, exploit, and mistreat other human beings. Coates writes an open letter to his 15- year -old son, about being a black male. Skloot tells the story of a woman whose cells were harvested, multiplied, and spread around the world, without her knowledge or consent. Feel free to drop in on these discussions. 
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In a profound work that pivots from the biggest questions about American history and ideals to the most intimate concerns of a father for his son, Ta-Nehisi Coates offers a powerful new framework for understanding our nation's history and current crisis. Americans have built an empire on the idea of "race," a falsehood that damages us all but falls most heavily on the bodies of black women and men-bodies exploited through slavery and segregation, and, today, threatened, locked up, and murdered out of all proportion. What is it like to inhabit a black body and find a way to live within it? And how can we all honestly reckon with this fraught history and free ourselves from its burden? Between the World and Me is Ta-Nehisi Coates's attempt to answer these questions in a letter to his adolescent son. 

Her name was Henrietta Lacks, but scientists know her as HeLa. She was a poor black tobacco farmer whose cells-taken without her knowledge in 1951-became one of the most important tools in medicine, vital for developing the polio vaccine, cloning, gene mapping, and more. Henrietta's cells have been bought and sold by the billions, yet she remains virtually unknown, and her family can't afford health insurance. This phenomenal New York Times bestseller tells a riveting story of the collision between ethics, race, and medicine; of scientific discovery and faith healing; and of a daughter consumed with questions about the mother she never knew. 

 
Watch the remake of the TV documentary Roots to provide additional background as we consider race in America. 


 

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Summer Book Group in July

Posted 2:55 PM by

Jeff MacKnight will lead a discussion of two recent, notable books on two Sundays, July 17th and 23rd, from 9:50-10:35 a.m. in the parish hall: Between the World and Me by TaNehisi Coates, and The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, by Rebecca Skloot. These much talked about books both touch on the African-American experience, and the ways human beings can ignore, exploit, and mistreat other human beings. Coates writes an open letter to his 15- year -old son, about being a black male. Skloot tells the story of a woman whose cells were harvested, multiplied, and spread around the world, without her knowledge or consent. Feel free to drop in on these discussions. 

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In a profound work that pivots from the biggest questions about American history and ideals to the most intimate concerns of a father for his son, Ta-Nehisi Coates offers a powerful new framework for understanding our nation's history and current crisis. Americans have built an empire on the idea of "race," a falsehood that damages us all but falls most heavily on the bodies of black women and men-bodies exploited through slavery and segregation, and, today, threatened, locked up, and murdered out of all proportion. What is it like to inhabit a black body and find a way to live within it? And how can we all honestly reckon with this fraught history and free ourselves from its burden? Between the World and Me is Ta-Nehisi Coates's attempt to answer these questions in a letter to his adolescent son. 

Her name was Henrietta Lacks, but scientists know her as HeLa. She was a poor black tobacco farmer whose cells-taken without her knowledge in 1951-became one of the most important tools in medicine, vital for developing the polio vaccine, cloning, gene mapping, and more. Henrietta's cells have been bought and sold by the billions, yet she remains virtually unknown, and her family can't afford health insurance. This phenomenal New York Times bestseller tells a riveting story of the collision between ethics, race, and medicine; of scientific discovery and faith healing; and of a daughter consumed with questions about the mother she never knew. 


 
The current remake of the TV documentary Roots provides additional background as we consider race in America. 


 

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The New Garden

Posted 4:55 PM by
 
A big thank you to all who helped plant the new garden. It looks spectacular! And doing it together made it a lot of fun. Thanks especially to Rosemarie and Sue for organizing, feeding, and leading us. Lee Surut is looking down and smiling....

Peace, Jeff
 


 

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