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Summer at St.Dunstan's

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Film + Family+ Fun
Friday, June 19
6:00 p.m. Dinner (Pizza)
6:30 p.m. Movie Time

(Night prayers will close the evening at the conclusion of the movie.)
This will be a fun evening at St. Dunstan's for all families. We will offer 2-3 movies from which the community gathered will choose. Bring blankets, sleeping bags, and pillows. Wear your pajamas! We will provide a simple dinner and snacks (popcorn and drinks or course). Come right from picking up the kids after work and have a fun evening with the community. We'll even provide the possibility for some adult conversation.

Conversations at the Pub
Finding Faith in the novels of Marilynne Robinson

Marilynne Robinson, a Pulitzer-prize-winning Iowa author, has written a beautiful trio of short novels about the people of Gilead, Iowa. Christian faith, human relationships, joys and sorrows, are all woven together in her exquisite, spare prose. Join St. Dunstan's friends for a discussion of each story, and what we can learn about our own faith stories through them.

June 23, July 7, and July 21
6:00- 6:30 p.m. Drinks and Snacks
6:30 - 7:30 p.m. Discussion
Chad's Pub,
5247 Wisconsin Avenue NW, Washington, DC
at the corner of Jenifer Street
(Friendship Heights Metro)


GILEAD - June 23

An intimate tale of three generations from the Civil War to the twentieth century: a story about fathers and sons and the spiritual battles that still rage at America's heart. In the luminous and unforgettable voice of Congregationalist minister John Ames, Gilead reveals the human condition and the often unbearable beauty of an ordinary life.

HOME - July 7

A brilliantly imagined retelling of the prodigal son parable, set at the same moment and in the same Iowa town as Gilead. Home is a luminous and healing book about families, family secrets, and faith from one of America's most beloved and acclaimed authors.

LILA - July 21

Return to the town of Gilead in an unforgettable story of a girlhood lived on the fringes of society in fear, awe, and wonder. Lila, homeless and alone after years of roaming the countryside, steps inside a small-town Iowa church-the only available shelter from the rain-and ignites a romance and a debate that will reshape her life.



Inequality for All- Playing this Saturday!

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Parish Picnic

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This Saturday at St. Dunstan's

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Church Beautification Day
Saturday, May 2, 2015 from 10-2 p.m. will be Church Beautification Day! Join us, as we tackle a few minor projects to enhance our house of worship. Help with planting flowers, painting, and clean up around the church and the columbarium.

Bring your gloves, rakes, shovels, and any other yard tools. Donate plants, flowers and bulbs from your gardens or local hardware store, to be planted on the church grounds. Refreshments will be served. Contact Kim Matthews at admin@stdunstansbethesda.org or at 301.229.2960 for more information.

Men's Group
St. Dunstan's Men's group will meet this Saturday, May 2nd at 9:00 a.m. in the kitchen. We encourage you to stay for Church Beautification Day immediately following.



Upcoming Movie Screening: Inequality for All

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Fred Smoak's Epic Ride

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Over the past few weeks we have announced the epic ride that Fred Smoak is going to undertake this summer during service. St. Dunstan's is donating up to $500 in Matching Funds from the Outreach Budgeted Fund for 2015 towards the Fuller Center for Housing, the purpose of the ride. Fred is covering his own expenses but he needs to raise $4,000 for the Fuller Center before he departs in late May. While on the ride, the riders will be working on Fuller Center projects across the country.

If anyone would like to make a donation to The Fuller Center for Housing through St. Dunstan's, please make your donations as soon as possible as Fred needs to have the funds that he has raised before he leaves in late May. Please write 'The Fuller Center for Housing/Fred' in the memo line. You may put your donation in the offering plate, bring it into the church office, or hand it to Fred. More information on the Fuller Center for Housing is available in Founder's Hall.



Church Beautification Day!

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Formation 4.26

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Resurrection Stories
This Eastertide the focus of our sermons and all Sunday formation offerings will be on hearing the Gospel stories of Jesus' resurrection and hearing and sharing our own stories of resurrection.  After all, it is through these stories that our life in Christ as Christian people is centered and finds meaning. For while we are told that the disciples and the women who were the first witnesses of the resurrection were fearful; and we are even told that they "didn't tell anyone" - clearly they did! After all we are present, so someone must have shared their faith of the resurrection with us.  Our task is to learn our own stories of resurrection and to learn how to share them with others. For if we do not - if we are fearful and do not tell - how will others come to believe?  


Children's Formation ... Sharing our Faith
The children will be in their classrooms again this Sunday, April 26 and continue hearing the stories of Jesus appearing to the disciples after his resurrection.  The story this week will be the Road to Emmaus which is told in the Gospel of Luke.  Parents please take your children down to the classrooms before you head to adult formation. Please keep our Children's Choir in your plans for next fall! Beginning in September our Children's Choir will begin meeting on Thursday evenings (probably between 5:30-6:30 p.m.). We hope that you will make a commitment to this program as it will help to form the faith of your children and be great fun! There is no better way to learn and integrate the stories of faith then through the music we sing as children. 


Youth Formation ... Growing our Faith
Youth will join the adults for formation again this Sunday, April 26 as we continue to explore resurrection stories. This week will hear and discover stories within ourselves. 
Next youth event is scheduled for Saturday, June 6 at Guppy Gulch in Delta, PA. So save the date and watch for more details.


The best way to help your young person grow in faith is through a camp community. Please talk with Sue if you have any questions, but set aside the week now.  The Diocese has put together a great program with wonderful leaders in a superb facility. 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
We continue our focus on Stories of Resurrection on Sunday, April 26. Our session this week will be led by Jeff and Sue which will open with questions and responses to our time last week with Trisha Lyons. Various members of the community will share stories that express resurrection from their own lives. Each of us will also have the opportunity to explore our own stories of resurrection through our responses to art and pictures. Those who feel called to do so will have a opportunity to share their story.
On Sunday, May 3 Trisha will join us again for our formation time to share more Stories of Resurrection through the lens of Harry Potter. You really do not want to miss these sessions!  
Sue von Rautenkranz
      Christian Formation Director



Small Groups

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New! Glimpses of God

The new small group, Glimpses of God, will meet the first Tuesday of each month, from 7:30 to 9 p.m. at church, beginning on May 5. All are welcome to come share glimpses of God in our lives,  to share stories of what we have experienced in our daily lives, in work, play, poetry, art, whatever or wherever. Please contact Rosi Sweeney if you are interested or have questions.


St. Dunstan's workgroup on economic justice invites you to explore the economics of the Gospel with us. The issue is much in the news - more and more people are too poor to live, even working full time. 

We are showing a 90 minute documentary by Robert Reich (former Labor Secretary to Bill Clinton) called Inequality for All. You don't have to be an economist to understand these issues. Discussion will follow. All are invited.  Refreshments served. 

Saturday, May 9, 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at St. Dunstan's Parish Hall, 5450 Massachusetts Avenue, Bethesda 20816. Contact: Mark MacCarthy, maccartm@georgetown.edu



Cabaret: Paddy's Irish Pub - Open Saturday 4/18

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