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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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All Saints' Day- This Sunday

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Remembrances for All Saints' Sunday, November 1.
Please submit you names by 8:00 a.m. 10/30/2015.

The feast of All Saints celebrates the communion of saints in all times and places - on earth and in heaven.  As you receive the bread and wine of the Eucharist, rest in the knowledge that you remain connected in love with all who have died.  I find much comfort in that. 

On this day we remember by name all those dear departed whose names you submit to the church office beforehand. Please use the paper slips or the online form to submit your loved ones for remembrance by 8:00 a.m., Friday, October 30.  
 
All Saints is also a day for baptisms into the Church, which is the visible community of saints on earth.  With great joy, we shall baptize children into this communion of saints at 9 a.m. on November 1, and at 10:45 a.m. on November 8
Jeff MacKnight
 


 

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November 1 is All Saint's Sunday!

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Remembrances for All Saints' Sunday, November 1.

The feast of All Saints celebrates the communion of saints in all times and places - on earth and in heaven.  As you receive the bread and wine of the Eucharist, rest in the knowledge that you remain connected in love with all who have died.  I find much comfort in that. 

On this day we remember by name all those dear departed whose names you submit to the church office beforehand. Please use the paper slips or the online form to submit your loved ones for remembrance.  
 
All Saints is also a day for baptisms into the Church, which is the visible community of saints on earth.  With great joy, we shall baptize children into this communion of saints at 9 a.m. on November 1, and at 10:45 a.m. on November 8. 
Jeff MacKnight
 


 

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All Saints' Day

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Remembrances for All Saints' Sunday, November 1.

The feast of All Saints celebrates the communion of saints in all times and places - on earth and in heaven.  As you receive the bread and wine of the Eucharist, rest in the knowledge that you remain connected in love with all who have died.  I find much comfort in that. 

On this day we remember by name all those dear departed whose names you submit to the church office beforehand. Please use the paper slips or the online form to submit your loved ones for remembrance.  
 
All Saints is also a day for baptisms into the Church, which is the visible community of saints on earth.  With great joy, we shall baptize children into this communion of saints at 9 a.m. on November 1, and at 10:45 a.m. on November 8
Jeff MacKnight
 


 

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All Saint's Remberances

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Remembrances for All Saints' Sunday, November 1.

The feasts of All Saint's celebrates the communion of saints in all times and places - on earth and in heaven.  As you receive the bread and wine of the Eucharist, rest in the knowledge that you remain connected in love with all who have died.  I find much comfort in that. 

On this day we remember by name all those dear departed whose names you submit to the church office beforehand. Please use the paper slips or the online form to submit your loved ones for remembrance.  
 
All Saints is also a day for baptisms into the Church, which is the visible community of saints on earth.  With great joy, we shall baptize children into this communion of saints at 9 a.m. on November 1, and at 10:45 a.m. on November 8

 

Jeff MacKnight
 

 

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Making Disciples

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It's time. Time to grow as disciples.
We have been preparing for you... and for a wonderful fall season at St. Dunstan's. The building is spic and span, the grounds are beautiful. Small groups that took a hiatus for the summer are coming together again. It's time to come back to church! We are disciples, walking the trail with Jesus...learning our story, learning to love, learning to forgive, learning to serve in the world.
 
Homecoming Sunday is September 13, with our regular services at 9 a.m. and 10:45 a.m., and a brunch for all at 10 a.m. It's a great time to reconnect to old friends, and give your spiritual life some fresh energy and renewal. God didn't intend for us to go through life solo, but in a community of faithful people.
 
The 9 a.m. Family Service will move into the church, as soon as our video screens are installed there. All our families - and our children - will then enjoy our beautiful church and its fine acoustics for singing. The parish hall will be more available on Sunday mornings for Christian Formation activities, fellowship, and service.
 
Monthly Feeding Program
I am personally very gratified that we'll be building community service into our Sunday schedule every month, with sandwich making the last Sunday of each month between services. We'll all learn about the needs of hungry people not far from us, the ministry of Martha's Table in Washington, D.C. (our partner), and God's will and desire that all people share in the earth's abundance...all have enough food, shelter, care, and opportunities to thrive as human beings.
 
We're all on the welcoming committee.
This year we focus on God's call to invite people to hear the Good News of Christ's love and forgiveness, and to find meaning and joy and comfort in the fellowship of the church. The simplest way to do this is to invite friends and neighbors to St. Dunstan's for a service or event. Many get hooked, once they are here! We are beefing up our Sunday greeters to make new people feel welcome; we are enhancing our worship with video technology; we are contacting new households moving into our zip codes, and we are strengthening our follow-up with newcomers. At noon on the last Sunday of each month, we'll meet at coffee hour to go over newcomer lists, assemble gift bags, label mailings, and do what needs doing to meet our goals for welcome, hospitality, and retention of members. With all of us helping, God will give us the growth.
 
So, it's time. Time to rejoin your friends and fellow disciples and travelers at St. Dunstan's. Time to recommit to a closer relationship with God. Time to find new avenues to learn, to grow, to serve our needful neighbors. Let's make September 13th a Homecoming to rejoice in!   JBM




 

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Welcoming Ministry This Sunday 10 a.m. in the Parish Hall

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Attracting, welcoming, and incorporating new people into our congregation is the main goal for St. Dunstan's, established by our Vestry. Church experts tell us that, to be effective, every person in the congregation needs to be part of this effort. In other words, "Everybody is on the welcome Committee."

We have many ways to help -

  • Trail Guides welcome worshippers as they arrive on Sundays for the late service (contact Tom or Rosemarie Barrett, Joanne Comstock, or John Wyss to help with this important ministry.)
  • Host families at the 9 a.m. service who welcome worshippers.
  • Gift bags packed with St. Dunstan's information and a few goodies. Come Sunday at 10 a.m. (all ages) to help. Contact Jeff MacKnight.
  • Mapping our neighborhoods - Come Sunday at 10 a.m. to see where we all live, and who are your neighbors. We'd love to have a parishioner or two in each neighborhood to reach out to newcomers.
  • Delivering a small gift to people's homes soon after they visit St. Dunstan's for the first time, to show our appreciation for worshipping with us. (This has proved extremely effective in drawing people back for another Sunday.)
  • We now receive up to 100 names of move-ins in our area every month. We want to let them know about us, and reach out and invite them to St. Dunstan's.

We plan to gather helpers on Sunday about once a month to pitch in on our many welcoming tasks. All are welcome; just bring your coffee over to the table set up for the welcome ministry. We need you!

Our Vestry Membership Committee collects our attendance and growth data and sets our strategy for welcome and growth. Its members are Fred Bentley, chair; Lynne Adduci, and Nils Overdahl.




 

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