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Outreach- Food Bags

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In Jeff's Easter message to the children at both services; he encouraged us to help feed those who would not have a grand dinner with family or friends on this holiday.  All of us are encouraged to help fill the shelves and ultimately the bodies of those who are in need at this time of year.  Food shelves tend to run low as the weather gets better, yet those who are hungry and in need of the basic food items do not disappear.  Consider picking up a bag from the Service Ministry table in Founders' Hall and be sure to bring it back to the church the next time you attend.




 

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Resurrection Stories

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This Eastertide the focus of our sermons and adult formation 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 first witnesses to the resurrection were at first fearful; and we are even told that they “didn’t tell anyone” - clearly they did! And clearly, we must learn to tell our stories of resurrection so that others might come to believe. Join us this Sunday, April 12, for our first stories of resurrection, as Jeff and Sue open the conversation to telling our stories and read more below about our guest speakers and preachers during the Great Fifty Days.  Alleluia! Christ is risen!

Patricia Lyons will be with us on Sunday, April 19 and May 3 for     our formation time and as our preacher at the late liturgy.  She brings a compelling energy and passion to her love of live and a profound depth to her understanding of the Christian faith. Dr. Patricia Lyons is currently the JK-12 Director of Service Learning at St. Stephen's & St. Agnes Episcopal School in Alexandria, VA and is in her 15th year of teaching ethics and religion at the Upper School. She is also an adjunct at the Virginia Theological Seminary, where she teaches evening and summer courses to masters and doctoral students. Patricia has taught courses in Systematic Theology, C.S. Lewis, Sigmund Freud, Theology and Fiction, and most recently, Christian Themes in Harry Potter and the author of The Soul of Adolescence: In Their Own Words.

Susan Flanders will join us on Sunday, May 10 to share from her experience various stories of resurrection in her life and in the life of the communities she has served. The Rev. Susan Flanders is a retired Episcopal priest of the Diocese of Washington and the author of Going to Church: It’s Not What You Think!  She will share some stories from her book that speak to our topic of Resurrection Stories on Sunday, May 10.  Her book is considered to be a modern Pilgrim’s Progress which interweaves family drama, theological insight, and a critique on conventional “churchiness.” 

Children’s Formation
The children will be back in the classrooms on the lower level on Sunday, April 12 to learn more about the Easter story.  Next week children will sing with Michael during formation time.

 

Youth Formation
The Coffee House will be open on, Sunday, April 12, and those present will talk about stories of resurrection from our gospel writers. Austin Fodrie will be leading the conversation this week.




 

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9th Annual Cabaret

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Send in your reply cards NOW! 

Saturday, April 18, 2015 

6:00-9:00 p.m.

This fundraiser supports St. Dunstan's Community ministries and features a live and silent auction and dinner. Please return your RSVP cards as soon as possible.  Extras are available on the table in Founder's Hall. Cards and checks may be mailed to the church or placed in the offering plate this Sunday, April 12. Support for this event is always appreciated from those who can not attend.  

Bring your friends for a fun night of music and fellowship! 

We are still in need of donated auction items and bakers of Irish soda bread. Please contact Rosi for auction items
and Jeff if you would like to assist with baking. 




 

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Cabaret: Paddy's Irish Pub

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Holy Week 2015

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WORSHIP WITH US!
PALM SUNDAY THROUGH EASTER

You are invited to experience the love and forgiveness of Jesus Christ in these services at St. Dunstan's:

Palm Sunday -   Palms+Procession+Passion
9:00 a.m. Family Eucharist geared to children
10:45 a.m.  Choral Eucharist with dramatic Passion Reading

Maundy Thursday - Supper+Washing+Do This+Watch
6:30 p.m.  Supper for all - parish hall
7:30 p.m.  Eucharist - Last Supper and Foot Washing
9:00 p.m.  Night Watch - prayer in the church until 1:30 a.m.  ‚Äč

Good Friday -  Cross+Candles+Prayer+Song
7:30 p.m.  Contemplative service around the cross, with beautiful chant music from Taize, France.  (Adults and older children)

Saturday - The Great Vigil of Easter- Fire+Water+Story+Bread & Wine
7:30 p.m.   Readings of the story of God's creation and salvation of the world, followed by the first Eucharist of Easter. 

Sunday - Easter Day- Rising+Joy+Song+Alleluia!
9:00 a.m.   Family Eucharist
9:45 a.m.  Egg Hunt for children
10:45 a.m.  Festival Eucharist





 

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Maundy Thursday, April 2

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6:30 p.m. Maundy Thursday, April 2
Supper + Washing + Do This + Watch


Imagine yourself in an upstairs room. Jesus' disciples are gathering there, speaking in hushed voices. A table is laid out for the Passover feast. Jesus appears and insists on washing your dirty feet, just like a slave.


Then he invites everyone to sit down to begin the supper. He lifts up a loaf of bread and says, "I break this bread, as I give my body will be broken. Let everyone share in it."


He raises a cup of wine and says, "I pour out this wine for you, as my blood will pour out when they hang me on the cross. I do this out of love and forgiveness. Let everyone share in it. Do this to remember me."


Then Jesus is heading out the door, leading the bewildered group down out of the city, across the Kedron valley, and up the hill again into a garden called Gethsemane. "Watch and wait," he says.





 

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Lenten Offerings 3/22

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Lenten Offerings ... 

We have reached the final week of Lent and move toward the journey of Holy Week. If you have been keeping a Lenten discipline, stay with it for another two weeks. If you haven’t even begun  there is still time to choose something and work that plan for another two weeks or make a decision to engage the liturgies of Holy Week in their entirety. You will be changed in any choice you make to deepen your relationship with Christ and become a better disciple. Read more.

Thursday Evenings

 

Our last evening of children’s choir rehearsal, simple supper for all and Goodnight God Prayers is tonight, March 19. There is still time to be present as we always have room for more.

  • 5:45 p.m. Children’s Choir and Adult Conversation
  • 6:30 p.m. Dinner for all
  • 7:10 p.m. Good night God Prayers

 

The following programs continue for the next two Thursday evenings.

 

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 evenings at 7:30 p.m.  A facilitated conversation using a devotional booklet that focuses on the Sunday gospel reading and with daily reflections on practicing resilience with all our heart, soul, strength, and mind.  Living Well booklets are on the table in Founders' Hall.

 

 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 - were heading into the stretch run for the Golden Halo for this year.  Vote each day for your favorite saint. Find out all you need to know to make an informed selection.

Two great devotions sites for youth: d365 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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Holy Week

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6:30 p.m. Maundy Thursday, April 2
Supper + Washing + Do This + Watch

7:30 p.m. Good Friday, April 3
Cross + Candles + Prayer + Song

7:30 p.m. The Great Vigil of Easter, April 4
Fire + Water + Story + Bread & Wine

 

Since the earliest days the church, the Triduum (three days) has been celebrated to give all the experience of walking with Jesus from the Last Supper with his disciples to the Resurrection on Easter morning. These three liturgies are meant to be experienced as one - like a play with three acts - only our intermissions are a bit longer. 

You are invited to come and experience the story by participating in many different actions, word and song. Because of the experiential nature of these liturgies, they are one of the best ways to form our faith and especially the faith of children and youth. So, mark the times and days on your family's calendar and immerse yourself in the greatest story - the love of God for all of us.


 

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Lenten Offerings 3/15

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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.

Thursday Evenings

Children's Choir Rehearsals

March 12 & 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 12 & 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 8:30 p.m.  Sue will facilitate the conversation and each participant will be given a devotional booklet 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. Living Well booklets are on the table in Founders' Hall.

 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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Formation 3/15

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Lenten Intergenerational Event

Sunday, March 15 - 9:50 a.m. to 10:35 a.m.

Come and see! Children, youth and adults gather in the parish hall for a special time to learn together. We will begin with a video and move to a number of activity stations to make both Lent and Easter crafts. Pretzels and string eggs will again be offered with a couple of new ways to experience the seasons. Come for learning and fun on this “refreshment” Sunday in Lent.

Children’s Formation

On Sunday, March 22, the children will be in their classrooms to learn about the stories of Holy Week and Easter.

We are now and the midway point of Lent making Holy Week and Easter just a few weeks away.  If you would like to fill empty eggs for the hunt on Easter Day or contribute filled eggs, please be in contact with Sue.

Youth Formation

St. Dunstan's youth at the MLK memorial on Saturday, March 7 - the 50th anniversary of the March from Selma to Montgomery.

The Coffee House is open on, Sunday, March 22, and those present will discuss Holy Week and Easter with Austin. 

Adult Formation

One Sunday, March 22, we will continue our Lenten study of Time: Redeeming the Gift, from the brothers of Society of St. John the Evangelist. Jeff will lead the discussion this morning on one of the videos.

 

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