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One More Time! Parish Annual Meeting This Sunday

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PARISH ANNUAL MEETING THIS SUNDAY
March 1, 9:50 A.M.

 
This church is your place, this church is my place.
We meet together, we leave the rat-race,
We feel God's love here, we are forgiven,
This church is made for you and me.

 

This cheerful song from the Annual Giving Campaign last Fall is a good call to all of us who love St. Dunstan's to participate in the Annual Parish Meeting Sunday, March 1, at 9:50 a.m. in the Parish Hall (between the services). As Jesus faced the ordeal of the cross, so we face our own crosses to bear - as individuals and as a parish. It's not an easy time to be in the church, but it's an exciting time!


Your church needs you as we elect leaders and navigate the budget. The Vestry will present our strategy for the next 18 months. We are filled with faith and hope in God's future for our congregation. Come and be a part of God's family. (Children too young to take part in the meeting will watch the movie Prince of Egypt).

Oh when it snows here, and gets all icy,
Worship on Sundays, it can be dicey!
But we'll be back soon, with happy faces,
This church is made for you and me.




 

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Forming Disciples for the Journey with Christ

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This week in formation, Sunday,March 1,  the adults of the parish will be participating in the Annual Parish Meeting - postponed due to the snow storm last weekend and children will be watching the film, The Prince of Egypt.  Youth are encouraged to attend the annual meeting or assist with the supervision of the children (and enjoy the movie).  Read more details about our formation offerings here, 

 
Children's Formation ... Sharing our Faith
Next week, March 8, the children gather with Michael for music - singing and playing instruments.
 
Youth Formation ... Growing our Faith
This weekend, Tucker Hemphill, will be attending a Christian discipleship event called Happening in North Carolina.  Please pray for him to have an amazing experience and for safe travel for he and Joel.  I'm sure that he will will have much to share with us and will probably learn some new music for our 9:00 a.m. service.

On March 7-8 a number of youth from our community will be participating in the Welcome Table at the Church of the Epiphany in downtown DC.  They will join other Episcopal youth from Montgomery County to learn about homelessness and poverty in our metro area.

Camp EDOW

It isn't too early to be thinking about sending your children or youth to camp this summer. I spent a day at the camp for Middle School students last summer. It is a great facility in southern Maryland and it sure looked like everyone was having a great time, learning and growing in faith and the staff was great. The cost for the week is $575 per camper.  You can register online here.  

Junior Camp (Rising 4th -6th graders) - July 26-31, 2015.  
Middler Camp (Rising 7th- 9th graders) - August 2-7, 2015
 
Adult Formation ...Living our Faith

Next week, March 8, we will continue our Lenten study through Time: Redeeming the Gift, from the brothers of Society of St. John the Evangelist. The program shares a daily mediation and weekly focus on five words - Stop, Pray, Work, Play and Love - through the lens of Time.  There are short daily videos and reflection questions; as well as the opportunity to share your thoughts and view the experiences of others engaged around the world.  Come and join us for conversation and discuss around these topics. Subscribe to the daily videos here.

  L. Sue von Rautenkranz
Christian Formation Coordinator





 

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Lenten Offerings 3/1

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Lenten Offerings ... 

Lent offers us a time to reflect on our life and to make changes and learn new ways to experience God.  This year at St. Dunstan's we are highlighting two programs for adults which offer daily reflections and an opportunity to come together weekly for community reflection and conversation.  One of these is featured in our Sunday morning formation and the other is offered on Thursday evenings.  We are also offering an opportunity for families to partake in a simple meal, for children to sing and restart our children's choir program, and for all to experience a simple nighttime liturgy.  Read more about how to be a better disciple here.

Thursdays

Children's Choir Rehearsals

March 5 & 19 and April 2 at 5:45 p.m. Children will gather with Michael and other adults to learn music for Holy Week and Easter. All children from age 4 through grade 5 are welcome to participate. Older youth are welcome to come and serve as leaders for this program. Please connect with Michael if your children will participate.

Sue and Jeff present "The Lord's Supper"

March 5 & 19 and April 2 - 6:30 p.m. A simple supper for all ages between the Children's Choir and Adult Choir rehearsals.  Parents (actually all adults) are welcome to gather in the kitchen for refreshments while the children rehearse.  This will be followed by Good Night God prayers at 7:10 p.m. every week except April 2, Maundy Thursday.  A sign-up is posted at the church and online here.

 

Adult Choir Rehearsals 

7:30 p.m. each Thursday evening in Lent. All are welcome to join the choir and those who wish to sing for Easter services are encouraged to come for the first 30 minutes of rehearsal time.

  Evening Bible Study ... Living Well through Lent

Thursday evening from 7:30 to 9:00 p.m.  Sue will facilitate the conversation and each participant will be given a devotional program with daily reflections on the Sunday gospels focusing on practicing resilience with all our heart, soul, strength, and mind.  Please be in contact with Sue to join this group or sign-up at church.  At least 8 persons must commit to hold this study.

 Daily Lenten Morning Prayers

At 8 a.m. each weekday in Lent St. Dunstan's offers parishioner-led Morning Prayer, a brief quiet service with scriptures and psalms. Why not consider stopping by one morning a week on your way to work or after dropping off the kids for a few moments of candle-lit peace and prayer at the back of the church. Enjoy 20 minutes of peace before stepping out into the world.

Other Lenten reflections and growing opportunities ...

Lent Madness - vote for your favorite saint, learn about their life and witness, and explore legends, quirks, quotes and even enjoy saintly kitsch. Find out all you need to know to make an informed selection.

Two great devotions sites for youth: d365 a daily devotional specifically designed for youth and young adults.  Produced by Passport, Inc. and sponsored by the youth offices of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship, the Presbyterian Church (USA), and The Episcopal Church.  

Videos for your Soul are particularly posted for youth and young adults, but can be used by people of all ages.  You may visit the site daily or just once, and subscribe to receive a daily email with the video of the day.


Lenten Daily Calendars are a great way to keep track of the 40 days and participate in various prayer practices and giving. These are available in Founders' Hall.

 

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Parish Annual Meeting- This Sunday!

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PARISH ANNUAL MEETING THIS SUNDAY, 9:50 A.M.

 
This church is your place, this church is my place.
We meet together, we leave the rat-race,
We feel God's love here, we are forgiven,
This church is made for you and me.

You may remember this cheerful song from the Annual Giving Campaign last Fall. It's a good call to all of us who love St. Dunstan's to participate in the Annual Parish Meeting Sunday, February 22, at 9:50 a.m. in the Parish Hall (between the services). As Jesus faced stress in the wilderness, so our parish has been through some challenging times. It's not an east time to be the church! Your church needs you as we elect leaders and navigate the budget. The Vestry will present our strategy for the next 18 months. We are filled with faith and hope in God's future for our congregation. Come and be a part of God's family. (Children too young to take part in the meeting will watch the movie Prince of Egypt).


 

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Lenten Offerings

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Lenten Offerings ... 

  

Thursdays

Ashes and Music

On February 19 children will gather for a special time to experience Ashes and sing with Fr. Jeff beginning at 5:45 p.m. Parents are welcome to join this experiential time or gather for conversation and refreshments in the kitchen.  

 

"The Lord's Supper" follows at 6:30 p.m. A simple supper for all ages between the Children's Choir and Adult Choir rehearsals. This will be followed by Good Night God prayers at 7:10 p.m. Please sign-up as soon as possible here.

 

Adult Choir Rehearsals 

7:30 p.m. each Thursday evening in Lent. All are welcome to join the choir and those who wish to sing for Easter services are encouraged to come for the first 30 minutes of rehearsal time.

  

Evening Bible Study ... Living Well through Lent

Thursday evening from 7:30 to 9:00 p.m.  Sue will facilitate the conversation and each participant will be given a devotional program with daily reflections on the Sunday gospels focusing on practicing resilience with all our heart, soul, strength, and mind.  Please be in contact with Sue to join this group or sign-up at church.  At least 8 persons must commit to hold this study.

    

Daily Lenten Morning Prayers

At 8 a.m. each weekday in Lent St. Dunstan's offers parishioner-led Morning Prayer, a brief quiet service with scriptures and psalms. Why not consider stopping by one morning a week on your way to work or after dropping off the kids for a few moments of candle-lit peace and prayer at the back of the church. Enjoy 20 minutes of peace before stepping out into the world.

 

Other Lenten reflections and growing opportunities ...

 

Lent Madness - vote for your favorite saint, learn about their life and witness, and explore legends, quirks, quotes and even enjoy saintly kitsch. Find out all you need to know to make an informed selection.

  

Two great devotions sites for youth: d365 a daily devotional specifically designed for youth and young adults.  Produced by Passport, Inc. and sponsored by the youth offices of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship, the Presbyterian Church (USA), and The Episcopal Church.  

 Videos for your Soul are particularly posted for youth and young adults, but can be used by people of all ages.  You may visit the site daily or just once, and subscribe to receive a daily email with the video of the day.


Lenten Daily Calendars are a great way to keep track of the 40 days and participate in various prayer practices and giving. These are available in Founders' Hall.





 

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Music Opportunities

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Handbell Choir Rehearsals!
The Handbell Choir will rehearse at 12:15 p.m. every Sunday until Easter. Please contact Jessie McCardell or Michael Austin if you are interested in joining the Handbell Choir.

Now Looking for Easter Choir Members! 
 We will be rehearsing music for Easter Day, April 5, for the first 30 minutes of each choir rehearsal between now and Holy Week.

If you are interested in singing with the choir, but are looking for a short rehearsal with a short-term commitment, join us for 30 minutes on Thursdays, 7:30 p.m.- 8:00 p.m. in the sanctuary. Reading music is not a requirement to join us; practice recording will be provided! Regular adult choir rehearsals are Thursdays, 7:30 p.m.-9:00 p.m. in the sanctuary. Join us! 

Michael Austin, Music Director

  





 

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Formation Opportunitites

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Children's Formation ... Sharing our Faith
 
This Sunday - February 15 - the children will begin to learn about Joseph - the Old Testament Joseph - who had the coat of many colors and dreamed dreams.  This week the children will hear about his struggles with his brothers and becoming an interpreter of Pharaoh's dreams. On the day of the annual meeting the children will view the movie Prince of Egypt and the following week in classes we will hear more about his reunion with his family and how the Hebrew people came to live in Egypt. 
 
Youth Formation ... Growing our Faith

The Coffee House is open this Sunday, February 15 and our discussions will be on relationships. 

Youth Group

Don't miss a great time to be with youth from all over Montgomery County as well as an opportunity to learn about the justice issues surrounding homelessness on March 7-8 as youth gather for the Welcome Table at the Church of the Epiphany in downtown DC.  Details of this event are in the Trailblazer and have been sent via email to youth and parents. The deadline to sign-up is next Sunday.

Camp EDOW

It isn't too early to be thinking about sending your children or youth to camp this summer. I spent a day at the camp for Middle School students last summer. It is a great facility in southern Maryland and it sure looked like everyone was having a great time, learning and growing in faith and the staff was great. The cost for the week is $575 per camper.  You can register online here.  

Junior Camp (Rising 4th -6th graders) - July 26-31, 2015.  
Middler Camp (Rising 7th- 9th graders) - August 2-7, 2015
 
Adult Formation ...Living our Faith
This Sunday, February 15 we will view the intro video to our Sunday Lenten Adult Study on TIME: Redeeming the Gift,  This program offered through the monastic community of Society of St. John the Evangelist offers a daily mediation and weekly focus on five words - Stop, Pray, Work, Play and Love - through the lens of TIME.  There are short daily videos and reflection questions; as well as the opportunity to share your thoughts and view the experiences of others through social media.
                L. Sue von Rautenkranz
Christian Formation Coordinator





 

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February Outreach: St. Phillips Child Development Center

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February Outreach:
St. Philips Child Development Center 

During the month of February, St. Dunstan's is collecting supplies for St. Philips Child Development Center, which offers quality pre-K and early childhood development for members of the Anacostia community in the Washington, DC metropolitan area.

 

More than 70 infants, toddlers and preschoolers are enrolled in the program. St. Philips is one of the few nurturing, safe, dependable infant care programs in Anacostia. They focus on educating the youngest and most vulnerable members of the community. In addition, the program serves the entire family by offering guidance in parenting skills, nutrition, child development and appropriate responsive behavior.

 

You are welcome to donate the following items to St. Philips Child Development Center:
  • Gloves
  • Hats
  • Mittens
  • Arts and Crafts Materials- Glue Sticks, Play Dough, Markers, Crayons
  • Pencils- "Large Writing Pencils"
  • New or lightly used manipulative toys appropriate for infants or toddlers

Please place items in the basket by the Service Ministry sign in Founder's Hall.



 

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Looking for the Lenten Experience ?

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Looking for a Lenten experience?
 
"Ashes to Go"
As you emerge from the escalator at the Bethesda Metro station during evening rush hour on February 18 you will see a band of folks from St. Dunstan's offering a brief prayer and ashes to anyone who wishes to commemorate the beginning of Lent with this ancient symbol.  This will be the second year that St. Dunstan's will participate in Ashes to Go, bringing ashes to people who might not have the time or inclination to come to a mid-week church service or might have forgotten it is Ash Wednesday. 

Last year we decided to give this a try and lo and behold several dozen people saw the "Ashes to Go" sign and approached our group for ashes.  We also handed out a card with some Lenten resources, a prayer, and information about St. Dunstan's.  Many Metro riders were genuinely pleased with the convenience of getting their ashes on the way home from work.

This year, we'd like to involve more St. Dunstan's parishioners in Ashes to Go.  Did you know that there is no rule that only clergy can offer ashes?   Would you like to share in this ministry on Ash Wednesday?  Would you like to hand out prayer/information cards to people who have received ashes?  If so, please get in touch with Jeff or Sue von.  Or maybe you'll be coming up the escalator yourself.

Rosi Sweeney

 

Ash Wednesday Liturgies

Remember that you are dust, 
and to dust you shall return.

February 18, 2015

11:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m.

The Imposition of Ashes and Holy Eucharist


 

Lenten Offerings ... 

 

Thursday Evenings

Children's Choir Rehearsals

February 19, March 5 & 19 and April 2 at 5:45 p.m.  Children will gather with Michael and other adults to learn music for Holy Week and Easter.  All children from age 4 through grade 5 are welcome to participate.  Older youth are welcome to come and serve as leaders for this program. Please connect with Michael if your children will participate.


 

Sue and Jeff present "The Lord's Supper"

February 19, March 5 & 19 and April 2 - 6:30 p.m. A simple supper for all ages between the Children's Choir and Adult Choir rehearsals.  Parents (actually all adults) are welcome to gather in the kitchen for wine and refreshments while the children rehearse.  This will be followed by Good Night God prayers at 7:10 p.m. every week except April 2, Maundy Thursday.  A sign-up is posted at the church and online here.

 

Adult Choir Rehearsals

7:30 p.m. each Thursday evening in Lent. 

All are welcome to join the choir and those who wish to sing for Easter services are encouraged to come for the first 30 minutes of rehearsal time.
 

Living Well through Lent

An adult scripture study on the Sunday gospels will be held each Thursday evening from 7:30 to 9:00 p.m.  Sue will facilitate the conversation and each participant will be given a devotional program with daily reflections on the scripture to practicing resilience with all our heart, soul, strength, and mind.  Please be in contact with Sue to join this group or sign-up at church.  At least 8 persons must commit to hold this study.




 

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Parish Annual Meeting

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Parish Annual Meeting
Sunday, February 22
 9:50 to 10:35 a.m.
 
 
So far, we have received an additional $6,200 in pledges to help us meet our budget shortfall. The Vestry faces a funding shortfall of approximately $25,000. Please pray for the Vestry as we struggle to balance the 2015 budget.





 

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