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Advent Offerings for all ages

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Here are some ways to engage and participate in the season:
 
Advent in a Bag is offered for families of all ages and sizes. Similar to our Lent to Go boxes last spring this give us another way to bring the season home. There will be a calendar to follow the season, prayers and scripture with a simple Advent wreath, and other activities to help us focus on the season. Pick one up in Founders' Hall beginning on December 3.

 
Coloring the Season will give all an opportunity to create some wonderful images that will decorate our parish hall and teach us about the weekly journey through the season. All ages are welcome to help create these wonderful posters. These will be available in the Parish Hall each Sunday. Stop by and color for a few minutes.
 
Living Well through Advent: Practicing Wonder With All Your Heart, Soul, Strength, and Mind
The seasons of Advent and Christmas are filled with the presence of wonder, if only we remember to pause and open ourselves to receiving this gift. This resource will assist us to take time to discover how the gifts of wonder might be born in us  again this year. Pick up your booklet in Founders' Hall beginning December 3.
 
 
Advent Giving Tree
Beginning on Sunday, December 3 and continuing throughout Advent, we will have the opportunity to support the work of Episcopal Relief & Development. This amazing outreach arm of our church provides aid and development around the world working with existing organizations on the ground. This year the focus will be on monetary donations because we have the chance to double our gifts. ERD has received their most generous matching gift in the history of their work - up to $760,000 will be matched. Just think of the possibilities!
 
Join this endeavor by taking an envelope from the Giving Tree in the Parish Hall, adding your check to the envelope, and placing it in the offering plate or handing it to Jeff or Sue. 
 
A couple of online ways to engage the season!
 
 
AdventWord - the Anglican Communion's Global Advent Calendar - begins on Sunday, 3 December, 2017, with images and meditations available via email, FaceBook, InstaGram and Twitter . During the 23 days of Advent, a daily email featuring the #AdventWord of the day will go out at 5 a.m. each day, and respondents are encouraged to share their responses to the meditations and images to the aggregated prayer walls within the advent calendar. To sign up click here.
 
 
Busted Halo, resources from the Roman Catholic Paulist Fathers, offers a simple on line calendar - click here each day to access the daily offering. Each day the link on the calendar will lead you to a daily jolt and a micro challenge.
 
L Sue von Rautenkranz
Children and Youth Formation Coordinator
 


 

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Family Christmas Singalong

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Thanksgiving Dinner Baskets- 2017

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Thanksgiving Baskets
 
 
It's that time of year again! Helping the families served by N.C.C.F. to have a fabulous Thanksgiving dinner. Let's try to equal our giving of last year. 


It is a simple and fun activity for the whole family. Take a basket and flyer from the church beginning on Sunday, October 22 and return it to the church no later than Sunday, November 12
 
Then participate in N.C.C.F.'s Pie & Stuffing Party on
Wednesday, November 18 from 5:30-7:00 p.m. All present will fill a few hundred more baskets with people from all over Bethesda. All ages are invited and encouraged to come out for this event.


 

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Children's Formation: 09/17/2017

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What's Your Favorite Story?

On Sunday, September 17 we begin our journey into the Old Testament by hearing about favorite stories. 
All children are encouraged to bring their favorite story book - picture or chapter book - to church for a Show and Tell time. 
 
 
The Old Testament, or Hebrew Scriptures, are full of stories - some are historical, some are told in song or poetry, and others try to explain how God and God's people grew in relationship over time.  Join us from 9:50 to 10:35 a.m.
 
Please help us out and fill in a simple registration form for Children's Formation.

If you have children who are infants through 4th grade please fill out this Children's Form


 

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Movie Night- Save the Date!

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Summer Movie Night II
 
Saturday, July 8
6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Dinner followed by a movie
 
We are inviting children and their parents from our collaboration congregations for a summer movie night. This evening is being hosted by the Bentleys and Calvin and Frederick will be making our movie selection. The movie selected will be appropriate for rising 2nd -5th graders.
 
A simple dinner and drinks will be available before we begin the movie, and of course fresh popcorn will be offered during the show!
 
Bring your pillow and/or sleeping bags or a blanket to sit on. Contact Sue von if you are interested in attending.

 

 

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2017 Summer Formation

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Summer Movie Night
 
Sunday, June 25
6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Dinner followed by a movie
 
We are inviting all rising 3-5 graders and their parents from our three collaboration congregations for a summer movie night. But no one will be checking ID's at the door - so really all are welcome. Just know that the movie selection will be for children who are primarily in this age category.
 
A simple dinner of hot-dogs with the fixings, drinks and of course fresh popcorn will be offered. Bring your pillow or sleeping bags or a blanket to sit on. Please sign up in Founders' Hall no later than Sunday morning, June 25 or use this simple form
 
Grow Christians
 
This is a new resource available through Forward Movement Inc. and I have found it to be a good read each day. The blog is written by various authors and gives practical and implementable ideas for parents to assist them in forming the faith of their children. You can read the latest posts at this link. If you find it helpful or something you might like to receive  on a daily basis, just scroll the left side of the blog and sign up for a daily email. 
 
 
Street Church at Church of the Epiphany DC
Tuesday, June 27
11:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Rising 6-12 grade Youth
 
Calling all youth for a day in the city preparing food, worshiping God, and feeding the hungry! Earn some SSL hours for school next year! Have fun with other youth!
 
Get a real flavor of life on the streets of DC for those who do not have a place to live and rely on the generosity of others for food. Plan to arrive at Epiphany no later than 11:00 a.m. and leave no earlier than 2:30 p.m.
 
Sign up in Founders' Hall or on this form no later than Sunday, June 25
 
L Sue von Rautenkranz
Children and Youth Formation Coordinator
 


 

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New Christmas Musical

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New Christmas Musical!
 Saturday, December 17
5:00 p.m. followed by Chili Supper 
 
 
New music written by Jeff and Michael will add a new flare and fun to our Christmas pageant this year. Our junior choir already began learning these new songs and will be our music leaders for the evening. And the camel is a must see!
 
Join the Children's Choir for the Musical!
If you are not currently in the choir - you are welcome to join us for the remainder of our practices which are held on the following Thursdays. November 17 and December 1, 8, and 15 from 5:45-6:30 p.m. A simple supper follows for all each evening. This might be a great way to bring a little something special to your families Advent observances. 
 
For those unable to join the choir - there will still be a time to learn the choruses of these songs during Children's Formation on Sunday, December 4. Of course we will be needed various characters for the musical and the many angels, shepherds, and animals. 
Details about the dress rehearsal for all participants will be available next week. 



 

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Adult Formation 11/27/2016

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Thanksgiving Services
Join us for our Thanksgiving liturgy on Wednesday, November 23, 2016 at 11:30 a.m.
​You can also enjoy Thanksgiving Eucharist at the National Cathedral on November 24, 2016 at 10:00 a.m.

 

HOW SHALL WE RESPOND?

A continuing conversation about Refugee Resettlement
 Sunday, December 4 
9:50 - 10:35 a.m.
 
In November we heard from representatives from St. Columba's about their year-long process of preparing for a refugee family to arrive. They expect this family within the next month. We are still determining how we at St. Dunstan's might join in their ministry initiative to welcome and assist this family, possibly help to bring a second family to the area using their organizational structure that is already in place, and maybe even working on a policy level. Come on the first Sunday of December to learn more and hear how you might engage this ministry.



 

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Last Chance for Thanksgiving Dinner Baskets

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Bring your full baskets this week - November 13!
 
 
Thanksgiving Basket Stuffing Party!
This year we are also invited to an event at NCCF and I'd love to have some folks join me there. This takes place on Wednesday, November 16 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in there gym on Greentree Road in Bethesda. Let Sue know if you want to participate. 
 


 

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Adult Formation 11/13/2016

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The Bishop's Visitation
Sunday, November 20, 2016
 
Our last official visit of the Rt. Rev. Mariann Edgar Budde to the parish was in Advent of 2013, but she was also present with us at our last two Pageants. Celebrating Jeff's anniversaries (15 years of being rector here and 30 years of being a priest) in December of 2014 and last year to bless our new Children's Altar.
 
This coming visit marks another official visit of the Diocesan Bishop to our parish community, something a diocesan bishop must do for every congregation at least once every three years. 

Bishop Mariann will be with us for both the 9:00 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. liturgies as our celebrant and preacher. She will also be our speaker for the adult formation time between services from 9:50 to 10:35 a.m. We hope that all members of the parish will be present for this very important time with our Bishop.
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HOW SHALL WE RESPOND?
A continuing conversation about Refugee Resettlement
 Sunday, December 4 
9:50 - 10:35 a.m.
 
In November we heard from representatives from St. Columba's about their year-long process of preparing for a refugee family to arrive. They expect this family within the next month. We are still determining how we at St. Dunstan's might join in their ministry initiative to welcome and assist this family, possibly help to bring a second family to the area using their organizational structure that is already in place, and maybe even working on a policy level. Come on the first Sunday of December to learn more and hear how you might engage this ministry.
Ray Donnelly
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Exploring Islam: Myths and Realities
 
As a follow-up to our forum on October 23, our speaker, Salih Sayilgan, will be the featured presenter for a program on November 19, 2016 from 9:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. at the Smithsonian. Detailed information and how to register for this event may be found here. This all-day event will be at the S. Dillon Ripley Center.


 

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